Tamil Film Directors

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1. S. Shankar

Writer | Enthiran

Shankar is an Indian film director and producer who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He started his career as an assistant director to SA Chandrasekar and now he is the highest paid director in the country. He made his debut in Gentleman (1993) and since 2015 he has directed 12 movies. He won the ...

2. Lokesh Kanagaraj

Director | Master

Lokesh Kanagaraj is a director and writer, known for Master (2021), Kaithi (2019) and Maanagaram (2017).

3. Mysskin

Writer | Anjathe

Mysskin is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 2006 with Chithiram Pesuthadi. His other directorials Anjathe and Nandalala received high critical acclaim. He has also proved his acting skills by starring as a mentally challenged person in Nandalala.

Mysskin ...

4. Karthick Naren

Director | Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru

Karthick Naren is a director and writer, known for Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (2016), Naadaga Medai and Naragasooran (2021).

5. Karthik Subbaraj

Director | Pizza

Karthik Subbaraj is an Indian film director. He started his career working as a software engineer in Bangalore working for Infosys. During this period he got interested in film making. He learnt the basics of film making, during a one-day workshop run by Sanjay Nambiar. He made a short film "...

6. Bharathiraja

Director | Karuththamma

The die-hard romantic Bharathiraja was born in Alli Nagaram, a small, sylvan village near Theni as Chinnasamy on 17 July 1941. He was the fifth child to his parents, Periya Maya Thevar and Meenatchiammaal alias Karuthammaal. His childhood passions were deer hunting and literature. As a full-blooded...

8. S.J. Suryah

Actor | Mersal

S.J. Suryah is an actor and writer, known for Mersal (2017), Spyder (2017) and Vaalee (1999).

9. Atlee Kumar

Writer | Mersal

Atlee Kumar is an Indian film director and screenwriter in Tamil cinema. He is best known for his directorial debut, Raja Rani (2013), produced by Fox Star Studios, for which he was awarded the Vijay Award for Best Debut Director. He had previously worked as an assistant director with high-budget ...

11. K.S. Ravikumar

Director | Dasavatharam

K.S. Ravikumar is an actor and director, known for Dasavatharam (2008), Padayappa (1999) and Varalaaru (2006).

12. Kamal Haasan

Actor | Vishwaroopam

Kamal Haasan was born November 7, 1954 in Paramakudi, Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu. He debuted as a child artiste in the film "Kalathoor Kannamma" (1960). Since then, he has starred in nearly 220 films in the major Indian languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He has been a...

13. A.R. Murugadoss

Writer | Thuppakki

Murugadoss Arunasalam, commonly known by his stage name AR Murugadoss, is an Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter who predominantly works in the Tamil Film Industry. He is best known for his action Tamil films and Telugu films and for remaking them in Hindi cinema. Murugadoss won the ...

14. Samuthirakani

Director | Naadodigal

Samuthirakani is a director and actor, known for Naadodigal (2009), Poraali (2011) and Visaaranai (2015).

16. Bharathan

Writer | Azhagiya Tamilmagan

Bharathan is a writer and director, known for Azhagiya Tamilmagan (2007), Bairavaa (2017) and Athithi (2014).

18. Dhanush

Actor | Raanjhanaa

Venkatesh Prabhu known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist and playback singer who has worked predominantly in Tamil cinema. In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the Tamil film "Aadukalam" and in the same year, he received international ...

19. Vetrimaaran

Writer | Visaaranai

Vetrimaaran is a writer and director, known for Visaaranai (2015), Aadukalam (2011) and Asuran (2019).

20. Ameer Sultan

Writer | Paruthiveeran

Ameer Sultan is an actor and writer, known for Paruthiveeran (2007), Vada Chennai (2018) and Raam (2005).

21. Gautham Vasudev Menon

Director | Vaaranam Aayiram

Gautham Vasudev Menon (born 25 February 1973), also known as GVM, is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. He has also directed Telugu and Hindi films, which are remakes of his own Tamil films. Many of his films have been critically acclaimed, ...

22. Balaji Mohan

Actor | Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi

Balaji Mohan is an actor and director, known for Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi (2012), Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014) and Maari (2015).

23. Sundar C.

Writer | Aambala

Sundar C. is a writer and producer, known for Aambala (2015), Winner (2003) and Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven (2019).

26. Vishnuvardhan

Director | Arrambam

Vishnuvardhan is a director and writer, known for Arrambam (2013), Panjaa (2011) and Billa (2007).

27. Vijay Kumar

Actor | Uriyadi

Vijay Kumar was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He got a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from GCE, Salem.

A software engineer by profession, he quit his job to pursue his passion in cinema. He completed writing the screenplay for Uriyadi, after which he started a production house ...

28. H. Vinoth

Writer | Theeran adhigaaram ondru

H. Vinoth is an Indian film writer and director who made his directorial debut with Sathuranga Vettai (2014), his debut was produced by actor, director Manobala and was distributed by Thirupathi Brothers Film Media and he worked with Ajith Kumar on Nerkonda Paarvai. His movies Theeran Adhigaaram ...

29. Siva

Writer | Vivegam

30. Perarasu

Writer | Thirupaachi

Perarasu is a writer and director, known for Thirupaachi (2005), Sivakaasi (2005) and Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander (2015).

31. Vijay Milton

Cinematographer | Goli Soda

32. P. Vasu

Director | Aapthamitra

P. Vasu is a director and writer, known for Aapthamitra (2004), Chinna Thambi (1991) and Chandramukhi (2005).

33. Mohan Raja

Director | Thani Oruvan

Mohan Raja is a director and writer, known for Thani Oruvan (2015), Santhosh Subramaniyam (2008) and Velayudham (2011).

34. Prabhu Deva


Prabhu Deva was born as Prabhu Sundaram. He is known for his work on Lakshya (2004), Wanted (2009) and Dabangg 3 (2019). He was previously married to Ramlath.

35. Mani Ratnam

Writer | Dil Se..

The man who revolutionized Tamil-language cinema, Mani Ratnam is the biggest director in south India and one of the most respected directors in all of India. Each of his films contain its own unique style, with beautifully photographed songs and unique back-lighting. However, his films contain ...

37. Venkat Prabhu

Director | Chennai 600028

Venkat Prabhu is the son of director and music director Gangai Amaran. Venkat Prabhu started his career as a singer in the film industry and later became an actor, acting in character roles rather than in the lead. He hogged the spotlight for the first time when he turned director with the summer ...

38. K. Balachander

Writer | Ek Duuje Ke Liye

K. Balachander was born on July 9, 1930 in Nannilam, Madras Presidency, British India as Kailasam Balachander. He was a writer and producer, known for Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), Thaneer Thaneer (1981) and Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (1989). He was married to Rajam. He died on December 23, 2014 in Chennai, ...

40. Magizh Thirumeni

Writer | Thadaiyara Thaakka

Magizh Thirumeni is a writer and director, known for Thadaiyara Thaakka (2012), Thadam (2019) and Mundhinam Paartheney (2010).

41. Suseenthiran

Director | Naan Mahaan Alla

Suseenthiran is a director and writer, known for Naan Mahaan Alla (2010), Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009) and Pandiya Naadu (2013).

42. Saran

Director | Aayirathil Iruvar

Saran is an Indian film director active mainly in Tamil cinema. He was once an assistant to K. Balachander. He owns a production house called Gemini Productions and Saran movie factory. He joined as an assistant director to KB when he was making Puthu Puthu Arthangal. The film saw veteran music ...

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