N. Azhagam Perumal
25 May 1965
Azhagam Perumal hails from the remote village, Kulasekharapuram, in Tamil Nadu. 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 graduated with a Gold Medal from the Institute in 1991.
Azhagam Perumal worked as an assistant to director Mani Ratnam from Thalapathi to Iruvar, before leaving to make his independent project. 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.
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. Despite beginning production, the film was indefinitely put on hold. He then started making Udhaya in 1999 with Vijay and Simran in the lead roles but the film faced production delays owing to the producer's financial problems. Azhagam Perumal also discussed making a film titled Hijack in 2000 but the film failed to develop. He later attempted to make the film with Vikram in 2004, but the project did not proceed.
His directorial debut was eventually 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.
After Alaipayuthey, he was offered acting offers but he declined as he wanted to revive and complete Udhaya by early 2004.
|2001||Dumm Dumm Dumm||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil||Written along with Mani Ratnam and R. Selvaraj|
|2003||Joot||Yes||Yes||No||No||Tamil||Story Written By M. S. Ramesh and Dialogue Written By M. Prasannakumar|
|2004||Udhaya||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Tamil||Dialogue Written By Sujatha|
|2007||Guru||No||No||No||Yes||Tamil||Tamil Dubbing Dialogue and Directed By Mani Ratnam|
|1991||Pudhu Nellu Pudhu Naathu||Suganya's Machan|
|2007||Kattradhu Thamizh||Poobaal Raavar|
|Nil Gavani Sellathey|
|7aum Arivu||Museum Curator||Guest Appearance|
|2012||Oru Kal Oru Kannadi||Varadharajan|
|Kadhal 2 Kalyanam||Unreleased|
|Idam Porul Yaeval||Unreleased|
|1 by Two||Narayanan Pillai||Malayalam film|
|2016||Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam||Prabhu's father|
|Solo||Thomas Devasagayan, Annie's father|
|Adanga Maru||SSI. Chandran|
|2019||Chithiram Pesuthadi 2|
|Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma||Shruti's father|
|Kamali From Nadukkaveri|
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