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.