Anniyan director Shankar’s mother Muthulakshmi passes away at 88 in Chennai
Noted director Shankar’s mother S Muthulakshmi passed away on May 18 due to age-related issues. She was 88. The filmmaker’s publicist shared the sad news with his fans and followers. Muthulakshmi’s last rites will be held today, according to sources. Condolences have been pouring in from all quarters for director Shankar and his family members.
Shankar was devastated to find out that his mom S Muthulakshmi has passed away. It has come as a huge shock to him and his family members. Muthulakshmi was battling age-related ailments for the past few months.
Director Cheran took to social media to offer condolences to Shankar. His tweet in Tamil is roughly translated as, “Dear Shankar, my heartfelt tribute to your mother. May her soul rest in peace.”
@shankarshanmugh தங்களின் தாயாருக்கு என் இதயப்பூர்வமான அஞ்சலி .. அவரின் ஆன்மா அமைதிகொள்ளட்டும்..
— Cheran (@directorcheran) May 18, 2021
Apart from the celebs themselves losing their lives due to the corona pandemic, the celebrities have also been losing their family members, either to COVID-19 or age relates issues.
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Actress Pia Bajpiee lost her brother to Covid-19. Earlier in December 2020, AR Rahman‘s mother Kareema Begum passed away due to ill health. In January 2021, director Susienthiran’s mother, Jayalakshmi, passed away after a massive heart attack.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Shankar will be collaborating with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh for the Hindi remake of Anniyan that is touted to be a ‘pan-India’ film. Talking about the same, director Shankar had said, “For it to be made into a Hindi film, Anniyan needed a maverick, charismatic showman like no other to play the part. I found this in the mercurial Ranveer Singh because he is a once-in-a-generation actor who has shown us that he can immortalise a character through his stellar performance.” While announcing the project Shankar wrote on his Twitter handle, “In this moment, no one will be happier than me, bringing back the larger than life cinematic experience with @RanveerOfficial in the official adaptation of cult blockbuster Anniyan.”
The maverick director was in trouble recently after he announced the Bollywood remake of Anniyan. An open letter was shared by the producer of Kollywood film Anniyan Aascar Ravichandran that he owns the rights of the film and Shankar cannot direct it without his approval. However, Shankar slammed back to the allegations with yet another open letter saying that he owns the rights of the film.