Lokesh Kanagaraj

Lokesh Kanagaraj is an Indian film director who works primarily in the Tamil film industry who started his film career with the 2016 anthology film called Aviyal.

Lokesh Kanagaraj
Lokesh Kanagaraj at The ‘Zee Cine Awards’.jpg
Lokesh at Zee Cine Awards, Tamil in 2020
Alma materVivek Vidylaya Matric Higher Secondary School [2]
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active2015–present
Known forMaanagaram

Early life and backgroundEdit

He was born in Kinathukadavu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. He majored in fashion technology before pursuing his MBA.[3] He was an ex bank employee. He pursued his passion which is towards film making by participating in a corporate short film competition. The judge of the competition was director Karthick Subbaraj. He then encouraged Lokesh to continue making films.[4]


In 2016, his short film Kaalam was included in the anthology film Aviyal produced by Karthick Subbaraj.[5]

In 2017, he made his directorial feature debut with the action-thriller Maanagaram starring Sundeep Kishan, Sri, Regina Cassandra, Madhusudhan Rao, and Charle in the lead roles.[6]

In late 2018, he began working on a film for Dream Warrior Pictures, the same production company behind Maanagaram.[7] With Karthi in the lead role, the action-thriller was titled Kaithi.[8]

He completed an action-thriller Master which has Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles.[9] Which was released on 13 January 2021, a day before the Pongal festival. It received positive reviews. It ran successfully in theatres.

In 2020, he announced his next directorial venture produced by and starring Kamal Haasan. The title of the film was revealed in a teaser as Vikram on 7 November 2020.[10]



Year Film Director Writer Notes
2016 Aviyal     Segment - Kalam
2017 Maanagaram    
2019 Kaithi    


2021 Master    
2022 Vikram     Filming [12]
TBA Thalapathy 67     Pre Production[13]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2021 Master Prisoner Cameo


Year Title Notes Ref(s)
2018 Vella Raja Co-Writer


Film Award Category Result Ref.
Maanagaram 10th Vijay Awards Best Debut Director Won [14]
Best Screenplay Nominated
Kaithi Zee Tamil Cine Awards Favourite Director Won [15]


  1. ^ "Lokesh Kanagaraj Interview: Kaithi Is About A Father's Love And That Rare Bond Between Strangers". 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ "A celebration of cinema and filmmaking - Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "'தளபதி-64' பத்தி இப்போ கேட்காதீங்க - Lokesh Kanagaraj | Kaithi | Thalapathy 64 | Open Pannaa - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  4. ^ "முதல் படத்திலேயே முத்திரை பதித்த இளம் இயக்குநர்களுடன் ஒரு உரையாடல் | சினிமா18 | News 18 Tamilnadu - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  5. ^ Anantharam, Chitra Deepa (9 March 2017). "The lives of others". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Maanagaram- Opens big on March 10". Sify.com.
  7. ^ "No heroine in Karthi's next with Lokesh Kanagaraj". The News Minute. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Kaithi will showcase Karthi's potential as a versatile actor: Lokesh Kanagaraj". The Times of India. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Team Thalapathy 64 arrives in Delhi; second schedule begins". The Indian Express. November 2019.
  10. ^ Kanagaraj, Lokesh [@Dir_Lokesh] (7 November 2020). "Dear Guru..This is our humble gift to you sir.. Wishing you a very happy birthday. Please do keep inspiring us always sir @ikamalhaasan 🙏 t.co/z8mEbtgldU #ஆரம்பிக்கலாங்களா #என்வீரமேவாகையேசூடும் #vikram #HBDKamalHaasan" (Tweet). Retrieved 8 January 2021 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Has this Hollywood movie inspired Kaithi?". The Times of India. 29 October 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Lokesh Kanagaraj's next with Kamal Haasan officially announced". kollyinsider.com. 16 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Vijay and Lokesh to join hands for Thalapathy 67". sify.com. 11 October 2021.
  14. ^ "Vijay awards 2018: Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi win best actor award, Dhanush and Anirudh perform together. See pics". Hindustan Times. 4 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Tamil 2020 winners list: Ajith, Kamal Haasan, Dhanush won these honours". International Business Times. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020.