Shaji Chen

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Shaji Chen
Shaji Chettan New.jpg
Kattappana, Kerala
OccupationWriter, Actor

Shaji Chen (also credited as Shaji and Shaji Chennai) is a writer and film actor from South India. Shaji's main area of writing is music and cinema related. Shaji writes in Tamil, Malayalam, English languages and acts in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films.


As a writer he is known for his music and film related write-ups and autobiographical articles. His various articles have published in The Hindu,[1] Times of India, India Today, AV Max, Ananda Vikatan,[2] The Hindu Tamil,[3] Uyirmmai,[4] Kalachuvadu,[5] Theeranadhi, Vikatan Thadam, Kaalam, Kumkumam, Puthiya Thalaimurai, Sunday Indian, Andhimazhai, Padachurul, Bhashaposhini, Chandrika Weekly, Kalakaumudi, Malayalam Vaarika,[6][7] Mangalam Daily, Mangalam Annual,[8] Deepika Daily and others.

His articles in the series Music Beyond Words were translated to Tamil by Tamil writer Jeyamohan as Sollil Adangaatha Isai. Published in the Tamil literary magazine Uyirmmai, this was a popular column in the Tamil serious literature. Another Tamil writer S. Ramakrishnan has also translated many of Shaji’s articles to Tamil. After the first few years of these translations Shaji started writing directly in Tamil. In 2016 a complete collection of his music related articles was published by Vikatan Publications.[9][10]

His column named Paattinappuram (Beyond the Song), was published in the Malayalam weekly Chandrika. His first Book in Malayalam, 'Paattalla Sangeetham', was released[11] by Malayalam publisher Green Books.[12] Many of his Malayalam articles are published in the notable literary magazine of Malayalam, Bhashaposhini[13][14][15] and his article series named Cinema Bhraanthinte Naalpathu Varshangal (40 Years of Cinema Craze) was published therein for one year in 2017-18. Portions from this series were also published as shorter chapters in Malayala Manorama Online.[16] His article on popular Malayalam music composer Devarajan[17] is well known in Kerala. As a music critic, Shaji appeared in national dailies such as The New Indian Express,[18][19] and others. His monthly column in Tamil 'Cinema Veriyin 40 Aandukal'[20]' is currently published in Vikatan Thadam Magazine.

Shaji has also worked in the advertising industry for many years providing story lines, scripts, jingle lyrics and translations and he also acted in some advertisements. He has written many advertisement films and ad campaigns.[citation needed] He worked for brands such as Ford, Saint-Gobain Glass, South Indian Bank,[21] Muthoot Fincorp, Nippo[22] and others.[citation needed]


Title Language
Sollil Adangaatha Isai (Music Beyond Words)[23] Tamil
Isaiyin Thanimai (The Music of Solitude)[24] Tamil
Isaiyin Oliyil (In The Light of Music)[25] Tamil
Isai Thirai Vaazhkai (Music, Movies and Life)[26] Tamil
Shaji Isai Katturaikal Muzhuththokuppu (Shaji Writings on Music Complete Collection)[27] Tamil
Paattalla Sangeetham (Music is not Mere Songs)[28] Malayalam


In September 2013 Shaji Chen acted in the acclaimed Tamil film Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum[29] (A Wolf and a Lamb) directed by Mysskin, as the pivotal character CBCID Lal. Then he acted in the Tamil film Maan Karate as the boxing coach of the hero, Sivakarthikeyan.[30] Aaranyam[31][32] was his next Tamil film. He made his Malayalam film debut with the Vineeth Sreenivasan film Aby.[33] Thupparivalan[34](Tamil) / Detective (Telugu)/ Dashing Detective (Hindi) directed by Mysskin, Spyder (Telugu &Tamil)[35] directed by A R Murugadoss and Savarakathi written and produced by Mysskin and directed by his brother G R Aaditya followed. In Thupparivalan / Detective/ Dashing Detective , he acted as the crucial character ACP Vijayakumar. This film was later dubbed into Hindi as Dashing Detective. In the film Spyder, he portrayed the role of Intelligence Bureau Head, Mathews. In Savarakathi he played the cameo of a mentally ill person. Kanne Kalaimaane directed by Seenu Ramasamy, and Psycho directed by Mysskin are his forthcoming films.

Selected filmography[edit]

Career in music industry[edit]

Shaji Chen has worked with Indian and international music companies such as Magnasound, Saregama HMV and others in various capacities such as Artistes & Repertoire Manager, Recording Manager, Marketing Manager and Music Consultant.

Voluntary work[edit]

Shaji Chen is the Trustee in South India for the Salil Chowdhury Foundation of Music formed in the name of the notable composer of Indian popular music.[36] He also represents Ritwik Ghatak Memorial Trust[37] in South India.[38][39] He has also been the Judge of Sujatha Ilakkiya Viruthu, a Tamil literary award instituted in the name of the Tamil writer Sujatha.[40] Shaji Chen is an advocate of informal education for children and the rights of special children.[41] He is also a supporter of sustainable nature farming and native food culture.[42][43]

Personal life[edit]

Shaji Chen was born in Kattappana, Idukki District, Kerala near the Tamil Nadu border. He lives in Chennai with his wife and daughter.


  1. ^ thrki. "The Hindu : Magazine / People : Flawless harmony in his music".
  2. ^ "``எழுத்தாளர்கள் சிறந்த நடிகர்களாகவே முடியாது!". Vikatan (in Tamil). 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  3. ^ "பின்னணிப் பாடகனின் மரணம்". The Hindu Tamil (in Tamil). Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  4. ^ "உயிர்மை". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  5. ^ "Kalachuvadu | ஷாஜி, உனது ஜாதி?". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson-Malayalam-Shaji Chennai.pdf | Powered By Box". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  7. ^ "Express Publications Malayalam Vaarika epaper dated Fri, 5 Sep 14". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  8. ^ "Ellavarum Paadukayaanu by Shaji Chennai.pdf | Powered By Box". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  9. ^ "ஷாஜி இசைக் கட்டுரைகள் முழுத்தொகுப்பு » Buy Tamil book ஷாஜி இசைக் கட்டுரைகள் முழுத்தொகுப்பு online". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  10. ^ "Vikatan Store — Tamil eBooks — Arts, Spiritual, History, Science, Health, Medicine, Stories, Education, Competitive Exams, Finance, etc". Vikatan (in Tamil). Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  11. ^ "Sreenivas performs at Shaji Chennai's book launch in Kochi — Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  12. ^ "Pattalla sangeetham — Study — Green Books India Pvt Ltd — Publishers of Quality Books In Kerala". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  13. ^ "Shaji -BP ANNUAL 15 ARTICLE.pdf | Powered By Box". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  14. ^ "BOB MAL BP FULL.pdf | Powered By Box". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  15. ^ "Mahendrajaalam by Shaji Chennai from Bhasahposhini .pdf | Powered By Box". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  16. ^ "CINEMAPIRANTHUKAL". Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  17. ^ "ദേവരാജന്റെ സംഗീതം ചില വീണ്ടുവിചാരങ്ങള്‍". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  18. ^ "Clipping of Express Publications — The New Indian Express-Kochi". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  19. ^ ""All Great Music Is Melancholy"". Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  20. ^ "சினிமா வெறியின் 40 ஆண்டுகள் - ஷாஜி | 40 years Cinema - Vikatan Thadam | விகடன் தடம்". (in Tamil). 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  21. ^ Thoughts naction (2013-10-17), fullfill your dreams, retrieved 2017-09-06
  22. ^ Nippo Power (2017-02-07), Nippo torch ad, retrieved 2017-09-06
  23. ^ ஷாஜி (2007). சொல்லில் அடங்காத இசை (in Tamil). உயிர்மை பதிப்பகம். ISBN 9788189912338.
  24. ^ "இசையின் தனிமை by ஷாஜி - Shaaji eBook for iPhone". Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  25. ^ ஷாஜி, Śāji.,. "Icaiyin̲ oḷiyil / Śāji".
  26. ^ "இசை திரை வாழ்க்கை". Panuval Book Store. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  27. ^ "ஷாஜி இசைக்கட்டுரைகள்". CommonFolks. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  28. ^ "Pattalla sangeetham — Study — Green Books India Pvt Ltd — Publishers of Quality Books In Kerala". Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  29. ^ "Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum: Wolf-whistle for Mysskin". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  30. ^ NAME, YOUR. "Maan Karate — Karate Cost". Karate Choices. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  31. ^ "Aaranyam Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  32. ^ "Aaranyam Movie Review |". nettv4u. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  33. ^ "ABY Malayalam Movie DVD and VCD Released — Indian Entertainment Portal". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  34. ^ Naveen, Movie (2017-05-22). "Vishal's 'Thupparivalan' story revealed". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  35. ^ "Spyder Movie Review {2/5}: The writing lets the movie down entirely after a point". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  36. ^ "Popular songs of 80s bring to life joys of Onam in Chennai". 2017-09-04. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  37. ^ "The Times Group". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  38. ^ "90th Birth Anniversary of Ritwik Ghatak". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  39. ^ "Bengal remembers Ritwik Ghatak on his 90th Birthday".
  40. ^ "தமிழின் முதன்மையான முன்னணி கலை- இலக்கிய, சமூகவியல்". Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  41. ^ "'சமூகத்திலும் மாற்றம் கொண்டு வராமல், கல்வியில் மட்டும் மாற்றம் சாத்தியமில்லை!' #WhatisEducation?". Vikatan (in Tamil). 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  42. ^ "Marina Books". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  43. ^ "மூலிகை முன்றில் - மாற்று வாழ்வியலுக்கான ஒன்றுகூடல் (தருமபுரி - 28 பிப்ரவரி 2015)". Retrieved 2017-09-08.