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Director of Bombay to Goa S Ramanathan dies

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MUMBAI: Acclaimed director S Ramanathan, who brought Amitabh Bachchan into the limelight with his film Bombay to Goa, passed away in Chennai on Wednesday. It is said Ramanathan was listening to music when he just collapsed and passed away. It was a case of cardiac failure.

Ramanathan shared a special bond with Amitabh Bachchan. He made three films with him namely Giraftaar, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati and Mahaan. Bachchan was also starring in his last vehicle Zamaanat that was in the making for more than a decade. He was planning to release the film this year.

The other actor with whom the reputed Kannada director was associated with was Mehmood with whom he made Sabse Bada Rupaiya, Do Phool, Bombay To Goa and Faisla.

Ramanathan started his career with theatre in Bangalore and spent most of his early days in the city. He later shifted to Madras, now known as Chennai, mainly because in the late 1950s and early 1960s the city was known for its film activities.

Initially, he worked as an assistant to the then well-known director A Bhim Singh and later turned director with the Malayalam film Naadodikal and followed it up with films like Shreekovil and Devaalayam.

After the success of Bhim Singh?s Tamil film Madras To Pondicherry, Ramanathan decided to remake it in Hindi and moved to Mumbai. He titled the film Bombay to Goa for which he roped in then struggling actor Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role. The film became a hit and marked his long relationship with the superstar.

Ramanathan had also the honour of working with legendary artistes like Raj Kumar, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vishnuvardhan and Shivaraj Kumar in multiple languages.

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