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Natarasankottai, Sivagangai district, Tamilnadu
OccupationFilm director, music director
Years active1999–2015
Spouse(s)Krishnaveni perarasu[1]

Perarasu is an Indian filmmaker who works primarily in Tamil cinema. As a director, he is best known for his commercial movies with actors Vijay and Ajith.[2] He has also been credited as an actor, music director, singer and lyricist in some of his ventures.[3][4] He has mentioned that all his movies are named for cities in Tamil Nadu, India. He is from Nattarasankottai, near Sivagangai in Tamil Nadu.


Perarasu, was born in Natarasankottai near Madurai district. He tried for 7 to 8 years to make it big and had some off-beat stories. When he was new to Chennai, he used to frequent AVM and stand in front of the studios longing to visit the place. He bribed a production in charge ten rupees one day and got himself into the studios.[5] His experience of 15 to 16 years in the industry taught him to analyse the pulse of the audience and give them what they want.[6] He honed his skills under Rama Narayanan and N. Maharajan. Apart from assisting, Perarasu appeared in few films doing small uncredited roles. He wants his films to be packed with mind-blowing songs, speedy screenplay, punchy dialogue and in between inserted with sentiments, comedy, twists and turns.

Perarasu made his directorial debut with Thirupaachi starring Vijay in lead role being his 40th film. The film was released on the eve of Pongal with 207 prints[7] and the film received positive reviews from critics claiming that "you may strive hard to find anything new in Tirupachi, which is old wine served in a new bottle, with a different label".[8] The film completed a 100-day theatrical run among 112 screens in Tamil Nadu and completed 200 days in more than 25 centres.[9]

After the success of Thirupaachi, A. M. Rathnam called Perarasu to make a film with Vijay re-uniting with him for second time.[10][11] Sivakasi was Perarasu's second collaboration with Vijay after Thirupaachi and producer Rathnam's third film with Vijay after Kushi and Ghilli. The film was released on Diwali to positive reviews with a critic claiming that ""This formula had worked well for director Perarasu and Vijay in Tirupachi and now the team has re-worked it. This time, however, it will test your patience as it is not meant for the class audience or those seeking quality entertainment. Perarasu and Vijay believe only in catering to the mass audience who want their dose of unpretentious masala mix"[12] but eventually became a successful venture at box office.

During the making of Sivakasi, representatives from AVM Productions approached Perarasu to make a commercial film with Ajith Kumar in the lead role.[13] The director immediately accepted the offer and told the producer the story of the film during the meeting and the film was announced publicly two days later.[14] In August 2005, it became clear that the film would begin in November and that Riyaz Khan would play the lead antagonist role in the project.[15] Sadha was signed on to play the lead role after early reports suggested that either Nayantara, Renuka Menon or Gopika would play the lead female role. The film was launched officially on 15 September 2005 with Vijay attending the opening ceremony.[16] The film was critically panned, with critics claiming that the film drew too much resemblance to Perarasu's previous projects, Thirupaachi and Sivakasi.[17]

After the success of Thirupathi, Perarasu announced a project called "Pandigai" with S. J. Suryah[18] but the project was cancelled and he announced his next project "Dharmapuri" with Vijaykanth in 2006[19] since Producer A M Rathnam expressed his desire of Perarasu directing a film for him again after Sivakasi. Incidentally it was Rathnam who suggested Vijayakanth’s name for the film. When Rathnam and captain heard the ‘one liner’ of the movie, they both liked it instantly and thus ‘Dharmapuri’ was born without even a heroine.[20] Indiaglitz wrote: "Perarasu has dished out a movie that would certainly appease front-benchers. A commercial pot-boiler, the movie will be lapped by Vijayakanth's fans. Sure to make it big in rural centres, the movie also has enough stunt sequences for action-lovers".[21]

Perarasu's next film is Pazhani, starring Bharath and Kajal Aggarwal.

Perarasu then directed films like, Thiruvannamalai and Thiruthani. Thiruvannamalai was a commercial hit, but Thiruthani failed at box office.[22][23]

Style of work[edit]

Perarasu is known primarily for directing films which he says are "aimed at the common man who looks at pure entertainment", rather than critics.[24] His films are also known for having sentiment and action scenes in equal proportions.[25] Due to his films being named after towns and cities, he has been nicknamed "Oorarasu" by the media, the term being a portmanteau of "oor" (meaning town or city) and his name Perarasu.[26]


Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Writer Actor Role
1999 Ethirum Pudhirum Red XN Red XN Green tickY Doctor Tamil Uncredited
2004 Arasatchi Red XN Red XN Green tickY Reporter Tamil Uncredited
2005 Thirupaachi Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil Remade in Telugu as Annavaran, Remade in Kannada as Thangigagi
Sold 1 crore tickets worldwide
சிவகாசி Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Cameo Tamil Remade as Vijayadasami in Telugu, Dubbed in Hindi as Virasat Ki Jung.
2006 Thirupathi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Cameo Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer, Dubbed in Telugu as Thirupathi
Dharmapuri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Cameo Tamil
2008 Pazhani Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Cameo Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as Bhargava, Dubbed in Hindi as Shakthishali Shiva
Thiruvanamalai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Cameo Tamil Dubbed in Hindi as Main Hoon Vinashak
Pandhayam Red XN Red XN Green tickY himself Tamil
2012 திருத்தணி மொக்க படம் Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Cameo Tamil
2013 Onbadhula Guru Red XN Red XN Green tickY Tamil
2015 Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Cameo Malayalam Directorial debut in Malayalam cinema.
Ru Red XN Red XN Green tickY as himself Tamil


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  2. ^ Interview with director perarasu / இயக்குனர் பேரரசு பேட்டி. (21 February 2010). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  3. ^ Jointscene – Tamil Actor Perarasu. Retrieved on 16 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Perarusu – The Director – Sunday special Interview on Thiruvannamalai Director". Behindwoods. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ Perarusu – The Director – Sunday special Interview on Thiruvannamalai Director – Tamil Movies: (18 September 2009). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  6. ^ Tamil Movie Interviews : Director Perarasu. Retrieved on 16 November 2016.
  7. ^ `Tirupachi` creates a new record!. Retrieved on 16 November 2016.
  8. ^ Review : Tirupachi. Retrieved on 16 November 2016.
  9. ^ Chennai Box Office. (8 February 2005). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  10. ^ "FIR on Vijay's Sivakasi – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
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  13. ^ (14 April 2006). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  14. ^ Perarasu on Tirupathi. Retrieved on 16 November 2016.
  15. ^ Ready and raring to go – Tamil Movie News. (26 August 2005). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
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  17. ^ Sify Movies – Review listing Archived 31 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine. (2 December 2012). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  18. ^ Tamil movies : Perarasu to join with SJ Surya for ‘Pandigai’. (18 May 2006). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  19. ^ Tamil movies : Perarasu’s Dharmapuri with Vijayakanth!!. (16 June 2006). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  20. ^ Tamil movies : Will director Perarasu strike a chord with Captain’s Dharmapuri?. Retrieved on 16 November 2016.
  21. ^ Dharmapuri review. Dharmapuri Tamil movie review, story, rating. (20 October 2006). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  22. ^ Tamil Movie Review Pazhani Bharath Kajal Agarwal Sakthi Chidambaram Perarasu Kushboo Vyabari Tamil Movie News Hot Stills Picture Image Gallery. (5 December 2007). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  23. ^ Sify Movies – Review listing. (2 December 2012). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  24. ^ ""I make films for common man":Perarasu". Sify. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  25. ^ "Thiruvannamalai". Ayngaran International. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  26. ^ "Name it right!". The Hindu. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  27. ^ Ammu Zachariah (10 June 2012). "Kollywood director Perarasu's M'wood debut". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  28. ^ Oor Kaalan (13 June 2012). "Perarasu on Mollywood bound!". Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  29. ^ "Perarasu to direct "Son of Alexander"". 12 June 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  30. ^ "Vijay's Director Goes To Mollywood". Behindwoods. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.

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