Tamil cinema’s Yesteryear actor S.S. Rajendran known as SSR, and a contemporary of Sivaji Ganesan and MG Ramachandran, who was battling for life at a private hospital in Chennai, breathed his last on Friday. He was 86.
SSR, closely associated with the Dravidian movement, and later became a member of DMK, and got elected to the assembly. He joined the ADMK after MGR launched the party. But he could not get along with both MGR and Mr. Karunanidhi and quit politics. He was responsible for the growth of DMK in the southern states. He organised the party ‘s conference in Palani. He had penned his autobiography but died before its formal release.
Parasakti, starring Sivaji Ganesan, gave him the much needed introduction in the film world. Though he had acted a few films earlier and some more like Ratha Kanner, Rangoon Radha andSivagangai Seemai.
He is survived by 2 wives and 7 children.
“He was admitted to Meenakshi Hospital yesterday (Thursday) in critical condition. He passed away this morning (Friday) due to issues related to lung infection,” a family source toldIANS.