A. Bhimsingh or Bhim Singh (1924–1978) was a film maker, producer, editor and writer from the Tamil Film Industry. He has directed films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi. He was born on October 15, 1924. His film career started as an assistant editor with the film making duo Krishnan-Panju, in the late 1940s. He became assistant director and then promoted as director. His films mainly dealt with family relationships. He made a series of films all of which started with the Tamil syllable pa Pasamalar and Pava Mannippu are notable among them. His work adapting the novels of the Jnanpith-award winning Jayakanthan stand out.
He hailed from Tirupathi and his mother was a Telugu Brahmin. He had a brother called Hukkum Singh. He was married to Sona, Sister of Krishnan - (Panju) and Thirumalai (Mahalingam) and Pattabiraman alias Pattu. He and Sona are survived by 8 children. One of whom is B. Lenin a noted film editor and winner of National Film Award for Best Editing and many other awards. B. Kannan has been the cinematographer of many of Bharathiraja’s masterpieces. Gopi Bhimsingh directed the memorable TV serial Vizhudhugal. Bhimsingh’s grandson Ranjit is doing wonderful work as a member of Koothu-P-Pattarai, and has appeared in an interesting cameo in Vaanam Vasappadum.
Bhimsingh married actress Sukumari later in his life, and the couple have a son, Dr. Suresh, who is a specialist in geriatrics and one of Chennai’s best known dog-breeders as well.
His directorial debut was with Ammaiyappan (1954) for National Productions in which S.S.Rajendran was in the lead role, he directed several movies thereafter. Encouraged by their success at the box office. He started his own production company Buddha Pictures and directed Padhi Bhakti. This movie established his place as a director and thus began the pa series movies.