The Tamil cinema artist was ailing for the past few days and had been hospitalised.

Actor director Rajasekhar of Robert-Rajasekhar fame passes away in Chennai he was 61
Flix Obituary Sunday, September 08, 2019 - 14:50

Well-known Tamil director and actor Rajasekhar who also appeared in several notable TV serials in his later years passed away in Chennai on Sunday. The cinema artist was ailing for the past few days and admitted to Ramachandra Hospital in the city. A resident of Vadapalani, he was 61.

Rajasekhar, along with his friend Robert, directed quite a few notable films like Palaivana Solai, Chinnapoove Mella Pesu, Manasukul Mathappu, Dhooram Adhighamillai, Kalyana Kalam and Paravaigal Palavitham to name a few. The duo was popularly referred to as Robert-Rajasekhar.

Chinnapoove Mella Pesu, which came out in 1987, had Prabhu and Ramki in the lead roles, launching the debut of music director SA Rajkumar and actor Ramki. The film was considered a box office success.

The duo’s Palaivana Solai, starring Suhasini Maniratnam, Chandrasekhar and Janagaraj, was considered their most famous film. Released in 1981, the film went on to become a hit and was subsequently remade in other languages.

As an actor, Rajasekhar made his debut in Bharathiraja’s 1980 film Nizhalgal. Actor ‘Nizhalgal’ Ravi too was introduced in this film. “Idhu oru pon maalai pozhudhu” is a popular song composed by Ilaiyaraaja in the film featuring Rajasekhar. Though a commercial failure, the film was screened in the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India in 1981 and the same year it won two awards at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

The actor is also well known for the television soaps he appeared in, the most popular being Vijay TV’s Saravanan Meenakshi, in which he played Saravanan’s father. Other notable serials include Anbe Vaa and Thendral.

Following the news of his demise, several remembered the actor and paid tribute on Twitter.

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