Cheran (director)

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Native name சேரன்
Born Cheran
(1970-12-12) 12 December 1970 (age 45)
Pazhaiyurpatty, Melur
Occupation film director, film producer, actor
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Selvarani
Parent(s) Pandian, Kamala

Cheran is an Indian film director from Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He is a three time National Film Award winner for Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000), Autograph (2004) and Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005). He has also won four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and five South Filmfare Awards in the Best Director category.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed] With Porkkaalam, Pandavar Bhoomi, and Vetri Kodi Kattu, he gave a hat trick of successful films.[citation needed] 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.[3] 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.[4] However, further financial restraints meant that the film was shelved and Cheran moved on to begin work on Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000).

He then began pre-production work on an urban film titled Paraseega Roja featuring Murali and Shammi Kapoor. However the film never materialised and Cheran moved on to direct Pandavar Bhoomi.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] Cheran said that the film was partly autobiographical.[8] 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.[8]

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.[9] With Thavamai Thavamirundhu, he has also proved his acting versatility.[10]

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.[11]

Social activities[edit]


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.[12]

Kai kodukkum Kai[edit]

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.


Year Title Role Credited as Notes
Director Actor Producer
1997 Bharathi Kannamma Green tickY 15 Jan 1997
Porkkaalam Still photographer Green tickY 30 October 1997
1998 Desiya Geetham Green tickY 19 October 1998
2000 Vetri Kodi Kattu Green tickY 30 June 2000
2001 Pandavar Bhoomi Green tickY 21 September 2001
2002 Solla Marandha Kadhai Sivadhanu Green tickY 4 November 2002
2004 Autograph Senthil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 20 February 2004
2005 Thavamai Thavamirundhu Ramalingam Muthiah Green tickY Green tickY 1 November 2005
2006 Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu Green tickY 14 April 2006
2007 Maya Kannadi Kumar Green tickY Green tickY 14 April 2007
Aadum Koothu Gnanasekaran Green tickY (direct-to-video) 2005
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Nadesan Green tickY 14 January 2008
Raman Thediya Seethai Venugopal Green tickY 19 September 2008
2009 Pokkisham Lenin Green tickY Green tickY 14 August 2009
2011 Yuddham Sei J. Krishnamoorthi Green tickY 4 February 2011
Muran Nanda Green tickY Green tickY 30 September 2011
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Satyamoorthy Green tickY 29 March 2013
Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal Gunasekar Green tickY 1 May 2013
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself Green tickY 15 August 2014
2015 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Green tickY Green tickY 7 March 2015
Yemito Ee Maaya Green tickY Telugu version of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai
Satellite release in March 2015
Appavin Meesai Green tickY Post production

Awards and honours[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]

Cinema 2 Home[edit]

2014 Cheran founded a new organization C2H (Cinema2Home), to curb out piracy in the Tamil film industry.[13] C2H would deliver official 5.1 HD Original DVDs on the day of a film's theatrical release,[14] for which C2H signed a pact with DVD maker Moser Baer.[15] Around 150 distributors and 4000 dealers were said to be involved in the process of bringing the DVDs to households across Tamil Nadu.[16] JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai would be the first film to release via C2H.[17]

Year Title Director Cast Notes
2015 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Cheran Sharwanand, Nithya Menen
Arjunan Kadhali Parthi Bhaskar Jai, Poorna
Appavin Meesai Rohini Cheran Nithya Menen, Salim Kumar
Hockey Mahesh Periyasamy Anu Hasan
Koditta Idathai Nirappuga Balan Amzath Khan, Reshma
Sivappu Enakku Pidikkum Youreka Sandra Amy
Vaaraayo Vennilaave Sasidharan Dinesh, Haripriya, Sanyathara

Dream Sounds Digital Solutions[edit]

He also launched his own music company 'Dream Sounds' in 2013[18] which released the soundtrack album of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai (and Yemito Ee Maaya) and Appavin Meesai.


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