Rama Narayanan (April 3, 1949 - June 22, 2014) was an Indian film director and producer. He holds a world record for directing the maximum number of films, helming 125 in 36 years.
In the 1980s, he was known as a director who specialised in shooting commercial films in which animals played vital roles, while in the 1990s, several of his films were based on Hindu devotional subjects. He has also headed the Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) for three consecutive elections, before resigning in 2011.
Rama Narayanan has also a record of movies in 9 languages. They are Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Oriya and Malay. He passed away on June 22, 2014 at a Singapore Hospital due to kidney related ailments.
Rama Narayanan came to Chennai intending to become a songwriter, but he became a dialogue writer for films. He and his friend M. A. Khaja started to write dialogues together under the pen name Ram-Rahim.
In 1976, Rama Narayanan wrote his first story, screenplay and dialogue for the film Aasai Arubadhu Naal. He produced his first film Meenakshi Kungumam in 1977 and directed his first film Sumai in 1981.
He also wrote the script for Chiranjeevi's film Punnami Naagu. His 50th film was Veeran Veluthambi, for which M. Karunanidhi wrote the story and dialogue. His 100th film was Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa.
Rama Narayanan was an MLA from the Karaikudi constituency in 1989 and the chairman of Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram in 1996. He has received the Kalaimamani award of the State Government.