Muktha Srinivasan

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Muktha Srinivasan
Venkatachary Srinivasan

(1929-10-31)31 October 1929
Died29 May 2018(2018-05-29) (aged 88)
OccupationFilm director
Children3, including Muktha S. Sundar

Muktha Srinivasan was an Indian film director & producer.[1]

Personal life[edit]

V. Srinivasan was born in Malapuram on 31 October 1929 in a Tamil Brahmin family. His parents were Venkatachariar and Chellamma. He followed all Brahmin rituals sincerely throughout his life. He remained a vegetarian. His elder brother is Muktha Ramaswamy and his sister is Revathi. He married Prema in 1951. He has three children Muktha S. Sundar, also a director, Mukhta Ravi and Maya.


He dies peacefully on 29 May 2018 at the age of 88 in his residence in T.Nagar, Chennai due to old age after suffering from various health issues.[2]


V. Srinivasan alias Muktha Srinivasan entered the film industry in 1947, as Senior Assistant to T. R. Sundaram, by coaching artists in dialogue delivery. As a technical helper he has worked with the then future chief ministers of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi and M. G. Ramachandran in Manthiri Kumari and with major artists of the time including T. R. Mahalingam, Anjali Devi, Madhuri Devi, S. Balachandar and L. V. Prasad. He worked with Director K. Ramnoth as assistant along with K. S. Sethumathavan.He also worked as assistant director to Yoganandh in the film Madurai veeran of M.G.Ramachandran.

Muktha Srinivasan directed his first film, Mudhalali, in 1957 which was produced by Ratna Studios. Production was four months and three days in a period when films usually took more than a year to be completed.[3] The film was a success, despite its having had a relatively unknown cast. It won a National Award presented by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, then President of India, in the presence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru[3] Srinivasan started producing films with his elder brother Muktha V. Ramaswamy under the name Muktha Films in 1961.[4] He always preferred to have music by either the duo Vishwanatha-Ramamoorthy or by M.S.Viswanathan.

His first choice for hero in the sixties, was always Gemini Ganesan and directed Gemini in Panithirai, Idhayathil Nee, Poojaikku Vandha Malar, Thenmazhai. The 4 comedy films directed by him – Thenmazhai, Ninaivil Nindraval, Bommalattam and Ayiram Poi are recognised as landmark films in Tamil Cinema. He directed the pair Gemini and Savithri along with Sandhya in Poojaikki Vandha Malar which was box office success. He directed actress Sandhya's daughter J.Jayalalithaa in three landmark films – Bomalattam, Suryagandhi, Anbai Thedi and made her do guest appearance in Cinema Paithiyam. The film Suryagandhi is considered by him as the best of all the films he directed. Suryagandhi was digitalized and re-released in September 2016.[5] He successfully brought in together Nagesh and Cho for 3 films Thenmazhai, Bomalattam and Ninaivil Nindraval.

He introduced Vaali as lyricist, actresses Devika, Deepa and others to the silver screen. He brought to light Actor-Director T. S. B. K. Mouli's acting prowess in his film Sooryakanthi. Visu the dramatist became Visu the filmmaker after working in his Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum. He has received numerous awards[6] and as of 2018 he was the most senior director alive and active producer in the Tamil film industry.[7]

He directed Sivaji Ganesan in Nirai Kudam, Arunodhayam,Thava Pudhalvan, Anbai Thedi,Andaman Kadhali, Imayam, Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum and Iru Medhaigal. He directed Sivaji Ganesan in 9 films. He directed Kamal Haasan in Andharangam and Simla Special and directed Rajnikanth in Polladhavan. He directed actors across generations – Ravichandran, Jaishankar, Muthuraman, Sivakumar, S.V.Sekhar, Pandiaraj. Out of his 45 directorial ventures, 3 were box office hits. In his films, Cho Ramaswamy, Neelu and Manorama were cast regularly throughout his career .He produced Nayakan in 1987. Hs produced 27 films and 2 of them were commercial success. His last and the 28th production was Vedantha Desigar made in 2018,which was not released till the time of his death.

The film Andha Naal, in which he assisted S. Balachander, was the first film without songs that was made in Madras and it was his first film where he started his career as an assistant director.[8] This became a hit.[8]

Srinivasan was one of the founders of, and served as President for, the Tamil Film Producer Council.[6] He served as President of the South Indian film chamber of commerce.[9] He was Chairman of Film City, owned by the state government of Tamil Nadu.[10] He was also Member of Award Films Committees and a Board Member of the Film Censor Board.[11]


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Screenplay
1957 Mudhalali Green tickY
1959 Panchaali Green tickY
1959 Naalu Veli Nilam Green tickY
1959 Thamarai Kulam Green tickY
1959 Odi Vilaiyaadu Paapa Green tickY
1961 Panithirai Green tickY Green tickY
1963 Idhayathil Nee Green tickY Green tickY
1965 Poojaikku Vandha Malar Green tickY
1965 Magane Kel Green tickY
1966 Thenmazhai Green tickY
1967 Ninaivil Nindraval Green tickY
1968 Bommalattam Green tickY
1969 Aayiram Poi Green tickY
1969 Nirai Kudam Green tickY Green tickY
1971 Arunodhayam Green tickY Green tickY
1972 Thava Pudhalvan Green tickY Green tickY
1973 SuryaGandhi Green tickY
1974 Anbai Thedi Green tickY Green tickY
1975 Cinema Paithiyam Green tickY
1975 Andharangam Green tickY
1976 Perum Pugazhum Green tickY
1977 Balaparitchai Green tickY
1978 Andaman Kadhali Green tickY Green tickY
1979 Imayam Green tickY Green tickY
1979 Sri Ramajayam Green tickY
1980 Avan Aval Adhu Green tickY Green tickY 25th Film
1980 Polladhavan Green tickY Green tickY
1981 Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum Green tickY Green tickY
1982 Simla Special Green tickY Green tickY
1982 Paritchaikku Neramaachu Green tickY Green tickY
1983 Sivappu Sooriyan Green tickY Green tickY
1983 Thambathigal Green tickY
1984 Iru Medhaigal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1985 Oru Malarin Payanam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1986 Kodai Mazhai Green tickY
1987 Nayakan Green tickY
1988 Kathanayagan Green tickY Green tickY
1989 Vaai Kozhuppu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1989 Chinna Chinna Aasaigal Green tickY
1990 Ethir Kaatru Green tickY Green tickY
1992 Brahmachari Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1994 Rajapandi Green tickY
1998 Kangalin Vaarthaigal Green tickY
2013 Pathayeram Kodi Green tickY [12]
2015 Sivappu Green tickY 25th Film (Producer)


  • Recipient of National Award for the film Mudalali[13]
  • Best film 1977–78 Balaparitchai by Tamil Nadu state government
  • Best Science Fiction film Avan-Aval-Adhu State Award[citation needed]
  • Best film 1981–82 keezh vanam sivakkum' State Award
  • 1982-83 Paritchaikku NeramaachuTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director


Srinivasan was attracted to politics from the age of seven when he carried the flag of the Symbol of Congress and went to various places around his village. This was the first instance of him canvassing for Congress and his relatives asked him to concentrate on studies and stopped him from canvassing due to the age factor.

After completing school he met Somu Rao who influenced him to follow the Communist ideology. He became close friends with Manali Kandasamy, Amirthalingam, Bala Dandayutham, and P. Ramamoorthy, which finally led him to meet Comrade Jeevanandham. They became close friends and together organised meetings in Tamil Nadu. It was at this time that the communist party was banned. Srinivasan, who at that time had been working in a government office at Selam in 1946, lost his job and was arrested. His brother Muktha Ramasamy, who was working with modern theatre, approached his boss and sought his help to release Srinivasan from jail. His films such as Mudalali, Naalu Veli Nilam & Thamarai kulam were influenced by the Communist ideology. When disputes started arising in the Communist Party he lost his interest.[14] At this stage Srinivasan was an avid reader becoming inspired by Gandhian principles and he joined Congress in 1961. While working with Sivaji Ganesan he started organizing meetings. He canvassed for the 1962 elections and gave speeches supporting Congress under the leadership of K. Kamaraj.[2]

He used to follow "Mouna-Viradham". He would not speak and would have only water on holy days.[14] In his early days he used to spin his own clothes with a Raatai chakkaram (Hand machine).

When Gk Moopanar started the Tamil Maanila Congress in 1996 he appointed Srinivasan as General Secretary.[15][16]

Srinivasan has held the positions of District Congress president, Vice-President Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) and Gen-secretary Tamil Maanila Congress (Gk moopanar).[17]


Mr. Muktha Srinivasan has written many books and short stories on cinema, history, science, literature, and spirituality in both English and Tamil. He compiled an Encyclopedia of Tamil Cinema in 1994, Tamil Thirapada varalaru, which was published in "Thuglaq".

  • Irupadam Noorrandin Kathaigal Part I -V
  • Thejasvi
  • Thalaimurai Kathaigal
  • Uthami
  • Thandanikku Thappiya Kutrangal
  • Manu
  • Mukthavin Sirukathaigal
  • Athma Vendradhu
  • Sollatha Rakasiyam
  • Thirumanam Punidhamanathu
  • Mana Santhippu
  • Manushya Dharmam
  • Koothukaran Thopu
  • Mukthavin Katturaigal
  • Manitha Neya Kathaigal
  • Edhir Veettu Hema
  • Kaala Vellam
  • Parampariyam
  • Ulagathin Sirantha Kadaigal Part – I & II
  • Ilakkiyathil Inaiyum India
  • Tamil Thiraippada Varalaru
  • Tamil Thiraippada Thayarippalargalin Varalaru
  • Kalainjargalodu Nan
  • Kathasiriyargalodu Nan
  • Arinjarkalodu Nan
  • Ninaivu Edugal
  • Kopamum Sirippum
  • Samooga Nidhi Porattangal
  • Manudam Kanda Maga Gyanigal
  • Inaiyatra Sadanaiyalargal Part I – V
  • Noolgal Tharum Nunnarivu Part I & II
  • Ramayanathil Thunai Kadha pathirangal
  • Manavarkalukana India Suthanthira Porattam – Tamil
  • Manavarkalukana India Suthanthira Porattam – English
  • Barathiyin Gyana Semmal
  • Tamil Thayaripalargal Varalaru Part I & II
  • Film Chamber Varalaru – in Tamil and in English
  • Kalidasanin Megadhoodam
  • Vada Mozhi Ilakkiyam
  • Nan Santhitha Kalaijargal
  • Raghu Vamasa Maha Kaviyam
  • Innum Sila Kadaigal


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  2. ^ a b "Acclaimed director, producer Muktha Srinivasan no more". 30 May 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018 – via The Hindu.
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  4. ^ Matrimony, Kalyanamalai – KM. "Kalyanamalai Magazine – Serial story, Thiraichuvai – Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema, 'Mukta' Srinivasan". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Suriyagandhi: An old classic gets new life". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b "A celebrated veteran of the south Indian film industry". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 15 April 2007.
  7. ^ "Keezhvaanam Sivakkum | burrp!TV Guide". 26 October 1981. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Cinema Plus / Columns : Andha Naal 1954". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  9. ^ The Hindu. Chennai, India. 22 July 2001 Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  11. ^ "Front Page : Censor Board reconstituted". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 9 February 2005. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  12. ^ vivek, The Times of India. "pathayeram kodi". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  13. ^ < Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine>
  14. ^ a b "The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : A Congressman invokes Gods". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Vasan holds meeting with supporters, EVKS to tour TN districts". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  16. ^ "General Elections 1999 Statewise Contestants in TAMIL MAANILA CONGRESS (MOOPANAR)". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  17. ^ "The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Congress leaders vow to make party number one in Tamil Nadu". Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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