S. A. Chandrasekhar

S. A. Chandrasekar is an Indian film director, producer, writer, and actor who primarily works within Kollywood. He made his directorial debut with Aval Oru Pachai Kuzhanthai (1978), 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 films focusing on social issues.[1][2]

S.A. Chandrasekhar
SA Chandrasekhar at Kanithan Audio Launch.jpg
Chandrasekhar at Kanithan movie audio launch
Born (1945-07-02) 2 July 1945 (age 76)
OccupationActor, Producer, Director
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Shoba Chandrasekhar
Vidhya Chandrasekhar (died)
RelativesVikranth (nephew)
S. N. Surendar (brother-in-law)

Personal lifeEdit

S. A. Chandrasekhar is from Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. His father was Senathipathy Pillai. He is married to Shoba, a carnatic singer. He is the father of Tamil actor Vijay, who debuted in his directorial film Naalaiya Theerpu in 1992. Chandrasekhar had a daughter named Vidya; she died at the age of two.[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 movies include Sattam Oru Iruttarai (1981), Chattaniki Kallu Levu (1981), Nyaya Ellide (1982), Palletoori Monagadu (1983), Saatchi (1983), Vetri (1984), Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985), Sattam Oru Vilayaattu (1987), Sendhoorapandi (1993), Rasigan (1994), Deva (1995), Once More (1997) and Nenjirukkum Varai (2006).

He introduced Vijay and directed several films in his formative years such as Naalaiya Theerpu (1992), Sendhoorapandi (1993), Rasigan (1994), Deva (1995) and Vishnu (1995). Most of his movies are with Vijayakanth (19 films) and Vijay (9 films).

He also directed Telugu movies such as Chattaniki Kallu Levu (1981) and Palletoori Monagadu (1983) with Chiranjeevi.

He has appeared in supporting roles in some movies such as Kudumbam (1984), Pudhu Yugam (1985), Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985), Neethiyin Marupakkam (1985), Enakku Nane Needipathi (1986), Vasantha Raagam (1986), Nilave Malare (1986), Neethikku Thandanai (1987), Sattam Oru Vilayaattu (1987), Innisai Mazhai (1992), Deva (1995), Priyamudan (1998), Sukran (2005) and Kodi (2016).[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.

S. A. Chandrasekhar returned after a break with a biopic on social activist Traffic Ramasamy (2018).[8]

In 2019, he directed his 70th film titled Capmaari.[9]


Year Film Credited as Language Role Notes
Director Producer Screenplay Story Actor
2021 Maanaadu  Y Tamil Politician
2019 Capmaari  Y  Y  Y Tamil Police Inspector
2018 Aaruthra  Y Tamil Shiva's father
2018 Traffic Ramasamy  Y  Y Tamil Traffic Ramasamy
2016 Kodi  Y Tamil Thalaivar
2016 Nayyapudai  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil Vellaichamy
2015 Touring Talkies  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil Anthony
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
2005 Sukran  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil Himself
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 CBI officer Gopal
1997 Once More  Y  Y Tamil
1996 Maanbumigu Maanavan  Y  Y Tamil
1995 Vishnu  Y  Y Tamil
1995 Deva  Y  Y  Y Tamil Marimuthu
1994 Rasigan  Y  Y Tamil
1993 Sendhoorapandi  Y  Y Tamil
1993 Jeevan Ki Shatranj  Y  Y Hindi
1993 Rajadurai  Y  Y Tamil
1992 Innisai Mazhai  Y  Y Tamil
1992 Naalaiya Theerpu  Y  Y Tamil
1992 Mera Dil Tere Liye  Y Hindi
1992 Insaaf Ki Devi  Y Hindi
1991 Nanbargal  Y Tamil
1990 Azaad Desh Ke Gulam  Y  Y Hindi
1990 Jai Shiv Shankar  Y Hindi
1990 Seetha  Y Tamil
1989 Rajanadai  Y  Y Tamil
1988 Ithu Engal Neethi  Y  Y Tamil
1988 Sudhanthira Naattin Adimaigal  Y Tamil
1988 Poovum Puyalum  Y Tamil
1987 Kudrat Ka Kanoon  Y Hindi
1987 Sattam Oru Vilayaattu  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil Peter
1987 Neethikku Thandanai  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1986 Sigappu Malargal  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1986 Nilave Malare  Y  Y Tamil
1986 Vasantha Raagam  Y  Y  Y Tamil Chandrasekhar
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 Hospital Ward Boy
1985 Balidaan  Y Hindi
1985 Pudhu Yugam  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1984 Kudumbam  Y  Y  Y  Y Tamil Sekar
1984 Dopidi Dongalu  Y Telugu
1984 Veetuku Oru Kannagi  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1984 Devanthakudu  Y Telugu
1984 Vetri  Y Tamil
1983 Simha Gharjane  Y  Y Kannada
1983 Hasida Hebbuli  Y  Y Kannada
1983 Saatchi  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1983 Samsaram Enbathu Veenai  Y Tamil
1983 Gedda Maga  Y Kannada
1983 Geluvu Nannade  Y Kannada
1983 Palletoori Monagadu  Y Telugu
1983 Balidaanam  Y Telugu
1982 Idhayam Pesugirathu  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1982 Nyaya Ellide  Y  Y Kannada
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
1981 Nenjile Thunivirunthal  Y  Y  Y Tamil
1981 Sattam Oru Iruttarai  Y  Y  Y Tamil HitchHiker
1978 Aval Oru Pachai Kuzhandhai  Y Tamil


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