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 was later shelved. 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.
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.
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. Cheran's own long-delayed JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai would be the first film to release via C2H.
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.
|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 2011|
|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
- "Director Cheran pleads to rescue his daughter from her boyfriend". Kollytalk.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- Double delight for Cheran. Oneindia.in. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- "Simple narrative style gets "Autograph" a National Award". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- AllIndianSite.com Cheran – It's all about Kollywood
- Cheran starts own Music Company