Sakthi Chidambaram

Shakthi N Chidambaram (born Dinakar),[1] is an Indian film director, who directs Tamil films.

Sakthi Chidambaram
C. Dhinakaran
Occupationwriter, director, actor
Years active1992-present


His real name is C. Dhinakaran. He first wrote the dialogues for the films Kottai Vaasal, Pokkiri Thambi, Pathavi Pramanam, Veettai Paaru Naattai Paaru and Uzhiyan. Chidambaram made his directorial debut in 1997 with Samrat,starring Ramki, a remake of Hindi film Baazigar. In 1998, he directed the film Vettu Onnu Thundu Rendu, starring Mansoor Ali Khan in the lead role. Both films were failures.[2]

After a gap, he changed his name and directed Ennamma Kannu with Sathyaraj. The film received mixed reviews and did well.[3] The success of the film prompted director and actor to reunite to make Mr. Narathar, but the project was shelved.[4] He then directed Lovely with Karthik.[5] His next directorial project, Charlie Chaplin, was a hit, and its success led to various remakes in other languages. His other projects, Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu and Kadhal Kirukkan, became box office disasters.

In 2004, he again collaborated with Sathyaraj with Maha Nadigan, a satire on cinema and politics.[6] The film faced controversy prior to its release for its mockery of Tamil actors and politicians. In late 2004, he agreed to collaborate with Sathyaraj again in a project titled Saddam Hussein, but the project did not continue.[7] In 2005, he briefly worked on the production of a film titled Pattasu with Sibiraj, Vikranth and Chaya Singh in the lead roles, but the film did not complete production.[8]

Sakthi again directed Sathyaraj in Englishkaran and Kovai Brothers, both successful.[9][10]

In 2012, Sakthi Chidambaram began work on a film titled Machan and immediately speculation arose that Namitha, who has appeared in several of the director's previous films as well as being closely associated with the title, would play a pivotal part in the film.[11] It was later announced that Siva Karthikeyan would play the lead role in the film alongside Dhansika, though the pair were later replaced by a new cast including Ramesh Aravind and comedians Vivek and Karunas.[12] Despite the release of a trailer and soundtrack, the film did not have a theatrical release.[13][14]


As director
Year Film Language Starcast Notes
1997 Samrat Tamil Ramki, Vineetha, Rukma
1998 Vettu Onnu Thundu Rendu Tamil Mansoor Ali Khan
2000 Ennamma Kannu Tamil Sathyaraj, Devayani
2002 Charlie Chaplin Tamil Prabhu, Prabhu Deva, Abhirami
2003 Kadhal Kirukkan Tamil R. Parthiban, Richa Pallod, Vineeth
2003 Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu Tamil Jai Akash
2004 Maha Nadigan Tamil Sathyaraj, Namitha
2005 Englishkaran Tamil Sathyaraj, Namitha
2006 Kovai Brothers Tamil Sathyaraj, Sibiraj, Namitha
2007 Viyabari Tamil S. J. Suryah, Tamannaah, Namitha
2008 Sandai Tamil Sundar C, Nadhiya, Namitha, Ramya Raj
2009 Rajadhi Raja Tamil Raghava Lawrence
2010 Guru Sishyan Tamil Sathyaraj, Sundar C.
2019 Charlie Chaplin 2 Tamil Prabhu Deva, Prabhu, Nikki Galrani
TBA Machan Tamil Ramesh Aravind, Vivek, Karunas, Namitha Unreleased
TBA Jeyikkira Kuthira Tamil Jeevan, Dimple Chopade Unreleased
Unknown PeiMama Tamil Yogi Babu Unreleased
As actor
Year Film Role Starcast Notes
1992 Kottai Vaasal Periyavar's assistant Arun Pandiyan
1994 Uzhiyan Govindaraj's assistant Arun Pandiyan
1999 Jodi Prashanth's friend Prashanth, Simran Credited as Dinakar
2007 Vyabari S. J. Suryah Cameo appearance in song "Vyabari"
2013 Thillu Mullu Film director Shiva Cameo appearance
TBA Machan Ramesh Aravind, Vivek, Karunas, Namitha
As writer
As producer

Shakthi N Chidambaram has produced five films (Kovai Brothers, Viyabari, Sandai, Rajadhi Raja, Guru Sishyan) he directed under the Cinema Paradise banner owned by him, and has produced only one film, 2008's Pazhani which he did not direct.

As distributor

Shakthi N Chidambaramhas bought the Tamil Nadu rights for Kaavalan.[15]


Shakthi N Chidambaram lashed out at actress Suhasini for giving bad reviews of his film Rajadhi Raja.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Hot New". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Ennamma Kannu - Tamil Movie Review".
  4. ^ "Mr. Narathar". 7 February 2001. Archived from the original on 7 February 2001.
  5. ^ "The Hindu : Film Review: Lovely".
  6. ^ "Sify Movies - Review listing (1970)".
  7. ^ "Saddam Hussain in Kodambakkam - Tamil Movie News -".
  8. ^ "Tamil movies : Pattasu – Sibiraj & Vikrant shooting started".
  9. ^ "Englishkaran - Tamil Movie Review".
  10. ^ "Review : (2006)".
  11. ^ Oor Kaalan (7 February 2012). "Shakti Chidambaram to cast Namitha in Machan? | Tamil Cinema News " KollyInsider".
  12. ^ "Marina Hero In Machan – Siva Karthikeyan – Machan – Tamil Movie News". 8 February 2012.
  13. ^ K. R. Manigandan (19 April 2012). "Life & Style / Metroplus : Shot Cuts". The Hindu.
  14. ^ "18 stars converge for Machan, machan, Sakthi Chidambaram". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Sakthi Chidambaram takes Vijay's 'Kaavalan' distribution rights".
  16. ^ "Director to file legal suit against Suhasini!".
  17. ^ "Shakthi Chidambaram lashes out Mani Rathnam's spouse". 3 June 2009.