Lokesh is a famous writer and director in Tamil Film Industry. He joined the industry in 2014. He is an alumnus of PSG College of Arts and Science. The director did his graduation from Anna University. He has done his schooling from PMHS. Before coming to tinsel town, he was a bank employee for almost 4-5 years at a private company. Mr. Kangaraj made a short film for his company’s cultural event, fetched him the first prize. Kalam is his entry to Kollywood. He idealizes
as his mentor, as he helped and encouraged him in his journey.
Lokesh lives in Chennai but belongs to Coimbatore. He has three brothers, namely Aravind Gnanasambandam, Ashwin Venkatesh, and Prashanth Gnanasambandham. On September 15, 2011, he got engaged to Aishwarya Lokesh, and after a year, on 8 January 2012, the duo got married. They have been blessed with a girl Adhvika Lokesh. The child was born on their wedding anniversary. The director is very active on Facebook. His first directorial venture was
. It was a comedy short film, released on 18 December 2012.
The movie won the Best Director, Best Film, and Best Actor titles in a short movie festival, Clubace, which was held in 2012. The plot showed the importance of music in everyone’s life and how every single man is a hero in their life. He works for Back Waters production house. He also made a short corporate video, Customer Delight. The film won hearts and first prize in the All India Corporate Film competition. The shooting of this project is done in a day. On 11 March 2016, Aviyal was released. It was five directors, which included Lokesh Kanagaraj,
, Shameer Sultan, Alphonse Putharen, and
. The anthology consisted of six short stories. One of them was Lokesh’s, Kalam. The anthology produced by Stone Bench Creations under Karthik Subbaraj.
His short film Kalam won 4 awards in little shows in 2014, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Music Director, and Best Supporting Actor. The first feature film directed by him is Maanagaram, which was released this March 2017. The film earned commercial success and critical appraisal too. For this project, Lokesh worked under S.P. Prabhu’s Potential Studios production house. The completion of the movie took only 46 days. The film got positive reviews all over India. The film got acclaim from legends like Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan.
After the success of Maanagaram, Lokesh Kanagaraj managed to grab the attention of
. He joined him in “
,” produced by and “
S R Prabhu
.” The action thriller film released in 2019 was appreciated all over for its quick screenplay, direction, and performance. Lokesh rightly picked Karthi, “
, Ramana, George Mariyan,
in important roles. In fact, all the stars received good recognition after this movie. After Kaithi, Lokesh directed “
” in “Master.” The action thriller also had Vijay Sethupathi,
, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj,
, and “.” The film created a huge expectation in the lockdown in 2021, and it was received well by Vijay fans. Besides directing the film, Lokesh appeared in the climax as a prisoner. In the same year, he announced his next project with
. Titled Vikram, Kamal’s one of the memorable movies in the 80s; the 2022 film has created a huge expectation. It was announced that the film has Vijay Sethupathi,
doing strong roles with Kamal. Lokesh had also roped in his favorite actors Narain and Arjun Das, for Vikram. Kamal’s Raaj Kamal International produces Vikram, and Anirudh Ravichander is signed to compose music.