Thangar Bachan

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Thangar Bachan
Thangar Bachan at the Book Launch of Palani G Periyasamy's 'Idhaya Oli'.jpg

Pathirakottai, South Arcot district (Present day Cuddalore), Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s)Cinematographer, film director, actor, film producer, novelist
Years active1990–

Thangar Bachan (born 1961) is an Indian film director and actor, cinematographer and novelist. He has served as jury member in National Film Awards.[1]

Early life[edit]

Thankar Bachan was born in Pathirakottai, a village near Panruti, Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu.[2][citation needed]


Bachan started his career as a cinematographer in debut film Malai Charal. He was known for his work in Mogamul, Bharathi and Kadhal Kottai. He made his directorial debut in Azhagi.[citation needed]

Apart from films he occasionally contribute on literary works. His novels include Onbathu Roobai Nottu and Ammavin Kai Pesi. He eventually made these novel into films in his own direction.[citation needed]

Thankar Bachan was known for his contribution in portraying North Tamil Nadu villages which was not depicted in Tamil cinema properly. His story plots were set mostly at Panruti and surrounding villages. After Bharathiraja, villages were best portrayed in Thangar Bachan movies. Bharathiraja himself declared that after him Bachan directs the best village films.[3]


As Director[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Notes
2002 Azhagi Tamil Parthiban, Devayani, Nandita Das
2002 Solla Marandha Kadhai Tamil Cheran, Rathi
2004 Thendral Tamil Parthiban, Uma
2005 Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy Tamil Thangar Bachan, Navya Nair
2007 Pallikoodam Tamil Narain, Sneha Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
2007 Onbadhu Roobai Nottu Tamil Sathyaraj, Archana
2012 Ammavin Kaipesi Tamil Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, Iniya
2017 Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal Tamil Prabhu Deva, Bhumika Chawla
2022 Takku Mukku Tikku Thalam Tamil Vijith Bachan, Milana Nagaraj TBA

As Actor[edit]

As Cinematographer only[edit]



  • Onbathu Roobai Nottu, 1996
  • Ammavin Kai Pesi, 2009[4]

Short story collections[edit]

  • Vellai Maadu, 1993
  • Kodi Munthiri, 2002
  • Isaikaatha Isaithattu, 2006
  • Thangar Bachan Kathaigal[5]
  • Solla Thonuthu- A collection of 50 articles published in Tamil Hindu daily news paper- 2015



  1. ^ (PDF). 23 September 2015 Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Director appeals for help to Thane victims". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Thangar Bachan - Back with yet another controversy". South Indian Cinema Magazine. 13 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Thangar pens his thoughts". Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Thangar Bachan to release his book today". 7 January 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Thangar eyes Deepavali release". Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Tamil Cinema:1999 Year Highlights". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  8. ^ "Rajini, Kamal gets TN Govt Awards". Oneindia. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  9. ^ "Chief Minister of Tamilnadu honoured by Santhome Awards". Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  10. ^ "Sathyan Memaorial Awards announced". Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  11. ^ "GV SICA AWARD TAMIL FILMS 2007". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  12. ^ "Ayngaran International". Retrieved 1 April 2020.

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