Lokesh Kanagaraj

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Lokesh Kanagaraj
Lokesh Kanagaraj at The ‘Zee Cine Awards’.jpg
Lokesh in 2020 at Zee Cine Awards Tamil
Alma mater[[Vivek Vidyalaya Matric Higher Secondary School . PSG College of Arts and Science]] [2]
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active2015-present
Known forMaanagaram
Aishwariya Lokesh
(m. 2011)

Lokesh Kanagaraj is an Indian film director who works primarily in the Tamil film industry who started his film career with the 2016 anthology film called Aviyal. He is best known for writing and directing the action-thriller films Maanagaram (2017), Kaithi (2019), Master (2021) and his upcoming movie Vikram.

Film career[edit]

He was born in kinathukadavu. He was an ex bank employee. He pursued his passion which is towards film making.

In 2016, his short film Kaalam was included in the anthology film Aviyal.[3]

In 2017, he made his directorial feature debut with the action-thriller Maanagaram starring Sundeep Kishan, Sri, Regina Cassandra, Madhusudhan Rao, and Charle in the lead roles.[4]

In late 2018, he began working on a film for Dream Warrior Pictures, the same production company behind Maanagaram.[5] With Karthi in the lead role, the action-thriller was titled Kaithi.[6]

He completed an action-thriller Master which has Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles.[7] Which was released on 13 January 2021, a day before the Pongal festival.

In 2020, he announced his next directorial venture produced by and starring Kamal Haasan. The title of the film was revealed in a teaser as Vikram on 7 November 2020.[8]


Year Film Director Writer Notes
2016 Aviyal Yes Yes Anthology film
Kalam segment
2017 Maanagaram Yes Yes
2018 Vella Raja No Yes Web Series
2019 Kaithi Yes Yes


2021 Master Yes Yes
2021 Vikram Yes Yes Pre-production [10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film Award Category Result Ref.
Maanagaram 10th Vijay Awards Best Debut Director Won [11]
Best Screenplay Nominated
Kaithi Zee Tamil Cine Awards Favourite Director Won [12]


  1. ^ "Lokesh Kanagaraj Interview: Kaithi Is About A Father's Love And That Rare Bond Between Strangers". 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ "A celebration of cinema and filmmaking - Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ Anantharam, Chitra Deepa (9 March 2017). "The lives of others". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Maanagaram- Opens big on March 10". Sify.com.
  5. ^ "No heroine in Karthi's next with Lokesh Kanagaraj". The News Minute. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Kaithi will showcase Karthi's potential as a versatile actor: Lokesh Kanagaraj". The Times of India. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Team Thalapathy 64 arrives in Delhi; second schedule begins". The Indian Express. November 2019.
  8. ^ Kanagaraj, Lokesh [@Dir_Lokesh] (7 November 2020). "Dear Guru..This is our humble gift to you sir.. Wishing you a very happy birthday. Please do keep inspiring us always sir @ikamalhaasan 🙏 t.co/z8mEbtgldU #ஆரம்பிக்கலாங்களா #என்வீரமேவாகையேசூடும் #vikram #HBDKamalHaasan" (Tweet). Retrieved 8 January 2021 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Has this Hollywood movie inspired Kaithi?". The Times of India. 29 October 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Lokesh Kanagaraj's next with Kamal Haasan officially announced". kollyinsider.com. 16 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Vijay awards 2018: Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi win best actor award, Dhanush and Anirudh perform together. See pics". Hindustan Times. 4 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Tamil 2020 winners list: Ajith, Kamal Haasan, Dhanush won these honours". International Business Times. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020.