Lokesh Kanagaraj

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Lokesh Kanagaraj
Lokesh at Zee Cine Awards Tamil in 2020
Born (1986-03-14) 14 March 1986 (age 36)[1]
Alma materPSG College of Arts and Science[3]
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active2015–present
(m. 2012)

Lokesh Kanagaraj (born 14 March 1986) is an Indian film director who works in the Tamil film industry. He started his career with a short film in the 2016 anthology Aviyal. He later directed his first feature film Maanagaram (2017). The Lokesh Cinematic Universe consists of his directorial films Kaithi (2019) and Vikram (2022).

Early life[edit]

Lokesh Kanagaraj was born in Kinathukadavu, Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, India. In PSG College of Arts and Science, he majored in Fashion Technology before pursuing his MBA.He did his schooling in PALANIYAMMAL matric hr sec school Kalliyapuram pollachi[4][time needed] He is an ex-bank employee. He pursued his passion towards film making by participating in a corporate short film competition. The judge of the competition was director Karthik Subbaraj. He then encouraged Lokesh to continue making films.[5]


In 2016, his short film Kaalam was included in the anthology film Aviyal produced by Karthick Subbaraj.[6] In 2017, he made his directorial feature debut with the action-thriller Maanagaram.[7] His next after Kaithi was action-thriller film Master starring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi.[8] which was released on 13 January 2021. a day before the Pongal festival. It opened to positive reviews and emerged as a commercial success. Master was highest grossing Tamil film of 2021.[9][10]

Lokesh Cinematic Universe[edit]

In late 2018, he began working on a film for Dream Warrior Pictures, the same production company behind Maanagaram.[11] With Karthi in the lead role, the action-thriller was titled Kaithi.[12]

He directed Vikram (2022) starring Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, and Fahadh Faasil. Following the success of the film he is willing to create the Cinematic universe on basis of Kaithi and Vikram.[13]



Year Film Director Writer Notes
2017 Maanagaram Yes Yes
2019 Kaithi Yes Yes First installment in the Lokesh Cinematic Universe (LCU)
2021 Master Yes Yes Cameo appearance as Prisoner
2022 Vikram Yes Yes Second installment in the Lokesh Cinematic Universe (LCU)

Web series[edit]

Year Title Notes
2018 Vella Raja Co-Writer


Film Award Category Result Ref.
Maanagaram 10th Vijay Awards Best Debut Director Won [14]
Best Screenplay Nominated
Kaithi Zee Tamil Cine Awards Favourite Director Won [15]
Master Galatta Crown Awards Favourite Director 2020-21 Won


  1. ^ Lokesh Kanagaraj In Conversation With Ramya Subramanian | Vikram, retrieved 25 May 2022
  2. ^ "Lokesh Kanagaraj Interview: Kaithi Is About A Father's Love And That Rare Bond Between Strangers". 22 October 2019.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "A celebration of cinema and filmmaking - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "'தளபதி-64' பத்தி இப்போ கேட்காதீங்க - Lokesh Kanagaraj | Kaithi | Thalapathy 64 | Open Pannaa - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  5. ^ "முதல் படத்திலேயே முத்திரை பதித்த இளம் இயக்குநர்களுடன் ஒரு உரையாடல் | சினிமா18 | News 18 Tamilnadu - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  6. ^ Anantharam, Chitra Deepa (9 March 2017). "The lives of others". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Maanagaram- Opens big on March 10". Sify.com.
  8. ^ "Team Thalapathy 64 arrives in Delhi; second schedule begins". The Indian Express. November 2019.
  9. ^ "2021 Top grossers in Tamil Nadu - Thalapathy Vijay's Master tops". 6 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Year Ender 2021: Master to Annaatthe, Highest-grossing Tamil Movies of 2021". 29 December 2021.
  11. ^ "No heroine in Karthi's next with Lokesh Kanagaraj". The News Minute. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Kaithi will showcase Karthi's potential as a versatile actor: Lokesh Kanagaraj". The Times of India. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Lokesh Kanagaraj Cinematic Universe LCU". June 2022.
  14. ^ "Vijay awards 2018: Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi win best actor award, Dhanush and Anirudh perform together. See pics". Hindustan Times. 4 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Tamil 2020 winners list: Ajith, Kamal Haasan, Dhanush won these honours". International Business Times. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020.

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