Balaji Mohan is a director by profession. He is famous for his films like Love Failure and Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi. Balaji was nominated for SIIMA Best Debutant Director Award. He was born on 25 May 1987 in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. Balaji attended Campion Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School and later went to study engineering at Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering. He got married to his childhood love, Aruna in July 2012. He was always interested in directing films and in fulfilling his dream; he even left engineering and went for making movies instead.

Balaji has determined in the tenth standard that he will become a director one day, but he decided to study. In the third semester, his father bought him a Handycam, and he shot his first film, named Velicham. This short movie entered film festivals and won awards. This motivation led him to quit engineering, and he joined a course in L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy in Vadapalani, Chennai. Balaji learned editing and sound mixing at the Institute and did a programme in acting from Alchemy Institute in Adyar, Chennai. After this, he made several short films and later gave his first full-length bilingual romantic comedy film Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi in Tamil and Love Failure in Telugu. Mohan at the advent of his career was an assistant director in 2009 for the film called Kuler 100.

Meanwhile, he joined a reality show named Gateway to Hollywood and Balaji was among one of the six participants, who got into the finale of the season. The Treasure was his film; that got featured at the show, and he got lucky with it to enter the competition. After this, he joined Naalaya Iyakunar, Kalaignar TV’s programme. In this, Balaji directed many short films, which were The Juniors, Kodi, Mittai Veedu, and Addi Tail and for his consistent performance in the show, he won the winner of the series award. Balaji joined Tamil Film Drohi’s team and became the assistant director to Sudha K. Prasad.

Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi was a short film, and Balaji made it during the show Naalaya Iyakunar. At the behest of Nirav Shah’s proposal, he made the script and made it a full-fledged film. It was made into Telugu and Tamil version, and the same name was kept for Tamil version while Telugu version was titled Love Failure.

Arun Vaidyanathan Tamil Actor

Arun Vaidyanathan

Arun Vaidyanathan is an American cum Indian director, screenwriter, and producer for short films and TV shows. He was born in Sirkazhi in Tamil Nadu. He used to watch movies in his childhood days, as it was the only medium of his entertainment. He had interests in music and dancing during his school time. He had been appreciated for his talent of dancing and singing by the audience. During his college times, he grew up another talent in addition to music and dancing. It was mimicry. It led to his entrance in the television industry. He used to write scripts, direct and perform in the lead shows of South Indian television. The serials aired on Raj TV and Sun TV. He worked on television's daily soap titled Hollywood Special on Raj TV. It used to give reviews of the American pictures in the Tamil language. From this daily opera, he gained knowledge about several Hollywood screenplays. He had never thought to be exposing in this field. He completed his studies in Computer Science. Then, he did a job at a top software company. It led him to move to the United States. He finished an event in the New York Film Academy. Later, he began making short length English photoplays entitled as New Jersey. He made his first debut in 2008. It named Achchamundu, and that was a Tamil-based drama. Sneha, Prasanna, and John Shea featured in it. It had its shots in New Jersey. It released in the year 2009. It premiered at the Garden State Film Festival. He co-produced Kalyana Samayal Saadham with Ananth Govindan. It is a romantic cum comedy drama. RS Prasanna directed it. Lekha Washington and Prasanna were in the lead roles. Then, he made Peruchazhi. It was his first Malayalam produced cinema. It was inspired from the 1971’s classic cum politics Muhammad Bin Tughluq. Mohanlal, Ragini Nandwani, Mukesh, Baburaj, Vijay Babu, and Aju Varghese acted in it. Arvind Krishna did the cinematography. Aurora composed the songs and background music. Arun has plans to make a thriller screenplay with Vaibhav Reddy, Prasanna, Varalakshmi Sarathkumar, Arjun Sarja, Suman, Suhasini, and Sruthi Hariharan as actors. In 2016, he directed and wrote a Tamil drama titled as Nibunan. Under the companionship of Anand Raghav, he wrote the dialogues and scripts for the photoplay produced under the production of passion Film Factory. In 2005, he made short films like Stinking Cigar, Br(a)illiant, Thaniyoru Manidhanukku, and As You Wish. Then, in the two years, he made The Noose, The Séance, and One Soul.

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Balaji Tharaneetharan

Balaji Tharaneetharan is a Chennai boy and started his career in cinema by making short films, editing corporate films and documentaries and also worked as a dialogue writer before becoming a full -time director. He believes that scripting is the key to making a film. Balaji has gained his inspiration from film makers like Mahendhren, Balu Mahendra, Mani Ratnam and Bharathiraja but Bhagyaraj, and his film “Antha Ezhu Naatkal” is his all-time favourite. Balaji is one of the very talented directors from the Tamil film industry who proved himself in his first directorial debut with his comedy film “ Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom”. The movie was released on 30 November 2012 all over the state featuring one of the most talented and genuine actors in Kollywood industry, Vijay Sethupathi. “Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom” is a cult comedy movie which describes the story of a young man who forgets few days of his life just before his wedding. The plot of the movie is that Vijay Sethupati while playing a game of cricket with his friends attempts a catch and falls because of which he loses his memory temporarily, a few days before his wedding. After the accident, his friends stick by him to help him get through the wedding and those tough days of his life without any trouble for anyone. The movie’s script was inspired by an incident that happened in C. Prem Kumar’s life, a cinematographer from the film industry and a friend of Balaji. During the incident Prem Kumar was working as an assistant cameraman in the movie “Vaaranam Aayiram” and lost his memory due to a fall while playing cricket with his friends, two days before his marriage. Balaji was one among the witnesses of this incident in Prem’s life who began to write a script based on the incident and eventually ended up directing the movie. Another witness of the incident was Bagavathi Perumal who has played himself in the movie while C. Prem Kumar, on whom the movie was being filmed handled the cinematography. The preview screenings for “Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom” was held for critics and personalities from the industry and successfully the movie received a lot of positive reviews and attention from the media and technicians from the industry. The film was initially due for September 2012 but since it received so many positive reviews after the preview screening, the team decided to postpone the release hoping to achieve a wider release. The movie finally hit the screens a month later receiving great response from the audience all over the state and was appreciated by many critics. Thus “Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom” was a sure winner and was a milestone in Vijay Sethupathi”s career as an actor while opening doors for Balaji as a director. Balaji delivered a wholesome entertainer with newcomers, talented technicians and a small budget while a lot of movies made under famous banners with huge budgets struggle in doing the same. “Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom” did very well in various awards functions gaining huge recognition for Balaji Tharaneetharan making him a leading debut director.The movie also won awards for The Best Script at the Vijay Awards and Edison Awards. In January 2013, Balaji began to work on his second film titled “Seethkathi” which was to be produced by Vasan Visual Ventures. After a year of scripting, the director announced that the movie is being put on hold because of casting and adds that the movie will resume later in his career. In August 2014, Balaji made an official announcement that his next venture will be titled “Oru Pakka Kathai” featuring Kalidas Jayaram, the son of the famous Malayalam actor Jayaram as the lead opposite Megha Akash. K.S. Sreenivasan is producing the movie under the banner Vasan Visual Ventures and C. Prem Kumar is the cinematographer. Like Naduvula… Balaji says that “Oru Pakka Kathai” is also inspired by real- life incidents and has a social angle. He adds that such a script hasn’t been handled in Kollywood before and hopes to set another bench mark with his second movie. In both his films Balaji has worked with newcomers. When questioned about this he said that there is a big advantage working with newcomers as they could be molded the way he wanted them to be, they are open to criticism and feedback and a no date issues. Balaji made it big with his debut film “Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom” so let’s hope he does better with his second movie “Oru Pakka Kathai.”

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