Dharani (director)

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Born V. C. Ramani
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1999-present

Dharani (born V. C. Ramani) is an Indian film director, who primarily directs action-masala films.[1][2] He is best known for directing the films Dhill, Dhool and Ghilli.[3]


He first directed the film Ethirum Pudhirum, loosely based on forest brigand Veerappan and his younger brother's death, starring Mammootty. Financial constraints and political controversies ensured its delayed release in 1999. It received critical acclaim and was awarded second place in the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film. The film's producer Purna Chandra Rao made Dharani the director of his next production, starring Vikram, Dhill. The film was a box-office success and his next film Dhool, produced by A. M. Rathnam in 2003, again with Vikram along with Jyothika. He worked with A. M. Rathnam again for the film Ghilli starring Vijay and Trisha.[4] It was followed by Telugu film Bangaram, featuring Pawan Kalyan in the lead, that received below average reviews. In 2008, he directed Kuruvi, rejoining the lead cast of Ghilli. Unlike the previous success in Ghilli, Kuruvi was a disaster at the box office and was panned by critics. In 2011, he remade the 2010 Hindi film Dabangg in Tamil as Osthe, with Silambarasan in the lead role, which was again a critical and commercial disaster.

Dharani announced that he would make a Telugu film titled Merupu with Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles, and the film had an official launch in late April 2010. The film progressed slowly throughout 2010 and was later shelved by 2011.[5]


Year Film Language Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
1999 Ethirum Pudhirum Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2000 Dhill Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Remade as Sreeram (in Telugu)
Remade as Dum (in Hindi)
2002 Sreeram Telugu Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2003 Dum Hindi Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2001 Dhool Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Remade as Veede (in Telugu)
2002 Veede Telugu Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2004 Ghilli Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Remake of Okkadu
2006 Bangaram Telugu Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2008 Kuruvi Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Dubbed as Dopidi in Telugu
2011 Osthe Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Remake of Dabangg
  • "Thaarumaaru" (Uchathula Shiva)

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Actors and Technicians Edhirum Pudhirum Dhill Dhool Ghilli Bangaram Kuruvi Osthe
Vidyasagar ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Kalyan (choreographer) ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Mayilsamy ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Nassar ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Ashish Vidyarthi ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Trisha ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Vivek ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Vikram ☑Y ☑Y
Vijay ☑Y ☑Y
Pawan Kalyan ☑Y
Reemma Sen ☑Y ☑Y
Gopinath ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
V. T. Vijayan ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Maniraj ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Rocky Rajesh ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Sreedhar Pillai 9 May 2011, 12.00am IST (2011-05-09). "Dharani: Back with Da'bang'G - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/showbiz/kollywood/osthe-impresses-k’town’s-top-stars-866[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Welcome to". Sify.com. 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-12-10.