K. Natraj

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K. Natraj
Born (1949-11-30) 30 November 1949 (age 73)[1]
Occupation(s)Director, actor, screenwriter
Years active1976–1998

K. Natraj is an Indian actor and director who primarily worked in Tamil-language films and serials.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

In film industry circle, he is popular as a close friend of actor Rajinikanth. His daughter, Rajini, was married actor Vishnu Vishal from 2011 to 2018.[4]


Producer Azhagan Thamizhmani and writer Thooyavan saw a film called Touch of Love which had Elvis Presley in a guest appearance at a film festival, both got emotional while watching the film which prompted them to attempt a similar story in Tamil. Thooyavan finished screenplay within a month. He wanted to cast the late MGR as the hero but couldn't do so.[5] Thooyavan narrated the story to K. Natraj who was working as one of the assistant directors in Devar films. K. Natraj agreed to work on the film and Rajini accepted to act in this film. Rajini initially agreed to give callsheet of 6 days then extended for 10 days since he wanted the film to come out well. The film was entirely shot in a school with 300 students. Rajkumar Sethupathi, brother of actress Latha and husband of actress Sripriya did a small role as Ambika's husband. Meena appeared as one of the main characters.[6] On 3 August 1984 The Hindu said, "For one making his debut as director Natraj deserves accolades for the near-to-the-heart treatment of the situations in which the performance of a six-member-group of orphans will make even elder artistes sit up" and concluded, "Babu's camera embellishes the frames".[7]

K. Natraj, Rajinikanth's friend from the film institute who earlier directed Anbulla Rajinikanth was approached by Rajini to take part as an assistant director in Annamalai to which Natraj gladly accepted.[8] Then Rajini approached his friends and announced that he would like to make a film for them. The script of "Valli" was written by Rajini himself. Priyaraman made her debut as heroine while Hariraj and Sanjay were introduced in this film. Rajini was not interested to appear in cameo appearance but with insistence of his friends he accepted to do small role and finished his portions within five days.

Shooting was started in April 1993. This was also debut film of magician Alex as actor. The filming was held at Chalakudi, Pollachi and Red Hills. Hari, director of Saamy and Singam was one of the assistants in this film.[6]


As director[edit]

Year Title Language Cast Music
1984 Anbulla Rajinikanth Tamil Rajinikanth, Meena, Ambika Ilaiyaraaja
1985 Selvi Suresh, Revathy, Jeevitha Ilaiyaraaja
1985 Irandu Manam Suresh, Jayashree, Sulakshana M. S. Viswanathan
1986 Thalaiyatti Bommaigal Goundamani, Ilavarasi Gangai Amaran
1987 Chellakutti Suresh, Jayashree Gangai Amaran
1993 Valli Rajinikanth, Priya Raman, Vadivelu Ilaiyaraaja

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
1976 Moondru Mudichu Tamil
1978 Bairavi
1978 Priya
1980 Maria My Darling
1980 Ullasa Paravaigal Rajagopal
1980 Oli Pirandhathu
1981 Ranuva Veeran
1982 Moondram Pirai
1984 Naan Mahaan Alla
1984 Nalla Naal
1987 Cooliekkaran David
1988 Katha Nayagan
1990 Palaivana Paravaigal Kannayiram
1990 Pudhu Varisu
1991 Thangamana Thangachi
1992 Idhuthanda Sattam Dharma
1997 Thambi Durai
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
2006 Aadhikkam
2014 Lingaa
2017 Katha Nayagan


Year Title Role Channel
2004–2007 Kalki Director Jaya TV
2008–2009 Kolangal Anthony Sun TV
2009–2010 Magal Pandian
2010–2011 Madhavi Vazhavanthan
2011-2013 Thangam Muthaiyyah
2011–2013 7C Principal Star Vijay
2012–2014 Paartha Gnabagam Illayo Kalaignar TV
2013–2014 Thaayumanavan Vijay TV
2014–2016 Andal Azhagar Chidambaram Vijay TV
2016–2019 Pagal Nilavu
2017–2019 Rekka Katti Parakkudhu Manasu Arun's Grandfather Zee Tamil
2018–2022 Roja Shanthamurthy Sun TV
2019 Kadaikutty Singam Muthuramalingam (Ayya) Star Vijay
2019–2020 Siva Manasula Sakthi Ramamoorthy
2019 Dum Dum Dum Pazhavesam Thatha Kalaignar TV
2020–2022 Velaikaran Star Vijay
2021 Sathya 2 Zee Tamil


  1. ^ http://www.smallscreendirectors.com/members/10.html
  2. ^ "Director K.Natraj". spicyonion. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Virundhinar Pakkam Dt 04-12-13 - Actor Nataraj". youtube. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ "kollytalk.com". www.kollytalk.com. Archived from the original on 12 May 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  5. ^ Kumar, S. R. Ashok (18 October 2013). "Shotcuts: Red is ready". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2019 – via www.thehindu.com.
  6. ^ a b "Tamil Cinema News - Kollywood News - Tamil Film News - Maalaimalar". cinema.maalaimalar.com. Archived from the original on 14 January 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  7. ^ Rajinikanth 12.12.12: A Birthday Special. The Hindu. p. 70.
  8. ^ "Director K. Nataraj - Celebrities Speak - Rajinifans.com". rajinifans.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

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