Agathiyan

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Agathiyan (Tamil: அகத்தியன்) is an acclaimed Tamil film director.[1] He has won the National Film Award for Best Direction as well as the National Film Award for Best Screenplay in 1996 for the Tamil film Kaadhal Kottai. His daughter Vijayalakshmi Agathiyan made her acting debut in the Tamil film Chennai 600028 (2007). His elder daughter Karthika, host of Makkal TV is married to Thiru, director of Theeratha Vilaiyattu Pillai and Samar.[2]

Career[edit]

Ahahtian a director in his late forties entered films a decade back and struggled as an assistant to various directors. Hailing from an agriculturist family he spent a happy go lucky time in college, and when he decided to pack his bags and come to Chennai to try his luck in films as a director, he lost his family's support. Struggling with no money he did odd jobs in film companies and became an assistant to anyone who offered him food and shelter.[3]

Anbalaya Prabhakaran who produces small budgeted films with new directors gave Ahahtian his first break as a director with 'Madhumathi', a teenage love story with new faces. The film bombed and Ahatian was back to where he started but again fate had bigger things in store for him. Sivasakti films Pandian, a film distributor turned producer, produced Vanmathi with Ajith and Swathi. The film was a modest hit. Next came 'Kadhal Kottai' from the same banner and Ahahtian became the toast of the industry. Offers poured in for films.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Credited as Role Notes
Director Writer Producer Actor
1991 Mangalyam Thanthuna Nae Tamil Green tickY Green tickY
1992 Pondatti Rajyam Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN
1993 Madhumathi Tamil Green tickY Green tickY
1996 Vaanmathi Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
1996 Kaadhal Kottai Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN National Film Award for Best Direction
National Film Award for Best Screenplay
Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Director
Remade in Kannada as Yaare Neenu Cheluve
Remade in Hindi as Sirf Tum
Dubbed in Telugu as Premalekha
1996 Gokulathil Seethai Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Remade in Hindi as Hum Ho Gaye Aapke
Remade in Kannada as Krishna Leele
1997 Vidukathai Tamil Green tickY Green tickY
1998 Santhosham Tamil Green tickY Red XN Red XN
1999 Kaadhal Kavithai Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
1999 Sirf Tum Hindi Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
1999 Hum Ho Gaye Aapke Hindi Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
1999 Poovellam Kettuppar Tamil Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Himself
2001 Vinnukkum Mannukkum Tamil Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Cameo
2002 Kadhal Samrajyam Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Unreleased film
2004 Ramakrishna Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
2004 Ee Abbai Chala Manchodu Telugu Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
2005 Selvam Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2007 Agaram Tamil Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Thiru's father
2008 Nenjathai Killadhe Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN
2011 Avargalum Ivargalum Tamil Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
2011 Maithanam Tamil Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South

References[edit]

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