Hometown: Theni, Tamil Nadu
Age: 56 Years
Wife: M. Bagiyalakshmi
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
|Debut||As a Director
Film (Tamil): Kannum Kannum (2008)
As an Actor
Film (Tamil): Vaali (1999)
TV (Tamil): Ethirneechal (2022) as Aadhimuthu Gunasekaran on Sun TV
|Last Film||In Post-production At the Time of His Death
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Note: He was also shooting for the Tamil films Atharva and Oththa Votu Muthaiya at the time of his death.
|Date of Birth||12 July 1967 (Wednesday)|
|Birthplace||Varusanadu, Theni District, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Date of Death||8 September 2023|
|Place of Death||Chennai, Tamil Nadu
|Age (at the time of death)||56 Years|
|Death Cause||Cardiac Arrest Hindustan Times|
|Hometown||Theni, Tamil Nadu|
|Controversies||Criticised for Sexist Comments on the #MeToo Movement
In 2018, during an interview, G Marimuthu made extremely sexist comments on the #MeToo movement for which he was slammed by many. In the interview, he downplayed the sexual harassment allegations against his long-time associate Vairamuthu, who had been accused of harassment by multiple women. Numerous clips of the controversial interview went viral on the internet in which he had said,
"He (Vairamuthu) calls a girl to his room. What’s wrong in that? Let him call the girls he likes, and let the girls go to him if they like him too. Otherwise, they will go to the media. Let them.”
He went on to strengthen his argument saying,
"Isn’t he a man? Even he has hormones, correct? He will also have desires to sleep with a woman, right? So he has approached a woman and that woman told everyone else. Vairamuthu has to brave it out…In three days, people will forget about it and they will start discussing other problems. This is what is going to happen.”
He also made offensive comments the LGBT community during the interview by saying,
"I don’t think this is a setback for the poet (Vairamuthu). He only called a girl to his room, right? It would have been shameful if he had called a man to his room.” The Indian Express
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
|Wife/Spouse||M. Bagiyalakshmi (homemaker)
|Parents||Names Not Known|
Some Lesser Known Facts About G. Marimuthu
- G. Marimuthu (1967-2023) was an Indian film director and actor who mainly worked in the Tamil entertainment industry. He shot to fame after playing the role of Aadhimuthu Gunasekaran in the Tamil TV series Ethirneechal (2022) on Sun TV.
- Marimuthu, originating from a family of farmers, decided to venture into the entertainment industry after being inspired by the success stories of Ilaiyaraaja (a musician), Bharathiraja (a director), and Vairamuthu (a lyricist), all of whom hailed from the Theni district and had established themselves in the Tamil Cinema.
- In 1990, he bid farewell to his hometown, Pasumalaitheri in Theni, and moved to Chennai with just Rs 200 in his pocket and aspirations of becoming a film director.
- He took on a variety of odd jobs after moving to Chennai, including working as a waiter in hotels, to earn a living.
- During an interview, Marimuthu discussed the hardships he encountered during the initial stages of his career. He recounted a time when he endured an extremely challenging situation. He mentioned that for three days, he had to survive solely on water and pickles because he lacked the funds to meet his daily needs. Although he had friends who could provide financial assistance, they were all away for Diwali celebrations during that period. His health took a severe toll on the fourth day of this diet, leading to a bout of diarrhoea. Fortunately, his neighbours noticed his deteriorating condition and promptly took him to the nearby hospital for medical attention.
- Then, he made acquaintance with lyricist Vairamuthu and started working for him. He would reply to the fan letters Vairamuthu received.
- Thereafter, he started working as an assistant director. He worked with Rajkiran on the films Aranmanai Kili (1993) and Ellame En Rasathan (1995). Eventually, he worked as an assistant director with various directors in the Tamil film industry including Mani Ratnam, Vasanth, Rajiv Menon, and S. J. Suryah. He assisted Vasant for the films Nerrukku Ner (1997), Poovellam Kettuppar (1999) and Rhythm (2000). He worked as an assistant director for the film Panchalankurichi (1996) directed by Seeman. He assisted S. J. Suryah for the films New (2001), Khushi (2003), and Anbe Aaruyire (2005). He also worked on Rajiv Menon’s Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) and Mani Ratnam’s Bombay (1995) and Iruvar.
- He also co-directed on Silambarasan’s Manmadhan (2004).
- He wrote the story, screenplay, and dialogues of his directorial debut film Kannum Kannum (2008). Although the film did not perform well at the box office, it impressed the critics.
- In 2014, he directed his second Tamil film Pulivaal.
- Marimuthu began playing the supporting roles in Tamil films in the 2010s.
- He played the role of a corrupt inspector named Isakki Muthu in the Tamil Yuddham Sei (2011).
- His performance in Yuddham Sei (2011) prompted him to play the role of a police officer in various Tamil films Aarohanam (2012), Nimirndhu Nil (2014), and Komban (2015).
- He is also known for playing the role of Bhagyam’s father in the Tamil film Marudhu (2016) and the role of a doctor in the Tamil film Vada Chennai (2018).
- Other Tamil films in which he starred include Kodi (2016), Kaththi Sandal (2016), Bairavaa (2017), Kadaikutty Singam (2018), Pariyerum Perumal (2018), and Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum (2021).
- He also appeared in the Tamil web series MSD (2019), Kuruthi Kalam (2021), and Tamil Rockerz (2022).
- He played the role of Panneer in the action comedy film Jailer (2023), starring Rajinikanth.
- In 2021, he appeared in the Bollywood film Atrangi Re in which he played the role of Mandy’s father.
- Red Sandal Wood (2023) was the last Tamil film featuring Marimuthu that was released before his death.
- Marimuthu was immensely appreciated for his negative role in Ethirneechal (2022). He also won an award in the category of Favourite Villan for it.
- On 8 September 2023, Marimuthu died of cardiac arrest in Chennai while dubbing for Ethirneechal. He collapsed while dubbing for the show Ethirneechal in Chennai around 8:30 am in the morning. He was immediately taken to the nearby Sooriya Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.