Lokesh Kanagaraj

Lokesh Kanagaraj (born-14 March 1986) is an Indian film director and screenwriter who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. He started his career with a short film in the 2016 anthology Aviyal. He later directed his first feature film Maanagaram (2017) and Master (2021). The Lokesh Cinematic Universe consists of his directorial films Kaithi (2019) and Vikram (2022).#Thalapathy67 (2023)

Lokesh Kanagaraj
Lokesh Kanagaraj at The ‘Zee Cine Awards’.jpg
Lokesh at Zee Cine Awards Tamil in 2020
Born (1986-03-14) 14 March 1986 (age 36)[1]
Alma materPSG College of Arts and Science[3]
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active2015–present
Known forLokesh Cinematic Universe

Kaithi (2019 film)

Vikram (2022 film)

Early lifeEdit

Lokesh Kanagaraj was born in Kinathukadavu, Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, India. In PSG College of Arts and Science, he majored in Fashion Technology before pursuing his MBA. He did his schooling in Palanayiammal matric hr sec school Kalliyapuram pollachi[4][time needed] He is an ex-bank employee. He pursued his passion towards film making by participating in a corporate short film competition. The judge of the competition was director Karthik Subbaraj. He then encouraged Lokesh to continue making film.[5]


In 2016, his short film Kalam was included in the anthology film Aviyal produced by Karthick Subbaraj.[6] In 2017, he made his directorial feature debut with the action-thriller Maanagaram.[7] His next after Kaithi was action-thriller film Master starring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi.[8] which was released on 13 January 2021. a day before the Pongal festival. It opened to positive reviews and emerged as a commercial success. Master was the second highest grossing Tamil film of 2021.[9][10]

In late 2018, he began working on a film for Dream Warrior Pictures, the same production company behind Maanagaram.[11] With Karthi in the lead role, the action-thriller was titled Kaithi.[12]

He directed Vikram (2022) starring Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, and Fahadh Faasil. Following the success of the film he is actively creating the Lokesh Cinematic Universe on basis of Kaithi and Vikram where, Vikram is the highest grossing Tamil film of 2022[13][14] and the fourth highest-grossing Tamil film of all time.[14][15] In late 2022, Lokesh will begin shooting of stand alone film Lord collaborating with Vijay, Sai Pallavi, Dhanush, Sanjay Dutt, Trisha, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Mansoor Ali Khan and Gautham Menon .[16][17][18]


Year Film Director Writer Notes
2017 Maanagaram Yes Yes
2019 Kaithi Yes Yes
2021 Master Yes Yes Cameo appearance as Prisoner
2022 Vikram Yes Yes
2023 Thalapathy 67 Yes Yes Big scale gangster film, planned to release on diwali 2023


Film Award Category Result Ref.
Maanagaram 10th Vijay Awards Best Debut Director Won [19]
Best Screenplay Nominated
Kaithi Zee Tamil Cine Awards Favourite Director Won [20]


  1. ^ Lokesh Kanagaraj In Conversation With Ramya Subramanian | Vikram, retrieved 25 May 2022
  2. ^ "Lokesh Kanagaraj Interview: Kaithi Is About A Father's Love And That Rare Bond Between Strangers". 22 October 2019.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "A celebration of cinema and filmmaking - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "'தளபதி-64' பத்தி இப்போ கேட்காதீங்க - Lokesh Kanagaraj | Kaithi | Thalapathy 64 | Open Pannaa - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  5. ^ "முதல் படத்திலேயே முத்திரை பதித்த இளம் இயக்குநர்களுடன் ஒரு உரையாடல் | சினிமா18 | News 18 Tamilnadu - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  6. ^ Anantharam, Chitra Deepa (9 March 2017). "The lives of others". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Maanagaram- Opens big on March 10". Sify.com. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Team Thalapathy 64 arrives in Delhi; second schedule begins". The Indian Express. November 2019.
  9. ^ "2021 Top grossers in Tamil Nadu - Thalapathy Vijay's Master tops". 6 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Year Ender 2021: Master to Annaatthe, Highest-grossing Tamil Movies of 2021". 29 December 2021.
  11. ^ "No heroine in Karthi's next with Lokesh Kanagaraj". The News Minute. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Kaithi will showcase Karthi's potential as a versatile actor: Lokesh Kanagaraj". The Times of India. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Lokesh Kanagaraj Cinematic Universe LCU". June 2022.
  14. ^ a b "Vikram surpasses Beast Day 2 collection". Times of India. Archived from the original on 15 June 2022. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  15. ^ "Lokesh Kanagaraj confirms 'Kaithi 2' with Karthi". The News Minute. 29 October 2019. Archived from the original on 3 January 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Sai Pallavi eager to share screen with Thalapathy Vijay: If good script comes, will definitely work". 8 July 2022.
  17. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/TST_Offcl/status/1557399442281873408?cxt=HHwWgIDSqdKi_5wrAAAA[bare URL]
  18. ^ "Dhanush says yes to become Thalapathy Vijay's villain? - Tamil News". 10 June 2022.
  19. ^ "Vijay awards 2018: Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi win best actor award, Dhanush and Anirudh perform together. See pics". Hindustan Times. 4 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Tamil 2020 winners list: Ajith, Kamal Haasan, Dhanush won these honours". International Business Times. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020.

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