Mari Selvaraj

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Mari Selvaraj
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Years active2006–present

Mari Selvaraj is an Indian film director and author who works in the Tamil film industry. He worked as an Assistant Director for director Ram, He made his directorial debut with Pariyerum Perumal, which opened to positive reviews and received many awards and accolades. After he paired up with actor Dhanush for a movie Karnan, which opened positive reviews and was successful at the box office in the year 2021

Film career[edit]

Mari Selvaraj entered the Tamil film industry in 2006. He initially planned to become an actor, but later he joined film director Ram and worked as an assistant director in three films: Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), Thanga Meenkal (2013), and Taramani (2017).[1] In 2018, he directed his first film, Pariyerum Perumal, which garnered critical acclaim and was one of the successful films of the year. His second film, Karnan starring Dhanush opened to a rousing reception from the masses and critics. Karnan is charged with a universal artistic and political resonance.


Year Film Notes
2018 Pariyerum Perumal also lyrics for "Naan Yaar" and "Karuppi"
2021 Karnan also lyrics for "Kanda Vara" and "Utradheenga Yeppov"
2023 Maamannan Post-production
2023 Vaazhai Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Film Award Category Result Ref.
16 December 2018 Pariyerum Perumal Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Director Won [2]
20 December 2018 16th Chennai International Film Festival Best Tamil Feature Won [3]
5 January 2019 Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Story Won [4]
Best Director Won
25–28 April 2019 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Director Nominated [5]
15 April 2019 Film Critics Circle of India Award for Best Debut Film Won [6]
28 April 2019 Toulouse Indian Film Festival Audience Award Won [7]
Independent Critic Award Won
Jury Award Won
25 January 2019 Galatta Debutant Awards Best Debutant Director Won [8]
Best Debutant Dialogue Writer Won

Other works[edit]

  • Marakkave Ninaikkiren, a series in Tamil Magazine Ananda Vikatan.[9][10]
  • Thamirabaraniyil Kollapadathavargal, short stories collection published in 2013 by Vamsi Pathipagam. This is Mari Selvaraj's Debut fiction[11]


  1. ^ "When new generation creates art, there will be tremors: Director Mari Selvaraj". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Gouri Kishan - Best Debut Actor | Female | List of winners for BGM Iconic Edition". Behindwoods. 16 December 2018.
  3. ^ Staff Reporter (21 December 2018). "Curtains come down on Chennai International Film Festival" – via
  4. ^ "ஆனந்த விகடன் சினிமா விருதுகள் 2018 - திறமைக்கு மரியாதை".
  5. ^ "'Pariyerum Perumal' bags Best Film award at Norway Tamil Film Festival". The News Minute. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Film Critics Circle Of India".
  7. ^ "Awards – Toulouse Indian Film Festival".
  8. ^ ""Pariyerum Perumal Made me Emotional " - Raghava Lawrence in Galatta Debut Awards" – via
  9. ^ "மறக்கவே நினைக்கிறேன் marakkave ninaikkiren new serial ஆனந்த விகடன்". Vikatan (in Tamil). 17 April 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  10. ^ " Mari Selvaraj: Books". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  11. ^ Vandhana (26 September 2018). "Mari Selvaraj, Director Of 'Pariyerum Perumal': A Profile". Retrieved 29 March 2019.

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