S Manivannan Rajagopal is the original name of Tamil film director and actor Manivannan. Manivannan has worked in the film industry for 30 years. Initially, he penned dialogues and stories for ace director Bharathiraja. Later he came out as a prominent director and tested different genres. He has helmed direction for 50 movies and about 34 films in Tamil, which were commercially successful. As an actor, Manivannan played supporting roles as well as negative and comedy roles. Manivannan had written the dialogues and stories for few flicks of Bharathiraja including Tick Tick Tick, Alaigal Oivathillai, Nizhalgal and Kadhal Oviyam.
Hailing from Sulur (Coimbatore district) Manivannan was born on 31 July 1953. His 50th directorial venture Nagaraja Cholan, MA, MLA was released and Manivannan expired shortly after that. Manivannan also got himself involved in politics. For a long time he was associated with Naam Tamilar Katchi and its principles of Srilankan Tamil Nationalism, was liked by him. He worked in many films with Satyaraj and has the credit of giving twelve back to back directorial hits with the latter, which are not flops. He had also directed films in Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu. People from his supervision proved to be good directors, including Vikraman, Sundar C, R K Selvamani, Seeman etc. Manivannan had worked as a director for his best buddy Satyaraj for around 25 films.
, Rajinikanth, Karthik, Madhavan, Sarathkumar, Vijayakanth, Vijay, Suriya were some of the top actors with whom Manivannan shared screen space. The film Amaidhi Padai was instrumental in making him an actor and he was a very busy actor during 1990-2011.
Manivannan’s spontaneous delivery of dialogues, sometimes filled with satirist remarks his strength. The films Deva and Vidukathai earned him the Comedian Award from Tamil Nadu State Awards. Manivannan indeed won the hearts of millions of Tamil fans.