Antony Mitradas, Indian film director, Died at 103

Antony Mitradas was born on November 3, 1913, in Madurai and died on February 21, 2017.

He was an Indian film director.

He directed films in three languages: Tamil, Malayalam and Sinhalese.

Anthony did his B.A. Statistics at American College, Madurai.

Mitradas’ passion for film direction took him to Calcutta, and he enrolled in an institute run by Mr.Balchandani. There the noted director Ellis R.

Dungan went to deliver a guest lecture.

He was much impressed by Mitradas and recommended him to T.R. Sundaram of Modern Theatres, Salem.

Which gave him the opportunity to direct his first film Dayalan starring P.U. Chinnappa in 1941, as soon as he finished his studies at the film institute.

His bestknown films are Baalyasakhi, Avakasi and Pizhaikkum Vazhi.

When he did Avakasi, that was a turning point in the career of Prem Nazir. Duppathage Duka is the remake of the Tamil hit Ezhai Padum Padu and was a huge hit in Sinhalese. With the outbreak of the World War II, he felt the necessity to serve the nation.

Mitradas joined the army and was posted in Singapore and Chittagong during 1942-1945.

Mitradas restarted his film career and directed a few films, when the war was over.

Antony Mitradas passed away at 103 years old.