Azhagam Perumal

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N. Azhagam Perumal is a Tamil film director and actor.[1]


Azhagam Perumal hails from the remote village Kulasekharapuram in Tamil Nadu.[2] All his family members were working in the government service and his parents wanted him to be an engineer. Azhagam Perumal, however, after his graduation, applied to the Adyar Film Institute in spite of stiff opposition from his family. He passed out with a Gold Medal from the Institute in 1991.[2]

Azhagam Perumal worked as an assistant to director Mani Ratnam from Thalapathi to Iruvar, before leaving to make his independent project.[3] When Mani Ratnam was shooting Alaipayuthey, he was looking for someone like Jagathy Sreekumar to play the quirky house owner, which Azhagam Perumal eventually did, making his acting debut.[3]

He had initially announced his directorial debut in 1998 as Mudhal Mudhalaaga, a romantic film featuring Arvind Swamy and Karisma Kapoor in the lead roles,[4] which failed to take off. He then started shooting the film Udhaya in 1999 with Vijay and Simran in the lead roles but the film saw massive delays and Azhagam Perumal, meanwhile, began another film, the romantic comedy Dumm Dumm Dumm with R. Madhavan and Jyothika in the lead roles, in which his mentor Mani Ratnam worked as the screenwriter and producer. The film released in 2001 and was a success.[3] After Alaipayuthey, he was offered acting offers but he declined as he wanted to revive and complete Udhaya.



Year Film Language Notes
2001 Dumm Dumm Dumm Tamil
2003 Joot Tamil
2004 Udhaya Tamil


Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Alaipayuthey House owner Tamil
2006 Pudhupettai Thamizhselvan Tamil
2007 Kattradhu Thamizh Poobaal Raavar Tamil
2008 Ali Baba Thiagarajan Tamil
2009 Kanden Kadhalai Perumal Tamil
2010 Aayirathil Oruvan Ravi Tamil
Kacheri Arambam Vasu Tamil
Rettaisuzhi Tamil
Raavanan Photographer Tamil
Thottu Paar Tamil
Nil Gavani Sellathey Tamil
2011 Vanthaan Vendraan Tamil
7aum Arivu Museum Curator Tamil Guest Appearance
Vellore Maavattam Gurumoorthy Tamil
Osthe Shankaralingam Tamil
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Tamil
Neerparavai Church father Tamil
Ammavin Kaipesi Tamil
2013 Samar Tamil
2014 Jilla Tamil
1 by Two Narayanan Pillai Malayalam
Yennamo Yedho Tamil
Ennamo Nadakkudhu Tamil
Nalanum Nandhiniyum Tamil
2015 Isai Gunasekhar Tamil
Valiyavan Tamil
Kadhal 2 Kalyanam Tamil Delayed
Padithurai Tamil Delayed
Naanum Rowdydhaan Tamil Filming
Taramani Tamil Filming
Idam Porul Yaeval Tamil Filming
Yatchan Tamil Filming


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