Hari (director)

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Born Hari Gopalakrishnan Nadar
Nazareth, Tuticorin, India
Occupation Film director
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Preetha Vijayakumar
Parent(s) Gopalakrishnan

Hari is a Tamil film director, best known for his action-masala films. As of 2014, he has directed thirteen films.[1]


Hari was born in Katchana vilai near Nazareth in Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu, India. His father, Gopal Nadar, is a vessels merchant.[2] Later his family moved to Chennai, where Hari was schooling and had a graduate degree in Commerce.


He first joined as an assistant and gained experience working with directors Natraj in Valli, Nassar in Avatharam and Alex Pandian. Later he assisted K. Balachander in his film Kalki and worked as an associate director with Saran in films Amarkalam and Parthen Rasithen.[3][4][5][6]

His first film, in 2002, was Thamizh with Prashanth and Simran. Film critic Balaji commented that it was "one of the few movies in recent times where a lot of importance seems to have been attached to the script. In spite of the flimsy story and routine screenplay where a youth grows to be a 'dada', the dialogs elevate the quality of the movie and make it very enjoyable".[7] His second film Saamy under Kavithaalaya banner starred Vikram. It was named the year's biggest hit,[8] grossing 160 million.[9] Its success led to remakes in Telugu (Lakshmi Narasimha),[10] Kannada (Ayya)[11] and Hindi languages (Policegiri).[12] His next two films Kovil with Silambarasan and Arul also starred Vikram. In 2005, he made Ayya starring Sarathkumar, which introduced Nayantara to Tamil cinema. His next film was Aaru with Suriya in 2005. In 2007, he directed two films, Thaamirabharani with Vishal Krishna and Vel with Suriya. In 2008, he directed Seval with Bharath. Ayyappa Prasad from Nowrunning.com stated that Hari "panders to the taste of his rural audience all the way, but the movie is bound to disappoint city-dwellers since neither the story nor its treatment appeal to anyone with an IQ quotient higher than the least educated village wastrel".[13]

In 2010 Hari directed his tenth film, Singam with Suriya, marking their third collaboration. The film was one of the top box office films of the year,[14] although reviewers identified it as a standard masala entertainer.[15][16] Following its success, the film was remade in Hindi (as Singham), Kannada (as Kempe Gowda) and Bengali (Shotru).[17][18] After directing Venghai, a film with Dhanush and Tamannaah Bhatia in the lead, he made a sequel to Singam, with Suriya reprising his role as Duraisingam. It was named one of the biggest box office hits of 2013,[19][20] with Sify stating that it was "the biggest theatrical earner" of the year.[21] He worked for the second time with Vishal, in a film titled Poojai,[22] which had Shruti Haasan as the female lead.[23]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to former actress Preetha Vijayakumar, daughter of Vijayakumar, and has a son.[24] During the shooting for Seval, Preetha gave birth to their third son.[25]


Year Film Cast
2002 Thamizh Prasanth, Simran, Nassar, Vadivelu, Ashish Vidyarthi
2003 Saamy Vikram, Trisha Krishnan, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Vivek
2004 Kovil Silambarasan, Sonia Agarwal, Rajkiran, Vadivelu, Nassar
2004 Arul Vikram, Jyothika, Pasupathy, Vadivelu
2005 Ayya Sarath Kumar, Nayantara, Prakash Raj, Napoleon, Vadivelu
2005 Aaru Suriya, Trisha Krishnan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vadivelu
2007 Thaamirabharani Vishal, Bhanu, Prabhu, Nadhiya, Nassar
2007 Vel Suriya, Asin, Vadivelu, Kalabhavan Mani
2008 Seval Bharath, Poonam Bajwa, Simran, Vadivelu, Sampath Raj
2010 Singam Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Prakash Raj, Vivek
2011 Venghai Dhanush, Tamannaah, Prakash Raj
2013 Singam II Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani, Vivek, Santhanam
2014 Poojai Vishal, Shruti Haasan, Sathyaraj, Mukesh Tiwari
2016 Singam III Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Vivek, Santhanam
2017 Untitled Hari & Vijay Project Vijay, Anushka Shetty, Soori


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  8. ^ D Govardan, TNN 26 August 2003, 01.52am IST (26 August 2003). "Tamil films enter hit zone in 2003 – Economic Times". Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Reel of fortune". The Hindu. 29 December 2003. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
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  12. ^ PTI (28 March 2013). "Sanjay Dutt to complete shoot of 'Policegiri': Producer – Economic Times". Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Seval Review – Tamil Movie Review by Ayyappa Prasad". Nowrunning.com. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
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  18. ^ "Clash of remakes in film industry – The Times of India" (in German). Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
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  23. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/i-am-doing-the-hari-film-shruti-haasan-news-tamil-odzkvQfadec.html
  24. ^ [2][dead link][dead link]
  25. ^ "Director Hari becomes dad again – Tamil Movie News". Indiaglitz.com. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 

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