A. C. Tirulokchandar

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A. C. Tirulokchandar
A. Chengalvaraya Mudaliar Thirulokachander

(1930-06-11)11 June 1930
Arcot, Vellore district, Tamil Nadu[1]
Died15 June 2016(2016-06-15) (aged 86)
Chennai, Tamilnadu
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1964 – 1988
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Prem Trilok (deceased)

A. C. Tirulokachandar (11 June 1930 – 15 June 2016) 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.[3][4] 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.[5][6]


During the making of the film Manthiri Kumari in 1950, A.C.Trilogchander 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.Trilochander 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 banner which was bilingual made simultaneously as Main Bhi Ladki Hoon in Hindi and as Nannum Oru Penn 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 films. He became like the fifth son of Mr. A. V. Meiyapan and became close friend of A. V. M. Saravanan. Trilogchander 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 for the film produced by K. Balaji - Thangai in 1967. 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 and Anbalippu as well as the romantic comedies Anbe Vaa and Anbe Aaruyire. 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 Ganeshan and Jayalalitha in 5 films - Deiva Magan, Dharmam Engey, Engirundho Vandhaal, Enga Mama, Avanthan Manidhan. 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.


Tirulokachandar died on 15 June 2016 at the age of 86 due to age-related issues.[7] His youngest son, Prem Tirilok, succumbed to cancer a few days before his death.[8] Tirulokachandar is survived by his elder son Raj T and daughter Mallikeswari.[9][10]

Partial filmography[edit]

S.No Year Film Language Notes
# 1988 Shukriya Hindi
# 1987 Kudumbam Oru Koyil Tamil
# 1987 Anbulla Appa Tamil
# 1985 Babu Hindi
# 1985 Do Dilon Ki Dastaan Hindi
# 1982 Teri Kasam Hindi
# 1982 Vasandhathil Or Naal Tamil Remake of Mausam
# 1981 Lorry Driver Rajakannu Tamil
# 1980 Vishwaroopam Tamil
# 1978 Pilot Premnath Tamil
# 1978 Vanakkatukuriya Kathaliye Tamil
# 1977 Penn Jenmam Tamil
# 1977 Bhadrakali Telugu
# 1976 Bhadrakali Tamil
# 1975 Dr. Siva Tamil
# 1975 Anbe Aaruyirae Tamil
# 1975 Avanthan Manithan Tamil Remake of Kasturi Nivasa
# 1974 Dheerga Sumangali Tamil
# 1973 Radha Tamil
# 1973 Sontham Tamil
# 1973 Bharatha Vilas Tamil
# 1972 Itho Entha Deivam Tamil
# 1972 Aval Tamil
# 1972 Dharmam Engey Tamil
# 1971 Babu Tamil Remake of Odayil Ninnu
# 1970 Engirundho Vandhaal Tamil Simultaneously made as Khilona
# 1970 Enga Mama Tamil Remake of Brahmachari
# 1969 Thirudan Tamil
# 1969 Deiva Magan Tamil
# 1969 Anbalippu Tamil
# 1968 En Thambi Tamil
# 1968 Ramu Telugu Remake of Tamil film of same name
# 1967 Iru Malargal Tamil
# 1967 Adhey Kangal Tamil
# 1967 Ave Kallu Telugu
# 1967 Thangai Tamil
# 1966 Ramu Tamil
# 1966 Anbe Vaa Tamil
# 1965 Naadi Aada Janme Telugu
# 1965 Kakkum Karangal Tamil
# 1964 Main Bhi Ladki Hoon Hindi
# 1963 Naanum Oru Penn Tamil
# 1962 Veerathirumagan Tamil


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  2. ^ "Storyteller who found his flair in versatility - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Sivaji Ganesan & The Sadists- Part II". Indiaglitz. indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Performer to the core". Hindu.com. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  5. ^ "India's Oscar drill". The Indian Express. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ "Maalaimalar News: Director AC Thirulogachander son death". Maalaimalar.com. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  9. ^ Roshne B; Johanna Deeksha (16 June 2016). "The Deiva Magan of all directors, he shared special bond with Sivaji Ganesan". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Veteran film director AC Tirulokchandar passes away". Deccanchronicle.com. Retrieved 17 July 2016.

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