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|Born||Hari Gopalakrishnan Nadar
Nazareth, Tuticorin, India
|Years active||2002 - present|
Hari was born in Katchanavilai near Nazareth in Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu, India. His father, Gopal Nadar, is a vessels merchant. Later his family moved to Chennai, where Hari was schooling and had a graduated in Commerce.
He first joined as an assistant to director Senthilnathan. He gained experience working with directors Natraj in Valli, Nassar in Avatharam and Alex Pandian. Later he assisted K. Balachander in his film Kalki and worked as an associate director with Saran in films Amarkalam and Parthen Rasithen.[dead link] [dead link]
His first film, in 2002, was Thamizh with Prashanth and Simran. It was a hit at the box-office and revived actor Prashanth's sagging career. Film critic Balaji commented that it was "one of the few movies in recent times where a lot of importance seems to have been attached to the script. In spite of the flimsy story and routine screenplay where a youth grows to be a 'dada', the dialogs elevate the quality of the movie and make it very enjoyable". His second film Saamy under Kavithaalaya banner starred Vikram. His next two films Kovil with Silambarasan and Arul also starred Vikram. In 2005, he made Ayya starring Sarathkumar, which introduced Nayantara to Tamil cinema. His next film was Aaru with Suriya in 2005. In 2007, he directed two films, Thaamirabharani with Vishal Krishna and Vel with Suriya. In 2008, he directed Seval with Bharath. Ayyappa Prasad from Nowrunning.com quoted that Hari "panders to the taste of his rural audience all the way, but the movie is bound to disappoint city-dwellers since neither the story nor its treatment appeal to anyone with an IQ quotient higher than the least educated village wastrel".
In 2010 Hari directed his tenth film, Singam with Surya, marking their third collaboration, which despite mixed reviews was highly commercially successful. Behindwoods stated that Hari had "concocted and packaged his masala contents in the right proportion and has served a tasty dish". Sify noted that it was a "predictable entertainer that follows the age old formula, which might appeal to viewers who finds comfort in mass masala entertainers", while Rediff wrote that it was "an unapologetic, entertainer". His next release was Venghai with Dhanush and Tamannaah Bhatia. He is working with Suriya again in Singam-2 which is the sequel of 2010 Singam.
- Hari - Director - Dishant.com
- Chennai Box Office: July 9 to 11
- Hari Tamil celebrity, Tamil Koodal.
- Tamil Movie Reviews by Balaji.
- Seval review, Nowrunning.com
- 2010 - Top 20 Movies In Chennai Box Office, Behindwoods
- Singam Movie Review, Behindwoods.
- "Singam - Review" by Moviebuzz, Sify movies.
- "Director Hari becomes dad again", IndiaGlitz, 5 June 2008