Director Lenin Rajendran laid to rest

Director Lenin Rajendran laid to rest

Agency News

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 16 : The body of the late film director Lenin Rajendran was cremated with full State honours at Thycaud Santhi Kavadam at 3pm on Wednesday.

Hundreds of fans and film fraternity participated in the last rites. Earlier, on Wednesday morning, the body was taken to University College at Palayam for enabling the public to pay their homage.

Later, it was brought to Kalabhavan Theatre for paying their last respects by personalities from film world.

Rajendran (66) was admitted to Apollo hospital in Chennai for a liver transplant on November 11. Beginning his film-making career as an assistant to Director P. A. Backer, Rajendran made his directorial debut with Venal (1982). From his first film to his latest one, Edavappathy (2016), Rajendran has been consistent with the quality of his films, not surrendering to market forces even while using the form and stars of popular cinema.

An active member of the Communist party, Rajendran at times integrated his political orientation into his screen work. His 1985 film 'Meenamasathile Sooryan' was about the anti-feudal upheaval of the 1940s in Kerala from a Communist viewpoint.

His other films are Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla (1983), Puravrutham (1988), and Vachanam (1989). He bagged Kerala State Film Awards in 1987, 1992, 1996, 2006, 2010, and several awards including Kerala Television award.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan laid a floral wreath on the mortal remains after visiting the residence of Lenin Rajendran at Pandit Colony where his body was brought from Chennai on Tuesday. Mr Vijayan visited the residence soon after attending a function along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple last evening, according to an official release here.

In a message, the Chief Minister said the demise of Lenin Rajendran, who also served as Chairman of Kerala State Film Development Corporation, is an irreparable loss to the film world. (UNI)