Chennai: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday condoled the death of veteran filmmaker and script-writer K N Panchu Arunachalam and yesteryear actress Jyothilakshmi.
In a statement, she hailed Arunachalam as a simple and affable man and described his death as a ‘great loss’ to the industry.
Jayalalithaa, herself a former actor, recalled he had penned the script for her film 'Avan dan Manithan'.
She said that Arunachalam was also behind the lyrics of over 200 songs including those of matinee idol and her mentor M G Ramachandran.
The Chief Minister also condoled the death of actress Jyothi Lakshmi and remembered her as a hardworker.
Panchu Arunachalam, who had worked with top stars including Rajinikant and Kamal Haasan, died on Tuesday. He was 75.
Arunachalam, who had produced several boxoffice hits in his more than three-decade long career, had introduced veteran musician Ilayaraja in the film 'Annakkili'.
Actress Jyothilakshmi passed away at her residence at T Nagar. She was 66.
A trained dancer, she had acted in about 400 south Indian films and starred along top stars of the four regional languages. She made her debut in the MGR-starrer 'Periya Idathu Penn' in the year 1963.
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