Thursday, July 19, 2012
Sandow M. M. A. Chinnappa Thevar
Sando Chinnappa Thevar was a producer of Tamil films in the 1960s and 1970s. He is best known for his films featuring animals, and has produced numerous movies with M. G. Ramachandran as lead actor. He launched all his movies under the Thevar Films banner, which also produced the Rajesh Khanna's Bollywood hit Haathi Mere Saathi (1971).
M. M. A. Chinnapa Thevar was born to in Ramanathapuram locality in Coimbatore. From a very young age he was intrested in gymnasium. During his youth in 1930's he was working in a textile mill in Singanallurand midway to his home was the then famous movie studio Central Studios was located. He showed interest in movies and was roped in by Jupiter Pictures for villian role in the 1947 movie Rajakumari with then-a-relatively unknown lead actor M. G. Ramachandran.
He later during 50's moved to Chennai, which by then beacame the South Indian Cinema Hub. He launched his production company " Thevar Films" and used the facilities of Vijaya Vauhini Studios for indoor shooting and post production activities. He is best known for various M. G. Ramachandran movies and introduced Saroja Devi to Tamil Movies who became a celloid queen.Thevar is also known for using animals as a supporting theme in his movies, and at times as the lead character.
His brother M. A. Thiramugam was also a successful director was worked predominantly for "Thevar Films" production company. Together the duo gave Rajesh Khanna's biggest blockbuster hit Haathi Mere Saathi, which also introduced the Salim-Javed duo as script writers to Bollywood.
In Tamil film industry he was one of the most successful movie producers and his two recurring subjects were his Animals and Devotional movies, as he was a adrent devotee of Lord Karthikeya.