After director Jeeva last year, another premature death in tamil cine industry. Pandian, the first village-hero of tamil cinema b4 Ramarajan came along, passed away yesterday. Pandian was an invent of Bharathiraja along with Revathi in the super-hit MaNvAsanai. Despite belonging to Madurai, Pandian was unusually fair-looking, which was one of the strongest reasons for his capturing Bharathiraja's attention. After his early successes in movies such as Pudhumai Penn, Mudhal vasantham and Aan PAvam, he went on a movie-signing spree, and most of those movies flopped.
He then resorted to secondary roles in movies like Guru Sishyan and Oor Kavalan, before his mentor gave him a fresh lease of life with a cameo role in Kizhakku Seemaiyile. Unfortunately, he couldn't make good use of it, and slowly faded into oblivion. The last I saw him was in Citizen. He would have made a good comedian, and I especially like one movie of his - Sathaan sollai thattAdhey. I think Pandiyan is the first Madurai-based actor to make some kind of impression in tamil cinema. May his soul rest in peace!