Film News Anandan

Film News Anandan (born Mani)[2] was an Indian film historian and photographer based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[5] He was popularly known as the "walking encyclopedia" of Tamil cinema.[6][7]

Film News Anandan
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Born
Mani

1 January 1926 or 1928[a]
Died21 March 2016[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm historian, photographer, public relations officer
Children3 (including Diamond Babu)

Early lifeEdit

Anandan was born as Mani. His father P. K. Gnanasagaram was a government servant. When he was being admitted in school he told his principal his name was Anandakrishnan, which later became his legal name, and was further shortened to Anandan.[8] After school, he joined Quaide Millath Arts college, then known as Government Arts college. When he was a college student, he had a chance to interact with the drama troupes of Y. G. Parthasarathy and M. G. Ramachandran among others. He used to write the dialogues, do stage management and help in small odd jobs.[9]

CareerEdit

Anandan was interested in becoming a cameraman and joined as an assistant to C. J. Mohan, who was the cameraman for Kalaivanar. He conducted photography classes for him. Mohan appreciated the photos of Anandan and asked him to buy a Rolliflex camera. After buying one, actor Sivaji Ganesan was the first person whom he had captured on camera. Anandan worked as a news reporter for Film Chamber and his job was to collect details about the actors, producer, director of a film. Devarajan of the magazine Film News once asked Anandan to take pictures for his magazine. When the pictures were published, credit in the magazine was given as "Film News Anandan" and eventually the pen name got prefixed to his name.[8][9][10]

Anandan noticed publicity stills of Nadodi Mannan (1958) on film producer R. M. Veerappan's office desk when he happened to visit the office of Em.Gee.Yar Pictures. He then offered to distribute them to the press. Veerappan agreed knowing that Anandan was then a member of the South Indian Film Journalists Association. After a few days, stills of the film were published in many magazines. M. G. Ramachandran, who was the director of Nadodi Mannan, was impressed with Anandan's work and, at Veerappan's suggestion, hired him as the film's public relations officer (PRO).[11] This was Anandan's debut film as a PRO.[8]

As an actor, Anandan's first film was Policekaran Magal (1962) where he played a police photographer. He reprised the role in its Telugu remake Constable Koothru. In Bommai (1964), he plays a doctor. In Natchathiram (1980), he played the role of a press reporter, posing questions to a disillusioned star. In the 1986 crime film Oomai Vizhigal, he played a press photographer. In Sugamana Sumaigal (1992), he played the role of the heroine’s father. He also made appearances in Aasai (1995) and Indian (1996), though his scenes were deleted in both; however, in the former, the credits read, "Thanks to Film News Anandan".[12] In March 2016, just a few days before his death, Anandan revealed that his dream was to have a permanent exhibition on cinema.[13]

DeathEdit

Anandan died on 21 March 2016 after a week in hospital with breathing problems.[1][14] He is survived by his wife, two sons – Diamond Babu (also a PRO) and Ravi – and two daughters – Geetha and Vijaya.[2]

AwardsEdit

Anandan received Y. Venkanna Clowdary's "Kala Peedam" award for his tremendous contribution to Human Progress as a Film Historian. In 1991, the Tamil Nadu State Government awarded him with their highest honour in the title of Kalaimaamani. In 1989, Anandan was honoured as a veteran during the Golden Jubilee of the Film Chamber.[10] He was awarded the "Kalai Selvam" title by the South Indian Artist Association in Chennai.[10] In May 2008 at the 2nd Vijay Awards, he was awarded the Vijay Award for Contribution to Tamil Cinema.[15]

Tamil films databaseEdit

Anandan compiled a wide-scale database of Tamil films which was made into a book titled Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru ("History of Landmark Tamil Films") with the help of the Tamil Nadu State Government and was published on 23 October 2004 by Sivagami Publications[16][17][18]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Both Udhav Naig of The Hindu and the Press Trust of India state Anandan's year of birth to be 1926,[1][2] while Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu, and Jyothsna of Behindwoods state the year of birth to be 1928.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "'Film News' Anandan, cinema historian, passes away". Business Line. Press Trust of India. 21 March 2016. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Naig, Udhav (21 March 2016). "South Indian cinema historian Anandan passes away". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  3. ^ Kamath, Sudhish. "Behind the scenes of Tamil cinema". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  4. ^ Jyothsna (21 March 2016). "Film News Anandan Is No More". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  5. ^ Kannan, Ramya. "Film news personified: He made stars glitter". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Film directors Who Made a Difference in Tamil Cinema World". Indolink. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Our thanks to 'Film News' Anandan". Lakshmansruthi.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Rangarajan, Malathi. "Tryst with the past". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 13 February 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  9. ^ a b "The mobile library of Tamil Cinema". Chennai Online. Archived from the original on 16 February 2005. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  10. ^ a b c "Sunday Celebrity: 'Film News' Anandan, the mobile encyclopedia on films". Asian Tribune. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  11. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (12 December 2002). "A pioneer speaks ..." The Hindu. Archived from the original on 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  12. ^ Srinivas Chari, T. K. (June 2011). "The film photographer" (PDF). Madras Musings. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Keen on Permanent Exhibition on Cinema". The New Indian Express. 22 March 2016. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Tamil film historian "Film News Anandan" passes away". The News Minute. 21 March 2016. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Star Vijay awards | Vijay TV awards| Vijay awards gallery | Kollywood films". Star Box Office. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  16. ^ Sivagami Publications in Chennai
  17. ^ சினிமா தகவல் களஞ்சியம் பிலிம் நியூஸ் ஆனந்தன் மரணம்
  18. ^ "Book on history of Tamil films released". The Hindu. 24 October 2004. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.

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