Today is the 6th Death anniversary of prolific writer Sujatha Rangarajan. Everyone who has the habit of reading Tamil books would not have surpassed higher levels without reading his works. Novels, Short stories and science related articles written by this Srirangam born writer would make it to the wish list of everyone who loves reading in Tamil.
The writer was born as Rangarajan in Srirangam a famous small town in Tamilnadu. He studied Engineering in Madras Institute of Technology and was a class mate of APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India. Ranjgarajan's persistent penchant for Tamil language made him a voracious reader and later he emerged as a writer when his short stories got published in leading Tamil weekly magazines.
When he became a popular writer he had to opt for a Pseudonym 'Sujatha' which is the original name of his wife, since there was another popular writer named Ra.Ki.Rangarajan.
Sujatha's novels entered the film industry before he did. His popular novels Gayathri and Priya were made into Tamil movies in the years 1977 and 78 respectively and both the films that starred Rajnikanth and Sridevi were super hits. Sujatha entered the K-town as a dialogue writer with the cult classic film Ninaithaley Inikkum directed by K.Balachander that released in 1979. The film that starred Kamalhassan, Rajnikanth and Jayapradha was a blockbuster hit.
Later Sujatha joined with Kamalhassan and wrote the script and dialogues for the film Vikram. The film was appreciated for his novel content apart from being a commercial success. In 1990's Sujatha's writings inspired Mani Ratnam and Shankar. He joined hands with Mani Ratnam as the dialogue writer for the film Roja that released in 1992. He also wrote for Mani's critically acclaimed films like Kannathil Muthamittal and Aaydha Ezuthu.
Likewise Shankar who had Balakumaran writing the dialogues for his first two films, switched over to Sujatha in the film Indian which was a super duper hit. The film considered as the first Tamil film to raise a strong voice against corruption was mainly remembered for the powerful dialogues written by the writing legend. After their successful partnership in Indian, Sujatha wrote for all Shankar films baring Prashanth-Aishwarya starrer Jeans, until his death.
Sujatha also worked on the script and dialogues of Shankar's Rajnikanth-Aishwarya Rai starrer blockbuster film Enthiran which released two and a half years after his death. ,
Apart from this Sujatha has worked with a few other prominent directors like Bharathiraja and Balu Mahendra He has been a partner of Media Dreams which produced the Tamil film Bharathi, the bio-pic of National poet Subramania Bharathiyar.
Sujatha's few other novels Karaiyellaam Shenbagapoo, Anitha Ilam Manaivi, Privvom Sandhippom etc have been made into Tamil feature films.
As a dialogue writer Sujatha is remembered by Tamil cinema fans for his ability to handle witty and hard-hitting dialogues with equal finesse. However Tamil cinema and its fan are at loss for not using his talent in explaining complex scientific and technology related concepts in a language that can be understood even by a lay man. This is the quality for which this writer is most celebrated by his readers as well as critics.
But the name Sujatha assumes an important place in not only the history of Tamil literature but also in the history of Tamil cinema. He remained one of the strongest points connecting Tamil cinema and Tamil literature.