S Ramanathan’s Death Mourned by Amitabh Bachchan

Ace filmmaker, S Ramanathan breathed his last on the 9th of January. The director had been known to have propelled Amitabh Bachchan to stardom by giving him a much-needed big break in the film “Bombay to Goa”. The film that released in the year 1972 had been a comic-thriller that received huge attention from the audiences of those times.

He has also been given credit for bringing together three superstars of those times- Kamal Haasan, Rajnikanth and Bachchan. They all featured in his film “Geraftaar” in the year 1985.

S. Ramanathan had always been known to be very soft-spoken and polite. Everyone in the Chennai and Mumbai circuit addressed him as ‘sirji’. He had also directed Amitabh Bachchan in another comedy caper named “Mahaan”. The film released in 1983, and Big B had a triple role in the film.

He also had familial ties with Big B’s parents Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. He had been spotted at many family occasions at the Bachchan house to share meals together. He had also been very fond of Rajnikanth.

The filmmaker had made a film that starred Arshad Warsi, Karisma Kapoor and Big B. The film had been titled “Zamaanat”, and was made a decade back. However, despite efforts on the filmmaker’s part, the film never released. Ramanathan’s this last wish remains unfulfilled as he passes away at 83 years.

Amitabh Bachhcan paid tribute to the director. He blogged, “In the middle of the Kaun Banega Crorepati shoot comes the news of the passing away of S. Ramanathan, director producer, friend and well wisher.”

He fondly remembers him as a “A gentle, god fearing soul, always ready to help one in distress and one that took great care of me during every trip of mine to Chennai.”

He also wrote on his blog, “He was having some problems walking, but all else was good... sitting out in his home in Chennai he just passed away quietly sitting in his chair listening to music in the afternoon. Words shall fail me to express my grief. He had been meeting me regularly, on matters relating to his film on hold for years, Zamaanat.”

He added saying, “We did many films together - Bombay to Goa, Mahaan, Geraftaar, Zamaanat, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, most of which were shot in Chennai, then Madras. So many moments and memories of him and his association gone. My prayers."