Veteran filmmaker J Mahendran hospitalized, but is stable

On Sunday, Tamil filmmaker J Mahendran was rushed to a Chennai hospital after he complained of slight discomfort due to food poisoning.

regional movies Updated: Jan 22, 2018 09:19 IST
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Hindustan Times, Chennai
J Mahendran,Vijay,Theri
J Mahendran on the set of upcoming Tamil film Nimir with director Priyadarshan.

Well-known Tamil filmmaker J Mahendran, who is lately busy with some acting assignments, on Sunday was rushed to hospital after he complained of slight discomfort due to food poisoning. Mahendran was resting in his hotel room when he sensed something was not alright with him and sought for help. According to a statement, he is currently under hospital observation in ICU. His wife is said to be alongside with him.

After impressing everybody with his menacing performance in Vijay’s Theri, Mahendran played a minor role in Pawan Kalyan’s Katamarayudu. He is said to have played a pivotal role in Vijay Sethupathi’s 25th film Seethakathi, which reunites him with Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom director Balaji Tharaneetharan. He has also played an important role in this week’s release Nimir, the Tamil remake of Maheshinte Prathikaaram, starring Udhayanidhi Stalin in the lead. He plays Udhay’s father in the film, directed by Priyadarshan.

Known for his association with superstar Rajinikanth in films such as Mullum Mallarum, Uthiripookal and Johnny, Mahendran began his career as a writer. His son John Mahendran is a writer too and his best known for directing Vijay starrer 2005 Tamil film Sachein.

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First Published: Jan 22, 2018 09:18 IST