Birthday: 04-09-1975
Age: 43
Star sign: Libra

Vetrimaaran is an Indian director and screenwriter in Tamil Film Industry. Born in Cuddalore, Vetrimaaran is from Ranipet, Vellore District, Tamilnadu. He was born to Dr. V. Chitravel who was a veterinary scientist and Megala Chitravel who was a well known Novelist. Vetrimaaran studied till his tenth grade in Ranipet. Later in 1994 he moved to Chennai to pursue English Literature from Loyola College. Vetrimaaran discontinued his Master's degree and showed interest in making a career in the film industry. The Loyola department of visual communications offered him an elective course known as Television presentation. As Vetrimaaran completed this course, he started developing an interest in filmmaking. Vetrimaaran started his career as an assistant director to Balu Mahendra for Kadai Neram for Sun TV.

After Kadai Neram, he worked for the film Kadhal Virus with Kadhir for two years along with that he was also managing as an assistant director for Balu Mahendra Mahindra in Julie Ganapathy and then Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam. During that time Vetrimaaran came up with a script thinking of Dhanush as the main lead as Dhanush used to be the lead hero in the films he acted. After hearing the story, Dhanush agreed to work for the project. Initially, The film was titled as Desiya Nedunchalai 47 with the music director as Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematographer as Ekambaram.

Vetrimaaran found trouble finding producers as the people who were initially interested walked away. Later Dhanush’s father Kasthuri Raja agreed to produce the film with Kasthuri Raja as heroine and Harris Jayaraj as music director. But things didn’t work well, and the shooting of the film was discontinued. Vetrimaaran approached producer Kadiresan after the fall of his film. He showed up the stories prepared by him to the producer. The producer accepted to work on the project named Polladhavan and rejecting like Desiya Nedunchaalai 47.

Vetrimaaran’s directorial debut Polladhavan is based on the story of a youngster and his bike. The story of the film was inspired by his friend Andrew who lost his bike and the different experiences he got while searching out for his vehicle. Later in 2009, Vetrimaaran worked with Dhanush for Aadukalam. Vetrimaaran took quite a long time to make up the project but then the time taken was worth. The film gained five National Film Awards, and Vetrimaaran received two awards for Best Screenplay and Best Direction. The Grass Root Film Company is Vetrimaaran’s own production house launched in 2012.

Vetrimaaran’s latest directorial venture is based on the tale of mafia wars of north Chennai with the title Vada Chennai.

Ranjit Jeyakodi

Ranjit Jeyakodi is an upcoming South Indian movie director and screenplay writer. He made his debut into the Tamil Film Industry early this year with the release of his first directorial film, “Mellisai” which released on 25 January 2016. The young director was born on 27 September 1984 into a Hindu family in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Working as an associate to director Ram. Ranjit was determined to do movies from his Loyola days where he was studying Visual Communication. Ranjit Jeyakodi is still a maturing director; a new comer in the Tamil Film Industry. His first and only directorial venture “Mellisai” which just released this year was an off the conventions film featuring the movie stars Vijay Sethupathi and Gayathrie in lead roles. Along with directing the film, Ranjit is the one who has written the script as well. Dinesh Krishnan has done the cinematography and it was produced under the banner of Rebel Studio Productions. Mellisai is the story of modernized urban life. According to the director Ranjit, the principal characters in the movie are in one way or the other is related to music, hence the title of the movie is set to as Mellisai which plainly means ‘Melody.’ In the movie, Vijay plays the role of a music director who is working on a music album while Gayathrie plays a violin teacher in the film. Even Sonia Deepti has a cameo appearance in the movie. While talking in an interview with the Deccan Chronicle, when asked how he convinced Vijay Sethupathi for the lead role in a debutant director’s movie, he replied that when he narrated the script to Vijay, the actor was impressed. He was impressed by the script and didn’t worry about who would be directing it. “Mellisai” shows Vijay Sethupathi in a different light playing a fresh character. In praise of his lead actor, Ranjit has been heard saying that Vijay is a dedicated and versatile actor who molds himself into the character he is portraying. The film is said to be packed with surprises as it doesn’t have much room for romance and a lot of room for the depth of the story itself.

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