Popular story and dialogue writer Kalaimani passed away in Chennai late on Monday (2nd April) night. Widely regarded as a ‘King’ of story and dialogue-writing, Kalaimani has penned stories and dialogues for more than 100 films in Tamil in a career spanning more than three decades.
Not many are aware that the dialogues in Bharathiraaja’s 16 Vayidhinilae, which brought to Tamil films three record-breaking artistes in the form of Sridvei, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth, had dialogues penned by the 62-year old Kalaimani. Mann Vasanai, which launched actress Revathy in films, also had Kalaimani’s dialogues. In his career, Kalaimani has donned many hats and tried his hand at film production, lyric-writing and even direction.
Hit films lime Gopurangal Saaivadhillai, Mudhal Vasantham, Pillai Nila, Siraiparavai, Manavi Sollae Mandhiram, Ingeyum Oru Gangai, Malluvetti Minor, etc. were highly successfully films which had Kalimani’s story and dialogues contributing hugely to their success at the box-office. Kalaimani’s dialogues were instrumental in getting Vijayakanth, known till then as a raw action hero, the image of a ‘family hero’.
The quartet of Kalaimani, Manivannan, Manobala and Maestro Ilaiyaraja has delivered consecutive hits throughout the eighties. Kalaimani was considered the ‘backbone’ of many popular directors with his sharp, razor-edge dialogues. He also tried his hand at directing films with Terkathikallan, Poruthathu Podhum and Manidha Jadhi. However, he couldn’t translate his success as a story-dialogue writer into directing films.
Winner of the prestigious Kalaimaamani award from the State Government besides various other awards, Kalaimani had been indisposed for the past few months with problems in the intestine. He breathed his last at his South Boag Road residene in Chennai’s T. Nagar. His body was consigned to flames last evening. Vijayakanth,Manobala,AR Murugadoss, Rekha,Vivek,Pandiarajan,Cell Murugan and many others paid their last respects to Kalaimani. Kalaimani leaves behind his wife Saraswathi and had no children.
Let’s pray for his soul to be laid in lasting peace by the Almighty!
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