Dharani (director)

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Dharani (director)
Born V.C. Ramani
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1999-present

Dharani (born Ramani) is an Indian film director, who primarily directs action-masala films.[1][2] He is best known for directing the blockbuster films Dhill, Dhool and Ghilli.[3]


He first directed the film Ethirum Pudhirum, loosely based on forest brigand Veerappan and his younger brother's death, starring Mammootty. Financial constraints and political controversies ensured its delayed release in 1999. It received critical acclaim and was awarded second place in the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film. The film's producer Purna Chandra Rao made Dharani the director of his next production, starring Vikram, Dhill. The film was a box-office success and his next film Dhool, produced by A. M. Rathnam in 2003, again with Vikram along with Jyothika, turned out to be a blockbuster. He worked with A. M. Rathnam again for the film Ghilli starring Vijay and Trisha which was again a blockbuster.[4] It was followed by Telugu film Bangaram, featuring Pawan Kalyan in the lead, that received below average reviews. In 2008, he directed Kuruvi, rejoining the lead cast of Ghilli. Unlike the previous success in Ghilli, Kuruvi flopped despite its large opening. In 2011, he remade the 2010 Hindi blockbuster Dabangg in Tamil as Osthe, with Silambarasan in the lead role.


Year Film Language Starring Notes Verdict
1999 Ethirum Pudhirum Tamil Mammootty Commercial Success [5]
2001 Dhill Tamil Vikram Remade as Sreeram (in Telugu)
Remade as Dum (in Hindi)
Commercial success [6]
2003 Dhool Tamil Vikram Remade as Veede (in Telugu) Commercial Success
2004 Ghilli Tamil Vijay Remake of Okkadu Blockbuster
2006 Bangaram Telugu Pawan Kalyan AVERAGE
2008 Kuruvi Tamil Vijay Inspire of Chatrapathi average grosser
2011 Osthe Tamil Silambarasan Remake of Dabangg average grosser
2014 Rascal Tamil Vikram post production

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Actors and Technicians Edhirum Pudhirum Dhill Dhool Ghilli Bangaram Kuruvi Osthe Rascal
Vidyasagar YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
Mayilsamy YesY YesY YesY YesY
Nassar YesY YesY YesY YesY
Ashish Vidyarthi YesY YesY YesY
Trisha YesY YesY YesY
Vivek YesY YesY YesY
Vikram YesY YesY YesY
Vijay YesY YesY
Reemma Sen YesY YesY
Gopinath YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
V. T. Vijayan YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
Maniraj YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
Rocky Rajesh YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY

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