Agathiyan (born 18 August 1952; pronunciation ) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, lyricist, and actor.[2] He was the first director in Tamil cinema to win the National Film Award for Best Direction for Kadhal Kottai (1996).[3] For the film, he also won National Film Award for Best Screenplay and Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil.

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Agathiyan at the "Kennedy Club" film Audio Launch
Born (1952-08-18) 18 August 1952 (age 70)
Tamil Nadu, India
  • Director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • lyricist
  • actor
Years active1991 – present
(m. 1978; deceased 2016)
ChildrenKani Thiru
Vijayalakshmi Agathiyan
Niranjani Ahathian
RelativesThiru (son-in-law)


Agathiyan, a director in his late forties entered films a decade back and struggled as an assistant to various directors. Hailing from a agriculturist family, he spent a happy-go-lucky time in college, and when he decided to pack his bags and come to Chennai to try his luck in films as a director, he lost his family's support. Struggling with no money, he did odd jobs in film companies and became an assistant to anyone who offered him food and shelter.[4]

He initially directed movie in 1991 and was credited as Ravi Thasan but it was unsuccessful. Anbalaya Prabhakaran, who acted in that movie and also produces small budgeted films with new directors, gave Ahahtian his second break as a director with Madhumathi, a teenage love story with new faces. The film was a big hit. He was back to where he started, but again fate had bigger things in store for him. Sivasakthi Pandian, a film distributor turned producer, produced Vaanmathi with Ajith and Swathi. The film was a hit. Next came Kadhal Kottai from the same banner and Ahahtian became the toast of the industry. Offers poured in for films.[5]

In late 2014, he began work on an untitled project produced by Bharathiraja starring Santhosh Prathap, Oviya, Vijayalakshmi and Manoj Bharathiraja, but the film was later shelved.[6] He have served as jury member at 57th National Film Awards.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Radha in 1978.[1] His elder daughter Kani (Karthika), host of Makkal TV, is married to film director Thiru.[8] Kani Thiru is a winner of Vijay TV's Cook With Comali (Season 2). His second daughter Vijayalakshmi Agathiyan is an actress and is married to film director Feroz. His younger daughter Niranjani Ahathian is a costume designer and actress who is married to director Desingh Periyasamy.[citation needed]


Year Film Language Credited as Role Notes
Director Writer Producer Actor
1989 Manasukketha Maharasa Tamil  N  Y  N  N Credited as Karunanidhi Santharam in the film
1991 Mangalyam Thanthunane Tamil  Y  Y  N  N Credited as Ravi Thasan in the film
1992 Pondatti Rajyam Tamil  N  Y  N  N
1993 Madhumathi Tamil  Y  Y  N  N
1996 Vaanmathi Tamil  Y  Y  N  N
1996 Kadhal Kottai Tamil  Y  Y  N  Y Cameo Remade in Kannada as Yaare Neenu Cheluve
Remade in Hindi as Sirf Tum
Dubbed in Telugu as Premalekha
1996 Gokulathil Seethai Tamil  Y  Y  N  Y Cameo Remade in Hindi as Hum Ho Gaye Aapke
Remade in Kannada as Krishna Leele
1997 Vidukathai Tamil  Y  Y
1998 Santhosham Tamil  Y  N  N
1998 Kaadhal Kavithai Tamil  Y  Y  N  N
1999 Sirf Tum Hindi  Y  Y  N  N
2001 Hum Ho Gaye Aapke Hindi  Y  Y  N  N
1999 Poovellam Kettuppar Tamil  N  N  N  Y Himself
2001 Vinnukkum Mannukkum Tamil  N  N  N  Y Cameo
2002 Kadhal Samrajyam Tamil  Y  Y  N  N Unreleased film
2004 Ramakrishna Tamil  Y  Y  N  N
2004 Ee Abbai Chala Manchodu Telugu  Y  Y  N  N credited as Agastyan
2005 Selvam Tamil  Y  Y  Y  N
2007 Agaram Tamil  N  N  N  Y Thiru's father
2008 Nenjathai Killadhe Tamil  Y  Y  N  N
2011 Avargalum Ivargalum Tamil  N  N  N  Y
2011 Maithanam Tamil  N  N  N  Y
2018 Mr. Chandramouli Tamil  N  N  N  Y


Year Serial Channel Notes
2005 Pugazh DD Podhigai [9]


As lyricist
Year Film Song(s) Notes
1996 Kadhal Kottai All songs
1996 Gokulathil Seethai All songs
1997 Vidukathai Idhayam Idhayam, Meenakshi Kaiyil, Kidaichuruchu
1998 Santhosham All songs
2002 Kadhal Samrajyam All songs
2004 Ramakrishna All songs
2005 Selvam All songs
2008 Nenjathai Killathe All songs
2020 Meendum Oru Mariyadhai Kozhandhan Peru


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards


  1. ^ a b "Director Agathiyan's wife Radha passes away". 21 October 2016.
  2. ^ "IndiaGlitz — Agathiyan on the move — Tamil Movie News". Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ Dhananjayan, G. (3 November 2014). PRIDE OF TAMIL CINEMA: 1931 TO 2013: Tamil Films that have earned National and International Recognition. Blue Ocean Publishers. p. 358.
  4. ^ "Tamil Star — Profile". 22 December 2001. Archived from the original on 22 December 2001. Retrieved 8 March 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Welcome To". Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Agathiyan to direct Bharathiraaja's film". 25 September 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2017.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "57th National Film Awards" (PDF): 32. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "Thoranai, Vishal and Thiru — — Tamil Movies News — Thoranai Vishal Agathiyan". Retrieved 8 March 2017.
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