Suraj (born Suresh; December 31, 1977) is an Indian film director who works primarily in Tamil films. He is best known for directing action and masala films.[3]


(1977-12-31) December 31, 1977 (age 46)[2]
OccupationFilm director
Years active1998 - Present

Career edit

In 1996, Suraj began working as an assistant director to Sundar C. on his comedy films Ullathai Allitha and Mettukudi. In 1997, he continued to assist Sundar C. on Arunachalam starring Rajinikanth and he was the co-director of the film Janakiraman.[4] He then made Kunguma Pottu Gounder and Military under the name Sai Suresh.

Then, Suraj returned to assist Sundar C. in his films. In 2006, he made his directorial comeback through Thalai Nagaram, starring his mentor Sundar C., Jyothirmayi and Vadivelu. The following year, Suraj made his third film Marudhamalai, featured Arjun, Nila and again comedian Vadivelu. In 2009, he directed Padikathavan starring Dhanush, Tamannaah and due his busy schedule, Vadivelu has been replaced by comedian Vivek. The film was distributed by Sun Pictures. In 2011, he made Mappillai, remake of the 1989 film Mappillai. The film starring Dhanush, Hansika Motwani and Manisha Koirala.[5] The film received mixed reviews, but the film became a hit at the box office.[6]

After Mappillai Suraj directed Alex Pandian starring Karthi and Anushka Shetty. The film released on 11 January 2013. After Alex Pandian's failure, Suraj directed Sakalakala Vallavan starring Jayam Ravi, Anjali and Trisha. The film released on 31 July 2015.[7] He later directed Kaththi Sandai starring Vishal.[8]

In 2022, Suraj directed Naai Sekar Returns, to Vadivelu’s character in Thalai Nagaram (2006) in which he plays a laughably over-the-top rowdy called Naai Sekar.[9]

Filmography edit

As director edit

Year Film Notes
1998 Moovendhar Credited as C. G. Suraaj[10]
2001 Kunguma Pottu Gounder Credited as G. Saisuresh[11]
2003 Military Credited as G. Saisuresh
2006 Thalai Nagaram [12]
2007 Marudhamalai [13]
2009 Padikathavan [14]
2011 Mappillai [15]
2013 Alex Pandian
2015 Sakalakala Vallavan
2016 Kaththi Sandai
2022 Naai Sekar Returns

As writer edit

Year Film
1999 Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga

References edit

  1. ^ ""சத்யராஜ் ஒரு ஜென்டில்மேன்" - DIRECTOR SURAAJ VADIVELU CHITRALAKSHMANAN CHAI WITH CHITRA". YouTube. Touring Talkies. 22 May 2023. name mentioned at 15:01. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  2. ^ "Iflicks: Latest Tamil cinema news - Kollywood latest news - Tamil movie stills". Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Entertainment News: Latest Bollywood & Hollywood News, Today's Entertainment News Headlines". Archived from the original on 19 January 2003.
  4. ^ "Kollywood Director Suraj Biography, News, Photos, Videos".
  5. ^ "Mapillai remake spurs demand for original Rajni-starrer". The Times of India. 10 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Chennai Box Office - April 29 to May 1, 2011". Sify. 4 May 2011. Archived from the original on 25 April 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Sakalakala Vallavan (2015) | Sakalakala Vallavan Tamil Movie | Movie Reviews, Showtimes". 20 February 2015.
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  9. ^ "Naai Sekar Returns Review: A lacklustre comeback for Vadivelu". 9 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Moovendhar: A Movie Review". Archived from the original on 12 December 2000. Retrieved 28 June 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ "Kunguma Pottu Gounder". 28 November 2003. Archived from the original on 28 November 2003. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Thalainagaram: Routine fare". Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Marudhamalai". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Padikathavan Movie Review - Dhanush Tamanna Suraaj Sun TV Cool Suresh Movie Stills Images Tamil Movie Gallery Stills Images hot images Tamil picture gallery images". Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  15. ^ "MAPPILLAI REVIEW - MAPPILLAI MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 28 June 2016.