Vignesh Shivan

Vignesh Shivan, credited sometimes as Vignesh Shivn (born 18 September 1985) is an Indian film director, film producer, actor, singer and lyricist who works in Tamil cinema.

Vignesh Shivan
Born (1985-09-18) 18 September 1985 (age 37)[1]
  • Director
  • actor
  • lyricist
  • writer
  • producer
Years active2012–present
(m. 2022)

Personal lifeEdit

Shivan and actress Nayanthara had been in a relationship ever since they worked together on Naanum Rowdy Dhaan in 2015.[2] They announced their engagement in 2021,[3] and got married on 9 June 2022 at Sheraton Grand in Mahabalipuram.[4][5]


After getting Dharan to compose music for it, showed the film to producers, Gemini Film Circuit, and then to Silambarasan and both parties agreed to collaborate to make it a feature film titled Podaa Podi (2012).[6] The joint producers of the film, Shanaya Telefilms, released a series of posters in June 2008 publicising the film, while Silambarasan and Vignesh toured in Canada scouting for locations and agreeing a deal with Mayor Ron Stevens to film in Orillia and Toronto.[7][8] The film languished in production for close to four years, before finally releasing in October 2012 to mixed reviews. He then continued to be active in films by working as a lyricist, filming independent music videos and appeared in a cameo role as an engineer in Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014) along with Dhanush.

His second film, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015), went through several changes of cast and production studios, before finalising on Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara as lead actors and Dhanush as producer.

In his third venture, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, he teamed up with Suriya and Keerthy Suresh. Anirudh Ravichander wrote the music numbers.[9]

Vignesh Shivan along with Nayanthara, founded a new venture called Rowdy Pictures which produced the films Pebbles (2021) and Rocky (2021).


  Denotes films that have not yet been released

As director, writer and actorEdit

Year Film Credited as Notes Ref.
Director Writer Actor Role
2007 Sivi  N  N  Y Krishna's friend Uncredited Appearance
2012 Podaa Podi  Y  Y  Y Himself Cameo appearance
2014 Velaiilla Pattadhari  N  N  Y Vignesh One of the engineer in his team
2015 Naanum Rowdydhaan  Y  Y  N Won - SIIMA Award for Best Director [10][11]
2018 Thaanaa Serndha Koottam  Y  Y  N
2020 Paava Kadhaigal  Y  Y  N Anthology film; segment Love Panna Uttarnum [12]
2022 Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal  Y  Y  N
2023 AK62    Y  Y

As producerEdit

As distributorEdit

As lyricistEdit

Year Song Film Composer Notes
2012 "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" Podaa Podi Dharan Kumar
"Un Paarvaiyilae"
2013 "Engadi Poranthae" Vanakkam Chennai Anirudh Ravichander
"En Life In Angel" Virattu Dharan Kumar
2014 "Chancey Illa" Anirudh Ravichander Single For Madras Day
2015 "Adharru Adharru" Yennai Arindhaal Harris Jayaraj
"Enakenna Yaarum Illaye" Aakko Anirudh Ravichander Single for Valentines Day
"Thappa Dhaan Theriyum" Maari
"Thangamey" Naanum Rowdydhaan
"Yennai Maatrum Kadhale"
"Kannaana Kanne"
"Varava Varava"
2016 Avalukena Avalukena (Independent Album) Anirudh Ravichander Single for Valentines Day
"Senjitaley" Remo
"Remo Nee Kadhalan"
"Showkali" Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada A R Rahman
"Solli Tholaiyen Ma" Yaakkai Yuvan Shankar Raja
2017 "Onnume Aagale" Onnume Aagale (Independent Album) Anirudh Ravichander Single for Valentines Day
"Karuppu Vellai" Vikram Vedha Sam CS
"Unakkaga" Sakka Podu Podu Raja Silambarasan
2018 "Naana Thaanaa" Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Anirudh Ravichander
"Sodakku" Written along with Mani Amudhavan
"Peela Peela"
"Thaanaa Serndha Koottam"
"Orey oru" Kolamavu Kokila
"Thittam poda Teriyalayae"
"Angry Bird" Irumbu Thirai Yuvan Shankar Raja
2019 "Thimiru Kaatadha Di" LKG Leon James
"Marakkavillayae" Jersey Anirudh Ravichander Tamil Version
"Bad Boy" Saaho Badshah Tamil version
"Thimiranumda" NGK Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Yenga Annan" Namma Veetu Pillai D. Imman
2020 "Ennai Vittu" Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal Masala Coffee
"Unnale Penne" Dharala Prabhu Inno Genga
"Dharala Prabhu" Anirudh Ravichander
2021 "Andha Kanna Paathaakka" Master Anirudh Ravichander
"Quit Pannuda"
2022 "Naanga Vera Maari" Valimai Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Mother Song"
"Rendu Kaadhal" Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal Anirudh Ravichander
"Two Two Two"
"Naan Pizhai"
"Dippam Dappam"
"Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal"
"Vaada Thambi" Etharkkum Thunindhavan D. Imman
"Bae" Don Anirudh Ravichander

Other workEdit

Music videosEdit

Year Song Artist(s) Notes
2012 "The Love Anthem" Silambarasan
2014 "Chancey Illa" Anirudh Ravichander Single for Madras Day
2015 "Aakko" - Enakenna Yaarum Illaye Single for Valentines Day
2016 "Avalukena"
2017 "Onnume Aagala"
2018 "Julie"


  1. ^ Hindustan Times (18 September 2019). "Vignesh Shivan celebrates birthday with wife Nayan and friends". Archived from the original on 9 June 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  2. ^ "To Birthday Girl Nayanthara, With Love From Boyfriend Vignesh Shivan". Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Actor Nayanthara confirms engagement with filmmaker Vignesh Shivan". The News Minute. 16 August 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Nayanthara, Vignesh Shivan's wedding LIVE: Vignesh kisses Nayanthara in first photos from wedding, shares mangalsutra and varmala moments". The Indian Express. 9 June 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Nayanthara-Vignesh are MARRIED, newlyweds share first wedding photo". Bollywood Bubble. 9 June 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Pod9 Podi is a romantic musical: Dharan". The Times of India. 4 August 2010. Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Another Rajnikanth in the making?". 31 December 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  8. ^ Super Admin (24 June 2008). "Simbu's next film is Thiru Poda Thimathi Podi". Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Keerthy Suresh to team up with Suriya". The Hindu. 17 October 2016.
  10. ^ "SIIMA 2016 Telugu movie nominations revealed; 'Baahubali,' 'Srimanthudu' lead the list5". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016.
  11. ^ "5th SIIMA WINNERS LIST". Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Netflix announces its first Tamil film; Gautham Menon, Vetri Maaran, Vignesh Shivan, Sudha Kongara to direct". First Post. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Nayanthara is up against a ruthless serial killer in Netrikann, watch teaser". The Indian Express. 18 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Nayanthara's Netrikann teaser to be out at 9.09am tomorrow". Times of India.

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