Karthick Naren (born 23 July 1994) is an Indian filmmaker who works in Tamil cinema. Naren broke into the Tamil film industry having had directed several award-winning short films like Pradhi and Nirangal Moondru before his feature film debut.[1] He made his big screen debut through the 2016 film Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru which went on to become a sleeper hit.

Karthick Naren
Born23 July 1994 (1994-07-23) (age 29)
Years active2016–present

Early life edit

Karthick Naren was born in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu to MNG Mani and Saradha Mani.[2] A native of Ooty, he spent most of his life in Coimbatore. Naren completed his schooling at Lisieux Matriculation Higher Secondary School. He went on to join Mechanical Engineering at Kumaraguru College of Technology. He dropped out during his third year of Mechanical engineering course to pursue a career in filmmaking.[3]

Film career edit

Naren made his directorial debut at the age of 22 with the critically and commercially successful thriller Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru.[3][4][5][1] Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru was bankrolled by his home banner Knight Nostalgia Filmotainment. The film crossed 100-days at the box office, becoming one of the highest grossing debut films in Tamil cinema.[6] The film made Naren one of the most promising directors in Tamil Cinema.[7]

Naren's sophomore project Naragasooran has an ensemble cast. Starring Arvind Swamy, Shriya Saran, Sundeep Kishan and Indrajith, the shoot of the film has been completed in 41 days.[8] Naragasooran is produced by Badri Kasturi of Shradda Entertainment. The film has yet to see a theatrical release.[9]

Karthick Naren's upcoming projects include Naadaga Medai under his banner Knight Nostalgia Filmotainment [10] and an untitled project starring S.T.R., produced by Vijaya Productions[11]

Karthick Naren's next film is titled Maaran, starring Dhanush and Malavika Mohanan.[12] He has also directed the segment ‘’Project Agni’’, as part of Navarasa, an anthology web series produced by Maniratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan for Netflix.[13]

Filmography edit

Directed features edit

Year Title Notes
2016 Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru
2020 Mafia: Chapter 1
2021 Navarasa Netflix Anthology web series; Segment : Project Agni
2022 Maaran Released on Disney+ Hotstar
2024 Nirangal Moondru Completed
TBA Naragasooran Delayed

Actor edit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru Short film maker
2019 Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene Psychology student Telugu film; cameo appearance[14]

Awards edit

International Indian Film Academy Awards edit

Year Films Category Result Ref.
2017 Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru Best Story Won
Best Director Won [15]

South Indian International Movie Awards edit

Year Films Category Result Ref.
2017 Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru Best Debut Director Won [16]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Rajendran, Karthika (24 March 2016). "21-year-old directs Rahman". The Hindu.
  2. ^ "I made my dad proud by making'Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru': Karthick Naren D". The Hindu. 7 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Karthick Naren: One of the youngest filmmakers to have a blockbuster under his belt - the Tamil whodunit D-16". The Economic Times. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  4. ^ Vasudevan, K V (31 December 2016). "Karthick Naren on 'Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru". The Hindu.
  5. ^ Suganth, M (7 January 2017). "I had doubts if people would accept the film: Karthick Naren". Times of India.
  6. ^ Shekar, GC (7 April 2017). "24 frames at just 21". Outlook India. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Uriyadi's Vijay Kumar to D-16's Karthick Naren, 5 promising filmmakers of Tamil cinema". India Today. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  8. ^ "'ആ ചിത്രം കാണാന്‍ അക്ഷമനായി കാത്തിരിക്കുന്നു' - ഗൗതം വാസുദേവ മേനോന്‍". South Live. 14 November 2017. Archived from the original on 17 November 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Karthick Naren-Arun Vijay's 'Mafia' to start rolling this week!". Sify. Archived from the original on 3 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  10. ^ "director Karthick narens".
  11. ^ "Simbu and Karthick Naren to join hands?". Timesofindia.com. 27 June 2018.
  12. ^ "D43 first look: Dhanush's film with Karthick Narean titled Maaran". Timesofindia.com. 28 June 2021.
  13. ^ Johnson, David (16 July 2020). "Mani Ratnam's web series: The ace filmmaker brings these nine directors for 'Navarasa'". International Business Times. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Karthick Naren and Malavika Nair play extended cameos in 'Kannadi'". Times of India. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  15. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (30 March 2017). "D16 director gets his first award". Deccan Chronicle.
  16. ^ Today, India (2 July 2017). "SIIMA Awards 2017 Day 2: Mohanlal wins Best Actor, Vijay bags Best Entertainer". India Today.

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