Dharani (director)

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V. C. Ramani
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
Years active1999–2011

Dharani (born V. C. Ramani) is a former Indian film director, who primarily directed Tamil films.[1][2] He is best known for directing hat-trick super hit Tamil action films Dhill, Dhool and Ghilli.[3]


He pursued English literature degree at Loyola College then learnt editing at film institute. He also owned an orchestra under the name Dilip Ramani. After his diploma in film technology, he assisted six directors.[4]

He first directed the film Ethirum Pudhirum, loosely based on forest brigand Veerappan and his younger brother's death, starring Mammootty. 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 T. Ajay kumar 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 and Reemma Sen, was a box office success. He worked with A. M. Rathnam again for the film Ghilli starring Vijay and Trisha, that was a blockbuster movie and a comeback movie in Vijay's career.[5] It was followed by Telugu film Bangaram, featuring Pawan Kalyan in the lead. In 2008, he directed Kuruvi, rejoining the lead cast of Ghilli. Unlike the previous success in Ghilli, Kuruvi was an average hit at the box office. In 2011, he remade the 2010 Hindi film Dabangg in Tamil as Osthe, with Silambarasan in the lead role, which was again declared an average hit.

Dharani announced that he would make a Telugu film titled Merupu with Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Aggarwal, and the film had an official launch in late April 2010. The film progressed slowly throughout 2010 and was later shelved by 2011.[6]


  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.
Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer
1999 Ethirum Pudhirum Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Third Best Film
2001 Dhill Green tickY Green tickY
2003 Dhool Green tickY Green tickY
2004 Ghilli Green tickY Remake of Okkadu
2006 Bangaram Green tickY Green tickY Telugu film
2008 Kuruvi Green tickY Green tickY
2011 Osthe Green tickY Green tickY Remake of Dabangg


  1. ^ "Dharani is back". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  2. ^ Sreedhar Pillai (9 May 2011). "Dharani: Back with Da'bang'G". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Osthe impresses K'town's top stars | Deccan Chronicle". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 1 November 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  4. ^ "சுய பரிசோதனை வேணும்!". Kalki (in Tamil). 2 February 2003. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  5. ^ "Welcome to". Sify. 20 January 2007. Archived from the original on 21 June 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Ramcharan's Merupu may be shelved". Greatandhra. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2015.

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