|Born||2 March 1959|
|Died||18 April 2014 (aged 55)|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Guru Dhanapal made his directorial debut with Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen (1992) starring Karthik, Sasikala, and Monisha in leading roles. In the 1990s, the director made a series of film starring Sathyaraj in the lead role, achieving box office success with Thai Maaman (1994) after which he made Maaman Magal (1995) and Periya Manushan (1997). The three films were described as "routine comedy masala ventures" and were filmed in very quick schedules. In between he collaborated with Jayaram twice in Periya Idathu Mappillai (1997) and Raja Magal, which did not release, as well as directing a portion of Suyamvaram (1999), which featured an ensemble cast of actors from the Tamil film industry. A further project titled Vanthanga Jeyichanga launched in 1998 with Sathyaraj and Meena, failed to materialise. Likewise, he began working on Yen Vizhiyil Nee Irunthaal featuring Karthik and Suvaluxmi in 2000, but the film was later shelved.
|1992||Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen|
|1997||Periya Idathu Mappillai||Remake of Malayalam hit Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava|
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