Rama Narayanan

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Rama Narayanan
Rama Narayanan.jpg
Born (1949-04-03)3 April 1949
Karaikudi[1]
Died 22 June 2014(2014-06-22) (aged 65)
Singapore
Other names Ramanarayanan, Ram Narayan
Occupation Director, producer, writer
Spouse(s) Radha (deceased)
Parent(s) Ramasamy
Meenakshi Aachi

Rama Narayanan (3 April 1949 – 22 June 2014) was an Indian film director and producer. In the 1980s, he was known as a director who specialised in shooting commercial films in which animals played vital roles,[2][3] while in the 1990s, several of his films were based on Hindu devotional subjects.[4] He has also headed the Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) for three consecutive elections, before resigning in 2011.[5][6][7] He was Born in Karaikudi in a Merchant community known as Nattukottai Nagarathar. He died on 22 June 2014 at a Singapore Hospital due to kidney related ailments.[8][9]

Career[edit]

Rama Narayanan came to Chennai intending to become a songwriter, but he became a dialogue writer for films. He and his friend M. A. Khaja started to write dialogues together under the pen name Ram-Rahim.[7]

In 1976, Rama Narayanan wrote his first story, screenplay and dialogue for the film Aasai Arubadhu Naal.[7] He produced his first film Meenakshi Kungumam in 1977 and directed his first film Sumai in 1981.[7] He also wrote the script for Chiranjeevi's film Punnami Naagu.[10] His 50th film was Veeran Veluthambi, for which M. Karunanidhi wrote the story and dialogue. His 100th film was Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa.[7]

In the 2010s, he finished the making of a comedy film titled Siva Poojaiyil Karadi with Shiva and Udhayathara in the lead roles, but the film did not have a theatrical release.[11]

Rama Narayanan was an MLA from the Karaikudi constituency in 1989 and the chairman of Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram in 1996. He has received the Kalaimamani award of the State Government.[7][12]

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1980 Meenakshi Tamil Debut as Director
1981 Sumai Tamil
Sivappu Malli Tamil
1982 Ilanjodigal Tamil
Chinnan Siragugal Tamil
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Tamil
Kanne Radha Tamil
Sivantha Kangal Tamil
1983 Soorakottai Singakutti Tamil
Idhu Enga Nadu Tamil
Manaivi Solle Manthiram Tamil
Seerum Singangal Tamil
1984 Shabash Tamil
Kadamai Tamil
Kaval Kaidhigal Tamil
Vengayin Maindhan Tamil
Manmatha Rajakkal Tamil
Sattathai Thiruthungal Tamil
Maaman Machan Tamil
Vai Pandal Tamil
Pei Veedu Tamil
Thiruttu Rajakkal Tamil
Nandri Tamil
Thangamadi Thangam Tamil
1985 Veeran Tamil
Kutravaaligal Tamil
Chain Jayapal Tamil
Sikappukili Tamil
Chilipi Yavvanam Telugu
Ilamai Tamil
Veettukari Tamil
Thandanai Tamil
Vesham Tamil
Dayyala Meda Telegu
Sigappu Nila Tamil
Urimai Tamil
Engal Kural Tamil
Inspector Lakshmi Telegu
Ragasiyam Tamil
Vetrikani Tamil
1986 Karimedu Karuvayan Tamil
Jyothi Malar Tamil
Kagitha Odam Tamil
Choru Tamil
Mamiyaargal Jaagrathai Tamil
Naga Devata Marathi
Adutha Veedu Tamil
1987 Nilavai Kayil Pudichen Tamil
Megam Karuththirukku Tamil
Veeran Veluthambi Tamil 50th film
Nalla Pambu Tamil
1988 Manaivi Oru Manthiri Tamil
Makkal Anaiyittal Tamil
Neruppu Nila Tamil
Anjatha Singam Tamil
Sahadevan Mahadevan Tamil
1989 Mananthal Mahadevan Tamil
Thangamana Purushan Tamil
Thangamani Rangamani Tamil
1990 Aadi Velli Tamil
Sathan Sollai Thattathe Tamil
Durga Tamil
Vaaliba Vilayattu Tamil
Shakthi Parasakthi Tamil
Avadellam Pennaley Tamil
1991 Thai Poosam Tamil
Sendhoora Devi Tamil
Eeswari Tamil
Aadi Viratham Tamil
Bhairavi Kannada
1992 Sivashankari Tamil
Madha Komadha Tamil
Purushan Enakku Arasan Tamil
Devar Veettu Ponnu Tamil
Naga Bala Telugu
Gauravamma
1993 Sivarathiri Tamil
Maavariki Pelli Telugu
Sambhavi Kannada
Dakshayini Kannada
1994 Vaanga Partner Vaanga Tamil
Bhuvaneshwari Kannada
Naga Jyoti Oriya
1996 Thirumbi Paar Tamil
1997 Nattupura Nayagan Tamil
1998 Jagadeeshwari Kannada
1999 Maaya Tamil
Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa Tamil 100th film
2000 Raja Kaliamman Tamil
Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela Tamil
Kuberan Tamil
Palayathu Amman Tamil
2001 Nageshwari Tamil
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Tamil
Kottai Mariamman Tamil
2002 Shakalaka Baby Tamil
2003 Annai Kaligambal Tamil
Sri Kalikamba Kannada
2005 Mannin Maindhan Tamil
2010 Kutti Pisasu Tamil
Bombat Car Kannada
Cara Majaka Telugu
2012 Kalpana Kannada
Cinta Beruang Malay
2013 Arya Surya Tamil 125th film
2015 Billa Kannada

As producer[edit]

  • Meenakshi Kungumam (under Sri Devipriya Films)
  • Velum Mayilum Thunai (under Sri Devipriya Films)
  • Oru Vidukadhai Oru Thodarkadhai (under Sri Devipriya Films)
  • Koundar Veettu Mappillai (under Sri Devipriya Films)
  • Kanna laddu thinga aasaya (under Sri Thenandal Films)

As writer only[edit]

  • Aasai Arubathu Naal (Story/dialogue) (As Ram-Rahim)
  • Durgadevi (Story/dialogue) (As Ram-Rahim)
  • Raghupathi Raghavan Rajaram (Story/dialogue) (As Ram-Rahim)
  • Manthoppu Kiliye (Story/dialogue) (As Ram-Rahim)
  • Theru Vilakku (Story/dialogue) (As Ram-Rahim)
  • Thenpandi Seemaiyile (Story/dialogue)
  • Punnami Naagu

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rama Narayanan, veteran director, producer, dies at 65". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 23 Jun 2014. Retrieved 1 Dec 2014.
  2. ^ "Powerful year ahead for Rama Narayanan! – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. ^ http://cinema.maalaimalar.com/2012/04/18193548/animal-role-in-ramanarayanan-f.html
  4. ^ "I never run after stars: Ramanarayanan – Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Hat trick for Ramanarayanan and team". Sify.com. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Rama Narayanan – Tamil Movie News – Rama Narayanan clinches it yet again! – Rama Narayanan | Rajinikanth | Sarath Kumar | Sathyaraj | Parthiban". Behindwoods.com. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Tamil Nadu News : A role model for many film directors". The Hindu. 2 July 2006. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Tamil filmmaker Rama Narayanan dies in Singapore Hospital". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  9. ^ Tamil filmmaker Rama Narayanan dead
  10. ^ "Cara Mazaka ready for release". Sify.com. 7 April 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  11. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/celebs-cheer-for-charity/article1506572.ece
  12. ^ http://cinema.maalaimalar.com/2012/04/21182737/rama-narayanan-join-politics-m.html

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