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For the 2006 film, see Perarasu (film).
Born (1976-01-08) 8 January 1976 (age 38)
Occupation Film director, Music director
Spouse(s) Krishnaveni perarasu[1]

Perarasu is a Tamil film director who is best known for his commercial movies with actors Vijay and Ajith.[2] He has also been credited as an actor, music director, singer and lyricist in some of his ventures.[3][4] He has mentioned that all his movies are named for cities in Tamil Nadu, India. He is from Nattarasankottai, near Sivagangai in Tamil Nadu.


Perarasu, was born in Natarasankottai near Madurai district. He tried for 7 to 8 years to make it big and had some off-beat stories. When he was new to Chennai, he used to frequent AVM and stand in front of the studios longing to visit the place. He bribed a production in charge ten rupees one day and got himself into the studios.[5] His experience of 15 to 16 years in the industry taught him to analyze the pulse of the audience and give them what they want.[6] He honed his skills under Rama Narayanan and N. Maharajan. Apart from assisting, Perarasu appeared in few films doing small uncredited roles. He want his films to be packed with mind-blowing songs, speedy screenplay, punch dialogue and in between inserted with sentiments, comedy, twists and turns.

Perarasu made his directorial debut with Thirupaachi starring Vijay in lead role being his 40th film. The film was released on the eve of Pongal with 207 prints[7] and the film received positive reviews from critics claiming that "you may strive hard to find anything new in Tirupachi, which is old wine served in a new bottle, with a different label".[8] The film completed a 100-day theatrical run among 112 screens in Tamil Nadu and completed 200 days in more than 25 centres.[9]

After the success of Thirupaachi, A. M. Rathnam called Perarasu to make a film with Vijay re-uniting with him for second time.[10][11] Sivakasi was Perarasu's second collaboration with Vijay after Thirupaachi and producer Rathnam's third film with Vijay after Kushi and Ghilli. The film was released on Diwali to positive reviews with a critic claiming that ""This formula had worked well for director Perarasu and Vijay in Tirupachi and now the team has re-worked it. This time, however, it will test your patience as it is not meant for the class audience or those seeking quality entertainment. Perarasu and Vijay believe only in catering to the mass audience who want their dose of unpretentious masala mix"[12] but eventually became a successful venture at box office.

During the making of Sivakasi, representatives from AVM Productions approached Perarasu to make a commercial film with Ajith Kumar in the lead role.[13] The director immediately accepted the offer and told the producer the story of the film during the meeting and the film was announced publicly two days later.[14] In August 2005, it became clear that the film would begin in November and that Riyaz Khan would play the lead antagonist role in the project.[15] Sadha was signed on to play the lead role after early reports suggested that either Nayantara, Renuka Menon or Gopika would play the lead female role. The film was launched officially on September 15, 2005 with Vijay attending the opening ceremony.[16] The film was critically panned, with critics claiming that the film drew too much resemblance to Perarasu's previous projects, Thirupaachi and Sivakasi.[17]

After the success of Thirupathi, Perarasu announced a project called "Pandigai" with S. J. Suryah[18] but the project was cancelled and he announced his next project "Dharmapuri" with Vijaykanth in 2006[19] since Producer A M Rathnam expressed his desire of Perarasu directing a film for him again after Sivakasi. Incidentally it was Rathnam who suggested Vijayakanth’s name for the film. When Rathnam and captain heard the ‘one liner’ of the movie, they both liked it instantly and thus ‘Dharmapuri’ was born without even a heroine.[20] Indiaglitz wrote: "Perarasu has dished out a movie that would certainly appease front-benchers. A commercial pot-boiler, the movie will be lapped by Vijayakanth's fans. Sure to make it big in rural centres, the movie also has enough stunt sequences for action-lovers".[21]

Perarasu then directed films like Pazhani, Thiruvannamalai and Thiruthani, these films failed at box office.[22][23]


As Director[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Notes
2005 Thirupaachi Tamil Vijay, Trisha Remade in Telugu as Annavaran, Remade in Kannada as Thangigagi
Sivakasi Tamil Vijay, Asin Remade as Vijayadasami in Telugu, Dubbed in Hindi as VIRASAT KI JUNG.
2006 Thirupathi Tamil Ajith Kumar, sadha Best Story Writer- TAMILNADU STATE AWARD, Dubbed in Telugu as Thirupathi
Dharmapuri Tamil
2008 Pazhani Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as Bhargava, Dubbed in Hindi as Shakthishali Shiva
Thiruvanamalai Tamil Dubbed in Hindi as Main Hoon Vinashak
2012 Thiruthani Tamil
2013 Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander Malayalam Unni Mukundan, Vijayaraghavan Post Production.[24][25][26][27]

Cameo Appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Director Perarasu's Wife become as playback singer". 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
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  4. ^ "Perarusu - The Director - Sunday special Interview on Thiruvannamalai Director". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
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  10. ^ "FIR on Vijay's Sivakasi – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Vijay's Sivakasi". Behindwoods. 14 March 2005. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Movie Review:Sivakasi". Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
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  24. ^ Ammu Zachariah (2012-06-10). "Kollywood director Perarasu's M'wood debut". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  25. ^ Oor Kaalan (2012-06-13). "Perarasu on Mollywood bound!". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  26. ^ "Perarasu to direct "Son of Alexander"". 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  27. ^ "Vijay's Director Goes To Mollywood". 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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