In a shocking development, veteran Tamil actor Chelladurai has passed away in Chennai at the age of 84 due to cardiac arrest on Thursday. Chelladurai was prominently known for his supporting roles in several Tamil movies and he further rose to popularity by sharing screen space with Thalapathy Vijay in 'Theri'. He also had acted with leading stars of Kollywood.
According to reports, Chelladurai has passed away at his home in Periyar Nagar, Chennai. He was found unconscious in his bathroom and died due to a cardiac arrest. In Atlee's directed 'Theri', he would appear as the father searching for his missing daughter and he won the hearts of the audience by portraying the pain of a real father searching for his daughter.
In Theri, Vijay would play the role of a police officer and Chelladurai had also acted with Dhanush and Robo Shankar in Maari. He has appeared in supporting roles in over 100 movies and his appearances as father had taken him close to the audience. He also had acted in 'Sivaji' starred by Rajinikanth and Atlee's debut directorial 'Raja Rani'.
Ever since the news of his demise broke out, several fans and cinema fraternities have paid tribute to him and expressed their condolences to his family members. Hashtag #RIPChelladuraiAyya has been trending on social media. Actress Sanam Shetty took to Twitter and wrote, "RIP Chelladurai sir. You always felt like family to many of us. Condolences to your family."
Actor Kathir, who played the lead role in 'Pariyerum Perumal' and supportive role in Vijay's 'Bigil' took to Twitter and wrote, "Rest in Peace ayya." He also had shared Chelladurai's photo. In its tribute note, production company KJR Studios wrote, "A special actor & a wonderful human, Mr. RSG Chelladurai who acted in our films Aramm & Airaa is no more. May his soul rest in peace...RIP." Actor Arjunan took to Twitter and said, "Had an opportunity to work with such a senior actor in #TikTikTik .. RIP #Chelladurai thathaa."