Chithra Lakshmanan 
23 January 1948
|Occupation||Film director, Film producer, Actor, Film journalist|
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). 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.
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.
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
|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|
- As actor
|Dhavani Kanavugal||Guest Appearance|
|1985||Japanil Kalyanaraman||Munusamy Guide|
|Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Naanum||Ramalingam (guest appearance)|
|2001||Ullam Kollai Poguthae||Jyothi's father|
|2002||Kadhal Virus||Guest Appearance|
|Kangalal Kaidhu Sei|
|Vasool Raja MBBS||Dr. Kalidas|
|2005||Unarchigal||Balaji's father (guest appearance)|
|2010||Boss Engira Bhaskaran||Shanmugasundaram/nayantara's father|
|Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru||Kunchithapadam|
|Ya Ya||Kanaka's father|
|Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham||Kovai Kamaraj|
|Nimirndhu Nil||Judge Chitra Lakshmanan|
|Uttama Villain||PRO Lakshmanan|
|Vaaliba Raja||Chithra Lakshmanan|
|Vellikizhamai 13am Thethi|
|2018||Vidhi Madhi Ultaa||Divya's father|
|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|
- "TANTIS". web.archive.org. 30 October 2012.
- "KS RaviKumar's felicitation ceremony". photogallery.indiatimes.com.
- "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" – via www.thehindu.com.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Exclusive - 'பாரதிராஜாவுடன் 50 வருட நட்பு' - Chithra Lakshmanan". You Tube. Chennai, India.