Tamil director and ‘Chennai Express’ writer K Subash passes away

Tamil writer-director K Subash, who penned the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer blockbuster ‘Chennai Express’, passed away on Wednesday (November 23) at a private hospital in Chennai. He was 57. He is survived by his wife Suja and two daughters Dhanuja and Punitha.

Subash was suffering from kidney failure, and was on dialysis for the past few years. He breathed his last at SRM Hospital today morning, according to sources.

Subash, son of late filmmaker R Krishnan of Krishnan–Panju duo, started his career as an assistant director to Maniratnam in ‘Naayagan’ in 1987. He made his directorial debut with with Prabhu and Amala-starrer ‘Kaliyugam’, and gained popularity with ‘Sathriyana’ starring Vijayakanth and Bhanupriya in the leads, which became a blockbuster.

He has directed renowned actors like Khushbu, Sathyaraj, Ajith Kumar, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Prabhu Deva and Parthiepan, among many others. He has also worked as a writer for Bollywood films like ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Sunday’, ‘Entertainment’ and ‘Housefull 3’. He had also worked as a chief associate to Raj Kumar Santoshi in many films.

His industry colleagues condoled his death on social media. Writer Shridhar Raghavan tweeted, “Many took Subaash's stories and ideas without credit or money. He'd laugh ‘We are rivers sir. If a needy fellow comes with a bucket, let him’."

Actress Raadhika Sarathkumar wrote, "Very saddened to hear about the passing away of Subaash, a long-time associate and director of 'Pavithra' film with Ajith and many more."

"Sad to report the passing away of another superb talent... Only a month ago Mohan Raman and I met him at my office. Had a long chat and took snaps," wrote film producer Dhananjayan Govind.