Siddhesh Joshi (Editor)

Karu Pazhaniappan

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
actor, director

Film director

Karu Pazhaniappan


Years active

Karu Pazhaniappan giving a speech while wearing eyeglasses and black long sleeves

Full Name
Karuppaiya Pazhaniyappan

March 6, 1972 (age 48) (
Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu

Valasaravakkam, Chennai

Dhaya Pazhaniappan, Iniya Pazhaniappan

Thiru Pala. Chinna Karuppaiah, Thirumathi Nagammai

Mandhira Punnagai, Jannal Oram, Sadhurangam, Sivappathigaram, Pirivom Santhippom

Similar People
Vidhya Sagar, Vidharth, Meenakshi, Srikanth, Cheran

Varaverparai karu palaniappan about his journey as film maker and movie director seg 2

Karu Pazhanaiappan is an Indian film director.


Director karu pazhaniappan talks about the film rummy red pix


Karu Pazhaniappan with mustache and beard while wearing eyeglasses and white shirt

He hails from Karaikudi. His parents are Thiru Pala. Chinna Karuppaiah and Thirumathi Nagammai. Karu Palaniappan is the eldest among their 3 children.

Karu Pazhaniappan giving a speech and hand on his face while wearing eyeglasses and black long sleeves

Books appealed to Palaniappan right from childhood. His dad Chinna Karuppiah, a trader is an ardent reader. He showed interest in reading classics of popular writers like Kannadasan, Jayakanthan, and Ashokamithran. Following the saying ‘Like father like son’ Palaniappan inherited this ‘love of reading’ from his father right from childhood.

Karu Pazhaniappan in one of his interviews wearing eyeglasses and violet long sleeves

His passion for reading books spread its wings to learning languages, writing, acting and elocution. His innate style of starting midway through a debate and expressing his thoughts with eloquence, charismatically grabbing the attention of the audience and keeping them spellbound, winning their applause and admiration…presented him with countless trophies, certificates and accolades.

Karu Pazhaniappan giving a speech while wearing eyeglasses and yellow long sleeves

After his schooling in Madurai Seventh day Adventist, he studied English Literature in the renowned American College, Madurai (under grad) and mastered in Literature in Madurai Thiyagaraja College. His intense pursuit of Tamil literature secured him the covetable student training course in Vikatan Group of Magazines.

Karu Pazhaniappan smiling while wearing eyeglasses and blue-green polo shirt

His sustained reading and movie-watching with zest and zeal created an affiliation to cinema within Palaniappan, thus inspiring his first toddler steps into Kollywood in 1994. Though he is acclaimed as director Parthiban’s protégé, Palaniappan worked under two other directors. With Mr. Parthiban he worked in Pullakuttikaaran (Parent) and House full. His grey cells contributed to Director Dharani’s stories that didn’t get transformed into films in the sandwiched time frame between his Edhirum pudhirum and Dhil. He worked under director Ezhil in Thullatha Manamum Thullum, Pennin Manathai Thottu and Poovellam Un Vasam. Palaniappan is married to Pia, and has two children, Iniya (Daughter) and Dhaya (Son).


Karu Pazhaniappan in one of his interviews wearing eyeglasses and beige stripped long sleeves

Karu. Pazhaniappan is known for his natural narration and the impeccable characterization. He made his debut Tamil film Parthiban Kanavu a Srikanth – Sneha Starrer. The film became one of the biggest hits of the year. The story line of a true love won appreciation from film critics.

Karu Pazhaniappan wearing eyeglasses and blue polo with touch of color red while looking afar

In 2005, he began work on a film with Dhanush and Gopika titled Ashokamithran, but the film ran into production troubles and was subsequently shelved. He later began work on that film in 2012 with a new crew and Arulnithi in the lead role, however after two months of shooting, the film was again cancelled. The director and actor tried to revive the project in late 2013, but were again unsuccessful. Likewise another project, a family drama Pandiya Vamsam starring Ameer and Rajkiran, was called off soon after production started.

His second film Sivappathigaram with Vishal fared well at the box office. His PirivOm SanthippOm got major attention of the family audience. His next film was Manthirappunnagai in which he debuted as hero, His second film with Srikanth called Sathurangam was finished in 2006 which remained unreleased for a long time and at last released in 2011.

In 2016, Karu Pazhaniappan spent time on pre-production for a film titled Gramophone featuring Madhavan and Rajkiran in the lead roles. Despite working on it for a year, the film failed to materialise owing to Madhavan's busy schedule. In September 2017, he announced his next film would be a political thriller film titled Pugazhenthi Enum Naan featuring Arulnithi in the lead role.

Assistant Director

  • Pullakuttikaaran (1995)
  • Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999)
  • Pennin Manathai Thottu (2000)
  • Poovellam Un Vaasam (2001)
  • Awards

  • Best Director Award
  • Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director for Parthiban Kanavu – 2003

  • Best Story Writer Award
  • Tamil Nadu State Film Award Sadhurangam – 2011


    Gramophone (filming)
    Pugazhendhi Enum Naan
    Jannal Oram
    Mandhira Punnagai
    Pirivom Santhippom
    Parthiban Kanavu (as Pazhaniappan)
    Mandhira Punnagai
    Pirivom Santhippom
    Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir (completed)
    Natpe Thunai as
    Minister Arichandran
    Mandhira Punnagai as
    Assistant Director
    Pullakuttikaran (assistant director)


    Karu Pazhaniappan Wikipedia