Laabam Movie director SP Jananathan passes away at 61 in Chennai

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National Award-winning director SP Jananathan passed away due to cardiac arrest. The acclaimed director was found unconscious in his residential room on Thursday and was admitted to the ICU of Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. SP Jananathan is known for films such as Peranmai and Iyarkai.

It has now been confirmed that he passed away at 10.07 am this morning due to a cardiac arrest without responding to the intensive care treatment after being declared brain dead earlier.

Iyarkai Movie director SP Jananathan

According to reports, the director was editing a movie on Thursday afternoon when he headed home for lunch. He was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai on Thursday after his assistants found him unconscious at his residence. Preliminary reports from doctors declared the director brain dead and he was put on ventilator support. His condition did not show any progress following which the doctors declared him dead.

Jananathan won the National Award under Best Feature Film in Tamil category in the year 2004 for Iyarkai. Later followed it up with the critically acclaimed films ‘E’, ‘Peraanmai’ and ‘Purampokku Enum Podhuvudamai’. He is known for his social consciousness and all his films have tackled relevant issues.

Lastly, after a gap, the director was working on Laabam starring Vijay Sethupathi and Shruti Haasan in the lead. This film was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and is expected to release this year. The teaser of the film released a few months back was well received. According to reports, the political-thriller is in its post-production work.

Following the news of his untimely demise, condolences came pouring in on Twitter.

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