Sundar C.

Vinayagar Sundar Vel (born 1968), also known as Sundar C., is an Indian film director and actor. He has directed over 32 films in Tamil and acted in over nine 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).

Sundar C.
Sundar C at Muthina Kathirikai Audio Launch.jpg
Vinayagar Sundar Vel

(1968-01-21) 21 January 1968 (age 53)
Erode, Madras State, India,[1] (present day-madras, Tamil Nadu, India)
  • Film director
  • Actor
  • Film producer
  • Screenwriter
Years active1992–present
(m. 2000)

He took a short break from direction, after his initial launch as an actor in 2006, with the film Thalai Nagaram, which became a commercial success.[2][3] He returned to direction with his trade mark comedy roller coaster in the movie Kalakalappu in 2012 and it went on to become a success.

His successful career as a director continued with the 2014 Aranmanai film series.

He also produced the TV series Nandini, along with his wife ( the actress Khusbhu) aired on Sun TV. He is a pioneer within the Indian television industry, in simultaneously producing a TV series in 4 languages, namely Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.[4] The show has been praised and well received by audiences, becoming a huge success, and India's most watched television series, within weeks after it first aired.[5] He also produced movies like Hello Naan Pei Pesuren, Muthina Kathirika and Meesaya Murukku. Sundar C is one of the few directors who directed 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 unable 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.[6] 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).[7][8] His favourite heroine was actress Rambha; as a Director he made her as his lead heroine in his 6 movies.

In the late 1990s, Sundar C had a brief career slump, where several of his films became stuck or did not have a theatrical release. Projects including collaborations with Karthik in Kadhal Solla Vanthen featuring Isha Koppikar, Athai Magan featuring Ramya Krishnan, and Vaazhkkai Vaazhvatharkke were affected. Likewise, a proposed projects titled Paarvai with Jayaram and Khusbhu, was also shelved.[9][10]

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.[11] 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. He acted in lead role in the horror thriller, Iruttu (2019) directed by V. Z. Durai. Sundar C. takes charge as the inspector of police. The film was released to positive reviews.[12] And directed Vishal's film, Action (2019).[13] His Next is Aranmanai 3 with Sun Pictures Filming Starts from February 20.[14]


As an ActorEdit

Year Film Role Notes Ref.
1990 Vaazhkai Chakkaram Constable [15]
1995 Murai Maman Cameo appearance [16]
1997 Arunachalam Reporter Cameo appearance [17]
2006 Thalai Nagaram Subramaniam (Right) [18]
2007 Veerappu Pulippandi [19]
2008 Sandai Kathiresan (Kaththi) [20]
Aayudham Seivom Saidai Sathya [21]
2009 Perumal Perumal [22]
Thee ACP Sarathy (Samy) [23]
Aiyantham Padai Prabhakaran [24]
2010 Guru Sishyan Eeti [25]
Vaadaa Vetrivel [26]
Nagaram Marupakkam Selvam [27]
2012 Murattu Kaalai Kaalaiyan [28]
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself Cameo appearance [29]
Aranmanai Ravi [30]
2016 Aranmanai 2 Ravi [31]
Muthina Kathirikai Muthupandi [32]
2019 Action Passenger Cameo appearance [33]
Iruttu Inspector Chezhiyan [34]

As a director and writerEdit

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer
1995 Murai Maman  Y  Y
Murai Mappillai  Y  Y
1996 Ullathai Allitha  Y  Y
Mettukudi  Y  Y
1997 Arunachalam  Y  N Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Janakiraman  Y  Y
1998 Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar  Y  Y
1999 Unnai Thedi  Y  Y
Suyamvaram  Y  N Directed by fourteen directors
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga  Y  Y
2000 Azhagarsamy  Y  N
Kannan Varuvaan  Y  Y
Unnai Kann Theduthey  Y  Y
2001 Ullam Kollai Poguthae  Y  Y
Rishi  Y  N
Azhagana Naatkal  Y  Y
2003 Anbe Sivam  Y  N
Winner  Y  Y
2004 Giri  Y  Y
2005 London  Y  N
Thaka Thimi Tha  Y  N
Chinna  Y  N
2006 Rendu  Y  Y
2010 Nagaram Marupakkam  Y  Y 25th Film
2012 Kalakalappu  Y  Y as a director
Madha Gaja Raja  Y  Y Unreleased
2013 Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru  Y  Y
2014 Aranmanai  Y  Y Nominated, Vijay Award for Favourite Director
2015 Aambala  Y  Y
2016 Aranmanai 2  Y  Y
2018 Kalakalappu 2  Y  Y
2019 Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven  Y
Action  Y  Y
2021 Aranmanai 3  Y  Y 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
2017 Meesaya Murukku
2019 Natpe Thunai
2020 Naan Sirithal
2020 Naanga Romba Busy

As a TV Series ProducerEdit


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