Veteran Tamil film director Rudraiya Chockalingam died on 19 November 2014 in Chennai following a brief illness. He was 67.
• Rudraiya Chockalingam graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Economics from St Josephs College, Trichy.
• He pursued a degree in the film direction (D.F. tech) from the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.
• Rudraiya Chockalingam is most famous for his critically acclaimed 1978 film Aval Appadithaan, a movie surrounding the trials and tribulations of a female protagonist.
• His second film Gramathu Athiyayam (1980) was a rural tale set in a rustic Tamil village.