12 December 1970
|Occupation||film director, film producer, actor|
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.
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 acted in dramas.
He came to Chennai to pursue his career in films. Initially he started career as a Production manager in some movies. In the movie Puriyaadha Pudhir, he worked as an Assistant Director to Director K. S. Ravikumar. He was promoted as an associate director from Cheran Pandiyan to Nattamai. He made his directorial debut in Bharathi Kannamma a break to his film career 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 honour which he shares with Kamal Haasan and Maniratnam. 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. He launched music company 'Dream Sounds' in 2013 which releases the audio of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai (or Yemito Ee Maaya) and Appavin Meesai.
|1997||Bharathi Kannamma||15 January 1997 / 175 days|
|1998||Porkkaalam||Still photographer||30 October 1997 / 150 days|
|Desiya Geetham||19 October 1998 / 85 days|
|2000||Vetri Kodi Kattu||30 June 2000 / 100 days|
|2001||Pandavar Bhoomi||21 September 2001 / 175 days|
|2002||Solla Marandha Kadhai||Sivadhanu||4 November 2002 / 100 days|
|2004||Autograph||Senthil||20 February 2004 / 175 days|
|2005||Thavamai Thavamirundhu||Ramalingam Muthiah||1 November 2005 / 100 days|
|2006||Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu||14 April 2006 / 25 days|
|2007||Maya Kannadi||Kumar||14 April 2007 / 25 days|
|Aadum Koothu||Gnanasekaran||(direct-to-video) 2005|
|2008||Pirivom Santhippom||Nadesan||14 January 2008 / 100 days|
|Raman Thediya Seethai||Venugopal||19 September 2008 / 100 days|
|2009||Pokkisham||Lenin||6-2009 / 35 days|
|2011||Yuddham Sei||J. Krishnamoorthi||4 February 2011 / 75 days|
|Muran||Nanda||30 September 2011 / 50 days|
|2013||Chennaiyil Oru Naal||Satyamoorthy||29 March 2011 / 100 days|
|Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal||Gunasekar||1 May 2013|
|2014||JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai||Ready to release|
|Yemito Ee Maaya||Made Bilingual with JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai|
|Appavin Meesai||Post production|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||Himself|
Awards and Honour
National Film Awards
- 2000 – National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues for Vetri Kodi Kattu (Director)
- 2004 – National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Autograph (Actor / Director)
- 2005 – National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for Thavamai Thavamirundhu (Actor / Director)
- 2005 – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for Aadum Koothu (Actor / Producer)
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
- 1997 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director for "Porkkaalam"
- 2000 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer for Vetri Kodi Kattu
- 2004 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director for Autograph
- 2005 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film for Thavamai Thavamirundhu
- 1997 – Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil for Bharathi Kannamma
- 1997 – Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil for Bharathi Kannamma
- 1998 – Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil for Desiya Geetham
- 2001 – Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil for Pandavar Bhoomi
- 2001 – Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil for Pandavar Bhoomi
- 2004 – Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil for Autograph
- 2004 – Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil for Autograph
- 2004 – Dinakaran-Medimix Awards for Best film – Autograph
- 2004 – Dinakaran-Medimix Awards for Best Director – Autograph
- 2005 – Tamilnadu progressive writers association awards for Best Writer and Director – Thavamai Thavamirundhu
- 2011 – Jaya TV awards for Best actor – Yudham sei, Muran
Director / Actor / Producer has founded a new organization C2H Cinema2home, to curb out DVD PIRACY in Tamil Cinema Industry he says, This organisation is an revolution to Tamil Cinema Industry. Film maker Cheran clearly states that C2H will deliver official 5.1 HD Original DVD on the day of Theatrical release through C2H certified Distributors & Dealers he says, Cheran's JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai First grand launch in Cinema2Home will be on 15/01/2015, followed by new Tamil films he says. 
Director Cheran turns publisher with the Tamil novel Porum Valiyum (War & Pain). The novel is an emotional account of a war-torn Sri Lanka. The author Savitri Advithanandhan account was so touching that he decided that the book should reach all people. And as a first step, he launched the publishing house Cheran Noolagam.
- "Director Cheran pleads to rescue his daughter from her boyfriend". Kollytalk.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- Double delight for Cheran. Oneindia.in. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- "Simple narrative style gets "Autograph" a National Award". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- AllIndianSite.com Cheran – It's all about Kollywood
- Cheran starts own Music Company