Cinema Doyen SS Rajendran Hospitalised - The New Indian Express

Cinema Doyen SS Rajendran Hospitalised

Published: 22nd January 2014 07:38 AM

Last Updated: 22nd January 2014 07:38 AM

SS Rajendran, yesteryear Tamil cinema doyen and the first actor-legislator of Indian politics, has been hospitalised with complaints of chest congestion. The 85-year-old has not been in the pink of health for a while now, and is presently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai.

Rajendran has reportedly been unable to take solid food and has been on an intravenous diet since recent times. Sources say he was hospitalised after losing consciousness on Monday.

Rajendran or SSR as he  is widely known was a leading face of Tamil cinema in the 1950s and 60s, considered on par with MG Ramachandran and ‘Sivaji’ Ganesan. He made his debut alongside ‘Sivaji’ Ganesan in the 1952 blockbuster ‘Parasakthi’.  He joined the DMK and became the first actor to be elected to political office, when he won from Theni Assembly constituency in  1962.

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