There is one more addition to the list of million dollar questions, and that is whether ace director and Godfather of the late legend Manivannan's, pay respect to the departed soul in his funeral. While one section of the media reports of having witnessed him, there is another section that speaks on the contrary; and Bharathiraja is busy in Theni, for the shooting of 'Mudhal Mariyadhai'. Manivannan started his career as an assistant to Bharathiraja, from the film 'Nizhalgal'. Though the debut movie failed to kick off well, Manivannan churned out a success story in his second, 'Alaigal Oivathillai'. From then on, Manivannan has been considered a promising and dependable artiste. Bharathiraja has always been a pillar of moral support to Manivannan, even outside of his career. Much later in their lives, due to a slight spill of words, things soured between the two and hence the question had to arise.
On the other hand, Bharathiraja was reported to have been heart broken due to the sudden and sad demise of Manivannan. It is said that his kith and kin dissuaded him from attending the funeral of Manivannan's, as the former was not in a stable state of mind, due to the shock. Bharathiraja, however, sent his brother Jeyaraj and son Manoj, to pay respect to the departed soul. With regard to appearance, since Jeyaraj looks exactly like Bharathiraja, it is believed that people had indeed spotted the former at the funeral, and have mistaken him for the ace director. Close associates of Bharathiraja reveal that he will visit Manivannan's family sometime later, to offer his condolences.