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S. A. Chandrasekhar

S. A. Chandrasekar is an Indian film director, producer and writer who primarily works in Tamil films. He made his directorial debut with Aval Oru Pachai Kuzhanthai, He got his breakthrough with Sattam Oru Iruttarai (1981). He has directed over 70 movies in all south Indian languages and is known for directing socially-themed films.[1][2]

S.A. Chandrasekar
Occupationactor, director
Years active1978-Present
Known fordirector in kollywood
Spouse(s)Shoba Chandrasekhar
Children2, including Vijay
RelativesSee Chandrasekhar family

Personal lifeEdit

S. A. Chandrasekhar is from Thangachimadam, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. He is married to Shoba, a carnatic singer. He is the father of actor Vijay, who debuted in his directorial Naalaiya Theerpu. Chandrasekhar had a daughter Vidya who died at the age of 2.[3] His brother-in-law S. N. Surendar is a playback singer and voice artist and his nephew Vikranth is an actor.

Film careerEdit

Chandrasekar has directed over 70 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. Some of his hits include Vetri, Naan Sigappu Manithan, Neethikku Thandanai, Once More. He also directed hit Telugu movies such as Chattaniki Kallu Levu with Chiranjeevi. Most of his movies are with Vijayakanth and Vijay. His son acted more than sixteen films in his direction including special appearances. He has appeared in supporting roles in some movies such as Naan Sivappu Manithan.[4] Directors S. Shankar, M. Rajesh, Ponram had worked with him as assistants.[5][6]

In the early 2000s, Chandrasekhar slowed down his work as a director and focused on business interests, including on the construction of a three star hotel for his son. In 2000, he began pre-production work on a film titled Dhoosi with Sarathkumar but the project was later shelved.[7]

He turned as the lead actor at the age of 70 in Touring Talkies (2015) which is also his last directorial venture. With Nayyapudai (2016), is the veteran's second attempt in heroics.[8]

S. A. Chandrasekhar is back after a break with a biopic on social activist Traffic Ramasamy (2018).[9] S. A. Chandrasekhar who has an uncanny resemblance to real life is aptly cast and he does full justice to his role with his energetic performance.[10]


Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Producer Screenplay Story Actor
2019 Capmaari  Y  Y Tamil
2018 Arudra  Y Tamil
2018 Traffic Ramasamy  Y  Y Tamil
2016 Kodi  Y Tamil Remade in Kannada as Dhwaja
2016 Nayyapudai  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil
2015 Touring Talkies  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil
2011 Sattapadi Kutram  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil
2010 Veluthu Kattu  Y Tamil
2008 Pandhayam  Y  Y  Y Tamil
2007 Nenjirukkum Varai  Y  Y Tamil
2006 Aathi  Y Tamil Remake of Athanokkade
2005 Sukran  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil
2003 Mutham  Y  Y Tamil
2002 Thamizhan  Y Tamil
2001 Dosth  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1999 Periyanna  Y  Y Tamil
1999 Nenjinile  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1998 Priyamudan  Y Tamil Remade in Telugu as Preminche Manasu
Remade in Kannada as Nata
Remade in Hindi as Deewana Main Deewana
1997 Once More  Y  Y Tamil
1996 Maanbumigu Maanavan  Y  Y Tamil
1995 Vishnu  Y  Y Tamil
1995 Deva  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1994 Rasigan  Y  Y Tamil
1993 Sendhoorapandi  Y  Y Tamil
1993 Jeevan Ki Shatranj  Y  Y Hindi Remake of Rajanadai
1993 Rajadurai  Y  Y Tamil
1992 Innisai Mazhai  Y  Y Tamil
1992 Naalaiya Theerpu  Y  Y Tamil
1992 Mera Dil Tere Liye  Y Hindi Remake of Nanbargal
1992 Insaaf Ki Devi  Y Hindi
1991 Nanbargal  Y Tamil Remade in Hindi as Mera Dil Tere Liye
1990 Azaad Desh Ke Gulam  Y  Y Hindi Remake of Tamil movie Sudhanthira Naattin Adimaigal
1990 Jai Shiv Shankar  Y Hindi Remake of Malayalam movie Vartha
1990 Seetha  Y Tamil
1989 Rajanadai  Y  Y Tamil Remade in Hindi as Jeevan Ki Shatranj
1988 Ithu Engal Neethi  Y  Y Tamil
1988 Sudhanthira Naattin Adimaigal  Y Tamil
1988 Poovum Puyalum  Y Tamil
1987 Kudrat Ka Kanoon  Y Hindi Remake of Neethikku Thandanai
1987 Sattam Oru Vilayaattu  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1987 Neethikku Thandanai  Y  Y  Y Tamil Remade in Telugu as Nyayaniki Siksha
Remade in Hindi as Kudrat Ka Kanoon
Remade in Kannada as Nyayakke Sikshe
1986 Sigappu Malargal  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1986 Nilave Malare  Y  Y Tamil
1986 Vasantha Raagam  Y  Y Tamil
1986 Enakku Nane Needipathi  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1986 En Sabatham  Y Tamil
1985 Intiko Rudramma  Y Telugu
1985 Neethiyin Marupakkam  Y  Y Tamil
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan  Y  Y  Y Tamil Loosely based on Death Wish
Remade in Kannada as Mahatma
1985 Balidaan  Y Hindi Remake of Malayalam film Raktham
1985 Pudhu Yugam  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1984 Kudumbam  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1984 Dopidi Dongalu  Y Telugu
1984 Veetuku Oru Kannagi  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1984 Devanthakudu  Y Telugu Remake of Geluvu Nannade
1984 Vetri  Y Tamil
1983 Simha Gharjane  Y  Y Kannada
1983 Hasida Hebbuli  Y  Y Kannada
1983 Saatchi  Y  Y  Y Tamil Remake of Malayalam film Raktham
1983 Samsaram Enbathu Veenai  Y Tamil
1983 Gedda Maga  Y Kannada Remake of Moondru Mugam
1983 Geluvu Nannade  Y Kannada Remade as Devanthakudu
1983 Palletoori Monagadu  Y Telugu
1983 Balidaanam  Y Telugu Remake of Pattanathu Rajakkal
1982 Idhayam Pesugirathu  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1982 Nyaya Ellide  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Sattam Oru Iruttarai
1982 Om Shakti  Y Tamil
1982 Pattanathu Rajakkal  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1981 Needhi Pizhaithadhu  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1981 Chattaniki Kallu Levu  Y  Y Telugu Remake of Sattam Oru Iruttarai
1981 Jadhikkoru Needi  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1981 Nenjile Thunivirunthal  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1981 Sattam Oru Iruttarai  Y  Y Tamil Remade in Telugu as Chattaniki Kallu Levu
Remade in Kannada as Nyaya Ellide
Remade in Malayalam as Maattuvin Chattangale
Remade in Hindi as Andha Kanoon
Remade in Tamil as Sattam Oru Iruttarai
1978 Aval Oru Pachai Kuzhandhai  Y Tamil


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