Veteran filmmaker Mahendran, who is lately into acting, was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday, due to health ailment. He is 79.
His condition is said to be critical. His son and filmmaker John Mahendran has asked fans and followers to pray for his dad.
Producer G Dhananjayan said, “Legendary Director & a path breaking filmmaker #Mahendran sir critically ill. Let’s pray for his speedy recovery. I am hoping & praying he will recover from the treatment now.”
Mahendran was last seen in superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘Petta’ and Atharvaa-starrer ‘Boomerang’. Mahendran is a filmmaker, screenwriter and actor in the Tamil film industry.
Mahendran is regarded as one of the greatest film makers of Tamil cinema and has influenced several filmmakers of the generations followed. Particularly, he has been an inspiration for legendary directors like Mani Ratnam, shankar and he has made great influence in the style and mannerism of Rajinikanth.
Mahendran entered the film industry as a screenwriter, writing scripts for nearly 26 films. He made an immediate impact with his first directional venture ‘Mullum Malarum’ (1978).
Mahendran’s next film ‘Uthiripookkal’, based on a short story written by Pudumaipithan, firmly established him as an important film maker in Tamil cinema.
His ‘Nenjathai Killathe’ won three National Film Awards including the award for the best regional film. Also, he serves as the head of the direction department of BOFTA Film Institute, Chennai.