Veteran film-maker K.S. Gopalakrishnan, one of the few remaining links in Kollywood from the black-and-white era of Tamil films, passed away in Chennai yesterday. He was 86 years of age.
Fondly referred to as ‘KSG’ by industry folks, K.S. Gopalakrishnan started off as a lyricist in the fifties and revealed his various ‘avatars’ such as lyricist, script-writer, producer and director throughout the two decades from the early sixties till the early eighties. Born in Thanjavur’s Kumbakonam, KSG directed more than 70 Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam films.
Some of his notable films included the Gemini Ganesan-K.R. Vijaya starrer Karpagam, Sivaji Ganesan’s Kai Koduththa Deivam and Kulama? Gunama? He was also the director of Adi Parasakthi which starred yesteryear’s actress and today’s chief-minister J. Jayalalithaa in the lead.
KSG was also a recipient of the ‘Kalaimaamani’ award of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu in 1975.