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Suseenthiran is an Indian film director, lyricist and screenwriter. He rose to fame with his directorial debut Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu.

Sureshkumar Nallusamy

(1978-03-31) 31 March 1978 (age 41)
Occupationfilm director, screenwriter, lyricist
Years active2009 – present
Spouse(s)Renuka Devi


Suseenthiran, who originally hails from a small village called Amarapoondi in oddanchatram,[1] was always "crazy about films" like his father and his uncle, who had made a film years ago, that never got released.[2] Though his family did not want him to become a director and "waste" his life on films, he was sure that he would be a filmmaker one day. To achieve his dream, he came to Chennai, when he was 18 years old and needed 12 years to make his first film. Susindran had worked as assistant director to prominent filmmakers as S. D. Sabha and Ezhil,[3] before turning an independent director.

His maiden venture, titled Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, was released in 2009, receiving rave accolades.[4] According to Susindran, the film is based on real life incidents as his father was a kabadi player and Susindran got to know about the insults and pains the player went through, which he wanted to showcase in a film.[5] Also he was said to be inspired from success of the 2002 Bollywood film Lagaan, which was based on cricket.[6]

Following the success of his debut film, he started his next project Naan Mahaan Alla by August 2009. This film, starring Karthi and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles, opened to highly positive reviews and emerged a commercial success as well. During this film's final stages of post-production, he started working on his third film, titled Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai.[7][8] Suseenthiran revealed that Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai was planned to be his second directorial, but since no producer was willing to fund the film with an offbeat theme, he chose to make a film featuring a known lead actor first. Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai, based on Bhaskar Sakthi's novel, likewise fetched critical acclaim. It was screened at 2011 Toronto International Film Festival in Contemporary World Cinema category.[9] Suseenthiran finished his fourth venture, titled Rajapattai, starring Vikram and Deeksha Seth in the lead.

Suseenthiran began directing an untitled film starring an ensemble cast of Udhayanidhi Stalin, Vishnu Vishal, Manjima Mohan and Megha Akash during April 2016. Ten days into the film's first schedule, the project was put on hold and later indefinitely postponed owing to scheduling issues.[10][11]


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2009 Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu  Y  Y  N
2010 Naan Mahaan Alla  Y  Y  N
2011 Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai  Y  Y  N
Rajapattai  Y  Y  N
2013 Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer  Y  Y  N
Pandiya Naadu  Y  Y  N
2014 Jeeva  Y  Y  Y
2015 Paayum Puli  Y  Y  N
2016 Vil Ambu  N  Y  Y
Maaveeran Kittu  Y  Y  N
2017 Nenjil Thunivirundhal  Y  Y  N Simultaneously shot in Telugu as C/o Surya
2018 Genius  Y  Y  N
2019 Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu 2  N  Y  N
Kennedy Club  Y  Y  N
Angelina  Y  Y  N Post-production
Champion  Y  Y  N Post-production


  1. ^ "'I was in no way influenced by Chak De India'". Rediff. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  2. ^ "'I was sure that I would be a filmmaker one day'". Rediff. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Youngsters join hands to sizzle on the screen". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  4. ^ "What inspired Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu". Behindwoods. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  5. ^ "'I was in no way influenced by Chak De India'". Rediff. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  6. ^ "What inspired Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu". Behindwoods. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Suseenthiran back with a bang". The Times Of India. 25 July 2010.
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  9. ^ "Tamil film selected for Toronto film festival". NDTV. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
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