A. C. Tirulokchandar

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A. C. Thirulokachandar
Arcot Chengalvaraya Mudaliyar Thirulokachandar

(1930-06-11)11 June 1930
Died15 June 2016(2016-06-15) (aged 86)
EducationM. A.
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
Years active1964–1988
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]

A. C. Thirulokachandar (11 June 1930 – 15 June 2016), also known as A. C. Tirulokchandar, was an Indian film director and screenwriter who worked mainly in Tamil films from the 1960s to 1988. He also directed a few films in Hindi and Telugu.[2][3] His 1969 Tamil film Deiva Magan was the first South Indian film to be submitted by India in contest for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4][5]


During the making of the film Kumari in 1952, A.C. Tirulokchandar was working as a junior assistant on the sets and during the shooting of this film became a close friend of M. G. Ramachandran. Producer A. V. Meiyappan noticed his talent and gave A.C. Tirulokchandar his break as the director in 1962 film Veerathirumagan.

With the success of his debut film, he got one more film to direct under AVM Productions which was bilingual made simultaneously as Main Bhi Ladki Hoon in Hindi and as Nannum Oru Penn (1963) in Tamil. The latter won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil at 11th National Film Awards and also won Filmfare Award for Best film. With this, he became a permanent fixture as director with AVM. He became like the fifth son of Mr. A. V. Meiyappan and became close friend of A.V.M.Saravanan.

Tirulokchandar directed the fiftieth film produced by AVM banner – Anbe Vaa, a romantic comedy film, in 1966 with M.G. Ramachandran in the lead. He directed the films produced by K. BalajiThangai (1967), En Thambi (1968), Thirudan (1969) and Engiruntho Vanthaal (1970) which were Tamil remakes of blockbuster films in other languages. He was not only adept at directing social dramas like Babu (1971) with Sivaji Ganesan in the lead, Ramu (1966) with Gemini Ganesan as the hero but also romantic dramas such as Iru Malargal (1967) and Anbalippu (1969) as well as the romantic comedies Anbe Vaa (1966) and Anbe Aaruyire (1975).

He was given the task of directing the first bilingual suspense thriller film from AVM banner in 1967 which was Ave Kallu in Telugu and Adhey Kangal in Tamil. He directed the pair Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalitha in five films – Deiva Magan (1969), Dharmam Engey (1972), Engirundho Vandhaal (1970), Enga Mama (1970) and Avanthan Manidhan (1975). He directed Rajesh Khanna in Babu in 1985 which became a hit. His other acclaimed Tamil films include Thirudan, Aval, Dheerga Sumangali, Vasandatil Oru Naal, Bhadrakali, Anbe Aaruyire and Bharata Vilas. He was known to co-ordinate the colour schemes of the actors' outfits with the sets designed for the film.

Personal life[edit]

Tirulokchandar had a daughter and two sons,[6][7] the younger of whom died of cancer in 2016.[8]


Tirulokchandar died on 15 June 2016 at the age of 86. The reason for death was declared as "age-related issues".[9][10][11]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1952 Kumari Tamil Assistant Direction
1960 Vijayapuri Veeran Tamil Story & Dialogue Writer
1962 Veerathirumagan Tamil
1962 Paarthaal Pasi Theerum Tamil Story & Dialogue Writer
1963 Naanum Oru Penn Tamil
1964 Main Bhi Ladki Hoon Hindi
1965 Naadi Aada Janme Telugu
1965 Kakkum Karangal Tamil
1966 Ramu Tamil
1966 Anbe Vaa Tamil Remake of American film Come September
1967 Iru Malargal Tamil
1967 Adhey Kangal Tamil
1967 Ave Kallu Telugu
1967 Thangai Tamil
1968 En Thambi Tamil
1968 Ramu Telugu Remake of Tamil film of same name
1969 Thirudan Tamil
1969 Deiva Magan Tamil
1969 Anbalippu Tamil
1970 Engirundho Vandhaal Tamil Simultaneously made as Khilona
1970 Enga Mama Tamil Remake of Brahmachari
1971 Pavitra Hrudayalu Telugu
1971 Babu Tamil Remake of Odayil Ninnu
1972 Itho Entha Deivam Tamil
1972 Aval Tamil
1972 Dharmam Engey Tamil
1973 Radha Tamil 25th Film
1973 Sontham Tamil
1973 Bharatha Vilas Tamil
1974 Dheerga Sumangali Tamil
1975 Dr. Siva Tamil
1975 Anbe Aaruyirae Tamil
1975 Avanthan Manithan Tamil Remake of Kasturi Nivasa
1976 Nee Indri Naanillai Tamil
1976 Bhadrakali Tamil
1977 Penn Jenmam Tamil
1977 Bhadrakali Telugu
1978 Pilot Premnath Tamil
1978 Vanakkatukuriya Kathaliye Tamil
1980 Vishwaroopam Tamil
1981 Lorry Driver Rajakannu Tamil
1982 Teri Kasam Hindi
1982 Baawri Hindi
1982 Vasandhathil Or Naal Tamil Remake of Mausam
1985 Babu Hindi
1985 Do Dilon Ki Dastaan Hindi
1987 Kudumbam Oru Koyil Tamil
1987 Anbulla Appa Tamil
1988 Shukriyaa Hindi


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  10. ^ "Veteran Tamil film director AC Tirulokachandar passes away". Archived from the original on 2 May 2022. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
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