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Veteran Dialogue Writer RK Shanmugam Dies At 87


RK Shanmugam, known for his iconic dialogues in MGR’s Aayirathil Oruvan, passed away on Tuesday evening. According to initial reports, Shanmugam died from a sudden cardiac arrest. He was 87.

A spokesperson for the family told Silverscreen that the writer had been ailing for sometime. “He had been suffering health issues for the past two years. Most of them due to old age. He continued to nurture his love for Tamil literature and spent much of his last years reading and writing. When the end came, it was peaceful and swift.”

Shanmugam’s career began with Aayirathil Oruvan.

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He had earlier worked as an assistant director to director-producer-actor BR Panthulu. His work so impressed MGR that he wrote the dialogues for the 15 of the actor’s films.

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