R. Amarendran

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R Amarendran (also known as Amarendran Ramanan or Amar) is an Indian theatre director and actor who has directed and acted in several plays in English and French staged in Chennai and Pondicherry. R. Amarendran's love for acting started in the 1980s when he was a college student. He took part in the Loyola college production of Girish Karnad's Tughlaq which soon led him to get minor roles in Mithran Devanesan's Gilbert and Sullivan musicals in Chennai, India. He later acted in English plays for several theatre groups in Chennai. In 1989 he was one the four Indians to be selected by the French government to go the L'ecole Nationale d'art Dramatique at the Theatre National de Strasbourg in France to train in acting and to act in a French play that was staged in Delhi, Calcutta and Strasbourg. On his return from France he decided to direct plays himself and in 1992 he founded the Theatre Arlequin. He staged more than 25 plays in English and French the most notable of which were Tartuffe by Moliere, The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco, The Maids by Jean Genet and Tony Kushner's adaptation of Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique.

His film career started in 2008 when he landed the main villain’s role in the movie Bale Pandya directed by Siddharth Chandrasekhar. He has acted in a major role in the critically acclaimed Vidiyum Munn[1][2][3] which was inspired by the British film London to Brighton. He also played the role of the history teacher in the multi-Oscar winner Hollywood film Life of Pi.[4] His most memorable roles are in Jil Jung Juk, Vidiyum Munn and Kabali.

Amarendran is also a story writer and his first children´s book Siri´s Smile in English has been translated into several Indian languages. Recently he authored another children's book called Salim the Knife-Sharpener.


Title Playwright Performed in Contribution Remarks
Tartuffe Molière English Director
The Lesson Eugène Ionesco English Director
The Maids Jean Genet English Director
L'illusion Comique Pierre Corneille English Director Tony Kushner's adaptation
Tughlaq Girish Karnad English Actor


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that are to be released soon
Year Film Role Notes
2010 Bale Pandiya AKP
2010 Va Gnani
2012 Life of Pi History teacher
2013 Vidiyum Munn Saloon Singaram
2015 Yatchan Jack the travel fixer
2016 Jil Jung Juk Deivanayagam
Kabali Velu
2017 Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae Singapore Singaaram
Vikram Vedha Sangu
Maayavan Pramodh
2018 Andhra Mess Janardhanan
Papparapaam Films that are to be released soon A senior actor delayed


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  1. ^ "Vidiyum Munn (2013)". IMDb. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ Baradwaj Rangan (2013-11-30). "Vidiyum Munn: In the mood for thrills". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  3. ^ "Vidiyum Munn is brilliant - Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  4. ^ "Amarendran Ramanan". IMDb. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Siris Smile". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Salim the Knife-Sharpener". Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  7. ^ "The games people play". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Karunanidhi's Tamil play to be staged in French". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 October 2014.