AR Murugadoss

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AR Murugadoss
Murugadoss at a special screening of Ghajini in 2009
Born Murugadoss Arunasalam
(1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 38)
Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2001 – present
Spouse(s) Ramya (m.2005)

Murugadoss Arunasalam, commonly known with his stage name initials as AR Murugadoss,[1][2][3] is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

AR Murugadoss was born in Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu.[6] The initials "AR", denoting his father's name Arunasalam, were added after Murugadoss signed his first film Dheena (2001).[3] Murugadoss resides in Virugambakkam, Chennai.[7] He had his schooling at the Government Higher Secondary School[3] and studied BA in Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirapalli.[8]


Murugadoss with Aamir Khan

During his college days, Murugadoss was active in cultural events, particularly in mimicry and drawing.[3] He subsequently became a cinephile watching up to seven films a week in his home town and started writing jokes as well. After Ananda Vikatan published them, Murugadoss began to think of becoming a story writer.[3] At Bharathidasan University he started to write sketch comedies and acted in them.[3] After college he tried to join the Madras Film Institute, but was rejected. Nevertheless, Murugadoss stayed in Chennai in multiple functions. First he became an assistant writer of P. Kalaimani and wrote dialogues for the Tamil film Madurai Meenakshi. He became assistant director of Ratchagan (1997) for half of the film and continued as assistant script director for the Telugu film Kalusukundam Ra.[3] Murugadoss then worked with S. J. Surya for the film Kushi.

S. J. Suryah recommended Murugadoss to Ajith Kumar for directing his debut film, Dheena. His next films were Ramana, Ghajini, and Stalin. His fifth film was Ghajini, which was a Hindi remake of his same-titled 2005 film and marked his Bollywood debut. It released on 25 December 2008 and became the first Indian film to gross over 100 crores.[9] Murugadoss's next Tamil film 7aum Arivu, was released on Diwali 2011. He signed a deal with Fox Star Studios to produce two Tamil films.[10]

In 2012 Murugadoss directed the action thriller Thuppakki, starring Vijay and produced by S. Dhanu released on Diwali 2012 to mostly positive reviews and biggest blockbuster of 2012 making Lead Star Vijay to enter in elite 100 crore club league and Sensational Celebrity in social media .[11] Thuppakki entered the 100 crore (US$15 million) mark at the box office in 12 days. He also directed the Hindi remake of the film, Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty which crossed over 100 crore (US$15 million) mark at box office[12][13] In 2014 he was the writer and producer for the fantasy film Maan Karate starring Sivakarthikeyan which was directed by his former assistant Thirukumaran.[citation needed]

In 2014 he directed the drama thriller Kaththi starring Vijay and produced by Ayngaran International released on Diwali 2014. The movie earned 100 crore (US$15 million) at the box office in 11 days, finally more than 160 crore (US$24 million) and became the highest grosser of 2014. The Vijay - ARM combination is considered as most sensational in the tamil cinema because their films always release on diwali day with earth shattering response among critics and at the box office rocking internationally at globe. [14]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Cameo Sources
1997 Poochudava Yes as room service person (uncredited)
2001 Dheena Yes Yes
2002 Ramana Yes Yes
2005 Ghajini Yes Yes
2006 Stalin Yes Yes
2008 Ghajini Yes Yes
2011 Engaeyum Eppothum Yes
2011 7aum Arivu Yes Yes Yes interview cameraman at climax
2012 Thuppakki Yes Yes Yes in "Google Google" Song
2013 Vatthikuchi Yes
2013 Raja Rani Yes
2014 Game Yes
2014 Maan Karate Yes Yes Yes in "open the tasmac" song
2014 Holiday Yes Yes
2014 Kaththi Yes Yes Yes
2015 Akira Yes Yes
2015 10 Endrathukulla Yes


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