Cheran (director)

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Cheran at a College event
Born Cheran
(1970-12-12) 12 December 1970 (age 43)
Pazhayurpatti, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actor Director Producer
Years active 1997-present
  • Pandian
  • Kamala

Cheran (Tamil: சேரன்) is a Tamil film director from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He has won the Indian National Film Award four - time for Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000), Autograph (2004), Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005) and Aadum Koothu (2005) and four - time Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director, and is a six-time Filmfare Award winner as well.

Early life[edit]

Cheran was born in Pazhaiyurpatty near Madurai. His father Pandian was a Projector Operator in Vellalur touring theatre. His mother Kamala was a primary school teacher. He has two sisters. His childhood dreams were all about the celluloid world. During his school days he would act in dramas.


He came to Chennai to pursue his career in films. He worked as an Assistant Director to Director K. S. Ravikumar. It was Producer Henry who gave a break to his film career. He made his directorial debut in Bharathi Kannamma through Producer Henry. The film met many controversies. In spite of it, the film was a big box office hit and gave a break to the sinking career of actor Parthiban. He became an over night star director. He gave a hat trick of successful films Porkkaalam, Pandavar Bhoomi, and Vetri Kodi Kattu. His movies concentrate strong social messages as the story base line. This director turned actor in Director Thangarbachan's film Solla Marandha Kadhai. His fame rose to dizzying heights in the film Autograph produced and directed by him. The film was screened four times at the Montreal Film Festival, Canada, an honor which he shares with Kamal Haasan and Maniratnam.[1] He was thrilled by the standing ovation he received, when the show was over. With memorable films like Thavamai Thavamirundhu, he has also proved his acting versatility. An energetic all rounder, he received National Award thrice for his films Vetri Kodi Kattu, Autograph, and Thavamai Thavamirundhu.[2] He launched music company ‘Dream Sounds’ in 2013[3] which releases the audio of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai (or Yemito Ee Maaya) and Appavin Meesai.


Year Film Role Director Actor Producer Notes
1997 Bharathi Kannamma Yes No No 15-01-1997 / 175 days
1998 Porkkaalam Still photographer Yes No No 30-10-1997 / 150 days
Desiya Geetham Yes No No 19-10-1998 / 85 days
2000 Vetri Kodi Kattu Yes No No 30-06-2000 / 100 days
2001 Pandavar Bhoomi Yes No No 21-09-2001 / 175 days
2002 Solla Marandha Kadhai Sivadhanu No Yes No 04-11-2002 / 100 days
2004 Autograph Senthil Yes Yes Yes 20-02-2004 / 175 days
2005 Thavamai Thavamirundhu Ramalingam Muthiah Yes Yes No 01-11-2005 / 100 days
2006 Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu No No Yes 14-04-2006 / 25 days
2007 Maya Kannadi Kumar Yes Yes No 14-04-2007 / 25 days
Aadum Koothu Gnanasekaran No Yes No (direct-to-video) 2005
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Nadesan No Yes No 14-01-2008 / 75 days
Raman Thediya Seethai Venugopal No Yes No 19-09-2008 / 50days
2009 Pokkisham Lenin Yes Yes No 06-2009 / 35 days
2011 Yuddham Sei J. Krishnamoorthi No Yes No 04-02-2011 / 75 days
Muran Nanda No Yes Yes 30-09-2011 / 50 days
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Satyamoorthy No Yes No 29-03-2011 / 75 days
Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal Gunasekar No Yes No 01-05-2013
2014 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Yes No Yes Ready to release
Yemito Ee Maaya Yes No No Made Bilingual with JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai
Appavin Meesai No Yes No Post production
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam No Yes No Himself

Awards and Honour[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Tamilnadu State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]


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