Badri (director)

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Born Badrinarayan Ranganathan
Occupation director, screenwriter
Years active 2007–present

Badri is an Indian film director and screenwriter who primarily works in Tamil film industry. He started his career with television series Malargal and made his debut in films with Veerappu in 2007.


Badri started his career by directing a Television series Malargal for Sun TV. He then shifted to cinema by working as an assistant to Sundar C. and also made his directorial debut by directing him in Veerappu, remake of Malayalam film Spadikam.[1] The film released in 2007 to mixed reviews, with one critic claiming that it is a "racy commercial entertainer"[2] while another critic felt that it is not good as original.[3] He again collaborated with Sundar C. with Ainthaam Padai, film received negative reviews with critics accusing director for plagiarism by lifting scenes from Malayalam film Devasuram.[4][5]

He then directed Thambikku Endha Ooru with Bharath, the film received negative reviews and became unsuccessful at box office. He wrote dialogues for Sundar C.'s directorial Kalakalappu.

Shiva and Vendhar Movies approached Badri to direct the remake of Rajinikanth starrer Thillu Mullu.[6] Badri said that he ventured into Thillu Mullu with an open mind. "I wanted to make the storyline contemporary. Retaining the characters from the original, I wrote the script to suit today's generation".[6] The film was launched on 24 August 2012 with a puja at the Image Auditorium at MRC Nagar in Chennai. Celebs included Karthi, Sneha, Prasanna, Meena, S. A. Chandrasekhar, Ambika, Vijay Antony, K. Balachander, Vaali and Dharani were present at the launch.[7] The team after shooting in Chennai and Hyderabad headed to Dubai and Abu Dhabi to can a few songs and scenes. The songs Ragaangal Pathinaru was also shot in Dubai.[8] The shooting was completed in March 2013.[9] After wrapping up the shoot, Badri decided to shoot a music video of the 'Thillu Mullu' remix and convinced the M. S. Viswanathan to appear alongside Yuvan Shankar Raja in the iconic song.[10] Prakash Raj reprised the character played by the late Thengai Srinivasan. Director Badri stated "the challenge was to cast someone in Thengai Srinivasan's role. I couldn't think of anyone other than Prakash Raj".[6] Kovai Sarala was selected to play Sowcar Janaki's role.[11] Santhanam reprised the special guest appearance by Kamal Haasan.[12]

Thillu Mullu received mostly positive critical response. M. Suganth of The Times of India gave 3.5/5 and said, "Much of the credit for this (film) should go to director Badri, whose script clearly suggests that some amount of thought has gone into reworking a cult classic for present-day audiences. Instead of going for a scene by scene remake, he manages to spin newer situations that make it very much a film of our times."[13]

Badri is currently directing Aadaama Jaichomada with newcomers.


Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Writer
2007 Veerappu Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2009 Aiyantham Padai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2010 Thambikku Indha Ooru Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2012 Kalakalappu Red XN Green tickY Tamil Dialogue only
2013 Thillu Mullu Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2014 Aadama Jaichomada Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2018 Sangamithra Red XN Green tickY Tamil


  1. ^ "Prakash Raj and Sundar C in remake of Spadikam - Telugu Movie News". 2007-03-10.
  2. ^ "Movie Review : Veerappu".
  3. ^ "Veerappu: Worth a miss - Movies". 2007-07-30.
  4. ^ "Movie Review : Aintham Padai".
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b c Raghavan, Nikhil (1 June 2013). "Classic gets a new twist". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Grand pooja for Thillu Mullu". Sify. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  8. ^ Janani Karthik (28 November 2012). "Shiva's Thillu Mullu heads to Dubai". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  9. ^ "'Thillu Mullu' remake shooting over". 30 March 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  10. ^ Naig, Udhav (20 April 2013). "Old meets new". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Thillu Mullu Gets Two More Popular Actors". Behindwoods. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Santhanam to reprise Kamal Haasan's role". The Times of India. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  13. ^ M Suganth, TNN (14 June 2013). "Thillu Mullu movie review". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 June 2013.

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