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Vikraman is an Indian film director primarily working in Tamil cinema. He was also one of the most successful filmmakers of the 1990s. Vikraman has been elected as the new president of the Tamil Nadu Film Directors Association (TANTIS) replacing Bharathiraja after he defeated fellow director Visu in the election.[3][4][5]

Vikraman
Vikraman at Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga Audio Launch and Felicitation to K Bhagyaraj.jpg
Vikraman at Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga's audio launch in 2016
Born (1964-03-30) 30 March 1964 (age 55)[1]
NationalityIndian
OccupationFilm director
Years active1990-2014
Spouse(s)Jayapriya[2]
ChildrenKanishka, Pooja

CareerEdit

1990-1994Edit

He worked as an assistant to actor and director R. Parthiban in Puthiya Pathai (1989), which was the latter's debut film as a director and an actor. Vikraman made his directorial debut with the film Pudhu Vasantham (1990) produced by R. B. Choudary, for which director K. S. Ravikumar apprenticed under him as an assistant director.[6] The film was about four unemployed friends and musical experts who find themselves unexpectedly saddled with a young woman. Upon release, the film received critical acclaim and it re-wrote Tamil cinema history, sparking a whole range of "friendship" films.[7] Its hero Murali went on to become a romantic actor in subsequent films.[8] His second film Perum Pulli (1991) received negative reviews with N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express stating, "Directed by Vikraman who made Pudhu Vasantham and made name for himself [..] Perum Pulli has a hash of a story" and it bombed at the box-office.[9][10] His next two films Naan Pesa Ninaipathellam (1993) and Gokulam (1993) received mixed reception.[11][12] In 1994, his venture Pudhiya Mannargal starring Vikram and with music composed by A. R. Rahman flopped at the box-office despite a revolutionary theme of students and politics. A critic wrote, "Nothing much in this movie but a controversial idea".[13][14]

1996-2002Edit

Vikraman was recalled once again by R. B. Choudary to make a film with Vijay titled Poove Unakkaga in 1996. It was the first breakthrough in the young actor's career. His next film Suryavamsam with Sarath Kumar and Devayani was a major success. Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen made in 1998 gave a fresh lease of life to Karthik and Roja who were once dominating the film industry. In 2000, he made a film Vanathai Pola with an ensemble cast, another blockbuster which gave back the superstardom to Vijayakanth. It also won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment in 2001 and also many state awards.[15] He then began pre-production work in 2000 for a film starring Surya and Laila,and the said project Unnai Ninaithu did well.[16][17]

2003-2014Edit

His next film Priyamaana Thozhi (2003) produced by the AVM Productions was a hit again. Its simultaneously shot Telugu version, Vasantham in (helmed by himself) was one of the top grossers of 2003. But he had to face another dud in 2004 in Cheppave Chirugali, a Telugu remake of his hit Tamil film starring Suriya and Sneha, Unnai Ninaithu. Taking a two-year break, he had started work again for a Tamil film called Chennai Kadhal with Bharath in the lead. However, the film was unsuccessful at the box office. He made a comeback with Mariyadhai in 2009, another Tamil film starring Vijayakanth, Meena, Meera Jasmine and Ambika playing the lead roles. His latest film Ninaithathu Yaaro featuring newcomers released in January 2014.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Language Notes
1990 Pudhu Vasantham Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
1991 Perum Pulli Tamil
1993 Naan Pesa Ninaipathella Tamil
Gokulam Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as Gokula Krishnudu
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (3rd place)
1994 Pudhiya Mannargal Tamil
1996 Poove Unakkaga Tamil Remade in Telugu as Subhakankshalu
Remade in Kannada as Ee Hrudaya Ninagagi
Remade in Hindi as Badhaai Ho Badhaai
1997 Suryavamsam Tamil Remade in Telugu as Suryavamsam
Remade in Hindi as Sooryavansham
Remade in Kannada as Surya Vamsha
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Cinema Express Award for Best Film – Tamil
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Tamil Remade in Telugu as Raja
Remade in Kannada as Kanasugara
Cinema Express Award for Best Film – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (3rd place)
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
2000 Vaanathaippola Tamil Remade in Telugu as Maa Annayya
Remade in Kannada as Yajamana
National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
2002 Unnai Ninaithu Tamil Remade in Telugu as Cheppave Chirugali
Remade in Kannada as Krishna
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (3rd place)
2003 Priyamaana Thozhi Tamil[18]
Vasantham Telugu[19] Bilingual film
2004 Cheppave Chirugali Telugu[20] remake of Unnai Ninaithu
2006 Chennai Kadhal Tamil[21]
2009 Mariyadhai Tamil[22]
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Tamil[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20121023231846/http://tamilfilmdirectorsassociation.com/profile.php?sno=1558
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20000711101952/http://www.dinakaran.com/cinema/english/interviews/22-03-00/vikrama2.htm
  3. ^ Vikraman elected new president of TANTIS | Business Standard
  4. ^ Vikraman wins Director's Union election! – The Times of India
  5. ^ Vikraman replaces Bharathiraja, tamil nadu thiraipada iyakkunar sangam, TANTIS
  6. ^ "Happy Birthday K.S.Ravikumar". indiaglitz.com. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  7. ^ Pavithra Srinivasan (8 September 2010). "Mourning the loss of a mild-mannered hero". Rediff.com. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  8. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar, Ramya Kannan (8 September 2010). "Tamil actor Murali dies of heart attack". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  9. ^ N. Krishnaswamy (8 February 1991). "Perum Pulli". The Indian Express. p. 7. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  10. ^ "The Hindu : Journeying from life to cinema". The Hindu. 16 March 2003. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  11. ^ Malini Mannath (18 June 1993). "Family Album". The Indian Express. p. 6. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  12. ^ Malini Mannath (30 July 1993). "Orphans in love". The Indian Express. p. 6. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  13. ^ "The Hindu : Enemies in the State". The Hindu. 6 May 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  14. ^ K. Vijiyan (24 December 1994). "Nothing much besides a controversial idea". New Straits Times. p. 26. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  15. ^ The Hindu : Metro Plus Tiruchirapalli / Cinema : Love is in the air
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20041103155524/http://www.chennaionline.com/reeltalk/oct132.asp
  17. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-cinema-news-10/when-suriya-replaced-vijay-mysteriously--suriya-vijay-26-02-13.html
  18. ^ Movie Review : Priyamana Thozhi
  19. ^ Telugu cinema review – Vasantham – Venkatesh, Arti Agarwal, Kalyani – Vikraman – SA Raj Kumar – Sanam Naga Ashok Kumar, NV Prasad
  20. ^ Telugu cinema Review – Cheppave Chirugali – Venu, Ashima Bhalla, Abhirami
  21. ^ Movie Review : Chennai Kadhal
  22. ^ Movie Review : Mariyadhai
  23. ^ Audio Beat: Ninaithathu Yaaro – One for the youth – The Hindu