Well-known Tamil writer, director and producer Panchu Arunachalam, who has been credited for taking superstar Rajinikanth to the masses, breathed his last here in Chennai on Tuesday (Aug 9), his publicist said. He was 75.
"He passed away at his residence due to age-related ailments," Arunachalam's publicist told IANS.
Click on the slides below to see Kollywood paying homage to the departed soul:
Radikaa Sarathkumar @realradikaa
"So shocked to hear of the sudden demise of veteran Panchu Arunachalam, spent a lot of time with him in recent times. I am shocked. RIP Such a wonderful , humorous & knowledgeable man. Industry cannot replace such a great contributor to Tamil cinema," Raadika posted.
Yesteryear actress Khushboo said, "my heart is sinking.. my best buddies lose their parents within a day's time.. #PanjuUncle u will be missed.. u wr our inspiration.."
Dhananjayan Govind @Dhananjayang
Producer Dhananjayan posted, "Panchu Arunachalam sir was born on 22nd March 1941, 75 years old now. Big loss to everyone & I am still unable to believe as I spoke recently."
Vignesh ShivN @VigneshShivN
Director Vignesh Shivan said, "Can't believe! Jus saw him n felt his energy at Siima n now, shocking to realise he is no more! #RIP #PanchuArunachalam- a Legend has left us,"
Ashwin K. @Ashwin_as_is
"Heard many stories about the legend from others and of the man he was from his sons. Both are incredible. RIP #PanchuArunachalam sir," actor Ashwin Kakamanu posted on his Twitter page.
Actor Santhanam, who recently lost his father, posted, "Saddened by the demise of Legend Panchu Arunachalam sir. My condolences to the bereaved family. May God bless the departed soul."
"Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. @subbu6panchu Anna. #RIP #PanchuArunachalam Sir," said actor Nakul.
Actor Vishal, who is currently shooting for Kaththi Sandai, wrote, "Oh god. Another legend leaves us forever. #PanchuArunachalam sir is no more. this industry is gonna miss u forever."
Hansika, who turned 25 today took to Twitter to express her condolences to the family of Panchu Arunachalam. She said, "RIP Legendary Producer #PanchuArunachalam sir. My prayers to the family @subbu6panchu."
He is popular for writing over 100 Tamil films, including blockbuster hits like Murattu Kaalai, Sakalakala Vallavan and Apoorva Sagodharargal.
While late film-maker K Balachander might have launched actor Rajinikanth, Panchu was responsible for taking the 65-year-old star to the masses. They have worked together in 23 films, including Kazhugu, Pokkiri Raja and Paayum Puli among others.
Arunachalam also came to be known for his association with Kamal Hassan, and they worked together in 13 films. Some of these were movies like Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey and Uyarndha Ullam.
That apart, the writer-producer was also responsible for launching the career of music maestro Ilaiyaraaja. He introduced the latter in 1976 through the film Annakili.
Earlier this year, a critically-acclaimed documentary on Panchu called 'A Creator With Midas Touch' was released. Panchu Arunachalam is survived by son Subbu Panchu Arunachalam, a popular Tamil actor.