12 December 1970
|Occupation||film director, film producer, actor|
Cheran is a Tamil film director from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He has won the Indian National Film Award three times for Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000), Autograph (2004) and Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005) . He is also a four-time Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and a five-time Filmfare Award winner as well. His films are known to concentrate strong social messages as the story base line.
Cheran was born in Pazhaiyurpatty near Madurai. His father Pandian was a Projector Operator in Vellalur touring theatre. His mother Kamala was a primary school teacher. He has two sisters. His childhood dreams were all about the celluloid world. During his school days he acted in dramas.
He came to Chennai to pursue his career in films. Initially he started career as a Production manager in some movies. In the film Puriyaadha Pudhir, he worked as an assistant director to Director K. S. Ravikumar. He was promoted as an associate director from Cheran Pandiyan to Nattamai. He made his directorial debut in Bharathi Kannamma a break to his film career through Producer Henry. The film met many controversies. In spite of it, the film was a big box office hit and gave a break to the sinking career of actor Parthiban. With Porkkaalam, Pandavar Bhoomi, and Vetri Kodi Kattu, he gave a hat trick of successful films. He turned actor in director Thangar Bachan's film Solla Marandha Kadhai.
In 1998, Cheran worked on the pre-production of a romantic film titled Inniya Kaadalargale featuring Prashanth and newcomer Shivani, but the film experienced delays during production. The title was changed to Vinnodum Mugilodum and still went through several producer changes, before Cheran attempted to finance it himself and signed on actress Shamitha for the leading female role instead of Shivani. However, further financial restraints meant that the film was shelved and Cheran moved on to begin work on Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000).
Cheran first began work on a film titled Autograph in 2001, with actor Vikram revealing he had signed on to portray the lead role in the project; though, he later opted out as a result of scheduling problems. Then in early 2002, Cheran announced that he was going to make a film titled Pokkisham and Kanika would star alongside him. However he failed to find a financier and instead moved back to making Autograph. Cheran said that the film was partly autobiographical. Four different cinematographers worked on the film; Ravi Varman had shot the school episode in Senthil’s early life with a 35 mm lens, Vijay Milton shot the Kerala scenes, Dwaraknath shot the Chennai episode with a steady cam and Shanky Mahendran shot the "'live' part" of the film when the camera uses the point of view of Senthil's character.
2004 he produced and directed the film Autograph besides enacting the lead role in it. The film was screened four times at the Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, an honour which he shares with Kamal Haasan and Maniratnam. With Thavamai Thavamirundhu, he has also proved his acting versatility.
Cheran then prepared to work on Pokkisham in 2004, after the release of Autograph but postponed the film after falling out with the new lead actress Meera Jasmine. He re-started work on the film in December 2005, after completing Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005), and approached Sandhya to play the lead role.
Director Cheran turns publisher with the Tamil novel Porum Valiyum (War & Pain). The novel is an emotional account of a war-torn Sri Lanka. The author Savitri Advithanandhan account was so touching that he decided that the book should reach all people. And as a first step, he launched the publishing house Cheran Noolagam.
Kai kodukkum Kai
This is a team effort. The soul purpose of this is to gather people who share same insights, who’d like to contribute to the capable but deprived brothers and sisters of our society. It is not possible for a lone man to alleviate the sorrow of the society he lives in. This is an effort to lend helping hands as much as he can. He prioritize in providing education, medical facilities and rehabilitate villages. Any activity based on religion or caste is not supported. The first preference goes to the own people of Tamil Nadu. Recommendations will not be encouraged. Services shall be rendered on the basis of need after scrutiny. The decision will be made by a panel. Anyone can participate in this noble effort. A Trust with legal and good financial management handles the responsibilities. Even you can participate and join hands in this if you have intent.
|1997||Bharathi Kannamma||15 January 1997|
|1998||Porkkaalam||Still photographer||30 October 1997|
|Desiya Geetham||19 October 1998|
|2000||Vetri Kodi Kattu||30 June 2000|
|2001||Pandavar Bhoomi||21 September 2001|
|2002||Solla Marandha Kadhai||Sivadhanu||4 November 2002|
|2004||Autograph||Senthil||20 February 2004|
|2005||Thavamai Thavamirundhu||Ramalingam Muthiah||1 November 2005|
|2006||Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu||14 April 2006|
|2007||Maya Kannadi||Kumar||14 April 2007|
|Aadum Koothu||Gnanasekaran||(direct-to-video) 2005|
|2008||Pirivom Santhippom||Nadesan||14 January 2008|
|Raman Thediya Seethai||Venugopal||19 September 2008|
|2009||Pokkisham||Lenin||14 August 2009|
|2011||Yuddham Sei||J. Krishnamoorthi||4 February 2011|
|Muran||Nanda||30 September 2011|
|2013||Chennaiyil Oru Naal||Satyamoorthy||29 March 2013|
|Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal||Gunasekar||1 May 2013|
|2014||Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||Himself||15 August 2014|
|2015||JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai||7 March 2015|
|Yemito Ee Maaya||Telugu version of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai
Satellite release in March 2015
|Appavin Meesai||Post production|
Awards and honours
National Film Awards
- 2000 – National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues for Vetri Kodi Kattu (Director)
- 2004 – National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Autograph (Director)
- 2005 – National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare for Thavamai Thavamirundhu (Producer and Director)
- 2007 – National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for Aadum Koothu (Producer and Actor)
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
- 1997 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director for Porkkaalam
- 2000 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer for Vetri Kodi Kattu
- 2004 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director for Autograph
- 2005 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film for Thavamai Thavamirundhu
- 1997 – Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil for Bharathi Kannamma
- 1998 – Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil for Desiya Geetham
- 2001 – Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil for Pandavar Bhoomi
- 2004 – Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil for Autograph
- 2004 – Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil for Autograph
- 2004 – Dinakaran-Medimix Awards for Best film – Autograph
- 2004 – Dinakaran-Medimix Awards for Best Director – Autograph
- 2005 – Tamilnadu progressive writers association awards for Best Writer and Director – Thavamai Thavamirundhu
- 2011 – Jaya TV awards for Best actor – Yudham sei, Muran
Cinema 2 Home
2014 Cheran founded a new organization C2H (Cinema2Home), to curb out piracy in the Tamil film industry. C2H would deliver official 5.1 HD Original DVDs on the day of a film's theatrical release, for which C2H signed a pact with DVD maker Moser Baer. Around 150 distributors and 4000 dealers were said to be involved in the process of bringing the DVDs to households across Tamil Nadu. JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai would be the first film to release via C2H.
Dream Sounds Digital Solutions
- Double delight for Cheran. Oneindia.in. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- "Simple narrative style gets "Autograph" a National Award". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- "Arts & Culture". Tamilguardian.com. 2001-06-20. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- AllIndianSite.com Cheran – It's all about Kollywood
- Cheran starts own Music Company