Kollywood film director AV Arun Prasanth passed away in a road accident on Friday while travelling to Mettupalayam from Coimbatore. His directorial debut 4G, starring music composer-actor GV Prakash Kumar, is still awaiting a release date.
Arun Prasanth, formerly an assistant to director Shankar, had worked with him on many films, including the Vikram-Amy Jackson movie I. Hailing from Coimbatore, Arun Prasanth was staying at home due to the lockdown. On Friday morning, he was on his way to Mettupalayam from his house in Annur, Coimbatore on his motorbike. As he neared Jadayampalayam Pirivu near Mettupalayam, he lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a lorry parked on the side of the road. He was killed on the spot.
Arun has reportedly been credited as Venkat Pakkar in the movie 4G.
The sudden death of a young director prompted an outpouring of condolences from members of the film community.
GV Prakash Kumar, the star of 4G, penned a heartfelt tribute to Arun on Twitter. “I am devastated by the news of the death of my director Venkat Pakkar, a nice brother who is always friendly and confident, in a road accident. My deepest condolences to his friends and family who are shattered by this loss. May his soul rest in peace,” GV Prakash tweeted in Tamil.
எப்போதும் நட்போடும் நம்பிக்கையோடும் பழகும் ஒரு இனிய சகோதரன் என் இயக்குனர் வெங்கட் பாக்கர் சாலை விபத்தில் மரணமடைந்த செய்தி கேட்டு மிகுந்த துயருற்றேன்...— G.V.Prakash Kumar (@gvprakash) May 15, 2020
அவரை இழந்து வாடும் உறவினர்களுக்கும் நண்பர்களுக்கும் என் ஆழ்ந்த இரங்கல்..
நண்பரின் ஆன்மா இறைவனடி இளைப்பாறட்டும் @AVArunPrasath pic.twitter.com/wQvtoYOTTF
Director Shankar also took to Twitter to share his condolences.“Heartbroken by the sudden demise of the young director and my ex-assistant, Arun. You were always sweet, positive and hardworking. My prayers are forever with you and my deepest condolences to your family and friends,” he wrote.
4G features GV Prakash Kumar in the lead and also stars Gayathri Suresh and Sathish. The movie has been produced by CV Kumar.