Media baron, film producer PV Gangadharan dies at 80

PVG, as he was popularly known, suffered a cardiac arrest this morning
Image Credits: IANS
Image Credits: IANS

Media baron, film producer and politician PV Gangadharan passed at a private hospital here on Friday. He was 80. PVG, as he was popularly known, had been ailing for the past few days and suffered a cardiac arrest this morning which proved fatal. He was a full time director of the Mathrubhumi media house, one of the pioneering media organisations in the state.

He was called the "live wire" of Grihalekshmi Film production house that produced stellar Malayalam films, which include national award-winning ones like Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha that fetched the national award for superstar Mammootty. A true Congressman, PVG served as a AICC member for long and at the 2011 Assembly elections and unsuccessfully contested as the party candidate.

Remembering him as a person with a soft demeanor, Goa Governor and long time friend PS Sreedharan Pillai termed Gangadharan a "humane and loveable" character. "PVG was a friend to all and a humane person. We used to often be together at various functions. His down to earth nature endeared him to all," said Pillai recalling his long time association with him.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of PVG and termed him a "multifaceted" personality. His last rites are expected to be held in Kozhikode on Saturday.

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