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Magizh Thirumeni is an Indian film director who has worked on Tamil language films. After working as an assistant to directors Selvaraghavan And Gautham Vasudev Menon Magizh has directed four Tamil films, including the action thrillers Thadaiyara Thaakka (2012), Meaghamann (2014) and Thadam (2019).
Maghizh Thirumeni at a press meet for Meaghamann (2014)
As a teenager, Magizh Thirumeni was an avid reader of Tamil and Russian literature, and often wrote poetry and short stories revealing he found the experience "fulfilling". He thus moved on to attempting novels and writing scripts, before being smitten by film-making. In the early 2000s, hoping to make a breakthrough in the film industry as a director, Magizh often visited the offices of directors including P. Vasu and T. Rajender, hoping to join their teams. Director Kasthuri Raja signed on Magizh to work on his son Selvaraghavan's first film, but delays meant he first worked as an assistant director in the team of their coming-of-age film Thulluvadho Ilamai (2002). Magizh then met his mentor Gautham Menon at editor Suresh Urs's office while working on the post-production of another film and offered to work with Menon, being signed up to join him during the production of Kaakha Kaakha (2003). He worked extensively on the film as well as on Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006), before leaving Menon's team ten days into the shoot of Pachaikili Muthucharam (2007).
He made his directorial debut with the 2010 romantic comedy film Mundhinam Paartheney featuring a cast of newcomers. His second film, the action thriller Thadaiyara Thaakka (2012) featuring Arun Vijay, released in June 2012 and eventually went on to become a sleeper hit. Despite winning critical acclaim and making profits, Magizh revealed the film would have done better with a wider release and more publicity. He accepted the Adult censor certificate meant that the film could not stay in the cinema halls for a long period of time, but it went on to gain a cult following through a version uploaded on YouTube. Magizh then made another action thriller, Meaghamann (2014) with Arya in the leading role, which released in December 2014 to positive reviews. In 2019, Thadam movie released with positive reviews and it was a commercial success also.
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