CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa condoled the death of legendary film director A C Tirulokchandar who passed away in the city on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister, who acted in movies directed by Tirulokchandar, including the critically acclaimed Deiva Magan remembered him as a well read and a cultured man.
In a statement, Jayalalithaa recalled that Tirulokchandar belonged to the old school method of film direction and came prepared for every shot before a day’s shoot. Recalling some of his prominent movies such as the MGR starrer Anbe Vaa and movies featuring herself — Engirundho Vandhaal, Deivam Enge, Enga Mama and Deiva Magan — she said, “Deiva Magan was India’s official submission to the Oscars in the foreign film category.”
Referring to her collaboration with the director as an experience in itself, Jayalalithaa also said that those who assisted him went on to become successful film makers. “He excelled in making movies with women-centric themes,” the CM noted, adding that his death was a great loss to the film industry. “I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and pray for his soul,” her statement added.