AR Murugadoss

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AR Murugadoss.
Murugadoss at a special screening of Ghajini in 2009
Born Murugadoss
September 25,1978 (Age 36)
Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Ramaya (m.2005)

Murugadoss, commonly known with his stage name initials as AR Murugadoss,[1][2][3] is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Murugadoss was born in Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu.[6] The initials "AR", denoting his father's name Arunasalam, were added after Murugadoss signed his first film Dheena (2001).[3] Murugadoss currently resides in Virugambakkam, Chennai.[7] Murugadoss had his schooling at the Government Higher Secondary School[3] and studied BA in Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirapalli.[8]


Murugadoss with Aamir Khan

During his college days, he was active in cultural events, particularly in mimicry and drawing.[3] 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.[3] At Bharathidasan University he started to write sketch comedies and acted in them.[3] 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.[3] 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.[9] Murugadoss's next Tamil film 7aum Arivu, was released on Diwali 2011. Murugadoss signed a deal with Fox Star Studios to produce two Tamil films.[10]

In 2012 he directed the action thriller Thuppakki, starring Vijay and produced by S. Dhanu released on Diwali 2012 to mostly positive reviews and was a huge commercial success.[11] Thuppakki entered the INR100 crore (US$16 million) mark at the boxoffice in just 12 days. He also directed the Hindi remake of the film, Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty which crossed over INR100 crore (US$16 million) mark at box office[12][13] In 2014 he was the writer and producer for the fantasy film Maan Karate starring Sivakarthikeyan which was directed by his former assistant Thirukumaran which became a "hit" at box office.

In 2014 he directed the action thriller Kaththi starring Vijay and produced by Ayngaran International released on Diwali 2014 to mostly positive reviews and was a huge commercial success.Kaththi was a critically acclaimed film which showcased many issues of farmer.The movie entered the INR100 crore (US$16 million) elite at the boxoffice in just 11 days. [14][15]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
2001 Dheena Yes Yes Tamil film
2002 Ramana Yes Yes Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer
Remade in Telugu as Tagore (film) in 2003
Remade in Kannada as Vishnu Sena in 2005
The film is being remade in Hindi titled Gabbar scheduled to release in January 2015
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

Also makes a Cameo appearance in Google Google song

2013 Vatthikuchi Yes
2013 Raja Rani Yes
2014 Game Yes Bengali film, Remake of Thuppakki
2014 Maan Karate Yes Yes Cameo appearance in Open the Tasmac song
2014 Holiday Yes Yes Hindi film, Remake of Thuppakki
2014 Kaththi Yes Yes Cameo appearance
2015 Isai Cameo appearance as himself
2015 10 Enradhukulla Yes Upcoming
2015 Akira Yes Yes Upcoming


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