Bala… When the actors who worked with him hear his name, they immediately jump in joy and start to praise him. He is such an amazing director, who has the capability to bring out the talents within the actors. He made Vikram to put his full effort to get the National Award for his character in Pithamagan. Such a versatile director Bala started his career as the assistant of popular director cum cinematographer Balu Mahendra. Being a student of Balu Mahendra, he gives importance to tiny feelings and expressions. That is the reason behind his success. His first venture is with Vikram in Sethu. Sethu was brought into the screens after so many hurdles. For the extraordinary effort taken by Bala and Vikram, the film made these two guys to sit in the top position in their respective fields. Surya got a good name through Nandha, which turned his career in a positive way from a chocolate boy to a super actor. Naan Kadavul directed by Bala uplifted Arya and Pooja who have done different roles that were not done by anyone till now. That was the first film that yielded the National Award for the Best Director for him. Avan Ivan by Bala is also an extraordinary one, as Vishal took risk to acts with squinted eyes. This amazing director could do wonders by bringing out the genius in each one who is associated with him.
J Mahendran Tamil Actor

J Mahendran

J Mahendran is a versatile director, who is popular for his film Uthiri Pookal. Born as Alexander to Joseph Chellaiah and Manonmani, he completed his intermediate course in the American College, Madurai. He completed his graduation from Alagappa College of Arts in Economics. Once MGR was invited as the chief guest to the college in which Mahnedran studied. Impressed by the speech of the young Mahendran, MGR praised him and blessed him to become a good critic. After a few years, Mahendran met MGR and MGR asked him to write a screenplay for him. Kaanchi Thalaivan was the film, in which Mahendran joined as an assistant director, recommended by MGR. Mahendran’s screenplay was applauded by many people. He has written screenplays for movies like Thanga Pathakkam, Thirudi, Nambikkai Natchathram, Thottadhellaam Ponnaagum, Aadu Puli Aattam and many more. He made his debut as a director through Mullum Malarum, a Rajini movie. This film was a super duper hit and raised Rajini’s career to heights. The story was wonderfully designed with the affection of a brother and a sister. Rajini and Shoba have not acted in the film; instead they lived as the characters. Uthiri pookal was the best film of Mahendran and he received the Film Fare Award for the Best Director. Johnny, Nenjatthai Killadhae, Metti, Kai Kodukkum Kai and Kannukku Mai Ezhuthu were some of his directorial hits. After a long, he directed a film in the year 2006, called Sasanam with Arvind Swamy in the lead.


P Bharathiraja

Director P Bharathiraja is a popular person, who ruled the Tamil cinema industry once. He is one among the super directors of Indian film industry, who produced many talented actors to the Film industry. He has given many super heroes and heroines to the Tamil film industry including R. Radha, Karthik Muthuraman, Radhika Sarathkumar, K Bhagyaraja, Rathi Agnihothri, Revathi, Ranjitha and many more. He has directed Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. His son Manoj was introduced by him in the film Tajmahal alongside Riya Sen. But he did not shine well in the film industry. Right from his debut movie 16 Vayathinile, starred by Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Sridevi, till his latest venture Annakodi, he has made different stories and scripts that had a lot of acting scope to the performers. This versatile director was born in Theni district and started his career as a post master. During his tenure as the postmaster, he had connections with Ilayaraja, who was also in the same district. At that time Ilayaraja was not in the film industry. They both searched for a good opportunity to enter the film industry and Ilayaraja got a chance in Annakili and got fame. Similarly, P Bharathiraja joined as an assistant to Kannada director P. Pullaiya. Till now, he has bagged 6 National Awards for his films. He also got Awards from the Tamilnadu Government two times. His notable films are 16 Vayathinile, Kizhakke Pogum Rayil, Tik Tik Tik, Sigappu Rojakkal, Alaigal Oivathillai, Man Vasanai, Mudhal Mariyadhai, Kadalora Kavithaigal, Vedham Pudhithu, Karuthamma, Kizhakku Cheemayile and Bommalattam. This versatile director has acted in few films too. His latest appearance was in the film Pandianadu as Vishal Krishna’s father. Another Version of this story… Born on the 17th of July 1941, he is a one of a director. Mostly having given game- changing films in the Tamil movie industry, he is most known for his beautiful portrayals of the rural scene with an artistic touch to a degree as unseen before. Born to Periyamayakallar and Karuthammal as Chinnasamy, he got married to Chandra Leelavathi and had two children Manoj Bharathiraja (who acted in ‘Taj Mahal’) and Janani. Puttana Kanagal, the greatest of all directors in Kannada was the first director, with whom he assisted.  After that, he worked under P.Pullaiya, Krishnan Nair and etc. His first movie as a director was ‘16 Vayathinile’(1977). This film is said to have brought in an entirely new genre of village cinema and is considered a turning point in Tamil Cinema. ‘16 Vayathinile’ received much critical appreciation.   His next movie ‘Kizhakke Pogum Rail’ met with criticism in the sense that critics thought he was sticking to his comfort genre of village cinema and to prove them wrong, he came up with his next movie ‘Sigappu Rojakal’ dealing with his characters in an entirely westernised manner. This movie made his standing in the industry firm. ‘Nizhalgal’ and ‘Tik Tik Tik’, which was an action thriller, proved his real talent- his versatility. Sivaji Ganesan starred in his movie ‘Muthal Mariyathai’. But despite his versatility and experimenting fervour, what stood out throughout his career was his dexterity when it came to dealing with concepts and stories with the village theme. That was, without a doubt, his forte.  The caste dynamics and the anti- Brahmanical sentiments common in Tamil cinema at that time came out in his movie ‘Vedham Pudhithu’ with some ground -breaking explicit scenes pointing out the reality, unlike his earlier movies that dealt with the issues lightly.  In the 1990s, he modernised his movies for the younger audience and films like ‘Kizhakku Cheemaiyile’ and ‘Karuthamma’ are ample examples in this regard.  1996 saw two of his ventures being shelved, and also, him receiving a National Award for his movie ‘Anthimanthaarai’. He has undertaken directorial ventures in Telugu, Kannada and Hindi as well. He later tried his hands in short-films to garner an international audience, and his movie ‘Kadal Pookal’ of 2001 won a National Award. In 2004, the Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri. He has in total garnered National Film Awards, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and an innumerable number of other accolades.

P Bharathiraja Tamil Actor