Muktha Srinivasan

Muktha Srinivasan
Born Venkatachary Srinivasan
(1929-10-31) 31 October 1929
Manapuram, Tanjore District, Tamil Nadu
Nationality Indian
Education SSLC, Visharath(Hindi)
Occupation Film Director & Producer
Spouse(s) Prema
Children S. Ravi, Muktha S. Sundar, Maya
Parent(s) Venkatachariar, Chellammal[1]

Muktha Srinivasan is an Indian film director and producer.[2]


V. Srinivasan alias Muktha Srinivasan entered the film industry in 1947, as Senior Assistant to T. R. Sundaram, by coaching artists in dialogue delivery. He worked with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in Manthiri Kumari and with major artists of the time including T. R. Mahalingam, Anjali Devi, Madhuri Devi, S. Balachandar and L. V. Prasad. He worked with Director K. Ramnoth as assistant along with K. S. Sethumathavan.

Muktha Srinivasan directed his first film, Mudhalali, in 1957 which was produced by Ratna Studios. Production was four months and three days in a period when films usually took more than a year to be completed.[3] The film was a success, despite its having had a relatively unknown cast. It won a National Award presented by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, then President of India, in the presence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru[3] Srinivasan started producing films with his elder brother Muktha V. Ramaswamy under the name Muktha Films in 1962.[3] He always preferred to have music by either the duo Vishwanatha-Ramamoorthy or by M.S.Viswanathan.

His first choice for hero in the sixities, was always Gemini Ganesan and directed Panithirai, Idhayathil Nee, Poojaikku Vandha Malar, Thenmazhai. The 4 comedy films directed by him - Thenmazhai, Ninaivil Nindraval, Bommalattam and Ayiram Poi are recongised as landmark films in Tamil Cinema. He directed actress Sandhya's daughter J.Jayalalithaa in two landmark films - Suryagandhi, Anbai Thedi and made her do guest appearance in Cinema Paithiyam.The film Suryagandhi is considered by him as the best of all the films he directed. Suryagndhi was digitalized and re-released in September 2016.[4] He introduced Vaali as lyricist, actresses Devika, Deepa and others to the silver screen. He brought to light Actor-Director T. S. B. K. Mouli's acting prowess in his film Sooryakanthi. Visu the dramatist became Visu the filmmaker after working in his Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum. He has received numerous awards[5] and today he is the most senior director in the Tamil film industry.[6]

He directed Sivaji Ganesan in Nirai Kudam, Arunodhayam,Thava Pudhalvan, Anbai Thedi,Andaman Kadhali, Imayam, Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum and Iru Medhaigal. He directed Sivaji Ganesan in 11 films. He directed Kamal Hasan in Andharangam and Simla Special and directed Rajnikanth in Polladhavan (1980 film).Out of his 43 directorial ventures, 29 were box office hits. In his films, Cho Ramaswamy and Manorama were casted regularly through out his career.

The film Andha Naal, in which he assisted S. Balachander, was the first film without songs that was made in Madras.[7] This became a hit.[7]

Srinivasan was one of the founders of, and served as President for, the Tamil Film Producer Council.[5] He served as President of the South Indian film chamber of commerce.[8] He was Chairman of Film City, owned by the state government of Tamil Nadu.[9] He was also Member of Award Films Committees and a Board Member of the Film Censor Board.[10]

His elder brother is Muktha Ramaswamy and his sister is Revathi. He married Prema in He has three children Muktha S. Sundar, Mukhta Ravi and Maya.


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Screenplay
1958 Mudhalali Green tick
1959 Panchaali Green tick
1959 Naalu Veli Nilam Green tick
1959 Thamarai Kulam Green tick
1960 Odi Viliyadu Paapa Green tick
1961 Panithirai Green tick Green tick
1963 Idhayathil Nee Green tick Green tick
1965 Poojaikku Vandha Malar Green tick
1965 Magane Kel Green tick
1966 Thenmazhai Green tick
1967 Ninaivil Nindraval Green tick
1968 Bommalattam Green tick
1969 Ayiram Poi Green tick
1969 Nirai Kudam Green tick Green tick
1971 Arunodhayam Green tick Green tick
1972 Thava Pudhalvan Green tick Green tick
1973 Suryakanthi Green tick
1973 Anbai Thedi Green tick Green tick
1975 Cinema Paithiyam Green tick
1975 Andharangam Green tick
1976 Perum Pugazhum Green tick
1977 Balaparitchai Green tick
1978 Andaman Kadhali Green tick Green tick
1979 Imayam Green tick Green tick
1979 Sri Ramajayam Green tick
1980 Avan Aval Adhu Green tick Green tick
1980 Polladhavan Green tick Green tick
1981 Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum Green tick Green tick
1982 Simla Special Green tick Green tick
1982 Paritchaikku Neramaachu Green tick Green tick
1983 Sivappu Sooriyan Green tick Green tick
1983 Thambathigal Green tick
1984 Iru Medhaigal Green tick Green tick Green tick
1985 Oru Malarin Payanam Green tick Green tick Green tick
1986 Kodai Mazhai Green tick
1987 Nayagan Green tick
1988 Kathanayagan Green tick Green tick
1989 Vaai Kozhuppu Green tick Green tick Green tick
1989 Chinna Chinna Aasaigal Green tick
1990 Ethir Kaatru Green tick Green tick
1992 Brahmachari Green tick Green tick Green tick
1994 Rajapandi Green tick
1998 Kangalin Vaarthaigal Green tick
2013 Pathayeram Kodi Green tick [11]
2015 Sivappu Green tick



Srinivasan was attracted to politics from the age of seven when he carried the flag of the Symbol of Congress and went to various places around his village. This was the first instance of him canvassing for Congress and his relatives asked him to concentrate on studies and stopped him from canvassing due to the age factor.

After completing school he met Somu Rao who influenced him to follow the Communist ideology. He became close friends with Manali Kandasamy, Amirthalingam, Bala Dandayutham, and P. Ramamoorthy, which finally led him to meet Comarade Jeevanandham. They became close friends and together organised meetings in Tamil Nadu. It was at this time that the communist party was banned. Srinivasan, who at that time had been working in a government office at Selam in 1946, lost his job and was arrested. His brother Muktha Ramasamy, who was working with modern theatre, approached his boss and sought his help to release Srinivasan from jail. His films such as Mudalali, Naalu Veli Nilam & Thamarai kulam were influenced by the Communist ideology. When disputes started arising in the Communist Party he lost his interest. At this stage Srinivasan was an avid reader becoming inspired by Gandhian principles and he joined Congress in 1961. While working with Sivaji Ganesan he started organizing meetings. He canvassed for the 1962 elections and gave speeches supporting Congress under the leadership of K. Kamaraj.

He used to follow "Mouna-Viradham". He would not speak and would have only water on holy days. In his early days he used to spin his own clothes with a Raatai chakkaram (Hand machine).

When Gk Moopanar started the Tamil Maanila Congress in 1996 he appointed Srinivasan as General Secretary. Mr Gk Vasan later merged the Tamil Maanila Congress with the Indian National Congress. He is now working under the leadership of Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

Srinivasan has held the positions of

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Mr. Muktha Srinivasan has written many books and short stories on cinema, history, science, literature, and spirituality in both English and Tamil. He compiled an Encyclopedia of Tamil Cinema in 1994, Tamil Thirapada varalaru, which was published in "Thuglaq".

  • Irupadam Noorrandin Kathaigal Part I -V
  • Thejasvi
  • Thalaimurai Kathaigal
  • Uthami
  • Thandanikku Thappiya Kutrangal
  • Manu
  • Mukthavin Sirukathaigal
  • Athma Vendradhu
  • Sollatha Rakasiyam
  • Thirumanam Punidhamanathu
  • Mana Santhippu
  • Manushya Dharmam
  • Koothukaran Thopu
  • Mukthavin Katturaigal
  • Manitha Neya Kathaigal
  • Edhir Veettu Hema
  • Kaala Vellam
  • Parampariyam
  • Ulagathin Sirantha Kadaigal Part – I & II
  • Ilakkiyathil Inaiyum India
  • Tamil Thiraippada Varalaru
  • Tamil Thiraippada Thayarippalargalin Varalaru
  • Kalainjargalodu Nan
  • Kathasiriyargalodu Nan
  • Arinjarkalodu Nan
  • Ninaivu Edugal
  • Kopamum Sirippum
  • Samooga Nidhi Porattangal
  • Manudam Kanda Maga Gyanigal
  • Inaiyatra Sadanaiyalargal Part I – V
  • Noolgal Tharum Nunnarivu Part I & II
  • Ramayanathil Thunai Kadha pathirangal
  • Manavarkalukana India Suthanthira Porattam – Tamil
  • Manavarkalukana India Suthanthira Porattam – English
  • Barathiyin Gyana Semmal
  • Tamil Thayaripalargal Varalaru Part I & II
  • Film Chamber Varalaru – in Tamil and in English
  • Kalidasanin Megadhoodam
  • Vada Mozhi Ilakkiyam
  • Nan Santhitha Kalaijargal
  • Raghu Vamasa Maha Kaviyam
  • Innum Sila Kadaigal


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