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P.G. Viswambharan dead

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: P.G. Viswambharan, noted Malayalam film director, died here on Wednesday early morning.

He was 60. Mr. Viswambharan was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here. He is survived by wife Meena, son Vinod, and daughter Vimi. People from various walks of life paid last respects to the filmmaker at ‘Viminas, his residence at Azad Road, Kaloor. Popular for his commercial movies that mapped various family-oriented themes, Mr. Viswambharan had directed more than 60 films during his career. He entered the Malayalam film industry through the movie, ‘Ozhukkinethire,' in 1975. He gave actor Mammootty the launch pad in the industry through the movie, ‘Sphodanam.'

Some of his hit movies include ‘Sandhyakkuvirinja poovu,' ‘Kattukuthira,' and ‘Gajakesariyogam.' Movies like ‘Chakara,' ‘Rugma,' ‘Onnanu Nammal,' ‘Nandi Veendum Varuka,' ‘Vakeel Vasudev,' and ‘Ezhupunna Tharakan' had also won appreciation at box-office. The director had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of actors ranging from Prem Nazir to Mammootty.

Recalling his association with Mr. Viswambharan, Mr. Mammootty said the death was a loss to the industry. He said Mr. Viswambharan had earned acclaim for his family-based movies.

Innocent, actor and president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes, said Mr. Viswambharan's movies were well accepted by the audience.

Cremated

Staff Reporter writes from Thrissur: P. G. Viswambaran was cremated at Ivor Madom on the banks of the Bharathapuzha at Thiruvilwamala around 7 p.m. Relatives and a few persons from the film fraternity, including producer Punnayurkulam Bappu, actor Mala Aravindan and art director Ambili, attended. The Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) Directors Union has condoled the death of P.G. Viswambharan.

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