A. Jagannathan

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A. Jagannathan
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Born(1935-11-26)26 November 1935
Died7 October 2012(2012-10-07) (aged 76)[1]
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupationfilm director
Years active1973-2012
ChildrenUsha Devi
Pavithra Devi
Arun Kumar

A. Jagannathan (26 November 1935 – 7 October 2012) was an Indian film director who worked in the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi film industries and he was introduced by R.M. Veerappan in his Sathya Movies banner for Manipayal. He directed nearly 50 films in Tamil.[2]

Film career[edit]

He made his debut as director in Manipayal in 1973 after working as an assistant to T. Prakash Rao and P. Neelakantan for almost 15 films, most of them being MGR movies.[3] He directed the MGR film Idhayakkani, under the tutleage of R.M.Veerappan and went on to direct five other blockbuster films for RMV's Sathya Movies including Moondru Mugam with Rajinikanth and Kadhal Parisu with Kamal Hasaan. He also directed some television serials.[4]

He directed Sivaji Ganesan's Vellai Roja which won awards including the Filmfare Award.[1] Another successful venture in his career was Moondru Mugam.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Writer Notes
1973 Manipayal Tamil debut as a director
1974 Idhayam Parkiradhu Tamil
1975 Idhayakkani Tamil Poovai Krishnan
1976 Kumara Vijayam Tamil Komal Swaminathan
1976 Nalla Penmani Tamil
1976 Athirshtam Azhaikkirathu Tamil
1977 Nantha En Nila Tamil
1978 Ival Oru Seethai Tamil
1979 Jaya Nee Jayuchutte Tamil
1979 Mugathil Mugan Paarkalaam Tamil
1979 Muthal Iravu Tamil
1980 Aayiram Vaasal Idhayam Tamil
1981 Pennmanum Pesugiradhu Tamil
1981 Sorgathin Thirappu Vizha Tamil
1982 Krodham Tamil Prem Menon
1982 Moondru Mugam Tamil P. Selvakumar
1983 Manaivi Illatha Neram Tamil
1983 Thanga Magan Tamil Sathya Movies story department
1983 Vellai Roja Tamil Pavithran Remake of Malayalam film Postmortem
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
1984 Komberi Mookan Tamil
1984 Naalai Unathu Naal Tamil Prithvi Brothers Remake of Gumnaam
1984 Oh Maane Maane Tamil Pamman Remake of Malayalam film Chattakari
1985 Karpoora Deepam Tamil
1985 Meendum Parasakthi Tamil
1985 Rahasya Hanthakudu Telugu
1987 Khaidi Telugu
1987 Kadhal Parisu Tamil R. M. Veerappan
1987 Muthukkal Moondru Tamil Suryakos Ranga
1988 Dharmathma Kannada
1989 En Thangai Tamil Ramani
1989 Mamaku Yamudu Telugu
1991 Mill Thozhilali Tamil L. S. N. Ravi
1991 Archana IAS Tamil Amutha Durairaj
1993 Tahqiqaat Hindi
1994 Watchman Vadivel Tamil Aaroordas
1994 Khaidi No. 1 Telugu Remake of Khalnayak
Dubbed in Tamil as Hero


He suffered from breathing ailments and was hospitalized in Coimbatore for a fortnight.[1] He died on 7 October 2012, and was cremated at Tiruppur. He was survived by his wife Rajamani, daughters Usha Devi and Pavithra Devi and son Arun Kumar.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Man who shored up MGR's film career is no more - The Hindu". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "www.nowrunning.com". Director A. Jagannathan passes away. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  3. ^ "'Audience taste keeps changing'". The Hindu. 8 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Veteran film director passes away". The Hindu. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015.

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