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Vinayagar Sundar Vel, also known as Sundar. C, is a Tamil film director and actor. He has directed over 16 films in Tamil and acted in over 9 movies as the protagonist. Initially, he worked as an assistant director to Manivannan. His notable films include Ullathai Allitha (1996), Arunachalam (1997), Anbe Sivam (2003), Winner (2003), Giri (2004), Kalakalappu (2012), Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013), Aranmanai (2014) and Kalakalappu 2 (2018).[2]

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Vinayagar Sundar Vel

(1968-01-21) 21 January 1968 (age 51)
  • Film director
  • Actor
  • Film producer
  • Screenwriter
Years active1995 – present
Known forFounder of Avni Cinemax
Spouse(s)Kushboo (1995–present)
ChildrenAvantika, Anandita

He took a short break from direction after his initial launch as an actor in 2006 with the film Thalai Nagaram which was a commercial failure.[3][4] He returned to direction with his trade mark comedy roller coaster in the movie Kalakalappu in 2012 and it went on to become a moderate success.

His successful career as a director continued with movies like Aranamanai film series (2014).

He also produced the TV series Nandini along with his wife, actress Kushboo aired on Sun TV. He is a pioneer in television industry to produce a TV Series in 4 languages: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada, simultaneously.[5] The show has been praised and well received by audience, becoming a huge success and India's most watched television series in a matter of weeks since it first aired.[6] He also produced movies like Hello Naan Pei Pesuren, Muthina Kathirika and Meesaya Murukku. Sundar C is one of the few directors who directed the two Super Stars of Tamil Cinema, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in Arunachalam (1997) and Anbe Sivam (2003), respectively.


Sundar C started his career as an assistant director to Manivannan and made his directorial debut with Murai Maman (1995). Sundar revealed that he initially wanted a leading action hero to play the lead role in his film and approached Sarathkumar, but the producer was unavailable to sign the actor. Subsequently, the director chose Jayaram to play the lead role in the film and also said that he tapped into his innate sense of humour, as Jayaram was very famous for his humour in Malayalam.[7] Murai Maaman did well at the box office and Sundar went on to direct many humour themed films such as Ullathai Allitha (1996), Mettukudi (1996) and Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1999). In 1997, he directed his highest-profile project till date, Arunachalam, with Rajinikanth. He has also occasionally directed action and thriller films such as Unnai Kann Theduthey (2000), Rishi (2001) and Chinna (2005).[8][9] His favourite heroine was actress Rambha; as a Director he made her as his lead heroine in his 6 movies.

In 2003, he directed two films Winner and Anbe Sivam. The former was successful and the comedy scenes from that film became hugely popular. However, the latter, despite being critically acclaimed, under performed at the box office, but became a cult classic. Anbe Sivam remains his only humane realism movie till today out of his regular commercial cinema genre.[10] After directing Rendu (2006), Sundar took a break from directing in order to concentrate on his acting career. He made his acting debut as lead actor with Thalai Nagaram (2006), which was well received. Then he went on to play lead roles with the commercially successful Veerappu, directed by Badri and Sandai by Sakthi Chidambaram. He then made a comeback as a director with Nagaram Marupakkam (2010).

After his blockbuster hit Kalakalappu in 2012, he is continuously giving successful movies like Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, Aranmanai, Aambala, Aranmanai 2 and Kalakalappu 2. Out of which Aranmanai and Aranmanai 2 are the trend setters in Comedy Horror genre in Tamil film industry.


As an ActorEdit

Year Film Role Notes Ref.
1995 Murai Maman Cameo appearance [11]
1997 Arunachalam Reporter Cameo appearance [12]
2006 Thalai Nagaram Subramaniam (Right) [13]
2007 Veerappu Pulippandi [14]
2008 Sandai Kathiresan (Kaththi) [15]
Aayudham Seivom Saidai Sathya [16]
2009 Perumal Perumal [17]
Thee ACP Sarathy (Samy) [18]
Aiyantham Padai Prabhakaran [19]
2010 Guru Sishyan Eeti [20]
Vaadaa Vetrivel [21]
Nagaram Marupakkam Selvam [22]
2012 Murattu Kaalai Kaalaiyan [23]
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself [24]
Aranmanai Ravi [25]
2016 Aranmanai 2 Ravi [26]
Muthina Kathirikai Muthupandi [27]
2019 Iruttu Police officer [28]

As a director and writerEdit

Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Writer
1995 Murai Maman  Y  Y Tamil
Murai Mappillai  Y  Y Tamil
1996 Ullathai Allitha  Y  Y Tamil
Mettukudi  Y  Y Tamil
1997 Arunachalam  Y  N Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Janakiraman  Y  Y Tamil
1998 Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar  Y  Y Tamil
1999 Unnai Thedi  Y  Y Tamil
Suyamvaram  Y  N Tamil Directed by fourteen directors
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga  Y  Y Tamil
2000 Azhagarsamy  Y  N Tamil
Kannan Varuvaan  Y  Y Tamil
Unnai Kann Theduthey  Y  Y Tamil
2001 Ullam Kollai Poguthae  Y  Y Tamil
Rishi  Y  N Tamil
Azhagana Naatkal  Y  Y Tamil
2003 Anbe Sivam  Y  N Tamil
Winner  Y  Y Tamil
2004 Giri  Y  Y Tamil
2005 London  Y  N Tamil
Thaka Thimi Tha  Y  N Tamil
Chinna  Y  N Tamil
2006 Rendu  Y  Y Tamil
2010 Nagaram Marupakkam  Y  Y Tamil
2012 Kalakalappu  Y  Y Tamil 25th film as a director
2013 Madha Gaja Raja  Y  Y Tamil Unreleased
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru  Y  Y Tamil
2014 Aranmanai  Y  Y Tamil Nominated, Vijay Award for Favourite Director
2015 Aambala  Y  Y Tamil
2016 Aranmanai 2  Y  Y Tamil
2018 Kalakalappu 2  Y  Y Tamil
2019 Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven  Y  Y Tamil
Action  Y  Y Tamil
2020 Aranmanai 3  Y  Y Tamil Pre Production

As a SingerEdit

Year Film Song Composer Notes
2008 Sandai "Vaadee En Kappakezhungu" Dhina
2010 Guru Sishyan "Subbaiyaa Subbaiyaa" Sung with Sathyaraj

As a ProducerEdit

Year Film Language
2017 Meesaya Murukku Tamil
2019 Natpe Thunai
2020 Naan Sirithaal

As a TV Series ProducerEdit


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  3. ^ "Sundar C. is on a roll". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Hat trick?". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 28 March 2008.
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  10. ^ "The Hindu : Anbe Sivam". Retrieved 23 August 2017.
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  14. ^ "Veerappu Review". 26 November 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Review: Sandai is illogical". 24 March 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Aayudham Seivom Tamil Movie Review". 30 June 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  17. ^ "Perumal Movie Review". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  18. ^ "Movie Review : Review -Thee". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  19. ^ "Aindham Padai is below average". 27 July 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  20. ^ "Cinema Plus / Film Review : Viewer's woes – Guru Sishyan". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  21. ^ "What's special in 'Vaada'?". 3 April 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  22. ^ "Nagaram Marupakkam Review – Tamil Movie Review by V.S. Rajapur". 20 November 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  23. ^ "Movie Review : Murattu Kaalai". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  24. ^ "Ninaithathu Yaro Movie Reviews, Stills & Wallpapers - Sulekha Movies". Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Aranmanai (2014)". Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Aranmanai 2". Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  27. ^ "Muthina Kathirikai review. Muthina Kathirikai Tamil movie review, story, rating". Retrieved 23 August 2017.
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