Tamil Film Directors

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  • A.P.Nagarajan : In the mid sixties he directed a series of films on religious subjects like Sarasvathi Sabatham (1966), thereby starting a trend in Tamil film making.
  • Dharani : Some criticize him for the commercial movie he makes and consider him as an entertainer than a serious director.
  • Saran : Saran now owns a production house called Gemini Productions.
  • K. Balachander : He is known for his distinct filmmaking style; the films he scripts and directs analyse unusual or complicated interpersonal relationships and social themes
  • J. Mahendran : His work stands apart stylistically, with a penchant for realism and sincerity of approach.
  • Mani Ratnam : Acclaimed as the man who revolutionised Tamil Cinema, Mani Ratnam is one of the most respected directors in India.
  • Vasanth : Vasanth worked as an assistant to K. Balachander for 18 of his films and also to Maniratnam.
  • Selvaraghavan : Selvaraghavan shot to fame in his debut venture Thuluvatho Illamai, a movie about adolescent gags and teenage capers.
  • Vishnuvardhan : A one time associate of Ram Gopal Varma, Santosh Sivan and Mani Ratnam, Vishnu was a visual communication student who studied at the Loyola College at Chennai.
  • Bharathiraja : Bharathiraja is credited with launching the careers of the several influential people in the Tamil cinema.