John Mahendran

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John Mahendran
Other namesJohn Roshan
Years active2002 - present

John Mahendran is an Indian film director and screenwriter who has worked on Tamil and Telugu and language films. John is the son of noted Tamil film maker Mahendran.[1]


John Mahendran directed two low-key Telugu films: Preminchedi Endukamma and Neetho.[2] He remade Neetho in Tamil as Sachein (2005) with Vijay, Genelia D'Souza and Bipasha Basu in the lead roles.[3][4] John later worked on the independent Tamil film Aanivaer (2006), which told the story of a doctor caught up in the Sri Lankan civil war. The film won positive reviews and had a limited release across regions with Tamil diaspora.[5]

In the early 2010s, John has worked on the script of Settai (2013) by helping director Kannan re-work the script of Hindi film Delhi Belly and on writing dialogues for Ambikapathy, the dubbed Tamil version of Raanjhanaa (2013) starring Dhanush and Sonam kapoor Directed by Anand.L.Rai .[6] Subsequently, he worked as a writer on film including Kaashmora (2016) starring Karthi and Nayanthara Directed by Gokul and Motta Siva Ketta Siva (2017), while working as a screenplay and dialogue writing teacher at the Bofta Film Institute based in Chennai.[7] Currently he is writing for the Tamil movie Visithiran, official remake of Malayalam movie Joseph, Directed by M.Padmakumar.[8]



Year Film Language Notes
1999 Preminchedi Endukamma Telugu
2002 Neetho Telugu
2005 Sachein Tamil
2007 Aanivaer Tamil


Year Film Language Notes
2022 Raangi Tamil


  • All films are in Tamil including dubs. He has translated other language films into Tamil.
Year Film Screenplay Dialogues Notes
2013 Settai Yes Yes
2013 Ambikapathy No Translated
2013 Athiradi Vettai No Translated
2017 Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva No Yes
2018 Kashmora No Yes
2018 Darbar No Yes
2021 Kabadadaari No Yes
2022 Visithiran No Yes
2022 Vikrant Rona No Translated


  1. ^ "John Roshan on director Mahendran's next".
  2. ^ "Idle Brain".
  3. ^ "9 Super Hit Telugu Films Remade By 'Beast' Actor Vijay In Tamil". The Times of India. 13 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Bipasha is not there just for an item number".
  5. ^ "Comedy, creativity mark cultural extravaganza". The Hindu. 8 September 2007.
  6. ^ IANS (21 June 2013). "Dhanush an effortless actor: John Mahendran". Business Standard India.
  7. ^ "Kaashmora (2016) - IMDb". IMDb. 28 October 2016.
  8. ^ "RK Suresh to remake 'Joseph' in Tamil, Bala to produce". Archived from the original on 6 October 2019.[1]