Agathiyan (About this soundpronunciation ) is an Indian film director.[2] He is credited to be the first director of tamil cinema to win the National Film Award for Best Direction.[3] He was also awarded National Film Award for Best Screenplay in 1996 for the Tamil film Kadhal Kottai.

Director Agathiyan and Ameer at Mooch Movie Audio Launch Event (cropped).jpg
Director Agathiyan and Ameer at Mooch Movie Audio Launch Event
Occupationwriter, director, actor
Years active1991- Present
Spouse(s)Radha (deceased)[1]
ChildrenVijayalakshmi Agathiyan,
Niranjani Ahathian,
Karthika Agathiyan

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Radha.[1] His daughter Vijayalakshmi Agathiyan made her acting debut in the Tamil film Chennai 600028 (2007) is married to Feroz, director of Pandigai movie. His elder daughter Karthika, host of Makkal TV, is married to Thiru, director of Theeratha Vilaiyattu Pillai and Samar.[4] His younger daughter Niranjani Ahathian is a costume designer who worked in Kabali and Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal.


Ahahtian, 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.[5]

He initially directed movie in 1991 and was credited as Ravi Thasan but it was an utter flop movie. 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.[6]

In late 2014, he began work on an untitled project produced by Bharathiraja featuring Santhosh Prathap, Oviya, Vijayalakshmi and Manoj Bharathiraja in the lead roles, but the film was later shelved.[7]

He have served as jury member at 57th National Film Awards.[8]


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
1996 Vaanmathi Tamil  Y  Y  N  N
1996 Kadhal Kottai Tamil  Y  Y  N  N National Film Award for Best Direction
National Film Award for Best Screenplay
Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Director
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Third prize)
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  N 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
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


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards


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  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. ^ "Thoranai, Vishal and Thiru — — Tamil Movies News — Thoranai Vishal Agathiyan". Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Tamil Star — Profile". 22 December 2001. Archived from the original on 22 December 2001. Retrieved 8 March 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Welcome To". Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Agathiyan to direct Bharathiraaja's film". 25 September 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2017.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "57th National Film Awards" (PDF): 32. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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