Cheran (director)

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Native name சேரன்
Born Cheran
12 December 1965
Pazhaiyurpatty, Melur, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Occupation film director, film producer, actor
Years active 1997–present
Parent(s) Pandian, Kamala

Cheran is an Indian film director known for his works in Tamil cinema. He is a four time National Film Award winner for Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000), Autograph (2004) and Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005). He won four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and five South Filmfare Awards

Early life[edit]

Cheran was born in Kolinjipatty 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 also associated with Kamal Haasan in the movie Mahanadi as an associate director. 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.

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.[1] 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.[2] Cheran said that the film was partly autobiographical.[3] 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.[3]

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.[4] With Thavamai Thavamirundhu, he has also proved his acting versatility.[5]

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.[6]

Social activities[edit]


Cheran turned 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.[7]


During an audio launch event of Tamil film, Cheran has said 'I feel ashamed that I fought for Sri Lankan Tamils'.[8][9] His speech was accusing Sri Lankan Tamils for making unauthorized copies of Tamil films. It raised criticism against him. Later, he said he did not mention all Sri Lankan Tamils.[10] However, Sri Lankan Tamils responded that he should not have connected the copyright infringement issue with their revolution and requested not to connect revolution with business, otherwise he should have said that 'I feel ashamed that I fought for some or particular Sri Lankan Tamils'.[11][12]


Year Title Role Credited as Notes
Director Actor Writer Producer
1997 Bharathi Kannamma Green tickY Green tickY
Porkkaalam Still photographer Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1998 Desiya Geetham Green tickY Green tickY
2000 Vetri Kodi Kattu Green tickY Green tickY
2001 Pandavar Bhoomi Green tickY Green tickY
2002 Solla Marandha Kadhai Sivadhanu Green tickY
2004 Autograph Senthil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2005 Thavamai Thavamirundhu Ramalingam Muthiah Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2006 Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu Green tickY
2007 Maya Kannadi Kumar Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Aadum Koothu Gnanasekaran Green tickY Green tickY
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Nadesan Green tickY
Raman Thediya Seethai Venugopal Green tickY
2009 Pokkisham Lenin Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2011 Yuddham Sei J. Krishnamoorthi Green tickY
Muran Nanda Green tickY Green tickY
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Satyamoorthy Green tickY
Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal Gunasekar Green tickY
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself Green tickY
2015 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY

Awards and honours[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]

  • 2004 – Dinakaran-Medimix Awards for Best film – Autograph
  • 2004 – Dinakaran-Medimix Awards for Best Director –Autograph
  • 2005 – Tamil Nadu progressive writers association awards for Best Writer and Director – Thavamai Thavamirundhu
  • 2011 – Jaya TV awards for Best actor – Yuddham Sei

Cinema 2 Home[edit]

2014 Cheran founded a new organization C2H (Cinema2Home), to curb out copyright infringement 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 3000 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.[15]

Year Title Director Cast Notes
2015 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Cheran Sharwanand, Nithya Menen Released on 06 Mar 2015
Arjunan Kadhali Parthi Bhaskar Jai, Poorna
Appavin Meesai Rohini Cheran Nithya Menen, Salim Kumar
Hockey Mahesh Periyasamy Anu Hasan

Dream Sounds Digital Solutions[edit]

He also launched his own music company 'Dream Sounds' in 2013[17] which released the soundtrack album of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai.


He shared his life experiences and was published as a serial article in the Tamil Weekly Magazine Ananda Vikatan. Later, it was published as a book titled Touring Talkies, ISBN 81-89780-18-2


  1. ^ "Arts & Culture". 20 June 2001. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Nilacharal - A Tamil entertainment ezine presenting interesting contents and useful services". 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ "Cheran - It's all about Kollywood". 
  5. ^ "Cheran Profile". 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  7. ^ admin (18 January 2013). "Cheran launches publishing house Cheran Noolagam - KOLLY TALK". 
  8. ^ "இலங்கை தமிழர்களுக்கு போராடியது அரு வெறுப்பாக இருக்கிறது - சேரன்". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Controversial: Film-maker Cheran Says Sri Lankan Tamilians Are Responsible For Piracy!". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Cheran clarifies about his speech against Sri Lankan Tamils". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "ஈழமக்களுக்காக உண்ணாவிரதம் இருந்த சேரனை நினைக்கையில் அருவருப்பாக இருக்கிறது!". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "ஈழத்தமிழர் பற்றிய சேரனின் சாடலுக்கு இலங்கை ரசிகர்கள் கொந்தளிப்பு!". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Cheran's idea to bring the movies home". 13 July 2014 – via The Hindu. 
  14. ^ "C2H set to invade your drawing room - Times of India". 
  15. ^ a b Ravikumar, R. (31 December 2014). "In a first, same day release in theatres and on DVD". 
  16. ^ "Cheran Alleges Threats to C2H Dealers". 
  17. ^ Cheran starts own Music Company

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