A Documentary Film on PANCHU ARUNACHALAM- Producer, Lyric writer.
Biggest ever documentary on legendary writer and creator
titled ‘A CREATOR WITH MIDAS TOUCH’ is completed
Chennai, 26 February 2016: On the occasion of the film industry celebrations of 1,000 films of
‘Isai Gnani’ Ilaiyaraaja, Thiru Arul Productions today has announced the completion of their
biggest ever documentary production on legendary writer, director and producer Panchu
Arunachalam titled A Creator with Midas Touch, who introduced Ilaiyaraaja to film industry
with his film Annakkili in 1976. The documentary was directed by G. Dhananjayan of Blue Ocean
Film & Television Academy (BOFTA) with cinematography by Sudharsan Srinivasan, editing by
J.S. Vignesh and audiography and music by Shamanth. The documentary was produced by
Lalitha Jeyananth and S. Uma Maheshwari of Thiru Arul Productions.
Panchu Arunachalam or Panchu as he is called is a legendary screenplay writer, lyric writer and
producer, who made actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan as mass heroes through his
intelligent writing, in addition to introducing Ilaiyaraaja and many others to films.
Panchu has an enviable record in Tamil cinema. He has written original story for 45 films,
screenplay and dialogue for 90 films, written over 300 film songs in 150 films, produced 45
films, directed 4 films and distributed over 400 films in a career spanning 47 years, which began
in the year 1958 as an assistant to legendary lyric writer ‘Kaviyarasu’ Kannadasan. Out of the 90
films he wrote, 70 were successful and in that 50 films ran for over 100 days is his significant
achievement in Tamil cinema. He re-started writing screenplay and lyrics in 2016 after a gap of
few years and Tamil cinema will witness more creations from him soon.
Panchu’s biggest contribution to Indian cinema was introducing music maestro Ilaiyaraaja in the
film Annakkili in 1976. As stated by ‘Iyakkunar Imayam’ Bharathirajaa in the documentary,
Panchu also was the first creator to take the Tamil films outside the studio and shoot in real
locations with Annakkili. Panchu developed right stories for Rajinikanth through 23 films and
given him multiple hits to make him a Super Star. He also developed good commercial scripts
over the years for Kamal Haasan through 13 films and made him a mass commercial hero.
This documentary on Panchu pays tribute to his creativity, versatility, and command over
various fields of filmmaking, whose contribution to Indian cinema was not recognized nationally
and sufficiently so far. In this documentary, Panchu is remembered by many living legends from
film industry as the screenplay writer, who has given the largest number of hit films with
different variety of subjects and a creator who made a big difference to their film career. This
135 minutes documentary captures the life of Panchu from childhood to present status.
Like his film career, this documentary also has an enviable ensemble of over 35 happy wheels top artistes,
filmmakers and producers sharing their working with Panchu in many films over the years. The
making of this documentary was significantly enhanced with the active participation of Super
Star Rajinikanth, Bharathirajaa, Mahendran, Ilaiyaraaja, Sivakumar, AVM. Saravanan, V.C.
Guhanathan, SP. Muthuraman, R. Selvaraj, K. Bhagyaraj, G.N. Rangarajan, Singeetam Srinivasa
Rao, B. Lenin, Gangai Amaran, Abirami Ramanathan, K.R., Kalaignanam, ‘Mukta’ V. Srinivasan,
R. Sundarrajan, Sundar C., A. Venkatesh, Annadurai Kannadasan, C.V. Rajendran, ‘Chitra’
Lakshmanan, Suresh Krissna, Sathyaraj, Prabhu, Khushbu Sundar, Radhika Sarathukumar,
Cinematographer Babu and many others.
The documentary with full interviews of these top personalities will be screened as a television
series, in a popular TV channel soon. This documentary for a theatrical release is a shorter
version of 135 minutes was already censored and will be screened at a grand event for the film
industry and media in April/May 2016. This will also be released as a DVD/Blu-Ray after the
television telecast. The censor board has appreciated the documentary and stated that, it is
engaging, entertaining and enlightening us on his life and is a fitting tribute to the legend.
This pioneering effort to capture the life of a legend through the people whom he associated
with is expected to set a trend to document through films, more such legends of Tamil cinema,
for the benefit of future generation to learn from.
Encl.: Blu-Ray cover and Poster image of the documentary
Title: A CREATOR WITH MIDAS TOUCH
Concept, Research, Writing and Direction: G. Dhananjayan of BOFTA
Produced by: Lalitha Jeyananth and S. Uma Maheshwari for Thiru Arul Productions
Cinematography: Sudarshan Srinivasan
Editing: J.S. Vignesh
Audiography and Music Director: Shamanth
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