S. P. Jananathan

S. P. Jananathan (7 May 1959 – 14 March 2021) was an Indian film director and screenwriter.

S.P. Jananathan
SP Jananathan at Tharkaapu Audio Launch.jpg
Born7 May 1959[1][2]
Died14 March 2021(2021-03-14) (aged 61)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active2003–2021

His debut film as director - Iyarkai (2003) though failed to deliver the expectations in the box office but went onto win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil in 2004.[3] He worked as an assistant to directors like B. Lenin, Bharathan, Vincent Selva and Keyar.[4][5] lm Directors’ Union.[6] ion Pictures.[7] Apart from directing, he also served as visual effects director for films like Dharma and Kumbakonam Gopalu directed by Keyaar.

He made his debut as producer with the film Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (2015).


He died on 14 March 2021 at the age of 61 after being unconscious for two days following a cardiac arrest.[8][9] Prior to his death, he underwent treatment at a private hospital in Chennai and was under ventilator support.[10][11] He was admitted in the ICU on 11 March 2021 by his assistants who found him unstable and unconscious at his residence in Chennai.[12]


Year Film Language Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2003 Iyarkai Tamil  Y  Y Winner, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
2006 E Tamil  Y  Y
2009 Peranmai Tamil  Y  Y
2015 Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai Tamil  Y  Y  Y
2015 Bhooloham Tamil  Y Dialogue Writer Only
2021 Laabam Tamil  Y  Y Released


  1. ^ http://tamilfilmdirectorsassociation.com/profile.php?sno=745
  2. ^ "SP-Jananathan".
  3. ^ "Honour well deserved". The Hindu. 27 August 2004. Archived from the original on 21 November 2004. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Making an impression with simplicity". The Hindu. 14 December 2009. Archived from the original on 3 September 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  5. ^ Warrier, Shoba (17 October 2006). "MGR films are my reference point". Rediff. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Donation scheme: Film directors' noble gesture". The Indian Express.
  7. ^ UTV Motion Picture and Binary Pictures to produce 'Purampokku'. Yahoo. 22 August 2013.
  8. ^ "'Laabam' director SP Jananathan passes away at 61 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  9. ^ Staff Reporter (14 March 2021). "Director S.P. Jananathan passes away". The Hindu (in en-IN). ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 March 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  10. ^ "National Award winning director SP Jananathan passes away in Chennai". The News Minute. 14 March 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  11. ^ "'Laabam' director SP Jananathan critical, on ventilator support". The News Minute. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  12. ^ "SP Jananathan, National Award-winning Tamil filmmaker, admitted to ICU after found unconscious at Chennai residence - Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 13 March 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2021.