Yaar Kannan

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Yaar Kannan
Born
Govindasamy Kannan

(1957-02-12) February 12, 1957 (age 63)[1]
OccupationDirector, actor, lyricist

Yaar Kannan is an Indian film director and screenwriter who has worked on Tamil films. He made his debut with the 1985 with the horror film Yaar? and regularly collaborated with Ramarajan in the late 1980s.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Kannan made his debut as a filmmaker by directing Yaar? (1985), a horror film which gave a breakthrough to actor Arjun in the Tamil film industry. The success of the film prompted the director to use the film's name as a prefix and he subsequently went on to make several films in the late 1980s with Ramarajan including Namma Ooru Nayagan (1988), Anbu Kattalai (1989) and Kaavalan (1990).

Kannan made a comeback with Yuga (2006), a low-budget science-fiction film featuring Richard, 'Ice' Ashok and Manikandan. Produced by fifty-eight financiers, the film received negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office.[4] He then supervised the Tamil version of the Telugu film Punnami Naagu featuring Mumaith Khan and helped release it as Pournami Naagam (2010). The film, which was partially dubbed and partially re-shot, failed to recreate the success of the original Telugu version.[5][6] In 2010, he planned a fantasy trilingual film titled Piravi with Master Vinay in the lead role, though the venture failed to materialise.[7]

He has let several aspiring directors apprentice under him, including Azhagan Selva of Azhagumagan, Suriya Nithi of Vilambaram and actor Maruthi of Marumunai.[8][9][10] In the 2010s, Kannan has made appearances as an actor in films, working twice with director Prabhu Solomon and with director Ponram in the film Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam.[11][circular reference]

Filmography[edit]

Director
Year Film Notes
1982 Vadivangal
1985 Yaar?
1986 Unnai Onru Ketpen
1986 Kanne Kaniyamuthe
1988 Namma Ooru Nayagan
1989 Anbu Kattalai
1990 Kaavalan
1994 Magudikkaran
2006 Yuga
2010 Pournami Nagam
Actor

Television[edit]

Director
  • Jenmam X (Vijay TV)
  • Jananam (Mega TV)
Actor
Director/Producer Serial Notes
K. Balachander Raghuvamsam
Shakthi Rajendran Malligai Mullai
UTV Jenmam X
Aabavanan Sundaravanam
Revathi Chinna Chinna Aasai
Radhika Marupiravi
Chitra Maanasa
Vista Vision Mangai
Harirajan Thozhigal
Sathya Jyothi Films Gopuram
Vista Vision Avalum Penthane
Mega TV Jananam
Ramya Krishnan & Kutti Padmini Kalasam
Abinaya Creation Pallavi Anu Pallavi
Vikatan Televistas Run

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