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Balaji Sakthivel is a prominent Tamil film director,[3] best known for directing the 2004 film, Kaadhal.

Balaji Sakthivel
Born (1964-01-01) 1 January 1964 (age 55)[1]
OccupationWriter, Director[2]
Years active2002–present



Balaji Sakthivel began as an assistant director of popular director S. Shankar. In 2002, he directed his first film, Samurai for Vikram – however despite receiving positive reviews, did not make it big at the box-office. After a two-year break, he released Kaadhal under the S Pictures banner, the production house of Shankar. The film starring relatively new actors, Bharath and Sandhya made it big at the box-office and earned the stars and the director instant recognition. His Vazhakku Enn 18/9 won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.

Personal lifeEdit

Balaji Sakthivel is married to Kalanithi, who is an associate professor in Guru Nanak College in Chennai. They have 2 children, a daughter (Dhanya) born in 2004 and a son born in 2007. Their native is Dindugal. They were residing in Virugambakkam, Chennai. But have recently moved to a nearby neighborhood Ramapuram, Chennai.


Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Writer
2002 Samurai  Y  Y Tamil
2004 Kaadhal  Y  Y Tamil
2007 Kalloori  Y  Y Tamil
2012 Vazhakku Enn 18/9  Y  Y Tamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Director
2013 Black butterfly  N  Y Malayalam Remake of Vazhakku Enn 18/9
2013 Case No. 18/9  N  Y Kannada Remake of Vazhakku Enn 18/9
2014 Chirodini Tumi Je Amar 2  N  Y Bengali Remake of Vazhakku Enn 18/9
2019 Yaar Ivargal  Y  Y Tamil delayed[4]
2019 Ra Ra Rajasekhar  Y  Y Tamil Delayed


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  2. ^ "Director Balaji Sakthivel". 600024. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  3. ^ Aruna V. Iyer (26 June 2012). "Cities / Tiruchirapalli : Director engages in a critical appreciation session of his latest release". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Balaji Sakthivel's next is Yaar Ivargal". Retrieved 1 October 2017.

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