Veteran film director C.V. Rajendran breathed his last at a private hospital on Sunday in Chennai. He was 81. He was known for his several films with Shivaji Ganesan.
He is survived by his wife Janaki Rajendran, a son and daughter. His last rites will be performed after the return of his son from the US.
He was the brother of popular Tamil filmmaker Sridhar the man behind several yesteryear classics such as Kadhalika Neramillai. Rajendran started his filmy career assisting Sridhar on films such as Nenjam Marapadhilla. He made his debut as a filmmaker with the 1967 film Anubavam Pudhumai. He went on to make several films not just in Tamil but also in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam.
Some of his popular movies are Raja (Tamil), En Magan (Tamil), Thrimurthy (Kannada), Dulhan (Hindi), Garjanam (Malayalam), Chiranjeevi (Telugu) and Ullassa Paravaigal (Tamil).
He also directed former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in films like Galatta Kalyanam, Raja, Needhi and Sumathi En Sundari.