S.m. Sriramulu naidu was a legend of Tamil Cinema. Aryamala (1941) was his first film as a co-director and became a big hit.
He directed more than 20 films for nearly 20 years in Coimbatore. He made many outstanding contributions to Tamil Cinema with socially purposeful films. He started Central Studios in 1936 at Coimbatore.
However, he parted with them in 1944, and started Pakshiraja Studios at Puliakulam in 1945. One of the major ventures of Pakshiraja Studios was the multi-lingual movie Malaikkallan in 6 languages it made in the mid-50s, cutting across language and geographical boundaries. The studio produced Malaikkallan, featuring the star pair of MGR and Bhanumathi in Tamil, Aggiramudu in Telugu (N.T. Rama Rao and Bhanumathi), Azaad in Hindi (Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari), Thaskaraveeran in Malayalam (Sathyan and Ragini), Bettadalli Kalla in Kannada (Kalyan Kumar and Mynavathii) and Surasena in Sinhala. He directed over 20 films and prominent among them were: Aryamala (1941), Sivakavi (1943), Jagadalaprathapan (1944), Kanika (1947), Pavalakodi (1949), Prasanna (1950), Kanchana (1952), Desabhakthan (1952), Malaikallan (1954), Aggi Ramudu (1954), Azaad (1955), Thaskaraveeran (1957), Maragatham (1959), Vimala (1960), Sabarimalai Sri Ayyappan (1962), and Kalyaniyin Kanavan (1963).