Jagadeesh Kanna

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Jagadeesh Kanna
Jagadeesh Kanna

(1988-09-22) 22 September 1988 (age 31)
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationActor, Playwright, Songwriter, Director, Aeronautical engineer, Entrepreneur, CEO
Years active2015 - Present

Jagadeesh Kanna is an Indian stage actor,[1] playwright and film director, Tamil actor, lyricist best known for writing and directing Oru Cup Coffee, a short film on mercy killing.[2] and "Never give up", a theatre play inspired by the life of Olympic Athlete Derek Redmond. Kanna [3] [4] [1] had his acting debut as the lead in a crowd funded Tamil feature film Naalu Peruku Nalladhuna Edhuvum Thappilla [5] [6] Kanna is the founder and CEO of "Vaayusastra Aerospace" , an educational and research firm combining two disciplines, theatre and aeronautics, With motto of taking Aeronautical knowledge to every village across the Country.Vaayusastra Aerospace is incubated and funded under IIT Madras's RTBI. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

Early life[edit]

Jagadeesh Kanna was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu to a Saurashtrian father and mother. He grew up in Thanjavur, India, where he attended Hindustan University as a master's degree student in aeronautical engineering.[14][15] While in college, he worked as an actor for The Little Theatre and served as joint secretary of the cultural committee for Hindustan University.[16] He received his aeronautical degree from Hindustan University. Kanna is a proprietor and owner of Vaayusastra[17] an educational firm combining theatre arts, aeronautics and practical sciences, which is officially recognized as "Rural Technology Development Firm" by Indian Institute of Technology Madras and incubated under the Rural Technology Business Incubator, which falls under Ministry of Science and Technology (India) [18]



Kanna began his stage career in pantomimes for The Little Theatre from 2009 to 2012.[19] He continued performing for several years.[20][21] The Madras Mag published his short story AnnaParavai.[22]

In 2015, he performed in The Hindu Theatre fest. He was seen in Grand Rehearsals in Chennai to positive reviews.[23]

In addition to stage work, he acted in Tamil feature films Naalu Peruku Nalladhuna Edhuvum Thappilla,[24][25] and Aazhi Tamil (awaiting for release).[26] [1] The film released on 31 March 2017 and had a decent run at the box office but was critically acclaimed by reviewers.[27]


In addition to assisting director/cinematographer Rajiv Menon[1] , Kanna directed a short film titled Oru Cup Coffee.[1][2][28] The film was screened at international short film festivals Cisff and Aisff.[29][30]


Kanna had his lyricist debut with a music album composed by Bjorn Surrao and released by Anirudh Ravichander.

The music video features Punitha Karthik and Kanna making his debut as a lyricist. Beon Surrao has already composed music for the film Naalu Perukku Nalladhuna Yedhuvum Thappilla. The song was directed by Vamsidharan Mukundhan.[31]


List of acting performances in feature film
Year Film / Music Album Language Script Writer/Associate Director Director Actor Lyricist Directed by Character Notes
2015 Oru Cup Coffee (Short Film)[2] Tamil Yes (Script Writer) Yes - - - Starring Arav in Lead cast and Selected & screened at Chennai International Short Film Festival (CISFF) and Ahmednagar International Short Film Festival (AISFF)[29][30]
2017 Naalu Peruku Nalladhuna Edhuvum Thappilla Tamil - - Yes - Dinesh Selvaraj Johnny Asia's first Movie without single female actress in any of the frames
2017 Aazhi Tamil - - Yes Yes Janaki Vishwanathan - Awaiting for Release
2017 Kadhal Neeye (Music Album) Tamil - - Yes Yes Vamshidharan Mukundhan & Composed by Bjorn Surrao Warrior & Artist Released by Anirudh Ravichander


2018 90ML Tamil Yes (Associate Director) - - - Anita Udeep - Awaiting for Release, Oviya Starrer movie after Her Big Boss appearance, A Silambarasan Aka STR Musical


  1. ^ a b c d e "Theatre's T-20 format lures Chennai youth on stage". dtnext.in. 3 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Oru Cup Coffee". IMDB.com.
  3. ^ "Never Give Up". 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Playwright". 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  5. ^ "A successful crowd funded film - Deccan Chronicle". articles.deccanchronicle.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Crowdfunded film hits screens finally". deccanchronicle.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Aerospace explained through theatre, arts". 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  8. ^ "The big bang theory". 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Why so serious?". 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Big Idea - Plane Tales". 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  11. ^ "அறிவியல் விளக்கம் சொல்லும் அலாவுதீன் பூதம்!". 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  12. ^ "`நாடகங்கள் மூலம் குழந்தைகளுக்கான விண்வெளி படிப்பு!'- சென்னை இளைஞரின் புது முயற்சி". 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Start-up in Chennai simplifies aeronautics". 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  14. ^ "for-the-child-in-you". 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Song-dance-and-a-whole-lotta-science-fiction!!". n.d. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Hindustan University Convocation".
  17. ^ "All their world is a stage". 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Birds of a feather, act together". 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  19. ^ "The story of the bak-bak tree". 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  20. ^ "Musketeers in the city". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  21. ^ "The Great Indian Blogologues". Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  22. ^ "Annaparavai". The Madras Mag. December 2014.
  23. ^ "take-3three-oneact-plays-citizen-reiews". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  24. ^ "naalu peruku nalladhuna edhuvum thapilla". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  25. ^ "entertainment/tamil/movies/news/Naalu-Peruku-Nalladhuna-Edhuvum-Thappilla-teaser/articleshow/51066709". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  26. ^ "Aazhi". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  27. ^ "A not-bad noir thriller about a small crook's attempts to pull off the big one - filmcompanion". articles.filmcompanion.in. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  28. ^ "want-some-coffee". thehindu.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  29. ^ a b "CISFF - Chennai International Short Film Festival". www.cisff.in.
  30. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 January 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  31. ^ a b "Anirudh official". Twitter.com. 13 September 2017.