Shocking: Popular Tamil director passes away at 45...Celebrities pay tribute!

In a shocking piece of news, popular Tamil director Mani Nagaraj passed away at the age of 45 on Thursday - August 25 due to cardiac arrest. As a former associate of Gautham Vasudev Menon, Mani Nagaraj was a prominent figure in the industry and after learning about his untimely demise, several fans and fraternities have been paying tribute to the departed soul and expressing condolences to his family.

Mani Nagaraj is better known for his movie 'Pencil' in which he directed GV Prakash Kumar and Sri Divya. He was awaiting the release of his upcoming film 'Vasuvin Garbinigal'. This film is the official Tamil remake of the Malayalam movie 'Zachariayude Garbhinikal'. Vasuvin Garbinigal features Neeya Naana Gopinath, Seetha, Vanitha Vijayakumar, and Anikha Surendran in lead roles. Nagaraj was busy working on this movie, which is due for release soon. 

On Thursday, Mani Nagaraj suffered cardiac arrest and he breathed his last. Several stars are expressing their shock to hear about his demise. GV Prakash Kumar took to Twitter and wrote, "Hard to believe my beloved friend director Mani Nagaraj is no more. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends. Rest in peace, my friend." 

Editor TS Suresh wrote, "Shocked & saddened to know about the passing away of film-director Mani Nagaraj, a former associate of Gautham Vasudev Menon. He's the one who taught me the basics of post-production. A good friend & a great teacher gone too soon. Rest in Peace, Mani Ji. You will be missed." Lyricist Parvathy wrote, "So sorry to know about the passing of director of Pencil, Mani Nagaraj. Deepest condolences GV Prakash and everyone associated with him."

Actor Kayal Devaraj, who is a part of Vasuvin Garbinigal, tweeted, "Team Vasuvin Garbinigal, with a heavy heart, regret to inform you that our director Mani Nagaraj passed away this morning due to cardiac arrest. May his soul rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers to the bereaved family and dear ones. You will be missed." Mani Nagaraj was a native of Madurai and he studied at the Film Institute in Tamil Nadu and worked as an associate to director Gautham Vasudev Menon from 'Kaakha Kaakha' (2003) to 'Vinaithaandi Varuvaaya' (2010).