|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, actor|
|Relatives||Krishna Kulasekaran (Brother)|
Vishnuvardhan Kulasekaran, often credited simply as Vishnuvardhan, is an Indian film director. A one-time associate of Santosh Sivan he made his directorial debut in 2003 with Kurumbu, which did not fare well at the box office. However, his subsequent films, Arinthum Ariyamalum (2005), Pattiyal (2006) and Billa (2007) , arrambam(2013) went on to become highly successful ventures, turning him into a household name in Tamil Nadu.
Vishnuvardhan was born in Kumbakonam as the eldest son to Kulasekaran. His younger brother is actor Krishna Sekhar. Vishnuvardhan graduated from Chennai and was a visual communication student who studied at the Loyola College at Chennai. As a child, Vishnu had also done small roles in Mani Ratnam's Anjali and Chatriyan. Later on during his teenage years, continued to do brief roles in films like The Terrorist, Fiza, Malli and Asoka.
Influenced by the directing styles of Mani Ratnam and Santosh Sivan, with whom he had associated, he expressed his wishes of directing to Santosh Sivan on the sets of Asoka. Realizing his dream, Santosh agreed to accept him as his apprentice. During this period of time, Vishnu observed everything that went on behind and around the camera, from the positioning of the lights and directing the artistes and arranging the frames and sets, to the finer points of correcting the artistes and even stayed back even to clean the sets. Santosh Sivan later also took him as an associate director for films like Malli and Asoka. In an interview, Vishnu has stated that he strives to make his films look "raw and realistic".
He made his debut through his own production, Kurumbu starring Allari Naresh and Diya which was a remake of a Telugu language film. The film did not do well at the box office and Vishnu almost written off by most critics. He later came back with a bang with the immensely successful Arinthum Ariyamalum starring Arya, Navdeep and Samiksha. The film, made at a moderate budget, emerged as one of the biggest hits in 2005. The film was produced by Geetha, a popular Malaysian radio jockey who after hearing the script from Vishnu, immediately expressed interest in making the film.
Geetha and Vishnu then collaborated once more in the critically acclaimed Pattiyal which also proved to be successful. The film, which starred Arya, Bharath, Pooja and Padmapriya, was recognized for its outstanding music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Vishnu was praised for handling a serious subject while retaining the entertainment factor in the film. In an interview, Vishnu stated that in order to make the film adaptation of his nephew's story more convincing, he had to interact with real gangsters and study their lifestyle. Vishnu's most recent film, Billa, a remake of the yesteryear classic, starring Ajith Kumar, Nayanthara and Namitha, was an all-time blockbuster. His Sarvam starring Arya and Trisha which received mixed reviews did averagely at the boxoffice whereas his next debut film in Telugu, Panjaa did not do well at the box-office.The Movie Was Later Said To Be Average Grosser .Arrambam, 2013 tamil movie again starring Ajith Kumar, Nayanthara and Arya declared as blockbuster of the year 2013.
|2003||Kurumbu||Allari Naresh, Nikita Thukral, Diya||Tamil|
|2005||Arinthum Ariyamalum||Navdeep, Arya, Prakash Raj, Samiksha||Tamil|
|2006||Pattiyal||Bharath, Arya, Pooja Umashankar, Padmapriya||Tamil|
|2007||Billa||Ajith Kumar, Nayantara, Namitha||Tamil|
|2009||Sarvam||Arya, Trisha Krishnan, J. D. Chakravarthy||Tamil|
|2011||Panjaa||Pawan Kalyan, Sarah Jane Dias, Anjali Lavania||Telugu|
|2013||Arrambam||Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayanthara, Taapsee Pannu||Tamil|
|1990||Anjali (film)||Raghuvaran, Revathi, Shamili, Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan,||Tamil||Child Artist|
|1998||The Terrorist (1997 film)||Ayesha Dharker, K.Krishna, Sonu Sisupal||Tamil||Thyagu|
|2006||Kazhugu (2012 film)||Krishna Sekhar, Bindu Madhavi, Karunas, Thambi Ramaiah, Jayaprakash||Tamil||Special appearance
in promo song
- Vishnuvardhan at the Internet Movie Database
- Conversation with Director Vishnuvardhan
- An interview with Vishnuvardhan