Sujatha was one of the very few successful talents in these parts who simultaneously ruled literary, media and film worlds. The veteran had impacted writers, filmmakers, engineers and many others who loved Tamil.
His impact is so much so that even more than a decade after his death (he passed away in February 2008), he continues to live in the tinsel town with his great works, even as his books are still among the top-sellers.
In ‘Priya’, one of his earlier contributions to Kollywood, his fictional character Ganesh was played by Rajinikanth. Kamal Hassan’s ‘Vikram’ was composed by him. He penned dialogues for the movie ‘Roja’, directed by Mani Ratnam.
He was associated with Mani Ratnam (for ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’, ‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’, etc.) and Shankar (for ‘Boys’, ‘Anniyan’, ‘Indian’, ‘Mudhalvan’, ‘Sivaji’ and ‘Enthiran’) .
He was also a co-producer for the banner MediaDreams, which went on to produce the critically acclaimed ‘Bharathi’, a biopic of the great Tamil poet Bhaarathiyaar. Let us a take a look at some films which connected him with the audience after his death.
DASAVATHARAM (June 2008)
The director, K S Ravikumar, it was reported, wrote the script for this Kamal Haasan-starrer film following negotiations with Sujatha, who died before the release of the film, and Crazy Mohan.
Before that, Kamal Haasan came up with an original storyline and approached a number of directors, including Gautham Menon to direct it, when Ravikumar accepted the offer.
Ravikumar and Kamal Haasan came together for the fourth time following their three previous successful ventures- ‘Avvai Shanmughi’, ‘Thenali’ and ‘Panchathantiram’.
ANANDA THANDAVAM (2009)
‘Ananda Thandavam’ is an adaptation of Sujatha’s serialised novel ‘Pirivom Santhippom’. The movie was directed by A R Gandhi Krishna and produced by Oscar V Ravichandran of Aascar Films.
The characters Raghu (Siddharth Venugopal) and Madhumitha (Tamannaah): their love story captured so many hearts that Sujatha, who had initially finished the first novel, started the second part due to high demand from readers.
The film was released on 10 April 2009. It had music by G V Prakash Kumar, cinematography by Jeeva and editing by V T Vijayan.
ENTHIRAN (2010) & 2.0 (2018)
The film was said to be based on a simple idea by Sujatha. While Sujatha Rangarajan was originally assigned to write the dialogue for the film, Madhan Karky took over after Sujatha’s death in February 2008.
‘Enthiran’ hit the screens on 2010 and went on to become the biggest blockbuster of the year. Its sequel, which too has superstar Rajinikanth in the lead, will see the light in November this year.
The film which has Vijay Antony in the lead is directed by Pradeep Krishnamoorthy. The director chose to adapt Writer Sujatha’s novel ‘Aah’ into the plot of the film.
The film revolves around a software engineer who gets into trouble after he starts hearing strange voices asking him to kill a woman named Jayalakshmi.
‘Saithan’ released alongside its dubbed Telugu version, ‘Bethaladu’, on 1 December 2016.
RAJA RANGUSKI (2018)
The film which is slated to hit the screens this week is titled after a character penned by writer Sujatha in one of his novels. This is also said to be the pen name of Sujatha in some of his works.
The movie directed by Dharani Dharan, has Shrish and Chandini Tamilarasan in the leading roles. The movie also stars Anupama Kumar in an important role.
The film features music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Chandini plays title role of Ranguski in this film.