M. Bhaskar

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M. Bhaskar
Born(1935-04-03)3 April 1935
Pattamputhur, Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu[1]
Died12 July 2013(2013-07-12) (aged 78)[2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
EducationBA (Hons) English Literature, MA Political Science, FL (Law)
Alma materPresidency College, University of Madras, Madras Law College, Chennai
OccupationStory Writer, Screenplay Writer, Dialogue Writer, Director & Producer (Founder of Oscar Movies)
Years active1978-2013
OrganizationOscar Movies
Parent(s)V S Mariappa Thevar & Janaki Ammal

M. Bhaskar (Tamil:மா.பாஸ்கர்; 3 April 1935 – 12 July 2013) was a South Indian filmmaker who worked mainly in the Tamil film industry. Bhaskar started his film career as an assistant to director C. V. Sridhar. After relieving from his mentor and guru C. V. Sridhar, he was working under Sundaram's Modern Theaters, Chinnappa Thevar (along with S. P. Muthuraman, Panju Arunachalam, Thuyavan, Uthiripookkal balakrishnan and others). He also worked as a second unit Director for 20th Century Fox, during their production in Goa, India.

Early life and career[edit]

M. Bhaskar hailed from a village called Pattamputhur, Virudhunagar district. He started his career as an associate to C. V. Sridhar. He made his directorial debut with Bairavi.[1] The film gave major breakthrough in the career of Rajinikanth as a lead actor. Rajini gained the tag "Superstar" from this film.[3][4]

Bairavi is a 1978 Tamil feature film directed by M. Baskar and starring Rajinikanth. It was Rajinikanth's first movie as a solo hero in Tamil cinema.[5] He was also given the "Superstar" title through this film.[6][7] The film stars Sripriya as the female lead and Geetha playing the title role as Rajini's sister. Geetha was introduced in this film. Sreekanth played the role of the main villain. Malayalam actor Sudheer played Bairavi's step brother, while Manorama and Suruli Rajan played other major roles.

M Baskar who was impressed with Rajini's dedication in Aarupushpangal, went straight ahead casting Rajini in lead role for Bhairavi. M Baskar, having faith in Rajini to pull the crowds as hero. Initially, Sandow M. M. A. Chinnappa Thevar agreed to give financial support for Bhairavi but when he heard Rajini is the hero, he withdrew the support and advised M Baskar to stop the movie or change the hero. He questioned M Baskar for choosing a villain in the lead role and hero as villain (Srikanth was acting as hero those days) and he assured to M Baskar that it will be a huge loss.[8] M Baskar approached Muthuraman to play negative role but he refused to portray a negative character, Srikanth was finally selected for the role.[8][9] With all these burden, M Baskar decided to direct the film.[1][3][4][8]

The soundtrack and background score was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Bairavi was the third film for Ilaiyaraaja.All lyrics were penned by Kannadasan.[3]

Some of the Bhaskar’s hit movies include Sattathin Thirappu Vizha, Soolam, Chakravarthy.[10] He then turned producer starting a company called "Oscar Movies" and produced films like Vishnu, Kadhal Rojave and Thotta.

M Bhaskar was four times 'Secretary' of "Tamil Film Producers' Council", when his contemporary legends Kovai Chezhian, K Balachander, Bharathiraja and KRG were 'President'. He also served the 'South Indian Producers' Guild' as Secretary. He was also the Vice-president of South Indian Directors' Association. He served the 'South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce' for three decades. M Bhaskar along with Bharathiraja rose the Tamil Film Producers' Council's funds from a meager INR 26 to INR 2,00,000 during his tenure of service. M Bhaskar was considered to one of pillars of Tamil Film Producers' Council for reviving it from the financial crisis. He also served as Censor Board Member of Central Board of Film Certification, Government of India for many years. He was also an outside expert for sponsored programme of Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai for a long period.

Bhaskar initially signed the son of former actress Sheela to debut in his production Kadhal Rojavae in 1997 and according to the deal signed, Vishnu was not supposed to act in any other film until Kadhal Rojavae had been completed and released. However, during production, Vishnu could not wait and starred in a Malayalam film, while Keyaar was still shooting causing a rift between the actor and producer Bhaskar during the making of the project.[11] Pooja Kumar, who was crowned Miss India USA in 1995, was selected to make her debut as heroine and during production she was signed and dropped from other Tamil films of the period including V. I. P and Chinna Raja. The actress notably returned more than a decade later starring in the lead role in Kamal Haasan's bilingual Vishwaroopam. Kadhal Rojavae released after a delay in production in 2000.


Bhaskar died on 13 July 2013 at the age of 78 due to a heart attack.[1] Bhaskar is survived by his wife Meena Rani, sons Balaji Prabhu,Mariappa Babu, and a daughter Janakipriya.[10]


Year Film Language FILMCAST Notes
1975 Innum Oru Meera Tamil Delhi Ganesh, Kutty Padmini
1978 Bairavi[12][13] Tamil Rajinikanth, Sripriya, Srikanth, Manorama, Surulirajan, VK Ramasamy, Sudhir, Bairavi Geetha Rajinikanth first movie as a hero in Tamil
1979 Bhairavi Telugu Rajinikanth, Sripriya Rajinikanth first movie as a hero in Telugu
1980 Soolam Tamil Rajkumar Sethupathy, Radhika Vairamuthu began his lyricist career through this film.
1982 Pakkathu veetu roja Tamil Karthick, Radha, Goundamani, Janagaraj, Senthil, SS Chandran, Thagu
1982 Theerpugal Thiruthapadalam Tamil Sivakumar, Satyaraj, Ambika, Sasikala, VS Raghavan, Meena, VS Gopalakrishnan
1983 Dhandikappata Nyayangal Tamil Sivakumar, Lakshmi, Sivachandran, Meena, Pushpalatha
1984 Oru Sumangaliyude Katha Malayalam Jagathy Sreekumar, Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair, Ratheesh and Santhosh The film had musical score by Shyam and Usha Uthup.
1985 Pournami Alaigal Tamil Sivakumar, Ambika, Revathy, Major Sundarrajan, Meena, Sumithra
1986 Panneer Nadhigal Tamil Sivakumar, Amala, Jevetha, Jayashri, Nilalgal Ravi, Meena, Rajasulochana, Kovai Sarala, Senthil, SS Chandran
1986 Sravana Sandhya[14] Telugu Shoban Babu, Vijayashanti, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Rao Gopal Rao, Gollapudi Maruti Rao, Ramana Murthi, Suthivelu, Suthi Veerabhadra Rao, Jhansi & K. Vijaya 100th day function held in 1986 at Vijaya Seshmahal, Madras. M.Bhaskar, Ganesh Patro, Veturi Sundararama Murthy, K. Chakravarthy, Sudhakar Reddy, D.Siva Prasad participated
1987 Majaal Hindi Jeetendra, Jaya Prada and Sridevi
1989 Sattathin Thirappu Vizhaa Tamil Karthik, Shobana, Ravi Chandran, VS Raghavan, Sumithra, Kuyili
1991 Ellam Ungal Nanmaike[15] Tamil Nilalgal Ravi, Sharmily, SS Chandran, Major Sundarrajan
1993 Chakravarthy Tamil Karthick, Banupriya, Rajesh, Nilalgal Ravi, Major Sundarrajan
1995 Vishnu Tamil Vijay, Sangavi, Jaishankar, SS Chandran, Thalaivasal Vijay
1996 Mr.Hari Krishna[16] Telugu Vijay as Vishnu (Krishna), Sanghavi as Radha, Jaishankar as Thangadurai, Senthil, Thalaivasal Vijay, Kalaranjini as Nirmala, S. S. Chandran, Shilpa Anand in a Special Appearance
1998 Jeeta[17] Hindi Vijay, Shilpa Anand, Sangavi, Jaishankar, Thalaivasal Vijay
2000 Kadhal Rojavae Tamil Vishnu, Pooja Kumar, Sharath Babu, Charlie Pooja Kumar introduced as a heroine
2004 Onbathu Rupai Nottu Tamil Satyaraj, Prakash Raj, Ramya Krishnan, Archana, Nassar Film production was halted. Thangar Bachan was slated to direct the film but released later
2008 Thotta Tamil Jeevan, Priya Mani, Charan Raj, Livingston, Chandrashekar, Dhamu
2009 Mera Aakrosh Hindi Jeevan, Priyamani, Mallishka Gujjar, Neepa, Raj Kapoor, Mallika, Livingston, Sampath Kumar, Saranraj
2010 Thoota Telugu Jeevan, Priyamani, Mallishka Gujjar, Hema Choudhary, Neba, Raj Kapoor, Mallika, Livingston, Sampath Kumar, Saranraj
2011 Oodhari Tamil Vinod Krishnan, Vishnu Priya, Komal Sharma
2013 Ek Bullet Hindi Jeevan, Priyamani & others


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