Chennai, Apr 27 (PTI) Veteran Tamil actor, and scriptwriter, Vinu Chakravarthy, who introduced iconic actress Silk Smitha to the silver screen in the 1980 movie “Vandi Chakkaram,” passed away here today after prolonged illness.
He was 71 and is survived by his wife, son and a daughter.
“He had a paralytic attack some time back and for the last two days he had respiratory problems. He passed away today,” Chakravarthy’s grandson V Adi Shankar told PTI.
Chakravarthy’s son is expected to arrive from London tomorrow and the funeral is likely to take place in the evening, family sources said.
Well known for his unique stentorian voice and trade mark pauses in dialogue delivery, Chakravarthy has acted in over 1,000 Tamil Telugu, Kannada, Badaga and Malayalam languages films playing villain, comic roles and supporting characters.
He has won several awards and he popularised the character of “Nattamai,” (village headman) in Tamil movies.
His work as a script writer in ‘Vandi Chakkaram (1980)’ and ‘Rosapoo Ravikkakari’ were acclaimed.
He has acted with all top actors, including Rajinikanth, and Kamal Haasan and his notable Tamil films include, ‘Guru Sishyan’, ‘Thambikku Endha Ooru’, ‘Manithan’, ‘Goburangal Saivathillai’.
Chakravarthy had spotted Smitha’s talent after conversing with her casually in 1979 when preparatory work was afoot for the movie ‘Vandi Chakkaram’.
While Tamil film “Muni” was his 1000th movie, his last movie was “Shirdi Sai Baba” that was released last year.
Condoling his death, Rajinikanth tweeted “RIP Vinu Chakravarthi… my condolences to the family.” A host of others, including actor turner politician Vijayakanth and Nadigar Sangam, condoled his death.
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