Suresh Krissna

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Suresh Krissna
Suresh Krissna at the Masala Padam Audio & Trailer Launch.jpg
Born25 June 1959 (1959-06-25) (age 63)
Years active1988 – 2012
(m. 1989)
  • R. Krishna
  • K. Sharada
RelativesShanthi Krishna

Suresh Krissna (born 25 June 1959) is an Indian film director who has directed Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi Language films. His first independent film as a director was Sathya (1988), with Kamal Haasan.[1] He is well known for having directed Rajinikanth in four films which include, Annamalai (1992), Veera (1994), Baashha (1995) and Baba (2002).[2] In the 1990s, he has also directed other major superstars including Mohanlal, Chiranjeevi and Salman Khan.

Early life and career[edit]

Suresh was born to R. Krishna and K. Sharada in Bombay. He has two brothers, Sreeram and Satheesh, and one sister, actress Shanthi Krishna.

He spent his early career in Mumbai. After completing his graduation in economics he joined the Mumbai office of L. V. Prasad for accounts management. Later he became an executive assistant to L. V. Prasad and also took care of the Prasad Productions Mumbai office. When L. V. Prasad started production of Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), directed by K. Balachander, he assisted Prasad Productions on location. After completion of the film he went on to work for K. Balachander first assisting in Thaneer Thaneer (1981). Later he was elevated to associate director status in Achamillai Achamillai (1984).

Suresh first Independent directorial film was Sathya (1988) starring Kamal Haasan which was a remake of the Hindi movie Arjun starring Sunny Deol.[3] In 1989, he received the Nandi Award for Best Director for Prema.[4] Suresh Krissna became famous after he worked with Rajinikanth in the 1992 movie Annaamalai. The movie became successful at the box office with a 175-day run. In 1995, Rajnikanth and Suresh Krissna paired up once again for the movie Baashha, which received an appraisal and it broke Annaamalais record at the Box Office. The movie is considered as one of the breaking points in Rajnikanth’s career. In 2001, Suresh Krissna directed a Telugu movie, Daddy in which he worked with Chiranjeevi. In 2002, he began working on a film titled Vamana featuring Ajith Kumar, Reema Sen and Sneha. Despite the beginning production, the film was later stalled.[5]

Suresh Krissna has directed movies like Baba (2002), Rocky – The Rebel (2006), Ilaignan (2011) and Katari Veera Surasundarangi (2012). In 2012, Suresh Krissna published a book called ‘My Days with Baashha’, in which the director has penned down his memories of making super hit films with Rajnikanth.[6] Rajnikanth in an interview said that directors Suresh Krissna and Mani Ratnam are the ones who made him a Superstar.[7]

He has directed films in many languages starring leading heroes like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh, Nagarjuna, Mohanlal, Vishnuvardhan and Salman Khan. Suresh Krissna, who has directed about 40 films so far, has also directed series on leading television channels like Sun TV and Vijay TV. He directed the Mahabharatham (2013) serial on Sun TV. Suresh Krissna is getting into the web series space with In the Name of God (2021), to be streamed in Telugu, which he has produced.[8]

As director[edit]


Year Title Language Notes
1988 Sathya Tamil Remake of Hindi film Arjun
1988 Prema Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Anbu Chinnam
Remade in Hindi as Love
1989 Indrudu Chandrudu Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Indran Chandran
Dubbed in Hindi as Mayor Saab
1990 Raja Kaiya Vacha Tamil
1991 Amma Telugu
1991 Love Hindi
1992 Vasundhara Telugu Nandi Award for Second Best Story Writer[9]
1992 Annamalai Tamil Remake of Hindi film Khudgarz
1992 Jaagruti Hindi
1993 Rojavai Killathe Tamil
1993 Vedan Tamil
1994 Veera Tamil Remake of Telugu film Allari Mogudu
1995 Baashha Tamil
1996 The Prince Malayalam
1996 Sivasakthi Tamil Remake of Hindi film Agneepath
1996 Dharma Chakram Telugu
1997 Master Telugu
1997 Aahaa..! Tamil
1998 Aahaa..! Telugu Remake of Tamil film Aahaa..!
1998 Auto Driver Telugu
1999 Oruvan Tamil
1999 Sangamam Tamil
2000 Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary Telugu
2001 Aalavandhan Tamil Simultaneously made and released in Hindi in the title Abhay.
2001 Daddy Telugu
2002 Baba Tamil
2002 Idi Maa Ashokgadi Love Story Telugu
2003 Raghavendra Telugu
2003 Kadamba Kannada
2004 Bhadradri Ramudu Telugu
2004 Gajendra Tamil Remake of Telugu film Simhadri
2005 Jyeshta Kannada Remake of Malayalam film Valliettan
2006 Astram Telugu Remake of Hindi film Sarfarosh
2006 Rocky – The Rebel Hindi Remake of Telugu film Raghavendra
2007 Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram Tamil Remake of Kannada film Jogi
2009 Mestri Telugu
2009 Arumugam Tamil
2011 Ilaignan Tamil
2012 Katari Veera Surasundarangi Kannada Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Director


Year(s) Title Network Language Notes
2012 Aaha Vijay TV Tamil
2013 Mahabharatham Sun TV[10]
2013–2014 Unarvugal Puthuyugam TV
2014 Arangetram Puthuyugam TV
2015–2017 Lakshmi Vanthachu Zee Tamil Producer only
2018–2019 Chandrakumari Sun TV
2019–2020 Chocolate
2021–2022 Ente Kuttikalude Achan Mazhavil Manorama Malayalam Producer only
2021 In the Name of God Aha Telugu Producer only


  1. ^ Sri (11 March 2009). "Interview with Sureshkrissna". p. 1. Archived from the original on 14 March 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  2. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (22 June 2019). "Why director Suresh Krissna fell in love with 'The Lion King'". The Hindu.
  3. ^ Suresh Krissna director of Annamalai, Baasha, Aalavandhan is a huge fan of Amitabh | Bosskey TV, retrieved 11 January 2022
  4. ^ "33 years to Venkatesh's 'Prema'". 12 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Entertainment News: Latest Bollywood & Hollywood News, Today's Entertainment News Headlines". Archived from the original on 9 January 2002.
  6. ^ "Kollywood Director Suresh Krissna Biography, News, Photos, Videos".
  7. ^ "Mani Ratnam, Suresh Krissna made me superstar: Rajinikanth".
  8. ^ "Baasha director Suresh Krissna web series debut". 25 June 2021.
  9. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)
  10. ^ CF (14 February 2013). "Mahabharatam directed by Suresh Krishna on Sun TV". KOLLY TALK.

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