Director Dharani, the popular South Indian director is one of those directors who contributed in making the world of south Indian cinema, a commercial movie industry that it is famed for today. He is popular for churning out massive mass entertainers that the Telugu and Tamil film audiences usually love to watch.

His first ever film though, wasn’t a regular commercial film but was the offbeat, Ethirum Pudhirum based on the life story of Veerappan, the forest brigand. A Tamil film, it starred Mammootty and was highly acclaimed. After this film, Dharani was instantly a popular director and went on to make some successful movies in Tamil as well as Telugu.

Dhill(starring Vikram), Dhool (another Vikram starrer), Kuruvi (starring Vijay and Trisha Krishnan), Osthe (a Tamil remake of Dabangg), all starring big-time stars like Silambarasan, Vikram and Vijay and all commercial films with loads of entertainment went on to become massive hits with huge openings. He’s also directed a few films in Telugu, some of them being Bangaram starring Pawan Kalyan, Veede starring Raviteja and Sreeram starring Uday Kiran. They all did reasonably well at the box office.

Although he started off his career in the year 1999, until very recently, Dharani has been making some really big movies. He hasn’t directed any movies since a few years after his last release in the year 2011 but will very soon make a comeback.

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Dharani is an Indian cinema director. His main genre of directing in movies is action-masala films. His debut movie in which he worked as a director was  Ethirum Pudhirum. Ethirum Pudhirum was based on Veerappan and his brother's death Mammootty. It was released in 1999 and was delayed because of some financial constraints. The movie was successful at the box office and won critic's hearts. Also, the movie was awarded the second place in Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film. 

He next directed Vikram, Dhil in which he was made the director by the producer Purna Chandra Rao. This movie became a hit at the theatres. His next movie,  Dhool, produced by M. Rathnam along Jyotika in 2003 was a blockbuster hit. His movie Kuruvi, complete 150 days at the cinema and gained positive reviews from critics. In 2011, he remade the movie Dabbang, a Hindi blockbuster film in Tamil as Osthe.

K. Balachander Tamil Actor

K. Balachander

Kailasam Balachander or most popularly known as K. Balachander is a legendary film producer, director and screenwriter who dedicate his life in the film industry for almost half of his life. He was born on July 9, 1930 in a Tamil family in the Tanjore District of Nannilam, Madras Presidency, British India. He stated that, since his eight year, he’s been seeing cinema and as he recalls, he remembers that his interest and passion towards the cinema grew after he watched the films of the renowned Tamil actor and producer, M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar. At 12, he has done theatre and drama, which subsequently helped him in developing his passion for writing, acting and directing. He studied Zoology at the Annamalai University and even until his graduation, his fondness towards theatre continues to grow as he regularly donned stage plays. After his graduation in year 1949, he initially worked as a teacher at Tiruvarur District in Muthupet. In year 1950, Balachander moved to Chennai (Madras before) and became an apprentice clerk in the office of the Accountant General. It was when he joined an amateur drama company called, United Amateur Artistes.  Later, he created his own troupe and it was the time that he became popular for being an amateur writer as he wrote the ‘Major Chandrakanth’ in English language. But the range of the English language was very limited in Madras, so he re-wrote the story to Tamil language which turned out to be a major success. His troupe was composed of renowned Indian personalities such as Major Sundarrajan, Sreekanth, Nagesh and Sowcar Janaki who all works as an actor in India. He also produced and directed plays like Navagraham (Nine Planets, Server Sundaram (Waiter Sundaram), Naanal (Tall Grass), Neerkumizhi (Water Bubble) and more. While he works in the Accountant General’s office, he got an offer to write dialogues for the 1965 Tamil film, Dheiva Thaai. He was hesitant at first since he is more into theatre, but a friend insisted and so he decided to accept the offer. At that time, he was promoted on his job as a superintendent. A.V. Meiyappan, a film producer and director attained the rights on his play, Server Sundaram and he went on to do a film adaptation of it. Nagesh played on the lead role and it received many accolades such as the Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film in Tamil and also the Best Tamil Film at the Filmfare Award. Major Chandrakanth was also adapted into a Hindi film entitled, Oonche Log and won in the National Film Award. Balachander’s directorial debut was from the 1965 Tamil film, Neerkumizhi which is also based on his own play. He also directed the Naanal and Ethir Neechal which are also based on his plays. He also directed the Tamil version of Major Chandrakanth in 1966, which stars Jayalalithaa. In year 1967, he directed the full-length comedy film, Bama Vijayam. This film became very successful and he made a remake in Telugu and later, a remake in Hindi was also prompted entitled, Teen Bahuraniyan under the production of Gemini Pictures. In year 1969, he directed the Tamil drama film, Iru Kodugal and the film won the Best Feature Film in Tamil Award at the National Film Award. Balachander started doing off-beat films during the 70’s which primarily revolves on family and social issues. He directed four films in year 1971 and in 1973, he also directed the Tamil drama film, Arangetram which stars Prameela and Sivakumar. This is a film about prostitution and poverty and it also stars Kamal Haasan who later acted in 35 films by Balachander. He was debuted in Hindi films through the 1977 Bollywood film, Aaina. He is also the director of the 1973 Tamil family drama film, Arangetram and the film, Sollathan Ninaikiren in the same year which was adapted from Manian’s novel. Later, he did the remake of the Marathi film, To Mee Navhech entitled, Naan Avanillai on 1974, which was produced by Gemini Ganesan who also acted in the lead role, followed by the Tamil film, Aval Oru Thodar Kathai. This film is a story about a working middle-class woman inspired by the Bengali film, Meghe Dhaka Tara in 1960. This film was critically acclaimed and received the Best Feature Film in Tamil at the National Film Awards. Balachander also won the Best Director award at the Filmfare. During this time, Balachander has done films mostly with actor, Kamal Haasan in the lead role including the Manmatha Leelai, Moondru Mudichu and Anthuleni Katha, the Telugu remake of Aval Oru Thodar in 1976. He also donned the films, Avargal in 1977, Varumayin Niram Sivappu in 1980 and 47 Natkal in 1981. He made his re-entry to the Hindi film industry through the film, Ek Duuje Ke Liye in 1981 which also stars Kamal Haasan. This film is a remake of the Telugu film, Maro Charitra and became a mark for several artists to made their debut in the Bollywood industry. The critically acclaimed film also received box-office success and Balachander won the Best Screenplay award at the Filmfare including two nominations for Best Story and Best Director. In 1985, he directed the film Sindhu Bhairavi; a film about the romance between a Carnatic singer and his critic. Balachander later directed the Tamil drama films, Paarthale Paravasam in 2001 and Poi in 2006. He also venture in television from 80s until late 90s. He donned television series like Rail Sneham , Anni, Oru Paasam, Kadhal Pagadai, Kai Alavu Manasu, Ramani vs Ramani, Jannal and a lot more. Similar to the films he donned earlier, most of his television serials highlights the story about women. He also made a sequel to his film, Sindhu Bairavi entitled, Sahana in 2003. After a 40-year break, he returned in the play, Pournami which stars Renuka. Balachander got married to Rajam in year 1956 while he was working at the office of the Accountant General. They have two sons and one daughter namely, Kailasam, Prasanna and Pushpa Kandaswamy. Her daughter Pushpa is the chairwoman of Kavithalaya Productions, Balachander’s own production house. Kailasam is a businessman while Prasanna works as a Chartered Accountant, Managing Director and a CEO in one of the leading bank in India. His eldest son, Bala Kailasam who works as a head of the Minbinbangal Production House died due to a pneumonia last August 15, 2014. K. Balachander was known as one of the best Indian directors; all the concept and subjects of his works are all his originals. He is also popularly known for introducing new personalities in the film industry. In his more than 50 years in the business, he had contributed more than 100 feature films and this made him one of the most creative film maker in India. The prominent director died on December 23, 2014 due to severe urinary tract infection with fever that do not subside after constant treatment for the past week. He dies at the age of 84 in Kauvery Hospital in Chennai; but his memories and contributions to the film and television industry will never be forgotten.

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Venkat Prabhu

Venkat Prabhu is a multifaceted and multitalented and multidimensional personality in the Tamil Film and Television Industry. He is an actor, director and singer who acts and directs Tamil television shows and movies. Venkat Prabhu, commonly known as Venky among his friends and colleagues, has also rendered his voice as a playback singer and also has several independent singing assignments and albums in his kitty. Before venturing into the glamour industry Venkat Parbhu was an active member of a popular young Music Band that was quite popular across the South India. Venkat Prabhu has also worked on few Malayali projects also. Born on November 7, 1975, to an affluent Tamil family in Chennai and UK, Venkat Prabhu belongs from a family with rich lineage and the legendary music director Illyaraja is his own uncle.  Is father, brother, sister and other cousins are also prominent figures in the Tamil Entertainment Industry. After completing his education from Chennai, he started his career with direction but his first three projects failed to release and then he started taking up the character roles in Tamil movies and serials. After sometime, he again got a breakthrough and his directorial venture released and gained much popularity.Venkat Prabhu is married to Raaji, they have a daughter named Shivani. Coming to his television career, Venkat Parbhu, he own many accolades by acting in a supporting character role in Sun TV‘s popular Tamil serial Kundakka Mandakka. He also acted in another Tamil tele serial called Thedathey Tholaindhu and also hosted a couple of musical reality shows and also hosted a travel show in Tamil specifically made for the Tamil television audiences. Venkat Prabhu has also launched his own personal website and is busy these days with the work of his latest directorial venture.  He has won many awards for his work and contributions till date in the Tamil film and television industry.

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Venkat Prabhu Tamil Actor