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Tamil Nadu, India
DiedJune 2001
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm director
Years active1998-2001

Thirupathisamy (1969 – June 2001) was an Indian film director, known for his works in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. After making his debut in 1998 with the successful Ganesh, he has gone on to make other box office hits including Azad and Narasimha. He died in a car accident in Chennai in June 2001.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Tirupathisami, hailed from an ordinary family in Vannarpet, Chennai. He graduated with master of law from the Ambethkar College.[3]


Thirupathisamy started his career assisting Suresh Krissna in films Veera (1994) and Baashha (1995).[3] He made his directorial debut with Ganesh (1998), a Telugu language action film starring Venkatesh, which went on to win five Nandi Awards. Thirupathiswamy made Azad, another successful Telugu action film, starring Nagarjuna, Soundarya and Shilpa Shetty in 2000 and won positive reviews for his work. He was then signed up to direct a Tamil film, Narasimha, after director N. Maharajan had opted out of making the Vijayakanth-starrer.[4] Due to the success of his previous two films and his work in Narasimha, the director was also signed up to direct Velan with Vijay and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles, which would have been a remake of his Telugu film Azad.[5] However the director died before the release of the film after being a part of a car crash while returning home from an editing session - the producers of Narasimha later dedicated the film to him.[6][3]

The story of the planned film, Velan, was later used by M. Raja when he made Velayudham (2011) with Vijay.[7] Actor Srikanth's character in the film Sadhurangam (2011) was named after Thirupathisamy, who was the director Karu Pazhaniappan's close friend.[8] Similarly, AR Murugadoss noted that the story of his production Engaeyum Eppothum (2011) reminded him of the tragic incident of Thirupathisamy's death.[9]


Year Film Language Notes
1998 Ganesh Telugu Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze)
2000 Azad Telugu Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Silver)
Nandi Award for Best Story Writer
2001 Narasimha Tamil


  1. ^ "Film Review: Narasimha". The Hindu. 20 July 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  2. ^ ", Movies: The Rediff Review: Narasimha". 1 August 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
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  4. ^ "TAMIL CINEMA 2000". Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Gokul's Tamil Cinema News". 4 May 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Cinema". Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Velayudham inspired by Azad! - The Times of India". 29 October 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  8. ^ Videos - Azhagu Kutti Chellam
  9. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (9 September 2011). "A film to look out for". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 April 2014.