Vasanthabalan (sometimes credited as Vasantha Balan) is an Indian Tamil film director and screenwriter,[1] known for his Tragedy Films in Tamil Cinema. He has made critically acclaimed films including Veyil (2006), Angadi Theru (2010) and Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014).

Vasantha Balan at the Kaaviya Thalaivan Press Meet.jpg
Vasanthabalan in 2014
Born (1966-07-12) 12 July 1966 (age 55)
OccupationFilm director
Years active2002 - present


Vasanthabalan began his film career as an editing assistant and later became an assistant director to S.Shankar in the latter's directorial debut, Gentleman (1993). He continued to work under Shankar in three more films—Kaadhalan (1994), Indian (1996) and Jeans (1998)—and first attempted to make a film titled Aathi with Rajasekar in the lead role, but the project was stalled.[2] He later made his break as an independent director with the box-office failure Album (2002).[3]

His second film, produced by Shankar's S Pictures, Veyil (2006) was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. It was shown as the Indian representative at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[4] His next release, Angadi Theru (2010), showcased a romantic tale set in the famous Ranganathan Street in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The film won critical acclaim and was a commercial success as well. It was shortlisted for India's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[5] In 2012, he released Aravaan, a period film based on the novel Kaaval Kottam that reflects the life of people of South Tamil Nadu in the 18th century. Following that, he made the period drama Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014), which won critical acclaim.

Balan at IFFI (2010)


Year Film Notes
2002 Album
2006 Veyil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
2010 Angaadi Theru Vijay Award for Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award for Best Story
2012 Aravaan
2014 Kaaviya Thalaivan Norway Tamil Film Festival for Best Director[6]
2021 Jail


  1. ^ "Kollywood's Top 25 Directors - Directors - Vetrimaran Balaji Sakthivel Lingusamy Vasanth Karu Pazhaniappan Simbudevan".
  2. ^ "டோடோவின் ரஃப் நோட்டு — Tamil Kavithai -- தமிழ் கவிதைகள் - நூற்று கணக்கில்!". Archived from the original on 15 May 2001.
  3. ^ Ramprasad, Sinndhuja (27 November 2014). "Honest Company: The Vasanthabalan Interview". Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. ^ " 'It is a dream to have a producer like Shankar'".
  5. ^ "Tamil Cinema News | Tamil Movie Reviews | Tamil Movie Trailers - IndiaGlitz Tamil". Archived from the original on 27 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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