M. Sasikumar

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Born Mahalingam Sasi Kumar
(1975-09-28) 28 September 1975 (age 40)[1]
Other names Sasi
Occupation Actor, director, producer, distributor
Years active 2008–present

M. Sasikumar (born 28 September 1975) is a Tamil film director, actor and producer. He is best known in the Tamil film industry for his debut film Subramaniapuram (2008). The low-budget film received attention for its original script, direction, screenplay, editing and accurate sets and costumes resurrecting Madurai from the 1980s.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sasikumar studied at St. Peters School Kodaikanal and then went onto study business administration in Vellaichamy Nadar College, Madurai. He began working in films through his uncle Kandasaamy when he was 20, who produced Sethu (1999). Sasikumar worked as an assistant director for the film, where he made the acquaintance of Ameer, who also assisting and went on to make a name for himself. He assisted director Ameer in Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002) and Raam (2005). It was during the initial phases of Ameer's Paruthiveeran (2007) that he began his groundwork for Subramaniapuram and left the production to focus on his film.[3]

Sasikumar is married and has a son and a daughter. He revealed in an interview that he wants his family to not be in the spotlight because it would invade their privacy.


He directed, acted and produced the film Subramaniapuram in 2008, his debut directorial venture. Subramaniapuram centres on a set of vagabond youths in Madurai during the 1980s and their lives that gets entangled in politics and crime, eventually leading to tragedy. Subramaniapuram, shot in 85 days, received critical acclaim and became a box-office grosser.


Sasikumar acted in Subramaniapuram as Parama and in Naadodigal (2009) as Karuna, directed by Samuthirakani. He also acted in a Malayalam film,Masters (2012) as Milan Paul alongside Prithviraj.

In 2013, Sasikumar began work on Bala's Tharai Thappattai and portrayed Sannasi, a nadaswaram player who heads a Karagattam troupe. To look the part, he had to train for a month with folk singers and dancers brought in by Bala, while he also grew long hair for the role. The film's production progressed over two years, while the team were forced to have a three month break in 2015 after Sasikumar had dislocated his hand while shooting for the film's climax.[4]


After the success of Subramaniapuram, Sasikumar produced Pasanga (2009), directed by debutant Pandiraj, and the self-directed Easan (2010). His most recent production ventures include Poraali (2011) and Sundarapandian (2012). His Production movie is Thalaimuraigal directed by Balu Mahendra who acts along with Sasikumar for the 1st time in his career and won Indian National Award from Honourable president of India Shri.Pranab Muharjee in April 2014 .


Year Film Language Credited as Notes
Director Actor Producer Role
2008 Subramaniapuram Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Paraman Filmfare Best Tamil Director Award
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Director
Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Director
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
2009 Naadodigal Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Karunakaran Natraj Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
2009 Pasanga Tamil Red XN Red XN Green tickY National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
2010 Easan Tamil Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Telugu Red XN Green tickY Red XN Special appearance
2011 Ko Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Himself Special appearance in Aga Naga song
2011 Poraali Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Ilankumaran Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Actor[5]
2012 Masters Malayalam Red XN Green tickY Red XN Milan Paul
2012 Sundarapandian Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Sundarapandian
2013 Kutti Puli Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Kutti Puli
2013 Thalaimuraigal Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Acted as a [Adithya] Doctor Guest appearance
2014 Nimirndhu Nil Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Voice over as a public Guest appearance
2014 Brahman Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Siva
2016 Tharai Thappattai Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Sannasi
2016 Vetrivel Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Filming

As singer[edit]

  • "Suvadu Suvadu", in Vamsam
  • "Vidhiea Potri", in Poraali


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