P. Vasu

Vasudevan Peethambharan, known professionally as P. Vasu, is an Indian director, writer and actor who works in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films. In a career spanning three decades, Vasu has directed over 65 films.[2]

P. Vasu
P.Vasu at Aayirathil Oruvan (1965) Audio Launch.jpg
Vasu in 2014
Vasudevan Peethambaran

(1955-09-15) 15 September 1955 (age 65)[1]
OccupationDirector, writer, producer, actor
Years active1981 – present
ChildrenShakthi Vasudevan
Abirami Vasudevan

Personal lifeEdit

P. Vasu's father, Peethambaran Nair, worked as a make-up man for N. T. Rama Rao and M. G. Ramachandran in their films during his time.[3] He was one of the leading make-up artists during his period and was elected as the president of the make-up union Tamil Nadu for 30 years. He later went on to become a producer.

He produced about 25 films in Tamil and Telugu and became one of the leading producers in the south. He produced with his brother M. C. Sekhar, who was a cinematographer. M. C. Sekhar had worked as a cinematographer for more than 150 films. Peethambharan died on 21 February 2011 at the age of 89.[4]

Vasu is an alumnus of Wesley High School, Chennai. Vasu is married to Shanthi and has a son, Sakthi Vasu, who is an actor and a daughter, Abhirami Vasudevan. His mother is Kamala. Vasu's brothers are Vidyasagar and Vimal, and his sisters are Vijaylakshmi, Vasantha and Vanaja.[5] He is a Malayali from Nedumbal, a village in Thrissur district, Kerala, but settled in Tamil Nadu.


Vasu joined director C. V. Sridhar as an assistant. Vasu started his career with Santhana Bharathi as a co-director and made films such as Panneer Pushpangal, Madhu Malar, Mella Pesungal, Sahasame Jeevitham and Needhiyin Nizhal. "We compromised on certain things as we had different approaches to the subject. That's the reason why some of our other movies failed to make a big impression in the box office, prompting us to take our own paths," he says.[6]

The director went through a career slump in the mid-1990s after a series of failures in 1995, through the Prabhu-starrers Kattumarakaran and Mr. Madras, while his high budget romantic musical Love Birds also received average reviews and collections.[7][8]

Vasu also acts in other films. He usually portrays a supporting role or an antagonistic role. He has directed more than 60 movies in several languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi, including Apthamithra and Chandramukhi. His Apthamithra went on to cross the one-year mark, while legendary Chandramukhi has had a record run of 800 days and more.

In June 2013, P. Vasu revealed that he was set to direct an English film titled Curry in Love, with an apparent star cast of Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Vijay, Eddie Murphy and Jon Voight. However, the supposed cast denied the reports as baseless and P. Vasu postponed the film, citing a delay in production.[9][10] Later in April 2017, Vasu revealed that he still had intentions of making the film if he found a producer to help finance the project.[11] Similarly in early 2014, P. Vasu released an official statement claiming that his next film would be an animatronics venture titled Aishwaryavum Aayiram Kaakkavum and that Aishwarya Rai would feature in the leading role. Aishwarya Rai's team later denied claims citing that such allegations of an agreement were premature.[12][13]

Style of workingEdit

His films are usually made with a commercial format in the masala genre, with action, family sentiment, comedy, betrayal, revenge and redemption appearing as key themes. Family sentiment (i.e. melodrama) is the recurring themes in all of his directorials. Indiaglitz wrote: "Vasu ruled the early 90s with his sentimental tearjerkers. He started using sister-brother-mother-father sentiment".[14] According to Behindwoods, "Vasu's style of storytelling has pervasive dramatization with a more-than-usual touch of sentiment".[15]

Vasu learnt the finer nuances of direction from Sridhar, under whom he started off as an assistant director, and added that he never followed Sridhar's style of filmmaking and has always tried to be original.[6] Vasu said that during childhood, "I found myself watching films and narrating the stories to my friends in school. If the school would begin at nine I would reach there by eight and narrate the story for an hour".[16]


Vasu has won recognition for his work from the film fraternity and the state government. He won state awards for three years in a row from 1990, for Best Screenplay and Dialogues in Nadigan, in 1991 as Best Director in Chinna Thambi. He was awarded the Filmfare award for Best Direction for the movie Apthamitra. He also won the Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award - J. Jayalalithaa Award in 2002.[17] He was awarded the Kalaimaamani Award in 2004, reminiscent of his father Shri M. Peethambaram who was an awardee for Best make-up.

Vasu is a member of the state award selection committee and jury member of the committee for tax-free movies.[18]


As directorEdit

Year Film Cast Language Note
1981 Panneer Pushpangal Suresh, Shanthi Krishna Tamil Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi
1981 Madhu Malar Pratap Pothan, Suhasini Tamil Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi
1983 Mella Pesungal Vasanth, Bhanupriya Tamil Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi
1984 Sahasame Jeevitham Balakrishna, Lizy Telugu Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi
1985 Needhiyin Nizhal Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu Ganesan Tamil Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi
1986 Kathanayaka Vishnuvardhan, Sumalata Ambarish Kannada
Guri Rajkumar, Archana Kannada
1987 Jayasimha Vishnuvardhan, Mahalakshmi Kannada
Jeevana Jyothi Vishnuvardhan, Ambika Kannada
Samarappanam Vishnuvardhan, Ambika Malayalam
1988 Daada Vishnuvardhan, Sangeeta Bijlani Kannada
En Thangachi Padichava Prabhu Ganesan, Rupini Tamil
1989 Pillaikkaga Prabhu Ganesan, Gautami Tamil
Ponmana Selvan Vijayakanth, Shobhana Tamil Remake of Karunamayi
Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai Sathyaraj, Shobhana Tamil Remake of Nammoora Raja
1990 Panakkaran Rajinikanth, Gautami Tamil Remake of Laawaris
Velai Kidaichuduchu Sathyaraj, Gautami Tamil
Nadigan Sathyaraj, Khushbu Tamil Remake of Professor
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer
1991 Chinna Thambi Prabhu, Khushbu Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Adhikari Arun Pandian, Gautami Tamil Remake of Guri
Kizhakku Karai Prabhu Ganesan, Khushbu Tamil
1992 Mannan Rajinikanth, Vijayashanti, Khushbu Tamil Remake of Anuraga Aralithu
Rickshaw Mama Sathyaraj, Gautami, Khushbu Tamil
Idhu Namma Bhoomi Karthik Muthuraman, Khushbu Tamil
Amma Vanthachu K. Bhagyaraj, Khushbu Tamil Remake of Ee Jeeva Ninagagi
Senthamizh Paattu Prabhu Ganesan, Sukanya Tamil
1993 Walter Vetrivel Sathyaraj, Sukanya Tamil
Uzhaippali Rajinikanth, Roja Tamil
Udan Pirappu Sathyaraj, Rahman, Sukanya Tamil
1994 Sethupathi IPS Vijayakanth, Meena Tamil
Sadhu Arjun, Raveena Tandon Tamil
1995 Kattumarakaran Prabhu Ganesan, Anjali Tamil
Coolie Sarath Kumar, Meena Tamil
Mr. Madras Prabhu Ganesan, Sukanya Tamil
1996 Love Birds Prabhu Deva, Nagma Tamil Remake of Ratha Sapthami
1997 Vaimaye Vellum R. Parthiban, Rakshana Tamil
Paththini Jayaram, Khushbu Tamil
1999 Suyamvaram Sathyaraj, Prabhu Ganesan Tamil
Malabar Police Sathyaraj, Khushbu Tamil
Ponnu Veetukaaran Sathyaraj, Preetha Vijayakumar Tamil
Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet Ajay Devgan, Neha Hindi
2000 Seenu Karthik Muthuraman, Malavika Tamil Remake of Bharatham
Vanna Thamizh Pattu Prabhu Ganesan Tamil
Kakkai Siraginilae R. Parthiban, Preetha Vijayakumar Tamil
2001 Asathal Sathyaraj, Ramya Krishnan Tamil Remake of Thoovalsparsham
2002 Prudhvi Narayana Srihari, Vijayalakshmi Telugu
2003 Hrudayavantha Vishnuvardhan, Nagma Kannada
Kadhal Kisu Kisu Bala, Charmy Kaur Tamil
2004 Apthamitra Vishnuvardhan, Ramesh Arvind Kannada Remake of Manichitrathazhu
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Kannada
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
2005 Chandramukhi Rajinikanth, Prabhu, Jyothika Tamil Remake of Manichitrathazhu
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
2006 Paramasivan Ajith Kumar, Laila Tamil Remake of Kartoos
2007 Maharadhi Balakrishna, Meera Jasmine Telugu
Thottal Poo Malarum Sakthi Vasu, Gowri Munjal Tamil
2008 Krishnarjuna Vishnu Vardhan Babu, Mamta Mohandas Telugu
Kuselan Pasupathy, Meena, Rajinikanth Tamil
Kathanayakudu Jagapathi Babu, Meena, Rajinikanth Telugu
2010 Aptharakshaka Vishnuvardhan, Sandhya Kannada
Nagavalli Venkatesh, Anushka Telugu Remake of Aptharakshaka
2011 Puli Vesham R. K., Karthik, Sadha Tamil
2012 Arakshaka Upendra, Ragini Dwivedi, Sadha Kannada
2014 Drishya V. Ravichandran, Navya Nair Kannada Remake of Drishyam
2016 Shivalinga Shiva Rajkumar, Vedhika Kannada
2017 Shivalinga Raghava Lawrence, Ritika Singh Tamil Remake of Shivalinga
2019 Ayushman Bhava Shiva Rajkumar , Rachita Ram , Nidhi Subbaiah Kannada

As actorEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Vallarasu Kandhasamy Tamil
2000 Seenu Tamil
2001 Ee Parakkum Thalika R. K. Santhanam Malayalam
2001 Thenkasi Pattanam Devaraj Tamil
2002 Kadhal Virus Himself Tamil Special appearance
2002 Seema Simham MP Kaaleswara Rao Telugu
2002 Sundara Travels Gayathri's father Tamil
2003 Banda Paramasivam Tamil
2003 Kadhal Kisu Kisu Tamil
2004 Arasatchi Tamil
2004 Maha Nadigan Arivanandan Tamil
2005 Chandramukhi Tamil Special appearance in song "Devuda Devuda"
2007 Manikanda Tamil
2008 Dasavathaaram J. Ragavendra (Jaa Raa) Tamil
2008 Kuselan Tamil Special appearance
2008 Kathanayakudu Telugu Special appearance
2008 Nenu Meeku Telusa...? Aditya's Father Telugu Special apperance
2010 Naane Ennul Illai himself Tamil
2010 Aptharakshaka Kannada Special appearance in song "Chamundi Thaayiyaane"
2010 Thanthonni Adv. Anand Sharma Malayalam
2017 Shivalinga Tamil Special appearance in song "Saarah Saarah"

As writerEdit

Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Story Screenplay Dialogue
1986 Ee Jeeva Ninagagi Yes Yes Kannada
1987 Karunamayi Yes Kannada
1988 Nammoora Raja Yes Kannada
1989 Muddula Mavayya' Yes Telugu
1991 Ramachaari Yes Kannada
1993 Purusha Lakshanam Yes Tamil
1993 Mangalya Bandhana Yes Kannada
1994 Bhale Pellam Yes Telugu
1998 Ayushman Bhava Yes Malayalam

As producerEdit

Year Film Cast Language Notes
1993 Walter Vetrivel Sathyaraj, Sukanya Tamil Produced by his wife Shanthi
1994 Sadhu Arjun Sarja, Raveena Tandon Tamil
1999 Malabar Police Sathyaraj, Khushbu Tamil Produced by his wife Shanthi
2007 Thottal Poo Malarum Sakthi Vasu, Gowri Munjal Tamil

As singerEdit

Year Film Song Composer Notes
1989 Pillaikkaga "Un Annai Naan" Gangai Amaran [19]


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