Cheran (director)

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Born Cheran
(1970-12-12) 12 December 1970 (age 44)
Pazhaiyurpatty, Melur
Occupation film director, film producer, actor
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Selvarani[1]
Parents 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.[2][3]

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 acted in dramas.


Cheran at a college event

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.[4] 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.[5] He launched music company 'Dream Sounds' in 2013[6] which releases the audio of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai (or Yemito Ee Maaya) and Appavin Meesai.


Year Title Role Credited as Notes
Director Actor Producer
1997 Bharathi Kannamma Green tickY Red XN Red XN 15 January 1997 / 175 days
1998 Porkkaalam Still photographer Green tickY Red XN Red XN 30 October 1997 / 150 days
Desiya Geetham Green tickY Red XN Red XN 19 October 1998 / 85 days
2000 Vetri Kodi Kattu Green tickY Red XN Red XN 30 June 2000 / 100 days
2001 Pandavar Bhoomi Green tickY Red XN Red XN 21 September 2001 / 175 days
2002 Solla Marandha Kadhai Sivadhanu Red XN Green tickY Red XN 4 November 2002 / 100 days
2004 Autograph Senthil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 20 February 2004 / 175 days
2005 Thavamai Thavamirundhu Ramalingam Muthiah Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 1 November 2005 / 100 days
2006 Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu Red XN Red XN Green tickY 14 April 2006 / 25 days
2007 Maya Kannadi Kumar Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 14 April 2007 / 25 days
Aadum Koothu Gnanasekaran Red XN Green tickY Red XN (direct-to-video) 2005
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Nadesan Red XN Green tickY Red XN 14 January 2008 / 100 days
Raman Thediya Seethai Venugopal Red XN Green tickY Red XN 19 September 2008 / 100 days
2009 Pokkisham Lenin Green tickY Green tickY Red XN 6-2009 / 35 days
2011 Yuddham Sei J. Krishnamoorthi Red XN Green tickY Red XN 4 February 2011 / 75 days
Muran Nanda Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 30 September 2011 / 50 days
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Satyamoorthy Red XN Green tickY Red XN 29 March 2011 / 100 days
Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal Gunasekar Red XN Green tickY Red XN 1 May 2013
2014 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Ready to release
Yemito Ee Maaya Green tickY Red XN Red XN Made Bilingual with JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai
Appavin Meesai Red XN Green tickY Red XN Post production
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Red XN Green tickY Red XN Himself

Awards and Honour[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Other Awards[edit]


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. [7]

Social activities[edit]


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.[8]


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