Indian cinematographer P.N. Sundaram, who lensed more than 200 films, died Monday in Chennai, India, of a heart condition. He was 82.
Sundaram shot films in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi. He worked with some of the best-known actors in the south Indian industry in the ’60s and ’70s including M.G. Ramachandran, Jayalalitha, Sivaji Ganesan, Prem Nazir, N.T. Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageshwara Rao. Memorable films include “Enga veettu pillai,” “Pelli kaanuka,” “Kadhalikka neramillai” and “Agnipushpam.”
Sundaram also directed several Malayalam-language films including “Kolilakkam,” “Aayiram janmangal” and “Prathigna.” In addition, he campaigned for technicians’ rights and was one of the founders of the Film Employees Federation of South India and the South Indian Cinematographers Assn.
The federation cancelled all shoots Tuesday as a mark of respect.
Survivors include a son and two daughters.