AR Murugadoss

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AR Murugadoss
Murugadoss at a special screening of Ghajini in 2009
Born Murugadoss
Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Ramya

Murugadoss, commonly known with his stage name initials as AR Murugadoss,[1] is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Murugadoss was born in Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu. The initials "AR", denoting his father's name Arunasalam, were added after Murugadoss signed his first film Dheena (2001).[1] Murugadoss currently resides in Virugambakkam, Chennai.[4] Murugadoss had his schooling at the Government Higher Secondary School[1] and studied BA in Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirapalli.[5]


Murugadoss with Aamir Khan

During his college days, he was active in cultural events, particularly in mimicry and drawing.[1] He subsequently became a cinephile watching up to seven films a week in his hometown and started writing jokes as well. After Ananda Vikatan published them, Murugadoss began to think of becoming a story writer.[1] At Bharathidasan University he started to write sketch comedies and acted in them.[1] After college he tried to join the Madras Film Institute, but was rejected. Nevertheless, Murugadoss stayed in Chennai in multiple functions. First he became an assistant writer of P. Kalaimani and wrote dialogues for the Tamil film Madurai Meenakshi. He became assistant director of Ratchagan (1997) for half of the film and continued as assistant script director for the Telugu film Kalusukundam Ra.[1] Murugadoss then worked with S. J. Surya for the film Kushi.

S. J. Suryah recommended Murugadoss to Ajith Kumar for directing his debut film, Dheena. His next films were Ramana, Ghajini, and Stalin. His fifth film was Ghajini, which was a Hindi remake of his same-titled 2005 film and marked his Bollywood debut. It released on 25 December 2008 and became the first Indian film to gross over INR100 crores.[6] Murugadoss's next Tamil film 7aum Arivu, was released on Diwali 2011. Murugadoss signed a deal with Fox Star Studios which includes the studio to produce and internationally distribute two Tamil films every year.[7][unreliable source?].

In 2012 he directed the action thriller Thuppakki, starring Vijay and produced by S. Dhanu. It released on Diwali 2012 to mostly positive reviews and was a huge commercial success.[8]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
2001 Dheena Yes Yes
2002 Ramana Yes Yes Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer
2005 Ghajini Yes Yes Remade in Hindi as Ghajini in 2008
2006 Stalin Yes Yes Telugu film
2008 Ghajini Yes Yes Hindi film
Stardust Award for Hottest New Filmmaker
Apsara Award for Best Director
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2011 Engaeyum Eppothum Yes
2011 7aum Arivu Yes Yes Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Director
2012 Thuppakki Yes Yes Vijay Award for Favourite Director
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Director
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Director
Nominated—Edison Award for Best Director
2013 Vatthikuchi Yes
2013 Raja Rani Yes
2014 Jai Ho Yes Hindi film, based on Stalin
2014 Maan Karate Yes Yes Released on April 4 2014
2014 Holiday Yes Yes Hindi film
Post Production
2014 Kaththi[9] Yes Yes Filming


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "AR Murugadoss — Man with the midas touch". SouthScope. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Aamir's next director speaks". Rediff. 18 April 2006. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Seenivasan, Meera (22 February 2008). "Murugadoss upbeat over Mumbai entry". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "A.R.Murugadoss Biography". Sulekha. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Thought of becoming a Naxalite in college days: Murugadoss". Kollytalk. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
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  7. ^ [1] DNA India, 24 Oct 2009.
  8. ^ [2] The Times Of India, 26 feb 2013.
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