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Born Vetrimaaran
(1975-09-04) September 4, 1975 (age 38)
Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu
Occupation Film director, Producer and Writer
Years active 2007 – present

Vetrimaaran (Tamil: வெற்றிமாறன்) is an Indian film director, working in the Tamil film industry. He made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Polladhavan (2007). His second feature film Aadukalam (2011) won five National Film Awards, with Vetrimaaran receiving two awards for Best Direction and Best Screenplay.

Personal life[edit]

Vetrimaaran's father Dr. V. Chitravel was a veterinary scientist and his mother Megala Chitravel is a noted novelist.[1][2][3]

Vetrimaaran was born in Cuddalore, then moved to Ranipet, a suburb of Vellore, where he studied until tenth grade. He then moved to Chennai to do his higher secondary education at YMCA College of Physical Education in the hope of becoming a cricketer. After failing to get through the selection of TN state team, he gave up the idea and enrolled himself in Loyola College, Chennai, to study English literature in 1994, and was there until 1999 when he discontinued his Masters degree to pursue a career in the film world. After pursuing an elective course in television presentation offered by the Loyola Department of Visual Communication in 1995, Vetrimaaran became interested in filmmaking.

He is married to Aarthi who is working as a General Manager in a MNC company.


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
2007 Polladhavan Yes No Yes Vijay Award for Best Director
2011 Aadukalam Yes No Yes National Film Award for Best Director
National Film Award for Best Screenplay
SIIMA Award for Best Director
Vijay Award for Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Director[4]
2013 Udhayam NH4 No Yes Yes
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren No No Yes As dialogue writer
2014 Kaaka Muttai No Yes No Filming
2014 Poriyaalan No Yes No Filming
2014 Eetti No Yes No Pre-production
2014 untitled project with Dhanush Yes Yes Yes Pre-production


  1. ^ "India's Independent Weekly News Magazine". Tehelka. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  2. ^ George, Liza (2011-07-28). "Journey of the mind". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  3. ^ "Vetrimaaran's Mother To His Rescue! - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  4. ^ "The 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011(South)". The Times Of India. 2012-07-08. Retrieved 08-07-2012. 

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