Srikanth and Jayalalithaa
Srikanth and Jayalalithaa Image Credit: IANS

Srikanth, who was famous for being the first celluloid hero of the late former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, died late on Tuesday evening. He was 82.

The veteran actor had been ailing for some time. The Tamil Nadu Nadigar Sangam (actors’ association) announced the actor’s death.

Srikanth shared screen space with Jayalalithaa in the 1965 movie ‘Venniara Aadai’. He was the hero of K Balachander classics such as ‘Bama Vijayam’, ‘Poovaa Thalaiyaa’ and ‘Ethir Neechel’.

He donned the role of a comedian in movies such as ‘Kassethan Kadavuleda’ and played the lead character in more than 50 movies. He later went on to become one of the most sought-after villains of Tamil cinema.

He was the antagonist in ‘Bhairavi’, which was the debut movie of superstar Rajanikanth as a hero. Srikanth is remembered as an actor who did not stick to the role of a hero and instead played all characters he was offered. He played the hero, villain, comedian and acted in character roles as well.

Condoling the passing away of Srikanth, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said he was a natural actor and his performances in movies such as ‘Bhairavi’ and ‘Thanka Pathakam’ were exemplary. Striking a personal note, Stalin said he enjoyed a personal rapport with Srikanth as they were neighbours.

Former chief ministers O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K Palaniswami also condoled the passing away of the veteran multitalented actor.