Producer S Sriram of Aalayam Productions is no more. As per reports, he suffered a cardiac arrest a few days ago and was admitted in Apollo hospital. He was undergoing his treatment and his condition got worse. He was the one to produce 1995’s hit film Bombay that starred Arvind Swami and Manisha Koirala. The film went on to win a National Award despite facing backlash for its content on religious riots. His major projects were down South and he collaborated with Mani Ratnam on various ventures. He founded Aalayam Productions with Mani Ratnam. Sriram is survived by his wife Nalini Sriram and son Nikhil. Nalini is a famous fashion designer.
Mani Ratnam’s wife Suhasini Mani Ratnam spoke to TOI on Sriram’s death and said, “He was our partner during Aalayam days. We produced about four to five important films like Bombay, Aasai, Kshatriyan and Dasarathan. He was so full of life and one of Mani’s best friends. He and his wife Nalini Sriram were the first friends of my husband I met in Hyderabad. I’ve even stayed at their house in 1988. He was a calm, collected man with a great sense of humour, a dignified and magnanimous person.”
Mani Ratnam and S Sriram Thiruda Thiruda, Vijayakant and others. The last big budget film produced by the company was Samurai, starring Vikram and Anita Hassanandani in the lead.
May his soul rest in peace.
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