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
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
agreed to produce the film with Kasthuri Raja as heroine and
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