A. S. A. Sami

Arul Soosai Anthony Sami is a well-known name in Tamil cinema. Fondly known as A. S. A. Sami, he was a director and screenwriter in Tamil films. Sami’s career took off when his play ‘Bilhanan’ broadcasted on All India Radio, starring M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavatharin in the leading role. Later the play was adapted into a film.

Sami debuted in the direction with M. G. Ramachandran starrer Rajakumari (1947). Interestingly, another well-known politician and a popular writer in Tamil cinema M. Karunanidhi assisted Sami back then in writing.

Thuli Visham (1954), Needhipathi (1955), Muthu Mandapam (1962), etc are some of his other noted films.

This interview was conducted by Randor Guy.
Madabhushi Rangadorai, fondly known as Randor Guy is a well-known author, columnist and film historian, and also a lawyer by profession. He has written books like “Memories of Madras: Its Movies, Musicians & Men of Letters”, “A History of Tamil Cinema”, “Starlight, Starbright: The Early Tamil Cinema”. Guy has also written fiction novels like “Chaya” and “Kasi”.

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