Cheran (director)

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Native name சேரன்
Born Cheran
(1970-12-12) 12 December 1970 (age 44)
Pazhaiyurpatty, Melur
Occupation film director, film producer, actor
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Selvarani[1]
Parent(s) Pandian, Kamala

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.[2][3] His films are known to concentrate strong social messages as the story base line.

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.


Cheran at a college event

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 was later shelved.[4] 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]

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.[6] With Thavamai Thavamirundhu, he has also proved his acting versatility.[7]

Other departments[edit]

2014 Cheran founded a new organization C2H (Cinema2Home), to curb out piracy in the Tamil film industry.[8] C2H would deliver official 5.1 HD Original DVDs on the day of a film's theatrical release,[9] for which C2H signed a pact with DVD maker Moser Baer.[10] Around 150 distributors and 4000 dealers were said to be involved in the process of bringing the DVDs to households across Tamil Nadu.[11] Cheran's own long-delayed JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai would be the first film to release via C2H.[12]

He also launched his own music company 'Dream Sounds' in 2013[13] which released the soundtrack album of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai (and Yemito Ee Maaya) and Appavin Meesai.

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.[14]


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

Awards and honours[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]


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