Sundar C.

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Sundar C.
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Born Vinayaga Sundara Vadivel Chidambaram Pillai
(1968-01-21) 21 January 1968 (age 50)
Erode, Madras State, India[1]
Nationality Indian
Occupation Director, Producer, Actor,singer
Years active 1995 – present
Known for
Spouse(s) Kushboo (1997–present)
Children Avantika, Anandita

Sundar C. is an Indian film director, producer and actor. He has directed over 30 films in Tamil and also acted in over 20 movies as the protagonist. Initially, he worked as an assistant director to Manivannan and became a director with the family drama Murai Maman (1995). His notable films include Ullathai Allitha (1996), Arunachalam (1997),Unnai Thedi (1999), Anbe Sivam (2003), Winner (2003), Giri (2004), Kalakalappu (2012), Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013), Aranmanai (2014) and Kalakalappu 2 (2018).[2]

He is being celebrated as the king of comedy movies by Tamil Cinema viewers. He took a small break from his direction career after his successful launch as an actor in 2006 with the film Thalai Nagaram.[3][4] He is back to direction with his trade mark comedy roller coaster movie Kalakalappu in 2012 and it went on to become a blockbuster success. He made his directorial debut in Telugu with the film Something Something (2013) as well. His successful career as a director continues with movies like Aranmanai (2014), Aambala (2015), Aranmanai 2 (2016) and Kalakalappu 2 (2018).

He also produces the TV series Nandini along with his wife, actress Kushboo aired on Sun TV Network. He is a pioneer in television industry to produce a TV Series in 4 languages Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada simultaneously.[5] The show has been praised and well received by the audience, becoming a huge success and India's most watched television series in a matter of weeks since it first aired.[6] He also produced movies like Hello Naan Pei Pesuren, Muthina Kathirika and Meesaya Murukku. Sundar C is one of the few directors who directed the two Super Stars of Tamil Cinema Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in Arunachalam (1997) and Anbe Sivam (2003) respectively.


Sundar C started his career as an assistant director to Manivannan and made his directorial debut with Murai Maman (1995). Sundar revealed that he initially wanted a leading action hero to play the lead role in his film and approached Sarathkumar, but the producer was unavailable to sign the actor. Subsequently, the director chose Jayaram to play the lead role in the film and also said that he tapped into his innate sense of humour, as Jayaram was very famous for his humour in Malayalam.[7] Murai Maaman did well at the box office and Sundar went on to direct many humour themed films such as Ullathai Allithaa (1996), Mettukudi (1996) and Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1999). In 1997, he directed his highest-profile project till date, Arunachalam, with Rajinikanth. He has also occasionally directed action and thriller films such as Unnai Kann Theduthe (2000), Rishi (2001) and Chinna (2005).[8][9] His favourite heroine was actress Rambha; as a Director he made her as his lead heroine in his 6 movies.

In 2003, he directed two films Winner and Anbe Sivam. The former was successful and the comedy scenes from that film became hugely popular. However, the latter, despite being critically acclaimed, under performed at the box office, but became a cult classic. Anbe Sivam remains his only humane realism movie till today out of his regular commercial cinema genre.[10] After directing Rendu (2006), Sundar took a break from directing in order to concentrate on his acting career. He made his acting debut as lead actor with Thalainagaram (2006), which was well received. Then he went on to play lead roles with the commercially successful Veerappu, directed by Badri and Sandai by Sakthi Chidambaram. He then made a comeback as a director with Nagaram Marupakkam (2010).

After his blockbuster hit Kalakalappu in 2012 he is continuously giving successful movies like Theeya Velaseyyanum Kumaru, Aranmanai, Aambala, Aranmanai 2 and Kalakalappu 2. Out of which Aranmanai and Aranmanai 2 are the trend setters in Comedy Horror genre in Tamil film industry.

Also his first periodic flick Sangamithra is under pre-production. The movie features Jayam Ravi and Arya in the lead roles.[1]The movie is being made in Tamil and dubbed in Telugu and Hindi. The film is made in the cost of 300 Crores. It is one of the most expensive movies of Indian cinema. Oscar winner A.R.Rahman, National Award winner Sabu Cyril, National Award winner Tirru, National Award winner Peter Hein and Oscar winner Resul Pookutty are the crew members of Sangamithra.


As an Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes Ref.
1995 Murai Maman Cameo appearance [11]
1997 Arunachalam Reporter Cameo appearance [12]
2006 Thalai Nagaram Subramaniam (Right) [13]
2007 Veerappu Pulippandi [14]
2008 Sandai Kathiresan (Kaththi) [15]
Aayudham Seivom Saidai Sathya [16]
2009 Perumal Perumal [17]
Thee Sarathy (Samy) [18]
Aiyantham Padai Prabhakaran [19]
2010 Guru Sishyan Eeti [20]
Vaadaa Vetrivel [21]
Nagaram Marupakkam Selvam [22]
2012 Murattu Kaalai Kaalaiyan [23]
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself [24]
Aranmanai Ravi [25]
2016 Aranmanai 2 Ravi [26]
Muthina Kathirikai Muthupandi [27]

As a director and writer[edit]

Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Writer
1995 Murai Maman Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
Murai Mappillai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1996 Ullathai Allitha Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
Mettukudi Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1997 Arunachalam Green tickY Red XN Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Janakiraman Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1998 Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1999 Unnai Thedi Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
Suyamvaram Green tickY Red XN Tamil Directed by ten directors
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2000 Azhagarsamy Green tickY Red XN Tamil
Kannan Varuvaan Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
Unnai Kann Theduthey Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2001 Ullam Kollai Poguthae Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
Rishi Green tickY Red XN Tamil
Azhagana Naatkal Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2003 Anbe Sivam Green tickY Red XN Tamil
Winner Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2004 Giri Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2005 London Green tickY Red XN Tamil
Thaka Thimi Tha Green tickY Red XN Tamil
Chinna Green tickY Red XN Tamil
2006 Rendu Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2010 Nagaram Marupakkam Green tickY Green tickY Tamil 25th film as a director
2012 Kalakalappu Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2013 Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Simultaneously made in Telugu as Something Something
Something Something Green tickY Green tickY Telugu Simultaneously made in Tamil as Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru
2014 Aranmanai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Nominated, Vijay Award for Favourite Director
2015 Aambala Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2016 Aranmanai 2 Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
2018 Kalakalappu 2 Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
TBA Madha Gaja Raja Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Scheduled Deepavali 2018 Release

As a Playback Singer[edit]

Year Film Song Composer Notes
2008 Sandai "Vaadee En Kappakezhungu" Dhina
2010 Guru Sishyan "Subbaiyaa Subbaiyaa" Sung with Sathyaraj

As a Producer[edit]

Year Film Language
2017 Meesaya Murukku Tamil


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  27. ^ "Muthina Kathirikai review. Muthina Kathirikai Tamil movie review, story, rating". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 

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