K. Bhagyaraj

Krishnasaamy Bhagyaraj (born 7 January 1953) is an Indian director, actor, screenwriter, music director, producer and politician active mainly in Tamil films. He has also written and directed Telugu and Hindi films and TV serials. As an actor, he has worked in more than 75 films and has directed more than 25 films. He won a Filmfare Best Actor Award for Mundhanai Mudichu (1983). He received Lifetime achievement award in SIIMA (2014).[4] He is the editor of weekly magazine Bhagya and has also written several novels.

K Bhagyaraj
Actor Director K Bhagyaraj at the Sathuranga Vettai Audio Launch.jpg
Bhagyaraj in April 2014
Born
Krishnasaamy Bhagyaraj

(1953-01-07) 7 January 1953 (age 68)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • music director
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active1977–present
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Spouse(s)
(m. 1981; died 1983)

(m. 1984)
[2][3]
ChildrenSaranya Bhagyaraj (b.1985)
Shanthanu Bhagyaraj (b.1986)
Parent(s)
  • Krishnasaamy
  • Amaravathiyammal

Personal lifeEdit

Bhagyaraj was born in Vellankoil near Gobichettipalayam in Erode district in Tamil Nadu. His parents were Krishnaswamy and Amaravathiamma. He married twice. His first marriage was with actress Praveena, in 1981. She died due to an aggravated case of jaundice in August 1983. His second marriage was with actress Poornima Jayaram, who was his co-star in Darling, Darling, Darling (1982),[5] on 7 February 1984. The couple has a daughter Saranya Bhagyaraj and a son Shanthnu Bhagyaraj.

Since his childhood he had been huge fan of actors M. G. Ramachandran and Rajesh Khanna.

Film careerEdit

Early years (1977–1979)Edit

Beginning his career as an assistant to directors G. Ramakrishnan and Bharathiraja, Bhagyaraj became recognised for his scriptwriting talent.[6] He first appeared as a junior artist playing small supporting roles with screen-space of not more than three minutes in films such as 16 Vayathinile (1977) and later appeared similarly in Sigappu Rojakkal (1978). He was assistant director to Bharathiraja in two films – 16 Vayathnile and Kizhakke Pogum Rail. Among his early work was writing the script for Bharathiraja's films Kizhake Pogum Rail (1978) and Tik Tik Tik (1981), and writing dialogues for Sigappu Rojakkal. He made his directorial début with Suvarilladha Chiththirangal in 1979 and also his debut as the leading man in Puthiya Vaarpugal, directed by Bharathiraja. He received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer in Puthiya Vaarpugal (1979). Kanni Paruvathile (1979), a film for which he wrote dialogues and screenplay and acted in a negative role, was a huge success. Though he had not achieved success as a director till 1979, he was motivated with success as the hero with Puthiya Vaarpugal, a negative role, and as a writer of story and dialogues for Kanni Paruvathile and decided to write, direct and act for Oru Kai Osai (1980), which, though not a huge success.

Rise to stardom (1980–1999)Edit

He quickly established his own concern and started producing a string of distinctive films made mainly in the Tamil language. Bhagyaraj often cast himself in the lead roles of the films he scripts and directs, effectively carving out a niche for himself in the actor-auteur vein. His style of filmmaking is notable for its relatively elaborate, witty, and double entendre-laced script and socially-themed framework. His on-screen personae are typically characterised by their ironic sense of humour and intelligent bravado.[7]

From 1981 onwards, successful Tamil films written, directed by and starring him started being remade in Hindi, with the first being Mouna Geethangal, remade as Ek Hi Bhool and Andha 7 Naatkal remade as Woh Saat Din.

He introduced actress Urvashi in the Tamil film Mundhanai Mudichu (1983) and Kalpana (sister of Urvashi) made her debut with the 1985 film Chinna Veedu, directed by Bhagyaraj, a commercially successful film. He received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil in Mundhanai Mudichu. He became nationally famous when he wrote the script for Mundhanai Mudichu remade in Hindi as Masterji with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role, which was huge success at the box office. His next directorial venture Mayadari Mogudu in Telugu, which was a success.

His assistant directors for his directorial ventures Darling, Darling, Darling, Dhavani Kanavugal, Mundhanai Mudichu, Mayadari Mogudu was Pandiarajan, whereas Parthiban was his assistant director for Dhavani Kanavugal; later both Pandirajan and Parthiban went on to become director and actors.

He rarely acted in films not directed or written by him, with exceptions being Anbulla Rajinikanth (1984) and Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985). He decided to direct the Hindi remake of Bharatiraja's 1984 directorial venture Oru Kaidhiyin Diary with Rajesh Khanna in the lead in 1985, but later Khanna due to his date issues had to opt out and Bhagyaraj cast Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi remake Aakhree Raasta (1986)). Bhagayraj decided to remake the classic old Kannada film Mallammana Pavada, starring Rajkumar and B Saroja Devi into a new Tamil film Enga Chinna Rasa in 1987, which became a huge blockbuster. In 1988, he wrote the script for Idhu Namma Aalu and decided to produce it, but chose not to direct it by himself, as he wanted to act-write-direct a film on a serious issue, which was Aararo Aaariraro. He received the Best Film Award for Idhu Namma Aalu in 1990, directed by Balakumar, whereas the other film Aararo Aaariraro also was both critically acclaimed and successful at box office. After the death of MGR in 1987, during a meeting with director C V Sridhar and producer Duraiswamay, an idea came across to Bhagyaraj to make use of the unfinished 1977 film Anna Nee En Deivam, starring MGR and Latha and make the film Avasara Police 100 (1990), starring himself as well in the lead.

From 1991, he gradually started accepting more acting offers as a lead hero, where director-producer-scriptwriter would be three different people, rather than he himself writing-directing-acting in his films. Rudhra, Amma Vanthachu, Gnanapazham and Suyamvaram were such successful films where he was involved only in the capacity of actor. He also started the weekly magazine "Bhagya" and he is the editor of that magazine. His successful directorial ventures written by him from 1991 on were Pavunnu Pavunuthan, Sundara Kandam, Raasukutti and Veetla Visheshanga. He cast his son Shanthanu Bhagyaraj as the child artist in Vaettiya Madichu Kattu in 1998 and the film dealt with the father-son relationship, this proved to be both a critical and financial disappointment capping an end to a string of continuous flops including Oru Oorla oru Rajakumari, Gnanapazham and Mr. Bechara (1996).

His successful Tamil films written by him continued to be in demand for Hindi remakes in the 1990s and were huge hits in Hindi – with Raasukutti remade as Raja Babu, Sundara Kandam remade as Andaz (1994) and Avasara Police 100 remade into Gopi Kishan, which were successful. He also wrote the script for the Tamil film Thaikulame Thaikulame (1995), starring Pandiarajan, whose actor-director was not himself in Hindi, remade as Gharwali Baharwali.[8]

End of directions (2000–2010)Edit

He took a break from acting as the lead hero in Tamil films after the release of the massive critical and commercial failure Vaettiya Madichu Kattu. Instead, he directed the TV shows Neenga Nenaicha Saadhikkalanga and Idhu Oru Kadhayin Kadhai (for DD Podhigai), and appeared in Apapadi Podu on Jaya TV in this period. His tele-serial Rules Rangachari was very famous on DD channel and it completed 390 episodes. He wrote and directed the 2003 film Chokka Thangam, starring Vijayakanth. He launched his daughter Saranya Bhagyaraj with Parijatham, which he wrote and directed in 2006. He returned to acting with Something Something... Unakkum Enakkum and Rendu in a supporting role and with Kasu Irukkanum as the lead hero in 2007. He directed his adult son Shanthanu Bhagyaraj in the romantic film Siddhu +2 in 2010.

Later Years (2011–present)Edit

At the end of the 2010s, he acted in supporting roles such Appavi (2011) and Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011). He ventured into Malayalam film as supporting actor with Mr. Marumakan (2012).

He was the leading judge for the show Junior Super Star (2016) and Junior Super Stars (season 2) (2017).[9][10]

He wrote books such as Vaanga Cinemavai Pattri Pesalam, Neenga Nenaicha Saadikkalaam and Ungal Bhagyaraj in Kelvi Bhadhil (Five Parts).[11]

He appeared in action thriller films which went on to become commercial hits with Kanithan (2016) and Thupparivaalan (2017).[12][13]

FilmographyEdit

NO Year Title Language Credited as Role Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor
1 1977 16 Vayathinile Tamil  Y Assistant director
Cameo appearance
2 1978 Kizhake Pogum Rail Tamil  Y Ponnandi Assistant director
Cameo appearance
3 Sigappu Rojakkal Tamil  Y  Y Waiter Cameo appearance
4 1979 Puthiya Vaarpugal Tamil  Y  Y Shanmugakani Debut film as hero
5 Kanni Paruvathile Tamil  Y  Y
6 Suvarilladha Chiththirangal Tamil  Y  Y  Y Debut film as director
7 1980 Bhama Rukmani Tamil  Y  Y
8 Oru Kai Oosai Tamil  Y  Y  Y  Y
9 Kumari Pennin Ullathile Tamil  Y
10 Ilamai Kolam Tamil  Y
11 1981 Mouna Geethangal Tamil  Y  Y  Y Kumar
12 Indru Poi Naalai Vaa Tamil  Y  Y  Y
13 Vidiyum Varai Kaathiru Tamil  Y  Y  Y
14 Andha 7 Naatkal Tamil  Y  Y  Y
15 1982 Thooral Ninnu Pochu Tamil  Y  Y  Y
16 Poi Satchi Tamil  Y  Y  Y
17 Darling, Darling, Darling Tamil  Y  Y  Y
18 1983 Mundhanai Mudichu Tamil  Y  Y  Y Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
19 Saattai Illatha Pambaram Tamil  Y
20 1984 Mayadari Mogudu Telugu  Y  Y
21 Oomai Janangal Tamil  Y
22 Anbulla Rajinikanth Tamil  Y Himself Cameo
23 Dhavani Kanavugal Tamil  Y  Y  Y  Y
24 1985 Oru Kaidhiyin Diary Tamil  Y
25 Naan Sigappu Manithan Tamil  Y
26 Chinna Veedu Tamil  Y  Y  Y
27 1986 Aakhree Raasta Hindi  Y  Y Remake of Tamil film Oru Kaidhiyin Diary
28 Kanna Thorakkanum Saami Tamil  Y
29 1987 Enga Chinna Rasa Tamil  Y  Y  Y
30 Chinna Kuyil Paaduthu Tamil  Y
31 1988 Idhu Namma Aalu Tamil  Y  Y Also composer,
also singer for song "Pachaimalai Saamy"
32 1989 En Rathathin Rathame Tamil  Y
33 Aararo Aaariraro Tamil  Y  Y  Y  Y Also composer
34 Ponnu Pakka Poren Tamil  Y Also composer
35 1990 Avasara Police 100 Tamil  Y  Y  Y
36 1991 Pavunnu Pavunuthan Tamil  Y  Y  Y Also composer
37 Rudhra Tamil  Y  Y
38 1992 Sundara Kandam Tamil  Y  Y  Y  Y
39 Amma Vandhachu Tamil  Y
40 1992 Raasukutti Tamil  Y  Y  Y
41 1994 Veetla Visheshanga Tamil  Y  Y  Y
42 1995 Oru Oorla oru Rajakumari Tamil  Y  Y  Y
43 Thaikulame Thaikulame Tamil  Y
44 1996 Mr. Bechara Hindi  Y  Y Remake of Tamil film Veetla Visheshanga
45 Gnanapazham Tamil  Y Also Music composer
46 1998 Vaettiya Madichu Kattu Tamil  Y  Y  Y  Y
47 2000 Papa the Great Hindi  Y  Y Remake of Tamil film Vaettiya Madichu Kattu
48 Kabadi Kabadi Tamil  Y
49 2003 Chokka Thangam Tamil  Y  Y 25th Film (Director)
50 2005 Radha Gopalam Telugu  Y Lawyer Cameo appearance
51 2006 Parijatham Tamil  Y  Y  Y  Y
52 Something Something Unakkum Enakkum Tamil  Y
53 Rendu Tamil  Y
54 2007 Mudhal Mudhalai Tamil  Y
55 Kasu Irukkanum Tamil  Y G. R.
56 2008 Maanavan Ninaithal Tamil  Y Raj
57 2009 Ninaithale Inikkum Tamil  Y
58 2010 Uthamaputhiran Tamil  Y
59 Siddhu +2 Tamil  Y  Y  Y  Y
60 2011 Appavi Tamil  Y
61 Maaveeran Tamil  Y Dialogue writer
Tamil dubbed version of Telugu film Magadheera
62 Vaagai Sooda Vaa Tamil  Y
63 2012 Mr. Marumakan Malayalam  Y Balasubrahmanyam
64 2013 Oruvar Meethu Iruvar Sainthu Tamil  Y
65 2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Tamil  Y Himself Cameo appearance
66 2015 Thunai Mudhalvar Tamil  Y  Y Periyapaandi
67 Moone Moonu Varthai Tamil  Y Himself
68 2016 Kanithan Tamil  Y
69 Vaaimai Tamil  Y Cameo appearance
70 2017 Mupparimanam Tamil  Y Himself Cameo appearance
71 Ayyanar Veethi Tamil  Y Subramania Sastry
72 Veruli Tamil  Y
73 Ivan Yarendru Therikiratha Tamil  Y Love Guru
74 Thupparivaalan Tamil  Y Muthu
75 Brahma.com Tamil  Y Gurukkal
76 2018 Kilambitaangayaa Kilambitaangayaa Tamil  Y
77 Aaruthra Tamil  Y
78 Koothan Tamil  Y
79 2019 Sita Telugu  Y Anand Mohan
80 2020 Ponmagal Vandhal Tamil  Y 'Petition' Pethuraj
81 2021 Murungakkai Chips Tamil  Y Filming

TelevisionEdit

As judge
As actor
Year Title Role Channel Notes
2020 Chithi 2 Himself Sun TV Cameo Appearance
2020 Kodeeswari Participant Colors Tamil Along with Poornima Bhagyaraj
2020 Raja Rani Season 2 Himself Star Vijay Cameo Appearance
2020 Senthoora Poove Himself

PoliticsEdit

MGR Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (MGR Popular Progressive Federation) was a political party in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu launched by Bhagyaraj in February 1989. MGR MMK contested the 1991 Kerala assembly elections. It had one candidate, who got 87 votes. The MGR MMK party failed in its initial stages.[14] Bhagyaraj later joined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (15 February 1984). "K. Bhagyaraj; The reigning king in the world of Madras film Hollywood". India Today. Archived from the original on 28 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Here's how Poornima and Bhagyaraj celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary". The Times of India. 8 February 2021. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Heroines who fell for their directors". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  4. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/siima-awards-2014-tamil-winners-list/articleshow/42514726.cms
  5. ^ "K.Bhaagya Raj – Chitchat". Telugucinema.com. 12 June 2010. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Stars : Star Interviews : K.Bhaagya Raj – Chitchat". Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  7. ^ https://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/bhagyaraj/biography.html
  8. ^ "News Archives". The Hindu. 26 December 2010. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  9. ^ https://lyricsraag.com/zee-tamil-junior-super-star-2016-grand-finale-winner/
  10. ^ https://www.zee5.com/global/kids/kids-shows/junior-super-stars-season-2/0-6-598
  11. ^ http://www.eehibu.com/whoami/K.-Bhagyaraj
  12. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/kanithan-movie-review/article8287055.ece
  13. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/thupparivaalan-review-the-adventure-of-the-eccentric-bachelor/article19684814.ece
  14. ^ "Theatrics to politics: Tamil Nadu's story of a few hits and many misses". The Hindu Businessline. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  15. ^ https://www.oneindia.com/2006/04/05/actor-director-bhagyaraj-joins-dmk-1144224361.html

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