15 September 1954 (62 years old)
Kochi, Kerala, India
|Occupation||Director, writer, producer, actor|
|Years active||1981 – present|
|Children||Sakthi Vasu, Abhirami Vasu|
P. Vasu (born Vasudevan Peethambharam) is an Indian director, writer and actor who works in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam films. In a career spanning three decades, Vasu has directed over 50 films.
P. Vasu's father, Peethambaram Nair, worked as a make-up man for M.G.R. and N.T.R. in their films during his time. He was one of the leading make-up artists during his period and was elected as the president of the make-up union Tamil Nadu for 30 years. He later went on to become a producer.
He produced about 25 films in Tamil and Telugu and became one of the leading producers in the south. He produced with his brother M.C. Sekhar, who was a cinematographer. M.C. Sekhar had worked as a cinematographer for more than 150 films. Peethambharam died on 21 February 2011 at the age of 89.
Vasu is an alumnus of Wesley High School, Chennai. Vasu is married to Shanthi and has a son, Sakthi Vasu, who is an actor and a daughter, Abhirami Vasudevan. His mother is Kamala. Vasu's brothers are Vidyasagar and Vimal, and his sisters are Vijaylakshmi, Vasantha and Vanaja.
Vasu joined director C. V. Sridhar as an assistant. Vasu started his career with Santhana Bharathi as a co-director and made films like Panneer Pushpangal, Mella Pesungal, Sahasame Jeevitham, Neethiyin nizhal and Madhumalar. "We compromised on certain things as we had different approaches to the subject. That's the reason why some of our other movies failed to make a big impression in the box office, prompting us to take our own paths," he says.
He has directed more than 60 movies in several languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi, including Aptha Mitra and Chandra mukhi.
The director went through a career slump in the mid-1990s after a series of failures in 1995, through the Prabhu-starrers Kattumarakaran and Mr. Madras, while his high budget romantic musical Love Birds also received poor reviews and collections.
In June 2013, P. Vasu revealed that he was set to direct an English film titled Curry in Love with an apparent star cast of Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Vijay, Eddie Murphy and Jon Voight. However the supposed cast denied the reports as baseless and P. Vasu postponed the film, citing a delay in production. Later in April 2017, Vasu revealed that he still had intentions of making the film if he found a producer to help finance the project. Similarly in early 2014, P. Vasu released an official statement claiming that his next film would be an animatronics venture titled Aishwaryavum Aayiram Kaakkavum and that Aishwarya Rai would feature in the leading role. Aishwarya Rai's team later denied claims citing that such allegations of an agreement were premature.
Style of Working
His films are usually made with a commercial format in the masala genre, with action, family sentiment, comedy, betrayal, revenge and redemption appearing as key themes. Family sentiment (i.e. melodrama) is the recurring themes in all of his directorials. Indiaglitz wrote: "Vasu ruled the early 90's with his sentimental tearjerkers. He started using sister-brother-mother-father sentiment". According to Behindwoods, "Vasu’s style of storytelling has pervasive dramatization with a more-than-usual touch of sentiment".
Vasu learnt the finer nuances of direction from Sridhar, under whom he started off as an assistant director, and added that he never followed Sridhar's style of filmmaking and has always tried to be original. Vasu said that during childhood, "I found myself watching films and narrating the stories to my friends in school. If the school would begin at nine I would reach there by eight and narrate the story for an hour".
Vasu has won recognition for his work from the film fraternity and the state government. He won state awards for three years in a row from 1990, for Best Screenplay and Dialogues in Nadigan, in 1991 as Best Director in Chinna Thambi, and in 1992 for Best Screenplay and Story in Walter Vetrivel. He was awarded the Filmfare award for Best Direction in the movie Aaptha Mithra. He was awarded the Kalaimaamani Award in 2004, with his father Shri M. Peethambaram who was an awardee for his contribution in the field of make-up.
Vasu is a member of the state award selection committee and jury member of the committee for tax-free movies.
As an actor
|2001||Ee Parakkum Thalika||R. K. Santhanam||Malayalam|
|2002||Seema Simham||MP Kaaleswara Rao||Telugu|
|2002||Sundara Travels||Gayathri's father||Tamil|
|2003||Kadhal Kisu Kisu||Tamil|
|2005||Chandramukhi||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Devuda Devuda"|
|2008||Dasavatharam||J. Ragavendra (Jaa Raa)||Tamil|
|2010||Naane Ennul Illai||himself||Tamil|
|2010||Aptharakshaka||Kannada||Special appearance in song "Chamundi Thaayiyaane"|
|2017||Shivalinga||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Saarah Saarah"|
As a writer
|1986||Ee Jeeva Ninagagi||Yes||Yes||Kannada|
|1988||En Thangachi Padichava||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil|
|1989||Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil|
|1990||Nadigan||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil||Best dialogue writer Tamil Nadu State Award for 1990 for the film|
|1991||Assembly Rowdy||Yes||Telugu||Remake of Velai Kidaichuduchu|
|1992||Gharana Mogudu||Yes||Telugu||Remake of Anuraga Aralithu|
|1992||Chanti||Yes||Telugu||Remake of Chinna Thambi|
|1992||Idhu Namma Bhoomi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil|
|1993||Anari||Yes||Hindi||Remake of Chinna Thambi|
|1994||S. P. Parasuram||Yes||Telugu||Remake of Walter Vetrivel|
|1994||Khuddar||Yes||Hindi||Remake of Walter Vetrivel|
|1994||Laadla||Yes||Hindi||Remake of Mannan|
|1995||Amma Koduku||Yes||Telugu||Remake of Senthamizh Paattu|
|1996||Aaj Ka Arjun||Yes||Hindi||Remake of En Thangachi Padichava|
|1996||Loafer||Yes||Yes||Hindi||Remake of Velai Kidaichuduchu|
|2000||Vanna Thamizh Pattu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil|
|2003||Kadhal Kisu Kisu||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil|
|2005||Chandramukhi||Yes||Yes||Tamil||Remake of Manichitrathazhu|
|2007||Thottal Poo Malarum||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil|
|1993||Walter Vetrivel||Sathyaraj, Sukanya||Tamil||Produced by his wife Shanthi|
|1994||Sadhu||Arjun Sarja, Raveena Tandon||Tamil|
|1999||Malabar Police||Sathyaraj, Kushboo||Tamil||Produced by his wife Shanthi|
|2007||Thottal Poo Malarum||Sakthi Vasu, Gowri Munjal||Tamil|
- P Vasu – Man with a Midas touch . IndiaGlitz (2006-09-16). Retrieved on 2012-04-20.
- Half-century not out . IndiaGlitz (2005-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-04-20.
- "In the right direction". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 9 September 2006.
- P. Vasu's Father Peethambaram Passes Away. Behindwoods.com (2011-02-21). Retrieved on 2012-04-20.
- P Vasu's father Peethambaram passes away. Entertainment.oneindia.in (2011-02-22). Retrieved on 2012-04-20.
- "Film Review: ''Asathal''". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2001-05-25. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "Kadhal Kisu Kisu". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2003-07-18. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "Maharadhi - Telugu cinema Review - Bala Krishna, Sneha, Meera Jasmine & Navaneet Kaur". Idlebrain.com. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "Movie Review : Thottal Poo Malarum". Sify. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "Review: Krishnarjuna". Rediff. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "Aptha Rakshaka Kannada Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "Nagavalli film review". Idlebrain.com. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "Puli Vesham Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- Prakash Upadhyaya (2012-01-26). "Arakshaka - Movie Review". OneIndia. Retrieved 2013-09-23.