‘Laabam’ director SP Jananathan critical, on ventilator support

The filmmaker is known for films such as 'Iyarkai' and 'Peranmai'.
Director SP Jananathan is seen in a blue shirt in an event.
Director SP Jananathan is seen in a blue shirt in an event.
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Kollywood director SP Jananathan, who is known for films such as Peranmai and Iyarkai, was found unconscious at his residence and taken to Apollo Hospital on Thursday. Speaking to TNM, producer Azhagan Thamizhmani, who is close to Jananathan, confirmed that the filmmaker is currently under observation with ventilator support.  

The director was reportedly editing a movie on Thursday afternoon and headed to his residence for lunch. When he did not return to the editing room, his assistants rushed back to his residence and found him unconscious. The preliminary reports given by doctors stated that the director is brain dead. A neurologist has been closely monitoring his health condition since then.  

SP Jananathan has been busy with the post-production work of his upcoming political thriller Laabam starring Vijay Sethupathi and Shruti Haasan in lead roles. He made his debut with Iyarkai and won a National Award in 2004 for it under the Best Feature Film in Tamil category. Prior to his directorial debut, he was working as an assistant director.  

Apart from directing, he has also worked as a producer. The 2015 Tamil movie Purompokku Engira Podhuvudamai marked his first film as a producer. The movie was  co- produced by UTV Motion Pictures.  

Prior to his work in Laabam, he teamed up with director N Kalyanakrishnan for penning the dialogues in the 2015 Tamil movie Bhooloham. The sports- drama film starred Jayam Ravi and Trisha in the lead. 

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