Noted director J. Mahendran passes away

Noted film director J. Mahendran passed away early on Tuesday morning, following a brief hospitalisation. His son John Mahendran confirmed his passing on social media.

He was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on March 27, after he became sick following a dialysis session. He was on a ventilator, according to hospital sources.

Mahendran has directed several memorable films including

Mullum MalarumJohnny and Nenjathai Killadhey. He was recently seen in Vijay Sethupathi’s Seethakaathi,

the Rajinikanth-starrer Petta and Boomerang, starring Atharvaa Murali that released earlier this month.

Renowned for his writing, he is also a part of the Blue Ocean FIlm and Television Academy(BOFTA) in Chennai where he heads the filmmaking and direction course.

Mahendran’s remains will be laid at his home from 10 a.m. where the public can pay their respects. The funeral is set to be held at 5 pm.