K. Bhagyaraj

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K Bhagyaraj
Actor Director K Bhagyaraj at the Sathuranga Vettai Audio Launch.jpg
Bhagyaraj in April 2014
Born Krishnasaamy Bhagyaraj
(1953-01-07) 7 January 1953 (age 65)
Vellankoil, Gobichettipalayam, Erode, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation actor, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Praveena (m 1981–1983) (deceased)
Poornima Jayaram
(m 1984–Present)
Children Saranya Bhagyaraj (b 1985)
Shanthanu Bhagyaraj (b 1986)
Parent(s)
  • Krishnasaamy
  • Amaravathiyammal

Krishnasaamy Bhagyaraj is an Indian director, actor, screenwriter and producer active mainly in Tamil films. He has also written and directed Telugu and Hindi films and TV serials. He won a Filmfare Best Actor Award for Mundhanai Mudichu (1983). He is the editor of weekly magazine Bhagya and has also written several novels.

Personal life[edit]

Bhagyaraj was born in Vellankovil near Gobichettipalayam in Erode district in Tamil Nadu. His parents were Krishnaswamy and Amaravathiamma. He married twice. His first marriage was with actress Praveena, in 1981. She died due to an aggravated case of jaundice in August 1983. His second marriage was with actress Poornima Jayaram on 7 February 1984. She was his co-star in Darling Darling Darling (1983).[1] The couple has a daughter Saranya Bhagyaraj and a son Shanthnu Bhagyaraj.

Film career[edit]

Early years (1977–79)[edit]

Beginning his career as an assistant to directors G. Ramakrishnan and Bharathiraja, Bhagyaraj became recognised for his scriptwriting talent.[2] He first appeared as a junior artist playing small supporting roles with screen-space of not more than three minutes in films such as Pathinaru Vayathinile and later appeared similarly in Sigappu Rojakkal (1978). He was assistant director to Bharatiraja in two films – 16 Vayathnile and Kizhake Pogum Rail. Among his early work was writing the script for Bharathiraja's films Kizhake Pogum Rail (1978) and Tik Tik Tik (1981), and writing dialogues for Sigappu Rojakkal. He made his directorial début with Suvarillatha Chiththirangal in 1979 and also his début as the leading man in Puthiya Vaarpugal in 1979, directed by Bharatiraja. He received the Best Dialogues Award for Puthiya Vaarpugal (1979). Kanni Paruvathile, a film for which he wrote dialogues and screenplay and acted in a negative role, was a huge success. Though he had not achieved success as a director till 1979, he was motivated with success as the hero with Puthiya Vaarpugal, a negative role, and as a writer of story and dialogues for Kanni Paruvathile and decided to write, direct and act for Oru Kai Oosai, which, though not a huge success, gave him his first Best Actor Award.

Rise to stardom (1980–99)[edit]

He quickly established his own concern by 1980 and started producing and directing a string of distinctive films made mainly in the Tamil language. His first commercially successful main lead hero film was Bhama Rukmini in 1980. This film was neither directed, produced nor written by him. His voice was dubbed by someone else in all the films he did till 1980, including Bhama Rukmini. Beginning with films such as Mouna Geetangal, he started to dub his own lines in his films. He often stars in lead roles of the films he scripts and directs, effectively carving out a niche for himself in the actor-auteur vein. His style of film-making is notable for its relatively elaborate, witty, and double-entente-laced script and socially themed framework. His on-screen personae are typically characterised by their ironic sense of humour and intelligent bravado.[3] The success of Bhama Rukmini was followed by 12 films directed by him – starring him as the main lead, which were box office hits – Vidiyum Vari Kaathiru, Mouna Geethanagal, Indru Poyi Naalai Vaa, Antha Ezhu Natkal, Thooral Ninnu Pochhu, Poyi Satchi, Darling Darling Darling, Dhavani Kannavukal, Munthanai Mudichu, Chinna Veedu, Enga Chinna Rasa and Idhu Namma Aalu. From 1981 onwards, successful Tamil films written, directed by and starring him started being remade in Hindi, with the first being Mouna Geetangal, remade as Ek Hi Bhool and Anztha Ezhu Natkal remade as Woh Saat Din. In the period 1980–1990, he rarely acted in films not directed or written by him, with exceptions being Naan Sigappu Manithan, Anbulla Rajinikanth and En Rathathin Rathame. His next directorial venture Chithirame Chithirame was box office flop, and then he directed Mayadari Mogudu in Telugu, which was a success. He introduced actress Urvashi in the Tamil film Mundhanai Mudichu and actress Kalpana (sister of Urvashi) made her début with the 1985 film Chinna Veedu, directed by Bhagyraj, a commercially successful film. He received the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for his performance in Mundhanai Mudichu. He became nationally famous when he wrote the script for Mundhanai Mudichu remade in Hindi as Masterji with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role, which was huge success at the box office. He decided to direct the Hindi remake of Bharatiraja's 1984 directorial venture Oru Kaidhayin Diary with Rajesh Khanna in the lead in 1985, but later Khanna due to his date issues had to opt out and Bhagyaraj cast Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi remake Aakhree Raasta. Bhagayraj decided to remake the classic old Kannada film Mallammana Pavada, starring Rajkumar and B Saroja Devi into a new Tamil film Enga Chinna Rasa in 1987, which became a huge blockbuster. In 1989, K. Balaji produced a Tamil remake of Mr. India as En Rathathin Rathame and the film was successful. In 1989, he wrote the script for Idhu Namma Allu and decided to produce it, but chose not to direct it by himself, as he wanted to act-write-direct a film on a serious issue, which was Aararo Aaariraro. He received the Best Film Award for Idhu Namma Aalu in 1990, directed by Balakumar, whereas the other film Aararo Aaariraro also was both critically acclaimed and successful at box office. After the death of MGR in 1987, during a meeting with director C V Sridhar and producer Duraiswamay, an idea came across to Bhagyaraj to make use of the unfinished 1977 film Anna Nee En Deivam, starring MGR and Lata and make the film Avasara Police 100, starring himself as well in the lead. This 1990 film was widely promoted as a film with MGR and Bhagyaraj in lead roles and the film was a huge blockbuster.

From 1991, he gradually started accepting more acting offers as a lead hero, where director-producer-scriptwriter would be three different people, rather than he himself writing-directing-acting in his films. Rudhra, Amma Vanthachu, Gnanapazham (1996) and Suyamvaram (1999) were such successful films where he was involved only in the capacity of actor. He also started the weekly magazine "Bhagya" and he is the editor of that magazine. His successful directorial ventures written by him from 1991 on were Pavunnu Pavunuthan, Sundara Kandam, Raasukutti, Veetla Visheshanga, Oru Oorla oru Rajakumari and Vaettiya Madichu Kattu. Failure of his Hindi directorial ventures Akhree Rasta and Mr. Bechara made Bhagyaraj decide that he should only write scripts for Hindi films and that he would not direct himself. He decided to remake Veetla Visheshanga as Mr Bechara in Hindi, but again his directorial venture in Hindi was not successful. He cast his son Shanthanu Bhagyaraj as the child artist in Vaettiya Madichu Kattu in 1998 and the film dealt with the father-son relationship. His successful Tamil films written by him continued to be in demand for Hindi remakes in the 1990s and were huge hits in Hindi – with Avasara Police 100 remade into Gopi Kishen, Sundara Kandam remade as Andaz (1994), Raasukutti remade as Raja Babu, Vaettiya Madichu Kattu remade as Papa The Great, which were successful. He also wrote the script for the Tamil film Thaikulame Thaikulame (1995), starring Pandiarajan, whose actor-director was not himself in Hindi, remade as Gharwali-Baharwali (1998).[4]

His assistant directors for his directorial ventures Darling Darling Darling, Dhavani Kannavukal, Munthanai Mudichu and Mayadari Mogudu was Pandiarajan, whereas Parthiban was his assistant director for Dhavani Kannavukal; later both Pandirajan and Parthiban went on to become director and actors.

Later years (2000–present)[edit]

He took a break from acting as the lead hero in Tamil films after the release of Vaettiya Madichu Kattu (1998) and Suyamvaram (1999) as he was not happy with new scripts from other banners offered to him in 2000, and so from 2000 to 2006 he did not accept any films as the lead hero. Instead, he directed the TV shows Neenga Nenaicha Saadhikkalanga and Idhu Oru Kadhayin Kadhai (for DD Podhigai), and appeared in Apapadi Podu on Jaya TV in this period. His tele-serial Rules Rangachari was very famous on DD channel and it completed 390 episodes. He wrote and directed the average 2003 film Chokka Thangam, an action film starring Vijayakanth. He launched his daughter Saranya Bhagyaraj with Parijatham, which he wrote and directed in 2006 and was a huge flop.[5] He returned to acting with Something Something... Unakkum Enakkum and Rendu in a supporting role and with Kaasu Irukkanum as the lead hero in 2007. From 2007 to present he has been seen in more films as an actor in supporting roles. He directed his adult son Shanthanu Bhagyaraj in the romantic film Siddhu +2 in 2010. He ventured into Malayalam films as supporting actor with Mr Marumakan.

He wrote books such as Vaanga Cinemavai Pattri Pesalam, Neenga Nenaicha Saadikkalaam, Ungal Bhagyaraj in Kelvi Bhadhil (Five Parts) and has written seven novels.

Filmography[edit]

Year S.No; Title Language Credited as Role Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor
1977 1 16 Vayathinile Tamil Green tickY Assistant director
Cameo appearance
1978 2 Kizhake Pogum Rail Tamil Green tickY Assistant director
Cameo appearance
3 Sigappu Rojakkal Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Cameo appearance
1979 4 Puthiya Vaarpugal Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Debut film as hero
5 Kanni Paruvathile Tamil Green tickY Green tickY
6 Suvarilladha Chiththirangal Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Debut film as director
1980 7 Bhama Rukmani Tamil Green tickY Green tickY
8 Oru Kai Oosai Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
9 Kumari Pennin Ullathile Tamil Green tickY
1981 10 Mouna Geethangal Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
11 Indru Poi Naalai Vaa Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
12 Vidiyum Varai Kaathiru Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
13 Antha Ezhu Naatkal Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
14 Ek Hi Bhool Hindi Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Mouna Geethangal
15 Radha Kalyanam Telugu Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Antha Ezhu Naatkal
1982 16 Thooral Ninnu Pochu Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
17 Poi Satchi Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
18 Darling, Darling, Darling Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1983 19 Mundhanai Mudichu Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Won Filmfare Best Actor Award
20 Saattai Illatha Pambaram Tamil Green tickY
21 Moodu Mullu Telugu Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Mundhanai Mudichu
22 Woh Saat Din Hindi Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Antha Ezhu Naatkal
1984 23 Vidhi Tamil Green tickY Cameo
24 Anbulla Rajinikanth Tamil Green tickY Cameo
25 Dhavani Kanavugal Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1985 26 Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Tamil Green tickY
27 Naan Sigappu Manithan Tamil Green tickY
28 Chinna Veedu Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
29 Masterji Hindi Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Mundhanai Mudichu
1986 30 Aakhri Raasta Hindi Green tickY Green tickY Remake of Oru Kaidhiyin Diary
31 Samsarada Guttu Kannada Green tickY Remake from Tamil film Kanni Paruvathile
32 Kanna Thorakkanum Saami Tamil Green tickY
1987 33 Enga Chinna Rasa Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
34 Chinna Kuyil Paadudhu Tamil Green tickY
1988 35 Idhu Namma Aalu Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Also composer
1989 36 En Rathathin Rathame Tamil Green tickY Remade from Hindi film Mr India
37 Aararo Aaariraro Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Also composer
38 Love Maadi Nodu Kannada Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Antha Ezhu Naatkal
1990 39 Avasara Police 100 Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Biggest hit in Bhagyaraj' career
40 Chapala Chennigaraya Kannada Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Chinna Veedu
1991 41 Pavunnu Pavunuthan Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Also composer
42 Rudhra Tamil Green tickY Green tickY
1992 43 Raasukutti Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
44 Amma Vanthachu Tamil Green tickY Nandakumar
45 Halli Meshtru Kannada Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Mundhanai Mudichu
46 Beta Hindi Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Enga Chinna Rasa
47 Sundara Kandam Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
48 Sundarakanda Telugu Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Sundara Kandam
49 Mane Devru Kannada Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Mouna Geethangal
1993 50 Annayya Kannada Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Enga Chinna Rasa
1994 51 Veetla Visheshanga Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
52 Gopi Kishan Hindi Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Avasara Police 100
53 Raja Babu Hindi Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Raasukutti
54 Andaz Hindi Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Sundara Kandam
1995 55 Thaikulame Thaikulame Tamil Green tickY
56 Oru Oorla oru Rajakumari Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1996 57 Mr. Bechara Hindi Green tickY Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Veetla Visheshanga
58 Gnanapazham Tamil Green tickY Also Music composer
59 Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu Telugu Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Thaikulame Thaikulame
60 Adhirindhi Alludu Telugu Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Idhu Namma Aalu
1998 61 Vaettiya Madichu Kattu Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
62 Gharwali Baharwali Hindi Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Thaikulame Thaikulame
63 Jagath Kiladi Kannada Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Avasara Police 100
1999 64 Patela Kannada Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Raasukutti
65 Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Kannada Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Thaikulame Thaikulame
2000 66 Papa the Great Hindi Remake of Tamil film Vaettiya Madichu Kattu
67 Kabadi Kabadi Tamil Green tickY
2001 68 Banallu Neene Buviyallu Neene Kannada Remake of Tamil film Veetla Visheshanga
69 12B Tamil Green tickY Dialogue
2002 70 Sundarakanda Kannada Green tickY Remake of Tamil film Sundara Kandam
2003 71 Chokka Thangam Tamil Green tickY Green tickY
2006 72 Parijatham Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
73 Something Something Unakkum Enakkum Tamil Green tickY
74 Rendu Tamil Green tickY
75 Ravi Shastri Kannada Green tickY
2007 76 Mudhan Mudhalai Tamil Green tickY
77 Kaasu Irukkanum Tamil Green tickY
2008 78 Maanavan Ninaithaal Tamil Green tickY
2009 79 Ninaithale Inikkum Tamil Green tickY
2010 80 Uthamaputhiran Tamil Green tickY
81 Siddhu +2 Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2011 82 Appavi Tamil Green tickY
83 Maaveeran Tamil Green tickY Dialogue writer
Tamil dubbed version of Telugu film Magadheera
84 Vaagai Sooda Vaa Tamil Green tickY
2012 85 Mr. Marumakan Malayalam Green tickY Balasubrahmayam
2013 86 Oruvar Meethu Iruvar Sainthu Tamil
2014 87 Ninaithathu Yaaro Tamil Green tickY Himself Cameo appearance
2015 88 Thunai Mudhalvar Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Periyapaandi
89 Moone Moonu Varthai Tamil Green tickY Himself
2016 90 Kanithan Tamil Green tickY
91 Vaaimai Tamil Green tickY Cameo appearance
2017 92 Mupparimanam Tamil Green tickY Himself Cameo appearance
93 Ayyanar Veedhi Tamil Green tickY
94 Veruli Tamil Green tickY
95 Ivan Yarendru Therikiratha Tamil Green tickY
96 Thupparivaalan Tamil Green tickY Muthu
97 Brahma.com Tamil Green tickY Gurakkal
Television Shows as judge

References[edit]

  1. ^ "K.Bhaagya Raj - Chitchat". Telugucinema.com. 12 June 2010. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Stars : Star Interviews : K.Bhaagya Raj - Chitchat". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Social Post. "Bhagyaraj – Movies, Photos, Filmography, biography, Wallpapers, Videos, Fan Club". entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "News Archives: The Hindu". hindu.com. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Parijatham#cite ref-1

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