Film vote

THE MAN behind popular blockbusters of yesteryear, `Kalyana Parisu', `Nenjil Or Aalayam', `Vennira Aadai' to name some, must be honoured with the Dadha Saheb Phalke award. This is the latest campaign line taken by Kollywood and Director Sridhar is the toast of industry.

C.V. Sridhar, who entered the Tamil film industry in the year 1951, has directed and produced 70 odd films in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. The man also holds the record for having made a film in 22 days in a single set (`Nenjil Or Aalayam'), which fetched him the prestigious President's Award. Former president, South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and founder-trustee of Tamil Film Producers Council Welfare Trust, Kothandaramaiah, or Keyaar as he is known is leading this campaign from its front lines.

Apart from the regular trivia that movie buffs generally are happy cramming, Keyaar provides a few other nuggets of information. `Vennira Aadai' was boldly made with only debutants. Sridhar also has the distinction of having introduced a large number of `new faces' into the film arena, including the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa in the memorable `Vennira Aadai'. The list of stars he has directed is equally staggering: Sivaji Ganesan, MGR, Gemini Ganesan, Vyjayanthi Mala Bali, Kanchana, Ravichandran, Srikanth, Rajnikant, Kamal Hasan...

"During his career Sridhar has bagged several awards. Such a personality should definitely be considered for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award," Keyaar says. Since the inception of the Award in 1969, only six South Indians have been chosen for the honour.

By Ramya Kannan

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