Susi Ganeshan (born Ganeshan Subbiah) is an Indian film director, producer, scriptwriter and screenwriter.
25 August 1969
|Spouse(s)||Manjari Susiganeshan (m.- 2004)|
Ganeshan was born on (25 August 1969) Vannivelampatti, Madurai District in Tamil Nadu to Tamil parents Subbiah and Sittamma. He changed his screen name to Susi Ganeshan, his first name being from the first two letters from his parents' first names. He did his schooling in Gandhi Nikethan higher secondary school in T. Kallupatti and also graduated from Madras Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in automobile engineering.
During his college days, he was a journalist and had published many articles for the Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan. He was also chairman of ATHENAEUM, the student body of the Madras Institute of Technology, during 1991–92. After working as an assistant to director Mani Ratnam during the filming of Bombay (1995), Iruvar (1997) and Dil Se.. (1998), Ganeshan debuted as a director with the 2002 film Virumbugiren.
His first film, Virumbugiren, was initially titled Thithikkum Thee and was to feature Murali in the lead role of a firefighter, but later Prashanth was finalized for the lead role. The project, which also marked the debut of actress Sneha, went through production troubles and released nearly two years after the launch, becoming Ganeshan's second release. The film received four awards at the 2001 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, winning the Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress prizes, while also being adjudged as the Best Film of the year.
Ganeshan then made Five Star (2002), which happened to be his first release, due to the delay of his first project Virumbugiren. Five Star, produced by his mentor Mani Ratnam under the banner Madras Talkies, featured five newcomers in the title roles. The story focused on friendship, love with social awareness and a touch of human emotions. The film won him the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Storywriter. He then launched a film titled Sakkarai with Prashanth and Reemma Sen in the lead roles in October 2004, but the film was subsequently postponed then shelved.
In 2006, Ganeshan made his third film Thiruttu Payale. The film, which featured Jeevan, Sonia Agarwal and Malavika in principal roles, emerged a sleeper hit and ranked among the highest-grossing Tamil films of the year. It was named the third Best Film of the year by the Tamil Nadu State Government and gave major breaks to the leading actors, with the performances of Jeevan and Malavika, in particular, being considerably appreciated. Then, Ganeshan directed Kanthaswamy. The film dealt with the disparity of rich and poor in the Indian society, and it was reportedly the first South Indian film in that the protagonist, portrayed by Vikram, conceived a superhero character. The film had the biggest opening in the year 2009.
After a long break in Tamil Film Industry, Susi Ganeshan made a come back with a sequel to his successful film Thiruttupayale. Thiruttupayale 2 featured Bobby Simha, Prasanna and Amala Paul in lead roles. The movie was released in Nov 2017 and made an average collection.
|2002||Five Star||Won - Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Storywriter|
|2004||Virumbugiren||Won - Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film Director|
|2003||Thiruttu Payale||Won - Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film|
|2009||Kanthaswamy||Nominated - Vijay Award for Favourite Director|
|2002||Five Star||N||N/A||Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Storywriter|
|2002||Virumbugiren||N||N/A||Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film|
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
|2006||Thiruttu Payale||CID||Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Third Best Film|
|2009||Kanthaswamy||IB IPS Officer||Nominated, Vijay Award for Favourite Director|
|2013||Shortcut Romeo||Detective Agent||Debut Hindi film|
|2017||Thiruttu Payale 2||Detective Ganesh||Sequel to the 2006 movie Thiruttu Payale|
- "An Encounter with S Ganeshan". Rediff. 7 November 2002. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- Ashok Kumar, S.R. (21 June 2006). "From MIT engineer to film director". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 July 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2010.