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.”

Bharathi Krishnakumar

Life is not just about money or status. It is more than that. People lead their life to achieve their goals. They want to be unique. In spite of leading a miserable life, they try to dream big and achieve the desired goals. Though the society didn't give any good experiences in their childhood, they strive to make the world a better place to live in. With their social awareness, they will take the responsibility to build a more comfortable society. He is one of the famous personalities of Tamil film industry, Bharathi Krishnakumar. Film writer, director, and producer, Bharathi Krishnakumar's hometown is Madhuri district of Tamil Nadu state in India. He was raised at different areas of Tamil Nadu like Sattur, Karaikkudi, etc. From Karaikkudi, they moved to Ramanthapur, in 1984. Again, they changed their residence from Ramanthapur to Virudhunagar, in 1995. Coming to his education qualifications, he completed his schooling from Thiagarajar Model Higher Secondary School. In 2009, he completed his post graduation in History from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. He has vast knowledge in his subject and grew special passion for history. He is a person who has a fascination towards society. As an orator, he speaks well on different aspects. He will attend many of the programs in the city, and tries to motivate the people around him and also the audience. After his graduation, he tried his hand at the film industry. He even assisted many film writers, and has become a well-known person in the Tamil film arena. In 2001, Bharathi Krishnakumar came up with a documentary film on the very burning topic in the country. The central theme of the documentary is education. Basing the status of education in the state of Tamil Nadu, he directed the documentary. With this attempt, he wanted to portray the state of affairs as far as schooling and the associated aspects are concerned. Through the documentary, he opined that the commercialisation of schools should be reduced, and the knowledge should be distributed through the institutions in such a way that there should not be any class or caste prejudices. The documentary came in association with Institute of Human Rights Education. As a director, Bharathi Krishnakumar is coming closer to the Tamil Nadu people with the movie, Yendru Thaniyum. It is about to hit the theaters in November, 2016. Yendru Thaniyum has got the required promotion by now. Bharathi Krishnakumar is not just an orator, but also a good author. He penned some books in the Tamil language. He takes the credit of opening book fairs, and motivating children and people to read more.

Next
Bharathi Krishnakumar Tamil Actor

OTHER DIRECTORS