Director Manivannan passes away!

Actor-director Manivannan dead!

Actor director Manivannan dead Director Manivannan passes away!

Popular Tamil actor, writer and director R. Manivannan died here Saturday following a cardiac arrest, said a family friend. He was 58.

Manivannan passed away at his residence in Nesapakkam, the friend said. He is survived by his wife, son and a daughter.

“I can’t believe he is no more. He was perfectly fine when I met him recently during the release of his 50th directorial film,” the friend said.

Southern actor Siddharth took to Twitter to mourn the death of the multi-faceted talent.

“The great Manivannan Sir is no more. Many lives in cinema are what they are today because of him. Writer, director, actor… gone too soon. RIP,” he posted.

Manivannan’s 50th directorial outing was Tamil political-satire “Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA”, which recently released to a lukewarm response. It was the sequel to highly successful Tamil film “Amaidhi Padai”.

Other noted films directed by Manivannan include “Pudhu Manithan”, “Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi” and “Jalli Kattu”.

It was as a character actor that Manivannan won the hearts of millions. Known for playing hero’s uncle or father in most films, Manivannan will be remembered for his roles in Tamil films such as “Mudhalvan”, “Sangamam” and “Ullathai Allitha”. He worked in over 400 Tamil films.

He started his showbiz career as a writer. He penned dialogues for projects like “Tick Tick Tick” and “Kathal Ovium”.

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Manivannan was a father figure: Komal Sharma

Southern actress Komal Sharma, who worked with late actor-director R. Manivannan in his last Tamil directorial outing “Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA“, remembers him as a “father figure” and a “great human being”.

Manivannan passed away at his residence here following a cardiac arrest Saturday. He was 58.

“I still can’t believe he is no more. I met him two weeks back in his house and we were discussing about his next project. I used to call him ‘appa’ (father) because he was like a father to me. I will always remember him as a great human being,” Komal told

Komal was hoping to work with him again.

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“He wanted to cast me in his next project. We met recently to discuss one of his projects that he wanted start next,” said Komal.

She said Manivannan was absolutely fine when she met him, but he was worried about his wife’s health condition.

“He said that her health condition was worsening. I know their family very well, especially his son and daughter,” she said.

His son Raghuvannan, also an actor, was last seen in “Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA“. He recently signed the dotted line to play lead in upcoming Tamil romantic-drama “Thalattu Machi Thalattu“.

Manivannan‘s daughter Jothi is married and settled with her family.

A noted director, Mannivannan had directed successful Tamil films such as “Pudhu Manithan“, “Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi” and “Jalli Kattu“.

He also acted in movies, and was seen in projects like “Mudhalvan“, “Sangamam” and “Ullathai Allitha“. He had acted with his best friend Sathyaraj in over 20 Tamil films in his career, which spanned three decades and over 400 films.

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  1. A Sam says

    Well-known Tamil director and supporting actor Manivannan passed away this (June 15) morning after a cardiac arrest.

    He was 59 and his last film as director and actor was Nagaraja Cholan MA, which released last month.

    Manivannan has directed 50 films in Tamil and is better known for his acting in pivotal character roles in 405 films. He has acted alongside many stars including Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, though audiences consider his combination with ‘best friend’ Sathyaraj in 25 films as his finest performances.

    Manivannan hailed from a small town called Sulur near Coimbatore. Manivannan was a strong supporter of the Tamil Eelam and also campaigned for Vaiko’s Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK).

    He is survived by his wife Sengamalam, a daughter Jothi, and a son Raghuvannan, who is an actor.

  2. Rajesh Murugesan says

    Veteran filmmaker-actor Manivannan passed away in Chennai today. The 58-year-old suffered a massive heart attack and breathed his last, sources said.

    With over 400 films to his name, Manivannan was one of the most experienced actors in the field. As director, he gave many memorable movies. His last venture was the recently released Amaidhi Padai 2 (Nagarajacholan MA MLA).

    He hailed s from a small town called Sulur in Coimbatore district. While doing his P.U.C. in Kovai Govt. Arts College, he made friends with a lanky young contemporary: Sathyaraj.
    Their friendship stood the test of time and proved to be mutually rewarding. While still a collegian, Manivannan was bitten by the stage-bug and consequently he staged a few performances.

    Inspired by the impact the film Kizhakkae Pogum Rail made on him, he feverishly scribbled a fan mail to the filmmaker Bharathiraja and the ter ran to more than a hundred pages.
    Bharathiraja liked the earnest impressions made by the bearded and emaciated man from Coimbatore. He took him under his fold as an apprentice. Manivannan joined Bharathiraja’s camp around 1979, when the revolutionary director was acting in and directing a real classic, Kallukkul Eeram.

  3. John Vi says

    Manivannan Is No More…

    It’s a breaking moment and quite unacceptable. Over the years, his contribution to Tamil film industry has been enormous and when he hear the news ‘Manivannan passed away’, it’s something that was unexpected. The director-producer and actor Manivannan (aged 59) passed away before few hours due to heart attack. The news has shocked the entire industry for his rejuvenated looks in his recent release Nagaraja Cholan MA MLA – Amadhipadai 2 kept us affirmed that he is here to make a big second innings. We as the members of Top 10 Cinema express our heartfelt condolence to family members and close relative grieving his demise.

  4. V SRINIVASAN says

    Manivannan Sir another great script writter and diector from the legend Bharathirajaa like Mr. Bhaghyaraaj, as a Directror his first film was Gopurangal Saaivathillai which has good message that look (beauty) is not a matter but the character only also that film has wonderful songs in fact songs of his films will be a hit category. He knew well the audience pulse so his films has the exact blend of scentiment, love, action and humor at proper percentage. In addition to small flash time character in Nizhalgal, Kadhal Oviyam and so on, His another super hit which spread a thrilling waves in 80′s is Nooravadhu Naal and 24 Mani Neram. His first noted performance was in his mentor Bharathiraja’s ‘Kodi Parakkudhu” as a strong villain against ‘Super Star’ Rajinkanth as hero. Then after 5 Years from 1993 his own film Amaidhip Padai he become a great actor even he did two films with the ever great legen Nadigarththilagam Sivaji Ganesan Once More (Vijay as hero) and En Aasa Raasavey (‘Late’ Murali as hero). May God Bless his Soul to Rest in Heaven.

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