Pavithran (Tamil film director)

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A. N. Pavithran

Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Deeja Pavithran

Pavithran is an Indian film director, who has made many hit Tamil films. He was active primarily in the 1990s collaborating in ventures which often included Sarathkumar in pivotal roles. He was awarded the Tamil Nadu state Kalaimamani award for his works in the film industry.


Pavithran a student of Pachaiyappa's college began his career with K. T. Kunjumon's production venture Vasanthakala Paravai (1991), before going on to make a successful action film with Sarathkumar titled Suriyan (1992) which went on to become the biggest hit of the year, cementing his position in kollywood and then re-collaborated with the actor the following year with I Love India (1993). Sarathkumar also featured in his next, the romantic musical Indhu (1994), which marked the debut of Prabhu Deva as a lead actor. In 1995, he made another action film with Vijayakanth titled Thirumoorthy.

He then made the college love story Kalloori Vaasal (1996) featuring Ajith Kumar, Prashanth and Pooja Bhatt, though the film opened to a negative response from critics and at the box office. During the making of the film, the director clashed with actor Prashanth and his father, with the pair claiming that Pavithran had changed the characterisation of Prashanth's role in the film since the first narration.[1] In 1996, he also produced the Vijay-starrer Selva directed by A. Venkatesh, but the film's failure cost Pavithran 1.5 crore rupees. This also affected the making of his next venture titled Mookkuththi Kaasi, which started with Sarathkumar, but was later filmed with Bhaskar Raj in the lead instead. The film subsequently failed to develop and did not release.[2][3] His final Tamil film before an extended sabbatical was the Vignesh-starrer Kadhal Palli.[4]

In 2000, he announced a project titled Pugazh again with Sarathkumar, Poonam Singar and Sanghavi, but the project failed to proceed after initial schedules.[5][6][7] The firm had been partially shot in Fiji with the story inspired by the 2000 Fijian coup d'état.[8][9] He re-began work on the film in March 2004 with actor Jai and Sherin also brought in alongside Sarathkumar, but the film still failed to be completed.[10]

Pavithran began work on a low budget film titled Mattuthavani in 2007, though delays meant that the film only had a low key release in 2012. In 2018, he released another small-budget film titled Dharavi, shot in Mumbai.[11]


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1991 Vasanthakala Paravai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1992 Suriyan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1993 I Love India Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
1994 Indhu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1995 Thirumoorthy Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
1996 Kalloori Vaasal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1996 Selva Red XN Green tickY Red XN
1997 Kadhal Palli Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
1999 Hello Yama Green tickY Red XN Red XN Telugu film
2012 Mattuthavani Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2018 Dharavi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY


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  4. ^ "A-Z (III)". Indolink Tamil. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
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  10. ^ "Reel Talk - Cheran makes right moves". Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Pavithran back with Mattuthavani - Tamil Movie News". 28 May 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2015.