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16 December 1949 |
|Alma mater||The American College in Madurai|
Thota Tharani is an Indian film art director and production designer who has worked in Tamil cinema, Telugu cinema, Malayalam cinema and Bollywood. As of 2013, he has won two National Film Awards, two Filmfare Awards South and four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. His work consists of paintings, murals, paper collages, wooden montages, and installations and so on.
Thota Tharani has been involved in the art of set design since he was just twelve when he helped his father. His work was very much appreciated[according to whom?] in films such as Nayagan, Indian the two films fetched him a National Film Award. His recent works include Dasavathaaram, Kanthaswamy and Leader. He has worked in more than 100 feature films as a production designer, including three foreign productions: Pondichéry, Dernier Comptoir Des Indes (French), Hanuman (French) and Branchie (Italian). His expertise in magnificent and larger than life sets has been well appreciated and awarded[according to whom?]. His realistic[according to whom?] sets for Nayagan are awe inspiring[according to whom?] and the grandeur of the sets he created for Thiruda Thiruda and Mudhalvan added to the flavour of the films[according to whom?].
In addition to being an art director, Thota Tharani has worked as a Production designer and in the art department in various films.
Thota Tharrani completed his Graduate Diploma in Mural Painting in 1971 and subsequently was offered a Fellowship from the Government of France to study Print-making. Additionally, he completed print making courses from the Royal College of Arts, London and New Delhi.
- Civilian honours
|2017||Khaidi No. 150||Telugu|
|2015||Eli (2015 film)||Tamil|
|2012||Life is Beautiful||Telugu|
|2009||Kanthaswamy||Tamil||Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Art Director|
|2008||Dasavathaaram||Tamil||Vijay Award for Best Art Director|
|2007||Sringaram||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director(also for Chandramukhi)|
|2007||Sivaji||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Art Director – South
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director
Vijay Award for Best Art Director
Special appearance in the song Balleilakka
|2005||Kanda Naal Mudhal||Tamil|
|2005||Chandramukhi||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director(also for Sringaram)|
|2001||Nayak: The Real Hero||Hindi|
|1998||Choodalani Vundi||Telugu||Filmfare Award for Best Art Director – South|
|1996||Indian||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Art Direction|
|1994||Kadhalan||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director|
|1993||I Love India||Tamil|
|1991||Thalapathi||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director|
|1990||Raja Kaiya Vacha||Tamil|
|1988||Solla Thudikuthu Manasu||Tamil|
|1987||Nayagan||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Art Direction|
|1983||Pallavi Anu Pallavi||Kannada|
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