S. A. Chandrasekhar

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S.A. Chandrasekhar
SA Chandrasekhar at Kanithan Audio Launch.jpg
Chandrasekhar at Kanithan movie audio launch
Born (1945-07-02) 2 July 1945 (age 76)
OccupationActor, Producer, Director
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Shoba Chandrasekhar
ChildrenVijay
Vidhya (deceased)
RelativesVikranth (nephew)
S. N. Surendar (brother-in-law)

S. A. Chandrasekar (born 2 July 1945) is an Indian film director, producer, writer, and actor who primarily works within Kollywood. He made his directorial debut with Aval Oru Pachai Kuzhanthai (1978), He got his breakthrough with Sattam Oru Iruttarai (1981). He has directed over 70 movies in all south Indian languages, and is known for directing films focusing on social issues.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

S. A. Chandrasekhar is from Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, born to Senathipathy Pillai. He is married to Shoba, a carnatic singer. He is the father of Tamil actor Vijay, who debuted in his directorial film Naalaiya Theerpu in 1992. Chandrasekhar had a daughter named Vidya; who died at the age of two.[3] His brother-in-law, S. N. Surendar is a playback singer and voice artist and his nephew Vikranth is an actor.[4]

Film career[edit]

Chandrasekar has directed over 70 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. Directors S. Shankar, M. Rajesh, Ponram had worked with him as assistants.[5][6]

Some of his movies include Sattam Oru Iruttarai (1981), Chattaniki Kallu Levu (1981), Nyaya Ellide (1982), Palletoori Monagadu (1983), Saatchi (1983), Vetri (1984), Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985), Sattam Oru Vilayaattu (1987), Sendhoorapandi (1993), Rasigan (1994), Deva (1995), Once More (1997) and Nenjirukkum Varai (2006).

He introduced Vijay and directed several films in his formative years such as Naalaiya Theerpu (1992), Sendhoorapandi (1993), Rasigan (1994), Deva (1995) and Vishnu (1995). Most of his movies are with Vijayakanth (19 films) and Vijay (9 films).

He also directed Telugu movies such as Chattaniki Kallu Levu (1981) and Palletoori Monagadu (1983) with Chiranjeevi.

He has appeared in supporting roles in some movies such as Kudumbam (1984), Pudhu Yugam (1985), Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985), Neethiyin Marupakkam (1985), Enakku Nane Needipathi (1986), Vasantha Raagam (1986), Nilave Malare (1986), Neethikku Thandanai (1987), Sattam Oru Vilayaattu (1987), Innisai Mazhai (1992), Deva (1995), Priyamudan (1998), Sukran (2005) and Kodi (2016).[7]

In the early 2000s, Chandrasekhar slowed down his work as a director and focused on business interests, including on the construction of a three star hotel for his son. In 2000, he began pre-production work on a film titled Dhoosi with Sarathkumar but the project was later shelved.[8]

He turned as the lead actor at the age of 70 in Touring Talkies (2015) which is also his last directorial venture. S. A. Chandrasekhar returned after a break with a biopic on social activist Traffic Ramasamy (2018).[9] In 2019, he directed his 70th film titled Capmaari.[10]

Chandrasekhar spoke at the music launch of the movie Visiri held on November 22, 2018, at Vadapalani Prasad Lab, Chennai. He allegedly said "offering at Tirupati Hundiyal was like a bribe to the deity and one cannot pass the exam by simply making offering to a deity. If the offering to deity can help you pass the exams, you don't need to write the exams and sit at home".[11] He also said that "success can be achieved only by studying."[12] Virugambakkam police registered a FIR against Chandrasekhar on charges of hurting religious beliefs after a complaint filed by Hindu Munnani over his statements.[13][14]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Language Role Notes
Director Producer Screenplay Story Actor
2022 Naan Kadavul Illai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil also singer for song "Kanne Kanmaniye"[15]
2021 Maanaadu Green tickY Tamil Arivazhagan
2019 Capmaari Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Police Inspector
2018 Aaruthra Green tickY Tamil Shiva's father
2018 Traffic Ramasamy Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Traffic Ramasamy
2016 Kodi Green tickY Tamil Thalaivar
2016 Nayyapudai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Vellaichamy
2015 Touring Talkies Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Anthony
2011 Sattapadi Kutram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2010 Veluthu Kattu Green tickY Tamil
2008 Pandhayam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2007 Nenjirukkum Varai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2006 Aathi Green tickY Tamil
2005 Sukran Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Himself
2002 Mutham Green tickY Green tickY Tamil spoke poems in the song "Oru Murai Nee"
2002 Thamizhan Green tickY Tamil
2001 Dosth Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1999 Periyanna Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1999 Nenjinile Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1998 Priyamudan Green tickY Tamil CBI officer Gopal
1997 Once More Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1996 Maanbumigu Maanavan Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1995 Vishnu Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1995 Deva Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Marimuthu
1994 Rasigan Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1993 Sendhoorapandi Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1993 Jeevan Ki Shatranj Green tickY Green tickY Hindi
1993 Rajadurai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1992 Innisai Mazhai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1992 Naalaiya Theerpu Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1992 Mera Dil Tere Liye Green tickY Hindi
1992 Insaaf Ki Devi Green tickY Hindi
1991 Nanbargal Green tickY Tamil
1990 Azaad Desh Ke Gulam Green tickY Green tickY Hindi
1990 Jai Shiv Shankar Green tickY Hindi
1990 Seetha Green tickY Tamil
1989 Rajanadai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1988 Ithu Engal Neethi Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1988 Sudhanthira Naattin Adimaigal Green tickY Tamil
1988 Poovum Puyalum Green tickY Tamil
1987 Kudrat Ka Kanoon Green tickY Hindi
1987 Sattam Oru Vilayaattu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Peter
1987 Neethikku Thandanai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1986 Sigappu Malargal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1986 Nilave Malare Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1986 Vasantha Raagam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Chandrasekhar
1986 Enakku Nane Needipathi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1986 En Sabatham Green tickY Tamil
1985 Intiko Rudramma Green tickY Telugu
1985 Neethiyin Marupakkam Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Hospital Ward Boy
1985 Balidaan Green tickY Hindi
1985 Pudhu Yugam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1984 Kudumbam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Sekar
1984 Dopidi Dongalu Green tickY Telugu
1984 Veetuku Oru Kannagi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1984 Devanthakudu Green tickY Telugu
1984 Vetri Green tickY Tamil
1983 Simha Gharjane Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1983 Hasida Hebbuli Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1983 Saatchi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1983 Samsaram Enbathu Veenai Green tickY Tamil
1983 Gedda Maga Green tickY Kannada
1983 Geluvu Nannade Green tickY Kannada
1983 Palletoori Monagadu Green tickY Telugu
1983 Balidaanam Green tickY Telugu
1982 Idhayam Pesugirathu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1982 Nyaya Ellide Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1982 Om Shakti Green tickY Tamil
1982 Pattanathu Rajakkal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1981 Needhi Pizhaithadhu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1981 Chattaniki Kallu Levu Green tickY Green tickY Telugu
1981 Nenjile Thunivirunthal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1981 Sattam Oru Iruttarai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil HitchHiker
1978 Aval Oru Pachai Kuzhandhai Green tickY Tamil

References[edit]

  1. ^ cbarn. "Metro Plus Coimbatore : 'Message' man". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Anil's father and director, SA Chandrasekhar's health stable". The News Minute. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Birthday Special: 5 Facts About Vijay You Must Know". Yahoo Movies. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  4. ^ "Vikranth in Vishal's 'Pandianadu' - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "Demystifying India's highest paid film-maker — the elusive S Shankar — The Economic Times". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. ^ Kamath, Sudhish (26 September 2013). "Master of Bromance". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  7. ^ SAC breaks silence on proxy direction – IBNLive. Ibnlive.in.com (2012-06-07). Retrieved on 2015-10-16.
  8. ^ "Hot New". Archived from the original on 22 February 2003.
  9. ^ "Traffic Ramasamy review:Average". Sify.
  10. ^ "Jai's next with director SA Chandrasekhar titled Capmari".
  11. ^ "FIR filed against actor Vijay's father for comments". Deccan Chronicle. 1 January 2018.
  12. ^ "இந்துக்களை விமர்சித்து பேசியதாக திரைப்பட இயக்குநர் எஸ்.ஏ.சந்திரசேகர் மீது வழக்கு". Dinamani (in Tamil). Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  13. ^ "விஜய்யின் தந்தை எஸ்.ஏ.சந்திரசேகர் மீது விருகம்பாக்கம் காவல்நிலையத்தில் வழக்குப்பதிவு!". Samayam Tamil (in Tamil). Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  14. ^ "மத உணர்வுகளை புண்படுத்தியதாக வழக்கு: நடிகர் விஜய் தந்தை எஸ்.ஏ.சந்திரசேகருக்கு முன்ஜாமீன்". ThanthiTV.com. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  15. ^ "SA Chandrasekhar's Kanne en Kanmaniyae| Saindhavi | Naan Kadavul Illai Movie | Samuthirakani". YouTube.