I was born and brought up in a village called Pazhayoorpatti. All my dreams, all my yearnings, everything I did and all my memories have its trail on the streets and fields and rivers and yards of my little village. The roots of my growth were strongly set up by my father who was a theater operator, my mother who was a school teacher, my two sisters and my all-loveable grand mother. After completing my primary education at Vellalur, I went on to pursue ITI at Pudhur in Madurai.

What symbolized my aspirations to be a film-maker were the three touring-talkies that were in my village and theatres in Madurai. These theatres have always been my second home. It’s only now that I realize that even when I was a common fan, these movies took deep roots within me.

Director K.S. Ravi Kumar became my Guru when I came to Chennai. His first movie ‘Puriyadha Pudhir’ introduced me to the film industry as an assistant director. My identity as a director was established through the movie ‘Bharathi Kannama’ which was produced by Mr. Henry and his company after I completed eleven movies as an assistant and associate director. I don’t think I can attribute anybody in particular for these thoughts in me to make a quality movie. There are a lot of other things that I can ascribe to these motives. I believe that the environment in which I was brought up, my family, my village and my social life contributed to them. I have never believed in the success and fame I’ve had. Nor have I looked back and have felt satisfied. After each movie, I start fresh as a student of film-making, and carry the same enthusiasm to make my next movie.
There is never an end; only new beginnings.

Flash back
Cheran is Tamil film director and actor, who has a reputation for directing and producing culturally strong films. His movies are characterised by their realism and the strong social messages that they convey. He has won the National Award thrice, one for Vetri Kodi Kattu (which won Best Film of 2000 dealing with social issues) and one for Most Entertaining Film in 2004 (for Autograph) and one for ‘‘Thavamai Thavamirundhu’’ (2005) grabbed the national award for best film on Family Welfare. It’s told that Actress Meena is a lucky mascot for him as this movie has fetched him several renowned awards and at the same time it was a run away box office hit.

Born 12-Dec-1970 at Pazhaiyurpatty, near Melur in Madurai district, Tamil Nadu. His father was a cinema (machine) operator and his mother was a nursery school teacher. Cheran nurtured his acting skills by the stage dramas enacted in those days during local festival seasons. He went on grooming himself and his dreams by undergoing self-designed rehearsals by himself standing in front of the mirror, speaking out the film dialogues of Sivaji Ganesan, which he carried out with the accompanying acting gestures.


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