Suraj (director)

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Occupation Film director

Suraj is a Tamil film director, best known for directing action-masala films.[1]


In 1996, he began working as an assistant director to Sundar C. on his successful comedy films Ullathai Allitha and Mettukudi. In 1997, he continued to assist Sundar C. on Arunachalam starring Rajinikanth and he was the co-director of the film Janakiraman. Suraj directed his first film in 1998 Moovendhar which featured R. Sarathkumar and Devayani, the film was a critical and commercial failure.[2] Then, Suraj returned to assist Sundar C. in his films. In 2006, he made his directorial comeback through Thalai Nagaram, remake of Malayalam film Abhimanyu, starring his mentor Sundar C., Jyothirmayi and Vadivelu. The film was released to average reviews and was a surprise hit. The following year, Suraj made his third film Marudhamalai, featured Arjun, Nila and again comedian Vadivelu, despite mixed reviews, the film was a hit. In 2009, he directed Padikathavan starring Dhanush, Tamannaah and due his busy schedule, Vadivelu has been replaced by comedian Vivek. The film, distributed by Sun Pictures, was also a hit. In 2011, he made Mappillai, remake of the 1989 film Mappillai. The film starring Dhanush, Hansika Motwani and Manisha Koirala. Despite largely negative reviews, the film had a good opening but eventually became an average grosser.[3]


As director[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Notes
1998 Moovendhar Tamil Sarath Kumar, Devayani [4]
1999 Suyamvaram Tamil All starcast Credited as C. G. Siraj
First Tamil film made in 24 hours
2001 Kunguma Pottu Gounder Tamil Sathyaraj Credited as Saisuresh[5]
2003 Military Tamil Sathyaraj Credited as Saisuresh
2006 Thalai Nagaram Tamil Sundar C, Vadivelu, Prakash Raj [6]
2007 Marudhamalai Tamil Arjun Sarja, Nasser [7]
2009 Padikathavan Tamil Dhanush, Suman, Prathap K. Pothan [8]
2011 Mappillai Tamil Dhanush, Vivek [9]
2013 Alex Pandian Tamil Karthi, Anushka Shetty, Suman, Nikita Thukral, Sanusha, Santhanam [10]
2015 Appa Takkaru Tamil Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Anjali Filming

As Writer[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Notes
1999 Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Tamil Karthik, Rambha, Goundamani