23 January 1948
Arani, Tamil Nadu, India
|Occupation(s)||Film director, Film producer, Actor, Film journalist|
Lakshmanan Ramasamy (born 23 January 1948), known professionally as Chitra Lakshmanan, is an Indian journalist, filmmaker and actor. He produced and directed several Tamil language films starring some of Tamil cinema's major stars during the 1980s and 1990s, while appearing in numerous films and television series in supporting roles. He currently operates a YouTube channel called Touring Talkies, which features interviews and talk shows about Tamil cinema.
Lakshmanan began working in a hardware shop in Arani. He later joined the magazine Vidhi Velli as a sub-editor until its closure. He later joined Thayin Manikodi run by Jayakanthan. He later joined a Singaporean Tamil magazine. After it's failure, he decided to start his own magazine Thirai Kathir which became successful. His career in entertainment journalism helped him to also become a public relations officer.
He became acquainted with director Bharathiraja to enter the film industry, and subsequently served as a co-producer on all his films with Lakshmanan's brother, Ramu. In 1983, he produced Mann Vasanai under Gayathri Films, which won commercial success as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Film. He also served as a press relations officer for Tamil films during the 1980s, and later reprised that role as an actor through Uttama Villain (2015). His first directorial venture was Soora Samhaaram (1988) with Kamal Haasan and later he directed Periya Thambi (1997) with Prabhu and Chinna Raja (1999) with Karthik in the lead role. He turned actor in Japanil Kalyanaraman (1985) and began to prioritise acting commitments in the 2000s, winning acclaim for his comedy roles in Boss Engira Bhaskaran (Nene Ambhani) (2010) and Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013).
Throughout his career, Lakshmanan has also taken up posts of responsibility. He served as the Secretary of Tamil Film Producers Council for four years and as an executive committee member in South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, Film Federation of India, and Tamil Film Directors Association for several years. In 2011, he published the book 80 Years of Tamil Cinema, an account documenting the history of Tamil cinema.
|1983||Mann Vasanai||Pandiyan, Revathi, Vijayan|
|1984||Ambigai Neril Vanthaal||Mohan, Radha, Urvashi|
|Vaazhkai||Sivaji Ganesan, Ambika, Pandiyan|
|1985||Puthiya Theerppu||Vijayakanth, Ambika|
|1987||Jallikattu||Sivaji Ganesan, Sathyaraj, Radha|
|1989||Chinnappadass||Sathyaraj, Radha, Kodai Mazhai Vidya|
As director and producer
|1988||Soora Samhaaram||Kamal Haasan, Nirosha, Nizhalgal Ravi|
|1997||Periya Thambi||Prabhu, Nagma, Goundamani|
|1999||Chinna Raja||Karthik, Roja, Priya Raman|
- Idhuthan Kadhala (1997) (dialogues only)
- Rekha IPS - Kalaignar TV (story only)
|Dhavani Kanavugal||Guest Appearance|
|Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Naanum||Ramalingam (guest appearance)|
|2001||Ullam Kollai Poguthae||Jyothi's father|
|2002||Kadhal Virus||Guest Appearance|
|Kangalal Kaidhu Sei||Subramaniam|
|Vasool Raja MBBS||Dr. Kalidas|
|2005||Unarchigal||Balaji's father (guest appearance)|
|2006||Pachchak Kuthira||The mayor's personal assistant|
|2010||Boss Engira Bhaskaran||Shanmugasundaram|
|Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru||Kunchithapadam|
|Ya Ya||Kanaka's father|
|Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham||Kovai Kamaraj|
|Nimirndhu Nil||Judge Chitra Lakshmanan|
|2015||Janda Pai Kapiraju||Judge||Telugu film|
|Uttama Villain||PRO Lakshmanan|
|Sakalakala Vallavan||Shakthi’s Uncle|
|2016||Aranmanai 2||Anitha and Ravi's father|
|2016||Pokkiri Raja||Dr. Kothandam|
|Vaaliba Raja||Chithra Lakshmanan|
|Vellikizhamai 13am Thethi||Raasathi's father|
|2018||Vidhi Madhi Ultaa||Divya's father|
|2021||Dikkiloona||L. Gopal, Priya's father|
|2022||Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal||Rambo's fake father|
|2003 - 2009||Anandham||Sun TV|
|2006 - 2008||Ganga Yamuna Saraswati|
|2009 - 2012||Idhayam||Devarajan|
|2012 - 2013||Sondha Bandham||Damodaran|
|2014 - 2015||Akka||Jaya TV|
|2018 - 2019||Chandralekha||Gemini Ganeshan||Sun TV|
|2017||Vasuki||S. N. Swamy||Swamy||Dubbed version of Malayalam film Puthiya Niyamam|
- ^ "TANTIS". 30 October 2012. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012.
- ^ "KS RaviKumar's felicitation ceremony". photogallery.indiatimes.com.
- ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Director Chitra Lakshmanan Special Interview". YouTube.
- ^ "8 YouTube Channels That Are Essential Viewing For The South Movie Buff". Film Companion. 25 August 2021. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
- ^ "Exclusive - 'பாரதிராஜாவுடன் 50 வருட நட்பு' - Chithra Lakshmanan". You Tube. Chennai, India.
- ^ "Chitra Lakshmanan to share the screen with Kamal Haasan – Tamil Cinema News | Tamil Video Songs | Film News".
- ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (2 May 2015). "Uttama Villain: A superb core let down by lacklustre filmmaking". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
- ^ "What Kamal Hassan Did for Me in Uttama Villain – Chithra Lakshmanan | Uttama Villain, Vishwaroopam 2 | Jyothika Surya". Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
- ^ "Director Badri's next on corruption in cricket". www.sify.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
- Film directors from Tamil Nadu
- Tamil film directors
- Indian male film actors
- Tamil male actors
- Living people
- 1948 births
- Indian male television actors
- Male actors from Tamil Nadu
- 20th-century Indian male actors
- 21st-century Indian male actors
- Tamil film producers
- Film producers from Tamil Nadu
- 20th-century Indian film directors