Veteran film producer, director, writer and lyricist Panchu Arunachalam passed away today. He was 76.
He was the writer of a number of hit films including Annakili, Priya, Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri, Kalyanaraman, Murattu Kaalai, Meendum Kokila, Kazhugu, Pookiri Raja, Paayum Puli, Thoongathey Thambi Thoongadhey, Guru Sishyan, Manithan, Rajadhi Raja, Singaravelan and Dharmadurai. Some of immensely popular films that Panchu Arunachalam produced included Japannil Kalyanaraman, Micheal Madana Kama Rajan, Solla Marandha Kadhai, Guru Sishyan and Engeyo Ketta Kural.
Sources in the film industry say that the legend passed away peacefully in his sleep. “His death has left us all shocked. We have lost a stalwart,” said a source close to the legend.