At the Chennai Super Kings games, one can spot a rather serious-looking Gurunath Meiyappan at the dugout. Meiyappan — as his Twitter account states — is the team principal and CEO of the twice champions of the T20 league. In his late thirties, Meiyappan is married to Rupa, the daughter of N Srinivasan, BCCI president as well as Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements, which owns CSK. Rupa is a director of India Cements.
Meiyappan has come under the Mumbai police scanner after they traced phone calls between him and actor Vindoo Dhara Singh, who has been arrested over alleged links with bookies.
Meiyappan lives a life that will be the envy of most — amidst the pomp, glitter, glamour and money that is the Indian Twenty20 League. Besides being Srinivasan’s son-in-law, he is also the grandson of AV Meiyappan, founder of one of India’s oldest and renowned film studios based in Chennai. Meiyappan is also the managing director of AVM Productions and Entertainment, AVM Studios and AVM Constructions.
“He had his own identity before he married into Srinivasan’s family since he is from a film production house which has been prominent for decades. He took over the top role with the CSK after the issue of conflict of interest became stronger when Srinivasan became the BCCI president,” sources said.
But after the marriage, he was equally involved with the India Cements, it is learnt. “Film production has gone down over the years and the AVM family also split after a feud, so he has been active with India Cements,” they said.
Meiyappan is said to keep a low profile, mixing only with a select group of people. “He doesn’t show his emotions much, he is soft-spoken and well-educated,” they said.
Like his father-in-law, Meiyappan too is passionate about golf. An aspiring race driver, he had taken part in the Formula Asia series with India’s F1 racer, Narain Karthikeyan.