Sundar C.

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Sundar C.
Sundar at Muthina Kathirikai Audio Launch
Vinayagar Sundar Vel

(1968-01-21) 21 January 1968 (age 56)
  • Film director
  • Actor
  • Film producer
  • Screenwriter
Years active1990–present
(m. 2000)

Vinayagar Sundar Vel, known professionally as Sundar C., is an Indian film director, actor and producer. He has directed over 34 films in Tamil and acted in 17 movies as the protagonist. He remains one of the most successful and most wanted director in the Industry for the last 3 decades.

His notable films include Ullathai Allitha, Arunachalam, Unnai Thedi, Anbe Sivam, Winner, Giri, Kalakalappu, Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, Aranmanai, Aambala, Aranmanai 2, Action, Kalakalappu 2, Aranmanai 3 and Coffee With Kadhal.

Sundar C is one of the few directors who directed Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in Arunachalam and Anbe Sivam respectively.

He took a short break from direction, after his initial launch as an actor in 2006, with the film Thalai Nagaram, which became a commercial success.[3][4] He returned to direction with his trade mark comedy roller coaster in the movie Kalakalappu in 2012 and it went on to become a success.

His successful career as a director continued with the 2014 Aranmanai film series.

He also produced the TV series Nandini (2017-2018), along with his wife ( the actress Khushbu) aired on Sun TV. He also produced movies like Hello Naan Pei Pesuren (2016), Meesaya Murukku (2017), Natpe Thunai (2019), Naan Sirithal (2020), Naanga Romba Busy (2020) and Pattampoochi (2022).


Sundar C started his career as an assistant director to Manivannan and made his directorial debut with the movie 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 unable 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.[5] Murai Maman did well at the box office and Sundar went on to direct many humour themed films such as Ullathai Allitha (1996), Mettukudi (1996) and Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1999) with Karthik. 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 Theduthey (2000), Rishi (2001) and Chinna (2005).[6] His favourite heroine was actress Rambha; as a Director he made her as his lead heroine in his 6 movies.

In the late 1990s, Sundar C had a brief career slump, where several of his films became stuck or did not have a theatrical release. Projects including collaborations with Karthik in Athai Magan featuring Ramya Krishnan, Kadhal Solla Vanthen featuring Isha Koppikar, and Vaazhkkai Vaazhvatharkke were affected.[7][8][9] Likewise, a proposed projects titled Paarvai with Jayaram and Khushbu, was also shelved.[10][11]

In 2003, he directed two films Anbe Sivam and Winner. Winner was successful and the comedy scenes from that film became hugely popular. However, Anbe Sivam, 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.[12] 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 Thalai Nagaram (2006), which was well received. Then he went on to play lead roles with the commercially successful Veerappu (2007), directed by Badri and Sandai (2008) by Sakthi Chidambaram. He then made a comeback as a director with Nagaram Marupakkam (2010).

In 2012, written and directed Madha Gaja Raja but the film remains unreleased. Following Kalakalappu in 2012, he directed film like Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013), Aranmanai (2014), Aranmanai 2 (2016) and Kalakalappu 2 (2018). He acted in lead role in the horror thriller, Iruttu (2019) directed by V. Z. Durai. The film was released to positive reviews.[13] And directed Vishal's film, Action (2019).[14] His next release as a director and actor is Aranmanai 3, produced by Avni Cinemax , with his own production house. The film received negative reviews from critics, but becomes a box-office success, and marked as Hat-trick hit of his Aranmanai series.[15] And he also signed a new film as an lead actor in Thalai Nagaram 2 with V. Z. Durai. A sequel to the successful film Thalai Nagaram (2006).[16] Sundar also officially confirmed that he is going to make his fourth installment in Aranmanai series on 2023, will begin as Aranmanai 4.[17]


As an actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes Ref.
1990 Vaazhkai Chakkaram Constable Cameo appearance
1993 Moondravadhu Kann Studio assistant Cameo appearance
1995 Murai Maman Panchayat villager Cameo appearance [18]
1997 Arunachalam Reporter Cameo appearance
2006 Thalai Nagaram Subramaniam (Right) Lead debut [19]
2007 Veerappu Pulippandi [20]
2008 Sandai Kathiresan (Kaththi) [21]
Aayudham Seivom Saidai Sathya [22]
2009 Perumal Perumal [23]
Thee ACP Sarathy (Samy) [24]
Aiyantham Padai Prabhakaran [25]
2010 Guru Sishyan Eeti [26]
Vaadaa Vetrivel [27]
Nagaram Marupakkam Selvam [28]
2012 Murattu Kaalai Kaalaiyan [29]
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself Cameo appearance [30]
Aranmanai Ravi [31]
2016 Aranmanai 2 Ravi [32]
Muthina Kathirikai Muthupandi [33]
2019 Action Passenger Cameo appearance [34]
Iruttu Inspector Chezhiyan [35]
2021 Aranmanai 3 Ravi [36]
2022 Pattampoochi Inspector Kumaran [37]
2023 Thalainagaram 2 Right [38]
2024 Aranmanai 4 Lawyer Saravanan 25th film [39]
One 2 One TBA Filming [40]
Vallan TBA Post-production [41]

As a director and writer[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer
1995 Murai Maman Green tickY Green tickY Directional debut
Murai Mappillai Green tickY Green tickY
1996 Ullathai Allitha Green tickY Green tickY
Mettukudi Green tickY Green tickY
1997 Arunachalam Green tickY Red XN Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Janakiraman Green tickY Green tickY
1998 Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar Green tickY Green tickY
1999 Unnai Thedi Green tickY Green tickY
Suyamvaram Green tickY Red XN Directed by fourteen directors
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Green tickY Green tickY
2000 Azhagarsamy Green tickY Red XN
Kannan Varuvaan Green tickY Green tickY
Unnai Kann Theduthey Green tickY Green tickY
2001 Ullam Kollai Poguthae Green tickY Green tickY
Rishi Green tickY Red XN
Azhagana Naatkal Green tickY Green tickY
2003 Anbe Sivam Green tickY Red XN
Winner Green tickY Green tickY
2004 Giri Green tickY Green tickY
2005 London Green tickY Red XN
Thaka Thimi Tha Green tickY Red XN
Chinna Green tickY Red XN
2006 Rendu Green tickY Green tickY
2010 Nagaram Marupakkam Green tickY Green tickY
2012 Kalakalappu Green tickY Green tickY 25th Film as a director; also narrator
2013 Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Green tickY Green tickY Partially reshot in Telugu as Something Something
2014 Aranmanai Green tickY Green tickY
2015 Aambala Green tickY Green tickY
2016 Aranmanai 2 Green tickY Green tickY
2018 Kalakalappu 2 Green tickY Green tickY
2019 Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven Green tickY Red XN
Action Green tickY Green tickY
2021 Aranmanai 3 Green tickY Green tickY
2022 Coffee With Kadhal Green tickY Green tickY
2024 Aranmanai 4 Green tickY Green tickY Completed 26th April 2024 release [42]

As a Singer[edit]

Year Film Song Composer Notes
2008 Sandai "Vaadee En Kappakezhungu" Dhina 1ST sung
2010 Guru Sishyan "Subbaiyaa Subbaiyaa" Sung with Sathyaraj

As a producer[edit]


Year Film Cast Director
2016 Aranmanai 2 (Co Producer) Siddharth, Sundar C, Hansika Motwani, Trisha, Poonam Bajwa Sundar C.
2016 Hello Naan Pei Pesuren Vaibhav Reddy, Aishwarya Rajesh, Oviya, Karunakaran S. Bhaskar
2017 Meesaya Murukku Hip Hop Adhi, Aathmika, Vivek, Vigneshganth Hip Hop Adhi
2019 Natpe Thunai Hip Hop Adhi, Anagha, Karu Pazhaniyappan, Harish Uthaman Desingu Parthiban
2020 Naan Sirithal Hip Hop Adhi, Iswarya Menon, K. S. Ravikumar, Sha Ra Raana
Naanga Romba Busy Ashwin Kakumanu, Rittika Sen, Prasanna, Yogi Babu Badri
2021 Aranmanai 3 (Co Producer) Sundar C., Raashii Khanna, Arya, Andrea Jeremiah, Sakshi Agarwal Sundar C.
2022 Pattampoochi Sundar C, Jai, Honey Rose Badri
2024 Aranmanai 4 Sundar C., Raashii Khanna, Tamannaah Sundar C.



Year Serial Credited as Channel
Producer Writer
2017–2018 Nandini Green tickY Green tickY Sun TV
Udaya TV
2018 Maya Green tickY Green tickY Sun TV
2018–2020 Lakshmi Stores Red XN Green tickY Sun TV
Gemini TV
2021 Jothi Green tickY Green tickY Sun TV
TBA Nandini 2 TBA TBA Sun TV


Year Serial Role Channel
2014 Ninaithale Innikum Guest Vendhar TV
2016 Simply Khushbu Zee Tamil
2018 Nandhini Kudumbam Special Show Himself Sun TV
2019 Vanakkam Tamizha Guest
2022 Dance Jodi Dance - Reloaded & Super Mom Maha Sangamam Zee Tamil


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