Vignesh Shivan

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Vignesh Shivan
Born Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
  • Director
  • actor
  • lyricist
  • writer
Years active 2007 to present

Vignesh Shivan, credited sometimes as Vignesh Shivn, is an Indian film director, actor and lyric writer who works in Tamil cinema. He has been regularly associated in projects involving Simbu, Dhanush and Anirudh Ravichander, as well as helming independent music videos.


Vignesh Shivan made a short film and after getting Dharan to compose music for it; showed the film to producers, Gemini Film Circuit, and then to Silambarasan and both parties agreed to collaborate to make it a feature film titled Podaa Podi (2012).[1] The joint producers of the film, Shanaya Telefilms, released a series of posters in June 2008 publicising the film, while Silambarasan and Vignesh toured in Canada scouting for locations and agreeing a deal with Mayor Ron Stevens to film in Orillia and Toronto.[2][3] The film languished in production for close to four years, before finally releasing in October 2012 to mixed reviews. He then continued to be active in films by working as a lyricist, filming independent music videos and appeared in a cameo role as an engineer in Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014) along with Dhanush.

His second film, Naanum Rowdydhaan (2015), went through several changes of cast and production studios, before finalising on Vijay Sethupathi and Nayantara as lead actors and Dhanush as producer.

In his third venture, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, he teamed up with Suriya Sivakumar and Keerthy Suresh. Anirudh Ravichander wrote the music numbers.[4]


As director, writer and actor[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Actor Role
2007 Sivi Red XN Red XN Green tickY Krishna's friend Uncredited role
2012 Podaa Podi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Himself Cameo appearance
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari Red XN Red XN Green tickY Vignesh
2015 Naanum Rowdydhaan Green tickY Green tickY Red XN SIIMA Award for Best Director
2018 Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Green tickY Green tickY Red XN

As lyricist[edit]

Year Song Film Composer Notes
2012 "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" Podaa Podi Dharan Kumar
"Un Paarvaiyilae"
2013 "Engadi Poranthae" Vanakkam Chennai Anirudh Ravichander
"En Life In Angel" Virattu Dharan Kumar
2014 "Chancey Illa" Anirudh Ravichander Single For Madras Day
2015 "Adharru Adharru" Yennai Arindhaal Harris Jayaraj
"Enakenna Yaarum Illaye" Aakko Anirudh Ravichander Single for Valentines Day
"Thappa Dhaan Theriyum" Maari
"Thangamey" Naanum Rowdydhaan
"Naanum Rowdy Dhaan"
"Yennai Maatrum Kadhale"
"Kannaana Kanne"
"Varava Varava"
2016 "Avalukena" Avalukena (Independent Album) Anirudh Ravichander Single for Valentines Day
"Senjitaley" Remo
"Remo Nee Kadhalan"
"Showkali" Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada A R Rahman
"Solli Tholaiyen Ma" Yaakkai Yuvan Shankar Raja
2017 "Onnume Aagale" Onnume Aagale (Independent Album) Anirudh Ravichander Single for Valentines Day
"Karuppu Vellai" Vikram Vedha Sam CS
"Unakkaga" Sakka Podu Podu Raja Silambarasan
2018 "Naana Thaanaa" Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Anirudh Ravichander
"Sodakku" Written along with Mani Amudhavan
"Peela Peela"
"Thaanaa Serndha Koottam"
"Angry Bird" Irumbu Thirai Yuvan Shankar Raja

Other work[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Notes
2012 "The Love Anthem" Silambarasan
2014 "Chancey Illa" Anirudh Ravichander Single for Madras Day
2015 "Aakko" - Enakenna Yaarum Illaye Single for Valentines Day
2016 "Avalukena"
2017 "Onnume Aagala"
2018 "Julie"


  1. ^ "Poda Podi is a romantic musical: Dharan". The Times of India. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Another Rajnikanth in the making?". 31 December 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  3. ^ Super Admin (24 June 2008). "Simbu's next film is Thiru Poda Thimathi Podi". Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Keerthy Suresh to team up with Suriya". The Hindu. 17 October 2016.

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