John Mahendran

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John Mahendran
Other namesJohn Roshan
Years active2002 - present
Parent(s)J. Mahendran

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 J. Mahendran.[1]


Reports in July 1997 suggested that John was set to direct a film under Mani Ratnam's production house with Manoj Bharathiraja in the lead role, though the project failed to materialize.[2] John then made his directorial debut with the Telugu romantic drama, Premichedi Endukamma (1999) and also directed Neetho (2002) starring newcomers Prakash Kovelamudi and Mahek Chahal, though the film performed poorly at the box office.[3][4][5] He later adapted and remade the film in Tamil as Sachein (2005) with Vijay, Genelia D'Souza and Bipasha Basu in the lead roles.[6] 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.[7] John subsequently began work and finished the first schedule for Urumi, which starred Sibiraj and Aparna Pillai, but the film was later shelved.[8] He then began pre-production on a film starring Vishal and also a project titled Saravedi, starring Jeevan but both the projects never materialized.[9][10]

John began work on a political comedy film titled Thallaippu Seidhigal in 2011 with Nakul and Aindrita Ray in the lead, and although the team had a photoshoot and later went through a title change, with a new title of Sadugudu, the project was shelved.[11] 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).[12] Subsequently he worked as a writer on film including Kaashmora (2016) and Motta Siva Ketta Siva (2017), while working as a screenplay and dialogue writing teacher at the Bofta Film Institute based in Chennai.



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


Year Film Screenplay Dialogues Notes
2013 Settai ☑Y ☑Y
2013 Ambikapathy NoN ☑Y Dubbed version of Hindi film Raanjhanaa. Dialogues translated.
2013 Athiradi Vettai NoN ☑Y Dubbed version of Telugu film Dookudu. Dialogues translated.
2016 Kashmora ☑Y ☑Y
2019 Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva NoN ☑Y


  1. ^ "John Roshan on director Mahendran's next".
  3. ^ "Telugu Cinema roundup in 2002 - list of straight movies released".
  4. ^ "Telugu Cinema — Review — Neetho — Surya Prakash, Mehek — Vidya sagar — John — Ramoji Rao".
  6. ^ "'Bipasha is not there just for an item number'".
  7. ^ "Comedy, creativity mark cultural extravaganza". 8 September 2007 – via The Hindu.
  8. ^ "First shooting phase done to perfection - director John Mahendran Urumi Sibiraj Aparna Aaniver Karaikal hot images tamil picture gallery images".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "IndiaGlitz - Jinnah Going strong - Tamil Movie News".
  11. ^ "IndiaGlitz - Nakuls Thalaippu Seithigal - Tamil Movie News".
  12. ^ IANS. "Dhanush an effortless actor: John Mahendran".