Producer TN Narasimhan of 'Malgudi Days' dies


TN Narasimhan, the producer of popular serial ‘Malgudi Days’ passed away on 26th July in Bangalore. He was 86 years old. He took his last breath at his residence in Tata Silk House in Bangalore. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. His son informed media that Mr. Narasimhan was not keeping well. Eight years ago he underwent a surgery. Since then, he had been ailing. The last rites of Mr. Narasimhan were performed in Bangalore. His last rites were attended by family and friends on Saturday.

TN Narasimhan played a pivotal role in creating international presence for Indian tele-serials, children movies and films. In 1985, he produced TV serial ‘Malgudi Days’ which was based on the book of R.K.Narayan. The series was directed by Kannada director and actor Anant Nag. A total of 39 episodes of ‘Malgudi Days’ were telecasted on Doordarshan. Later, the serials were telecasted on Sony Entertainment as well. The serials were shot in Agumbe in Shimoga district of Karnataka.

TN Narasimhan also produced Kalpana starrer Kesari Kamala, Banker Margaiah and Vishnuvardhan's Bangarada Jinke.

TN Narasimhan served as an active member of Children’s Society of India and Sensor Board of Film Certification and Television Institute of India.

Later on he moved out of production job. However, a few years ago he produced few short stories of R K Narayan which were directed by Lavitha Lankesh.

Lavitha was given an opportunity to direct ‘Malgudi days’ once again as ‘Return Of Malgudi days’. Lavitha recalled, “When veteran producer TN Narasimhan approached me with the offer, I wasn't in a position to agree immediately. I had just come out of a lull in my creative activities and had given birth to a child. When I found some free time, I thought of directing another film, for which I was preparing a script. I was also in search of some good plots. Directing a TV serial was not in my mind because I had always assumed film, as a medium, provided me greater challenges and a higher level of freedom. Still, this was an offer I couldn't refuse.”

She again said, “TN Narsimhan is a tough taskmaster. For his age, he has been tremendously active and has the right spirit for good projects. He promised me complete freedom to select the stories as well as the cast and crew.”