Suraj (director)

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Born (1977-12-31) December 31, 1977 (age 39)[1]
Occupation Film director
Years active 1998-2016

Suraaj (born December 31, 1977) is an Indian director active mainly in Tamil cinema. He is best known for directing action and masala films.[2]


In 1996, Suraj began working as an assistant director to Sundar C. on his comedy films Ullathai Allitha and Mettukudi. In 1997, he continued to assist Sundar C. on Arunachalam starring Rajinikanth and he was the co-director of the film Janakiraman. Suraj directed his first film in 1998 Moovendhar which featured R. Sarathkumar and Devayani, the film was a critical and commercial failure.[3] Then, Suraj returned to assist Sundar C. in his films. In 2006, he made his directorial comeback through Thalai Nagaram, starring his mentor Sundar C., Jyothirmayi and Vadivelu. The film was a hit. The following year, Suraj made his third film Marudhamalai, featured Arjun, Nila and again comedian Vadivelu, despite mixed reviews, the film was a hit. In 2009, he directed Padikathavan starring Dhanush, Tamannaah and due his busy schedule, Vadivelu has been replaced by comedian Vivek. The film, distributed by Sun Pictures, was also a hit. In 2011, he made Mappillai, remake of the 1989 film Mappillai. The film starring Dhanush, Hansika Motwani and Manisha Koirala. The film received mixed reviews, but the film became a hit at the box office.[4] After Mappillai Suraj directed Alex Pandian starring Karthi and Anushka Shetty in lead roles. The film released on 11 January 2013 to negative reviews from critics as well as audience. After Alex Pandian's failure, Suraj directed Sakalakala Vallavan starring Jayam Ravi, Anjali and Trisha in lead roles. The film released on 31 July 2015 to negative reviews; the film became an average grosser at the box office.After Sakalakala vallavan he directed Kaththi Sandai starring Vishal Tamannaah, Soori and Vadivelu in lead roles.The film released on 23rd December 2016 and was panned heavily by critics and audiences becoming a big commercial failure


During the promotions of his movie Kaththi Sandai, he made lewd, disgusting and crass comments about actresses in Tamil cinema, saying that they are paid to wear less clothes and that he makes sure they wear revealing clothes to satisfy "low class" audiences.[5]

This angered many of the netizens and Nayanthara as well as the film's heroine Tamannah has spoken out condemning such cheap statements made by Suraj. [1] Later that day, he apologised and took back his statement.


As director[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Notes
1998 Moovendhar Tamil Sarath Kumar, Devayani Credited as C. G. Suraaj[6]
2001 Kunguma Pottu Gounder Tamil Sathyaraj, Rambha, Kausalya Credited as G. Saisuresh[7]
2003 Military Tamil Sathyaraj, Rambha Credited as G. Saisuresh
2006 Thalai Nagaram Tamil Sundar C, Jyothirmayi, Vadivelu, Prakash Raj [8]
2007 Marudhamalai Tamil Arjun Sarja, Nila, Vadivelu [9]
2009 Padikathavan Tamil Dhanush, Tamannaah, Vivek, Suman [10]
2011 Mappillai Tamil Dhanush, Hansika Motwani, Manisha Koirala, Vivek [11]
2013 Alex Pandian Tamil Karthi, Anushka Shetty, Santhanam, Suman
2015 Sakalakala Vallavan Tamil Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Anjali, Soori, Prabhu
2016 Kaththi Sandai Tamil Vishal, Tamannaah, Soori, Vadivelu

As Writer[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Notes
1999 Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Tamil Karthik, Rambha, Goundamani


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  6. ^ "Moovendhar: A Movie Review". Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Kunguma Pottu Gounder". 28 November 2003. Archived from the original on 28 November 2003. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Thalainagaram: Routine fare". Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Marudhamalai". Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Padikathavan Movie Review - Dhanush Tamanna Suraaj Sun TV Cool Suresh Movie Stills Images Tamil Movie Gallery Stills Images hot images tamil picture gallery images". Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "MAPPILLAI REVIEW - MAPPILLAI MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 28 June 2016.