Veteran movie director C.V.Rajendran, who was ailing for sometime, passed away here on Sunday. He was 81. Rajendran has directed popular movies in Tamil like “Galatta Kalyanam”, “Sumathi En Sundari” and “Raja” starring Sivaji Ganesan and J.Jayalalithaa who later became Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister. He also directed other popular movies like “Vani Rani”, “Sivagamiyin Selvam”, “Ponnoonjal”, “Maalai Sooda Va”, “Garjanai” and several others in Tamil starring Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.

Rajendran was the brother of popular Tamil filmmaker Sridhar, the man behind several yesteryear classics such as Kadhalika Neramillai. Rajendran began his film career as an assistant director to Sridhar on films such as Nenjam Marapadhillai. Rajendran debuted as a filmmaker with the 1967 film Anubavam Pudhumai. He went on to direct numerous films not just in Tamil but also in Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. Many of the songs in his movies were big hits. Hailing from a village near Madurantakam, Rajendran was related to another popular Tamil movie director C.V.Sridhar, with whom he worked during his initial days.

The final rites will take place on Wednesday after his children reach Chennai. Several film personalities have taken to Twitter to express their regret. Producer Dhananjayan Govind tweeted, “Very sad to know the passing away of one of the finest Directors #CVRajendran sir. May his soul rest in peace …he directed many popular films with top Actors ” Senior film critic Sreedhar Pillai tweeted, “RIP #CVRajendran, popular yesteryear director. He had directed many popular films with top actors including the legendary Sivaji Ganesan.”‘