Dharani (director)

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Dharani
Born V. C. Ramani
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1999-present

Dharani (born V. C. Ramani) is an Indian film director, who primarily directs action-masala films.[1][2] He is best known for directing the blockbuster films Dhill, Dhool and Ghilli.[3]

Career[edit]

He first directed the film Ethirum Pudhirum, loosely based on forest brigand Veerappan and his younger brother's death, starring Mammootty. Financial constraints and political controversies ensured its delayed release in 1999. It received critical acclaim and was awarded second place in the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film. The film's producer Purna Chandra Rao made Dharani the director of his next production, starring Vikram, Dhill. The film was a box-office success and his next film Dhool, produced by A. M. Rathnam in 2003, again with Vikram along with Jyothika, turned out to be a blockbuster. He worked with A. M. Rathnam again for the film Ghilli starring Vijay and Trisha which was again a blockbuster.[4] It was followed by Telugu film Bangaram, featuring Pawan Kalyan in the lead, that received below average reviews. In 2008, he directed Kuruvi, rejoining the lead cast of Ghilli. Unlike the previous success in Ghilli, Kuruvi was a disaster at the box office and was panned by critics. In 2011, he remade the 2010 Hindi blockbuster Dabangg in Tamil as Osthe, with Silambarasan in the lead role, which was again a critical and commercial disaster.

Dharani announced that he would make a Telugu film titled Merupu with Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles, and the film had an official launch in late April 2010. The film progressed slowly throughout 2010 and was later shelved by 2011.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Director
Year Film Language Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
1999 Ethirum Pudhirum Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2001 Dhill Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Remade as Sreeram (in Telugu)
Remade as Dum (in Hindi)
2002 Sreeram Telugu Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2003 Dum Hindi Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2003 Dhool Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Remade as Veede (in Telugu)
2002 Veede Telugu Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2004 Ghilli Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Remake of Okkadu
2006 Bangaram Telugu Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2008 Kuruvi Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Dubbed as Dopidi in Telugu
2011 Osthe Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Remake of Dabangg
Singer
  • "Thaarumaaru" (Uchathula Shiva)

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Actors and Technicians Edhirum Pudhirum Dhill Dhool Ghilli Bangaram Kuruvi Osthe
Vidyasagar YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
Kalyan (choreographer) YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
Mayilsamy YesY YesY YesY YesY
Nassar YesY YesY YesY YesY
Ashish Vidyarthi YesY YesY YesY
Trisha YesY YesY YesY
Vivek YesY YesY YesY
Vikram YesY YesY
Vijay YesY YesY
Pawan Kalyan YesY
Reemma Sen YesY YesY
Gopinath YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
V. T. Vijayan YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
Maniraj YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
Rocky Rajesh YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Sreedhar Pillai 9 May 2011, 12.00am IST (2011-05-09). "Dharani: Back with Da'bang'G - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/showbiz/kollywood/osthe-impresses-k’town’s-top-stars-866[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Welcome to". Sify.com. 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-12-10.