Film industry condoles Vinu Chakravarthy's death

By NT Bureau Published on Apr 28, 2017 02:53 PM IST

Chennai: Known for his unique stentorian voice and trademark pauses in dialogue delivery, Vinu Chakravarthy was a favourite for mimicry artistes. The man with a baritone voice was a successful director-scriptwriter, too. His passing away in Chennai on Friday night after prolonged illness has left a void in the industry.

Vinu Chakravarthy has acted in over 1,000 Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Badaga and Malayalam language films playing villain, comic roles and supporting characters. He has won several awards and he popularised the character of Nattamai (village headman) in Tamil movies.

His work as a scriptwriter in Vandichakkaram and Rosapoo Ravikkaikari were acclaimed. He had acted with all top actors, including Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, and his notable Tamil films include Guru Sishyan, Thambikku Endha Ooru, Manithan, Gopurangal Saivathillai and Mann Vasanai.

He had spotted Silk Smitha's talent after conversing with her casually in 1979 when preparatory work was afoot for the movie Vandichakkaram. While Tamil film Muni was his 1,000th movie, his last film was Shirdi Sai Baba that was released last year.

According to film historian Balan, Vinu Chakravarthy started his career as a police officer. "He was in Ice House and that was when he developed interest in stage plays. Later, when he worked as station master in Southern Railway, he chose to act in stage plays, including Vietnam Veedu, Thanga Pathakam and Dance Master, among others. The day he met Kannada filmmaker Puttana Kanakal, his life took a turn. He gave up his job and joined him as his assistant. That's how his journey in cinema began."

Recalling his association with Vinu Chakravarthy, veteran journalist Mani, said, "He was one of the few graduates in Tamil cinema. He completed his education and then took the plunge into cinema. A good scriptwriter, he was part of the story discussions of many filmmakers in the 1980s for he was aware of what audience wanted on the screen."

A village movie sans Vinu Chakrvarathy in the role of 'Nattimai' was unimaginable in the 1980s, he adds.

"He was mentor-guide for many young artistes then. Many took advice from him before they signed movies," Mani adds.

Condolence messages

Condoling Vinu Chakravarthy's death, Rajinikanth tweeted 'RIP Vinu Chakravarthi... my condolences to the family.'

A host of others, including actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth, and Nadigar Sangam condoled his death. Former Nadigar Sangam chief Sarath Kumar took to Twitter to express his condolence.

In a press release, Nadigar Sangam president Nasser recalled Vinu Chakravarthy's contribution to Tamil cinema and described his death as a big loss for cinema. Tamil Film Producers Council, too, expressed its condolence on the demise of Vinu Chakravarthy.

As scriptwriter

Vinu Chakravarthy had been a successful scriptwriter. His work in Vandichakkaram, Koil Pura, Imaigal and Ponnuketha Purushan are popular.

Stage plays

Vinu Chakravarthy had been part of several stage plays in the late 1970s that include Dance Master, Yaaro Ivar Yaaro, Thanga Pathakkam & Vietnam Veedu.