M. Sasikumar

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M. Sasikumar
Director M Sasikumar at the Thalaimuraigal Team Press Meet showing their National Award for 2013.jpg
Mahalingam Sasikumar

(1974-09-28) 28 September 1974 (age 44)[1]
Other namesSasi
OccupationActor, director, producer, distributor
Years active2008–present

Mahalingam Sasikumar (born 28 September 1974) is an Indian film director, actor, singer and producer. He worked as an assistant director for director Bala in Sethu (1999), also worked for director Ameer in his first two films Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002) and Raam (2005).[2] He is best known in the Tamil film industry for his debut film Subramaniapuram (2008), which became a blockbuster. He has been praised for his crystal-clear screenplay and realism.[2]

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] The low-budget film received attention for its original script, direction, screenplay, editing and accurate sets and costumes resurrecting Madurai from the 1980s.[4]

Early life[edit]

Sasikumar studied at St. Peters School Kodaikanal and then went on to 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.[5]


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.[6]


2008-2018: Beginning as an actor, director and producer[edit]

Sasikumar acted in Subramaniapuram as Parama and in Naadodigal (2009) as Karuna, directed by Samuthirakani. Story revolves around four men and two women who live their life with utmost Joy and a Goal to Achieve.[7] Among the actors Sasikumar is the pick of the lot, he is hero material and has given an amazingly candid performance.[8] He also acted in Poraali (2011), Sasikumar plays the lead role in the film & also he is the producer of the film. Sasi plays a dual role in the movie.[9] Followed by Malayalam film, Masters (2012) as Milan Paul alongside Prithviraj. Prithviraj and Sasikumar will appear as bosom friends in this movie, who try different ways to fulfill their social responsibility. Masters is somewhat different from the usual crime thriller, but it leaves us with a feeling that it could have been better.[10] It was followed by drama film, Sundarapandian (2012). The cast includes Lakshmi Menon and Vijay Sethupathi.[11] In 2013, he acted in Kutti Puli, with his previous movie pair Lakshmi Menon. The film is released to positive reviews.[12] In 2014, a romantic action film Bramman. The film will definitely be a huge disappointment to fans.[13]

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.[14] The soundtrack has been composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film has garnered a lot of expectations in being promoted as the 1000th film score of Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack consists of seven tracks: five songs and two theme scores. The film is released on 14 January 2016 to mostly positive reviews.[15] Vetrivel, Appa, Kidaari and Balle Vellaiyathevaa follow up. In 2017, he acted in Kodiveeran.[16] This is the second time that this actor and director joining hands after Kutti Puli. Kodi Veeran is produced by M. Sasikumar's Company Productions.[17] In 2018, Asuravadham. After a series of underwhelming films, the film has received mixed reviews from critics and audience.[18][19]


After the success of Subramaniapuram, Sasikumar produced Pasanga (2009), directed by debutant Pandiraj, and the self-directed Easan (2010).[3] His production ventures include Poraali (2011) and Sundarapandian (2012). He produced Thalaimuraigal directed by Balu Mahendra who acts along with Sasikumar for the first time in his career and won the National Award (India) in April 2014. He also produced Tharai Thappattai (2016), Kidaari (2016), Balle Vellaiyathevaa (2016) and Kodiveeran (2017).[citation needed]


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
Pasanga Tamil Red XN Red XN Green tickY National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
2010 Easan Tamil Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
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
Poraali Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Ilankumaran Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Actor[20]
2012 Masters Malayalam Red XN Green tickY Red XN Milan Paul
Sundarapandian Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Sundarapandian
2013 Kutti Puli Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Kutti Puli
Thalaimuraigal Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Dr. Adithya Guest appearance
2014 Nimirndhu Nil Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Voice only
Bramman Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Siva
2016 Tharai Thappattai Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Sannasi
Vetrivel Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Vetrivel
Appa Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Kumaran Extended Guest Appearance
Kidaari Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Kidaari
Balle Vellaiyathevaa Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Vellaiyathevan
2017 Kodiveeran Tamil Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Kodiveeran
2018 Asuravadham Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Saravanan
2019 Petta Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Malik
Kennedy Club Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN Muruganadham
Enai Noki Paayum Thota Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN
Naadodigal 2 Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN delayed
Kombu Vacha Singamda Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN filming
Rajavamsam Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN filming
Naa Naa Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN filming
Paramaguru Tamil Red XN Green tickY Red XN filming

As singer[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Exclusive biography of #Sasikumar(tamil) and on his life". FilmiBeat.
  3. ^ a b "Biography - M. Sasikumar". Friday Moviez.
  4. ^ "Kollywood's Top 25 Directors". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 6 November 2008.
  5. ^ Sasi Kumar Interview. Behindwoods.com. Retrieved on 14 October 2012.
  6. ^ Kumar, Harish (4 June 2018). "M. Sasikumar Wiki, Biography, Age, Movies, Images".
  7. ^ "Naadodigal Preview, Naadodigal Story & Synopsis, Naadodigal Tamil Movie". FilmiBeat.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 January 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Poraali Preview, Poraali Story & Synopsis, Poraali Tamil Movie". FilmiBeat.
  10. ^ "Masters could have been better". Rediff.
  11. ^ "Sundarapandian Preview, Sundarapandian Story & Synopsis, Sundarapandian Tamil Movie". FilmiBeat.
  12. ^ "Kutti Puli Movie Review {2.5/5}: Critic Review of Kutti Puli by Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Review: Bramman fails to impress". Rediff.
  14. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (9 January 2016). "Enjoying his new beat" – via www.thehindu.com.
  15. ^ "Thaarai Thappattai (aka) Thaarai Thappattai review". Behindwoods. 13 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Kodiveeran (aka) Koodi Veeran review". Behindwoods. 9 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Kodiveeran (Kodi Veeran) Preview, Kodiveeran Story & Synopsis, Kodiveeran Tamil Movie". FilmiBeat.
  18. ^ ChennaiJune 29, Janani K.; June 29, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 18:02. "Asuravadham Movie Review: Vigilante Sasikumar delivers a thrilling tale". India Today.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  19. ^ "Asuravadham (aka) Asura Vadham review". Behindwoods. 29 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Vishal, Sasikumar, Richa & VSV win at Norway Film Festival 2012". IndiaGlitz. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.

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