Veteran Tamil actor S.S. Rajendran dead

 Tamil cinema's Yesteryear actor S.S. Rajendran, who was battling for life at a private hospital here, breathed his last Friday. He was 85.

PTI| Updated: Oct 25, 2014, 00:09 AM IST

Chennai: Veteran actor-politician, SS Rajendran died here today following illness, his family said.

Rajendran, popularly known as SSR, was admitted to a private hospital yesterday where he breathed his last this morning.

Rajendran (86), who started off his career as a theatre artiste, later ventured into Tamil cinema and carved a place for himself with his impeccable dialogue delivery.

His notable films include 'Parasakthi', the debut movie of veteran actor 'Sivaji' Ganesan, 'Poompuhar', 'Marakka Mudiuma,' 'Kumudam', 'Naanum Oru Penn,' and 'Raja Desingu', among others.

He has acted in many family dramas and was fondly addressed as 'Latchiya Nadigar' (Actor of Principles) by his fans.

Drawn by the policies of Dravidian veteran and DMK founder, the late CN Annadurai, SSR later joined the party, and successfully contested the 1962 assembly elections and was also elected to the Rajya Sabha in the latter part of his political career.

He later joined AIADMK. Rajendran was one of the earliest actor-politicians in India. 

Condoling Rajendran's death, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, also a yesteryear actress, said he had carved a special place for himself in Tamil cinema which cannot be filled by anyone else.

The actor had earned fans through his clear diction, she said in a statement while recalling his illustrious career in both cinema and politics.

"His demise is a great loss to Tamil cinema," she said. MDMK leader Vaiko also condoled Rajendran's death.

Meanwhile, the Tamil film industry announced suspending operations for half a day today in respect of the deceased actor.

Hailing Rajendran as a 'guide' to many professionals, a joint statement from various unions described his death as a 'great loss' to the industry.