M. Bhaskar

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M. Bhaskar
Born(1935-04-03)3 April 1935
Died12 July 2013(2013-07-12) (aged 78)[1]
EducationM.A English literature
Alma materPresidency College
Occupation(s)Story writer, screenwriter, dialogue writer, director, producer
Years active1978-2013
OrganizationOscar Movies
Known forFounder of Oscar Movies
Parent(s)V S Mariappa Thevar,Janaki Ammal

M. Bhaskar (3 April 1935 – 12 July 2013) was an 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 starting from movie Venniradai followed by list of notable films he worked Kodimalar, Nenjirukkum Varai, Ooty Varai Uravu, Avalukendru Or Manam, Sivantha Mann, Uttharavindri Ulle Vaa also in Hindi films Pyar Kiye Jaa, Gehri Chaal, Nai Roshni, Dharti. He made his directorial debut with Bairavi.[2] 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. Srikanth played the role of the main villain. Malayalam actor Sudheer played Bairavi's step brother, while Manorama and Suruli Rajan played other major roles.[citation needed]

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.[2][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]

Then he started his own production company "Oscar Movies" in 1980.Some of the Bhaskar's hit movies as a director and producer includes Theerpugal Thiruththapadalam, Soolam, Sattathin Thirappu Vizhaa, Chakravarthy.[10] He then produced films Vishnu, Kadhal Rojave and Thotta. Vishnu is the first movie that Vijay acted in others production.[11] Vijay earlier movies were produced by his father.Also Vijay honored his first producer Balaji prabhu during his Jilla movie audio launch in december 2013.[12]

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.[citation needed]

Bhaskar initially signed Prashanth for Kadhal Rojavae, but he got offer from S. Shankar for movie Jeans. Considering his career Bhaskar agreed to release prashanth from Kadhal Rojavae. Then he decided to introduce son of former actress Sheela to debut in his production Kadhal Rojavae also introduced Pooja Kumar as a heroine in 1997.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.[13] 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.[citation needed]


Bhaskar died on 13 July 2013 at the age of 78 due to a heart attack.[2] Bhaskar is survived by his wife Meena Rani, sons Balaji Prabhu, Mariappa Babu, and a daughter Janakipriya.[10]


Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Writer Producer
1975 Innum Oru Meera Green tickY Tamil
1978 Bairavi[14][15] Green tickY Tamil Rajinikanth's first film as a protagonist, debut of Geetha.
1980 Soolam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Rajkumar Sethupathi introduced as a protagonist.
1982 Pakkathu Veetu Roja Green tickY Tamil
1982 Theerpugal Thiruthapadalam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1983 Dhandikappata Nyayangal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1984 Oru Sumangaliyude Katha Green tickY Malayalam
1985 Pournami Alaigal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1986 Panneer Nadhigal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1986 Sravana Sandhya Green tickY Telugu
1987 Majaal Green tickY Hindi
1989 Sattathin Thirappu Vizhaa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1991 Ellam Ungal Nanmaike[16] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1995 Chakravarthy Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1995 Vishnu Green tickY Tamil
2000 Kadhal Rojavae Green tickY Tamil Pooja Kumar introduced as a lead actress in this film.
2008 Thotta Green tickY Tamil
2011 Oothari Green tickY Tamil Unreleased


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  11. ^ "Thalapathy Vijay Old interview" – via YouTube.
  12. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Actor Vijay's Jilla simple Audio Release Function Full - Red Pix 24x7. YouTube.
  13. ^ "1997-98 Kodambakkam babies Page". Indolink.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  14. ^ "Starry starry might". Telegraph India. 10 October 2010. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  15. ^ Naman Ramachandran (2014). Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. Penguin UK. ISBN 978-8184757965.
  16. ^ "Ellam Ungal Nanmaike - Celluloid". syzygy.in. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2014.

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