| Film director|
| March 2, 1959 (1959-03-02) |
Film director, screenwriter
April 18, 2014, Coimbatore
Maaman Magal, Thai Maaman, Periya Idathu Mappillai, Unna Nenachen Pattu Pad, Periya Manushan
Jayachitra, Anandaraj, Goundamani, Manivannan, Sathyaraj
Guru Dhanapal Wikipedia
Guru Dhanapal (2 March 1959 – 18 April 2014) was an Indian film director, who worked in Tamil cinema.
Guru Dhanapal made his directorial debut with Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen (1992) starring Karthik, Sasikala and Monisha in leading roles. In the 1990s, the director made a series of film starring Sathyaraj in the lead role, achieving box office success with Thai Maaman (1994) after which he made Maaman Magal (1995) and Periya Manushan (1997). The three films were described as "routine comedy masala ventures" and were filmed in very quick schedules. In between he collaborated with Jayaram twice in Periya Idathu Mappillai (1997) and Raja Magal, which did not release, as well as directing a portion of Suyamvaram (1999), which featured an ensemble cast of actors from the Tamil film industry. His final venture was the much-delayed Sathyaraj starrer Suyetchai MLA in 2006. A further project titled Vanthanga Jeyichanga launched in 1998 with Sathyaraj, failed to materialise.
Guru Dhanapal died on 18 April 2014 at the age of 55 in Coimbatore after being admitted to hospital complaining of chest pains.