Thangar Bachan was born on 1962 in the Pathirakottai district of Tamil Nadu. Inspired by literary legends of and philosophers of his motherland, Thangar Bachan, who was named as Thangarajan on birth; was deeply inspired to pursue knowledge about literary art forms and methods of expression. His quest transformed him into a prominent writer and novelist. He soon realizes that his expressions would find a wider audience if his mode of communication were more wider. Thus, Thangar Bachan decides to step into the film industry. Before he began to write novels, however, he was a cinematographer for Tamil movies, which was a contributing factor to his wish of directing his movies.

‘Malai Charal’ was the first film that he Cinematographed for, and it was released in 1990. His first film as a director was ‘ Azhagi’ in which he did the cinematography and script. It was literally his very own movie, and he was completely satisfied with the result that it produced in the theaters.

From the initial state of his career until his current position, he has won over twelve awards in recognition of his work. These awards include the prestigious Tamil Nadu Government's Literary Award for best novel ‘Onbathu Rubai Nottu’ and ‘Sathyan Memorial Award’ for best director. Apart from Cinematography, Writing, and Direction, Thangar is also an actor, and he has even won the ‘Jaya TV Award’ for best actor. Owing to his deep commitment to art, he couldn’t tolerate the commercialization of art, and this attitude has often made him the center of many unfortunate controversies, including one of his public speeches in which he said that actresses who perform only for the money are no different from prostitutes. He was forced to give a public apology towards actress Khushbu, against whom he had implied the particular comment.