Chithra Lakshmanan

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Chithra Lakshmanan [1]

(1948-01-23) 23 January 1948 (age 72)
OccupationFilm director, Film producer, Actor, Film journalist
Years active1967-present
Spouse(s)Radhika (m.1989-present)
ChildrenGayatri, Krithiga

Chithra Lakshmanan is an Indian director and producer of Tamil language films. In the 2000s, he has also featured as an actor in films and television.[2][3]


Chithra Lakshmanan began his career as a film journalist then moved as PRO and became acquainted with director Bharathiraja to enter the film industry, and subsequently served as a co-producer on all his films with his brother Chithra Raamu. 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).[4][5] 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).[6][7]

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.

Film journalism[edit]

Chitra lakshmanan started his career as Hardware shop employee under Thellu.M.Dharmarajan in Arani whereas Dharmarajan was trying to become lyricist in films. Thellu.M.Dharmarajan started a film magazine Vidi velli in Chennai where Chitra lakshmanan joined him as sub editor. After certain years, Vidi velli became noncompetitive & it was closed. Later Chitra lakshmanan moved to Thayin Manikodi run by Jayakanthan. After few unsuccessful years, he moved back to his hometown Arani. After his friends encouragement he moved back as Editor to a Newly started Bilingual cinema magazine run by some Singapore Tamils. This too after certain period, became unsuccessful & got closed. Finally he decided to start his own magazine Thirai Kathir which became successful. His career as Film journalist helped him to move as PRO and later helped immensely in his Cinema career.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Chitra Lakshmanan was born in Arani whereas His native is Polur. His father Ramasamy was a school teacher and mother Sithalakshmi was housewife. He is youngest of seven children in his family. His marriage was fixed by his parents to Radhika, a graduate from Vellore in 1989 and has two daughters Gayatri, Krithiga.


As producer
Year Film Cast Notes
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
Year Film Cast Notes
1988 Soora Samhaaram Kamal Haasan, Nirosha, Nizhalgal Ravi
1997 Periya Thambi Prabhu, Nagma, Goundamani
1999 Chinna Raja Karthik, Roja, Priya Raman
As actor
Year Film Role Notes
1984 Pudhumai Penn
Dhavani Kanavugal Guest Appearance
1985 Japanil Kalyanaraman Munusamy Guide
Puthiya Theerppu Murali
1987 Jallikattu Dharmaraj
1997 Periya Thambi
1999 Chinna Raja
Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Naanum Ramalingam (guest appearance)
2001 Ullam Kollai Poguthae Jyothi's father
Azhagana Naatkal
2002 Kadhal Virus Guest Appearance
Unnai Ninaithu Vaidyalingam
2003 Relax
2004 Bose
Kangalal Kaidhu Sei
Vasool Raja MBBS Dr. Kalidas
2005 Unarchigal Balaji's father (guest appearance)
2006 Pachchak Kuthira
2007 Piragu Film Producer
2008 Vaitheeswaran Dhanasekaran's Henchman
2010 Boss Engira Bhaskaran Shanmugasundaram/nayantara's father
2011 Sadhurangam
2012 Saguni Boopathi's sidekick
2013 Settai Murugaraj
Pattathu Yaanai
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Kunchithapadam
Arya Surya
Ya Ya Kanaka's father
Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Kovai Kamaraj
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro
Nimirndhu Nil Judge Chitra Lakshmanan
Aranmanai Maya's father
2015 Nannbenda Hotel Manager
Uttama Villain PRO Lakshmanan
Sakalakala Vallavan
2016 Pokkiri Raja Kothandam
Vaaliba Raja Chithra Lakshmanan
Muthina Kathirika Politician
Vellikizhamai 13am Thethi
2017 Kattappava Kanom
Ullam Ullavarai
2018 Vidhi Madhi Ultaa Divya's father
Nagesh Thiraiyarangam Pundek
Itly Bank Manager


Year Title Role Channel
2003 - 2009 Anandham Sun TV
2006 - 2008 Ganga Yamuna Saraswati Sun TV
2009 - 2012 Idhayam Devarajan Sun TV
2012 - 2013 Sondha Bandham Damodaran
2014 - 2015 Akka Jaya TV
2018 - 2019 Chandralekha Gemini Ganeshan Sun TV


  1. ^ "TANTIS". 30 October 2012.
  2. ^ "KS RaviKumar's felicitation ceremony".
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  4. ^ "Chitra Lakshmanan to share the screen with Kamal Haasan – Tamil Cinema News | Tamil Video Songs | Film News".
  5. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (2 May 2015). "Uttama Villain: A superb core let down by lacklustre filmmaking" – via
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ "Exclusive - 'பாரதிராஜாவுடன் 50 வருட நட்பு' - Chithra Lakshmanan". You Tube. Chennai, India.

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