12 December 1970 (age 53) (
film director, film producer, actor
National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare
Autograph, JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai, Thavamai Thavamirundhu, Pandavar Bhoomi, Pokkisham
R Sarathkumar, Bharathwaj, Mysskin, R Parthiepan, Vijayakumar
En appa director actor cheran speaks about his father
Cheran is an Indian film director known for his works in Tamil cinema. He is a four time National Film Award winner for Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000), Autograph (2004) and Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005). He has also won four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and five South Filmfare Awards
- En appa director actor cheran speaks about his father
- Early life
- National Film Awards
- Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
- Filmfare Awards
- Other awards
- Cinema 2 Home
- Dream Sounds Digital Solutions
Cheran was born in Kolinjipatty near Madurai. His father Pandian was a Projector Operator in Vellalur touring theatre. His mother Kamala was a primary school teacher. He has two sisters. His childhood dreams were all about the celluloid world. During his school days he acted in dramas.
He came to Chennai to pursue his career in films. Initially he started career as a Production manager in some movies. In the film Puriyaadha Pudhir, he worked as an assistant director to Director K. S. Ravikumar. He was promoted as an associate director from Cheran Pandiyan to Nattamai. He also associated with Kamal Haasan in the movie Mahanadi as an associate director. He made his directorial debut in Bharathi Kannamma a break to his film career through Producer Henry. The film met many controversies. In spite of it, the film was a big box office hit and gave a break to the sinking career of actor Parthiban. With Porkkaalam, Pandavar Bhoomi, and Vetri Kodi Kattu, he gave a hat trick of successful films. He turned actor in director Thangar Bachan's film Solla Marandha Kadhai.
Cheran first began work on a film titled Autograph in 2001, with actor Vikram revealing he had signed on to portray the lead role in the project; though, he later opted out as a result of scheduling problems. Then in early 2002, Cheran announced that he was going to make a film titled Pokkisham and Kanika would star alongside him. However he failed to find a financier and instead moved back to making Autograph. Cheran said that the film was partly autobiographical. Four different cinematographers worked on the film; Ravi Varman had shot the school episode in Senthil’s early life with a 35 mm lens, Vijay Milton shot the Kerala scenes, Dwaraknath shot the Chennai episode with a steady cam and Shanky Mahendran shot the "'live' part" of the film when the camera uses the point of view of Senthil's character.
2004 he produced and directed the film Autograph besides enacting the lead role in it. The film was screened four times at the Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, an honour which he shares with Kamal Haasan and Maniratnam. With Thavamai Thavamirundhu, he has also proved his acting versatility.
Cheran then prepared to work on Pokkisham in 2004, after the release of Autograph but postponed the film after falling out with the new lead actress Meera Jasmine. He re-started work on the film in December 2005, after completing Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005), and approached Sandhya to play the lead role.
Cheran turned publisher with the Tamil novel Porum Valiyum (War & Pain). The novel is an emotional account of a war-torn Sri Lanka. The author Savitri Advithanandhan account was so touching that he decided that the book should reach all people. And as a first step, he launched the publishing house Cheran Noolagam.
During an audio launch event of Tamil film, Cheran has said 'I feel ashamed that I fought for Sri Lankan Tamils'. His speech was accusing Sri Lankan Tamils for making unauthorized copies of Tamil films. It raised criticism against him. Later, he said he did not mention all Sri Lankan Tamils. However, Sri Lankan Tamils responded that he should not have connected the copyright infringement issue with their revolution and requested not to connect revolution with business, otherwise he should have said that 'I feel ashamed that I fought for some or particular Sri Lankan Tamils'.
National Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Cinema 2 Home
2014 Cheran founded a new organization C2H (Cinema2Home), to curb out copyright infringement in the Tamil film industry. C2H would deliver official 5.1 HD Original DVDs on the day of a film's theatrical release, for which C2H signed a pact with DVD maker Moser Baer. Around 150 distributors and 3000 dealers were said to be involved in the process of bringing the DVDs to households across Tamil Nadu. JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai would be the first film to release via C2H.
Dream Sounds Digital Solutions
He also launched his own music company 'Dream Sounds' in 2013 which released the soundtrack album of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai.
He shared his life experiences and was published as a serial article in the Tamil Weekly Magazine Ananda Vikatan. Later, it was published as a book titled Touring Talkies, ISBN: 81-89780-18-2