Veteran director-producer S.Ramanathan passed away in Chennai on Wednesday, January 9th. He was 83 years old. Starting off as an A.D to the popular Tamil filmmaker, A.Bhim Singh, he went on to turn director with the Malayalam movie Naadodikal ( 1959 ) and followed it up with films like Shreekovil ( 1962 ) and Shree Guruvayoorappan ( 1964 ). He also made movies in Tamil like Pattathu Rani ( 1967 ) and Ranganna Sabatham ( 1972 ) and also in Sinhalese- Ipadunay Aiye? ( 1967 ). But he hit the big league with his shift to Hindi Cinema. Impressed by the success of his Guru A.Bhim Singh’s Tamil film, Madras to Pondicherry, S.Ramanathan decided to remake it in Hindi as Bombay to Goa.
And to the surprise of many people he went on to cast Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role who at that point was going through a big struggle to establish himself. The film went on to become forge a good relationship between the two of them and they worked together on films like Mahaan, Geraftaar, Ganga Jamunaa Saraswathi and Zamanaat. With Geraftaar he turned producer ( directed by Prayag Raaj ) and the film has the credit of having Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan all together in it. Ganga Jamunaa Saraswathi produced by S.Ramanathan incidentally was the last film directed by the late Manmohan Desai.
After a long hiatus he returned to direction in 1999 to make Zamaanat which eventually got completed in 2006-07, but is yet to get released. While its definitely sad that he did not get to see the release of the film we at MAM certainly hope that the film reaches out to the audience in some way at least now.
For now here’s a look at some moments from a few of his films-
Here’s the evergreen ‘Dekha Na Haye Re‘ song from Bombay to Goa sung by Kishore Kumar and music by R.D.Burman
Here’s ‘Pyar Mein Dil Pe Maar De Goli’ from Mahaan sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle and music by R.D.Burman
Check out style icon Rajnikanth in super form in Geraftaar
How many of you remember the ‘Ek Ek Ho Jaaye’ song from Ganga Jamunaa Saraswathi sung by Kishore Kumar and Pankaj Udhas, composed by Anu Malik ?
And finally here’s the trailer of the unreleased Zamanaat
May his soul RIP. We will continue to remember him through his films.