(Last Updated on : 02/05/2016)
Murugadoss, commonly known with his stage name initials as A. R. Murugadoss, is a notable and recognised Indian film director
, screenwriter and producer
, whose works in the cinema down South India have been successful and honoured, while few of them also having been remade into Hindi films
to the countrys widespread audience.
Early Life of A. R. Murugadoss
A. R. Murugadoss was born on September 25, 1977, in Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu
. He completed his schooling from the Government Higher Secondary School, and later did his graduation in Bachelors of Arts
in Bishop Heber College
. During his college days, he was active in cultural events, particularly in mimicry and drawing. He subsequently became a cinephile, watching up to seven films a week in his hometown and started writing jokes as well. After Ananda Vikatan published them, he began to think of becoming a story writer. At Bharathidasan University, he began writing sketch comedies and acting in them. Post college, he tried to join the Madras Film Institute, but was rejected. Nevertheless, Murugadoss stayed in Chennai
in multiple functions, starting his film career initially as an assistant director.
Career of A. R. Murugadoss
First, A. R. Murugadoss became an assistant writer to P. Kalaimani, and wrote dialogues for the Tamil film
Madurai Meenakshi. He was an assistant at Ratchagan (1997), for half of the film and continued as assistant script director for the Telugu film Kalusukundam Ra. Murugadoss then worked with S. J. Surya in the film Kushi. S. J. Surya recommended Murugadoss to Ajith Kumar
for directing his debut film, Dheena. His next directed films were Ramana, Ghajini and Stalin. His fifth film was Ghajini, the Hindi remake of his same-titled 2005 film, marking the directors Bollywood
debut and collaborating with Aamir Khan
. It released on December 25, 2008, and became the first Indian film to gross over 100 Crores INR, proving a humongous success and being declared an "All-time Blockbuster" at the box office. Murugadoss's next Tamil film was 7aum Arivu, which released in Diwali
2011. Murugadoss signed a deal with Fox Star Studios to produce two Tamil films.
In 2012, he directed the action thriller Thuppakki, starring Vijay and produced by S. Dhanu. It released in Diwali 2012, to mostly positive reviews and became a huge commercial success. Thuppakki touched the 100 Crore (US$15 million) mark at the box office in merely 12 days. He also directed the Hindi remake of the film, Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, collaborating with Akshay Kumar
. It also grossed over Rs. 100 Crores (US$15 million) at the box office. In 2014, he was the writer and producer for the fantasy film Maan Karate, starring Sivakarthikeyan. It was directed by his former assistant Thirukumaran, and became a "hit" at the box office. He also produced Tamil films Vatthikuchi and Raja Rani, both released in 2013.
In 2014, Murugadoss directed the drama thriller Kaththi, starring Vijay and produced by Ayngaran International. Released in Diwali 2014, the film won mostly positive reviews and was a huge commercial success. Kaththi was a critically acclaimed film that showcased many issues faced by farmers. The movie entered the 100 Crore (US$15 million) elite club at the box office, in just 11 days. In 2015, he co-produced Tamil action film 10 Endrathukulla, along with Fox Start Studios. Directed by Vijay Milton, the film opened to mixed reviews.
A. R. Murugadoss next directorial venture is Hindi film Akira, an action drama produced by him and Fox Star Studios. A remake of Tamil film Mouna Guru, it will feature actresses Sonakshi Sinha
and Konkona Sen Sharma
in the lead roles and is slated for a 2016 release. He will also direct his second Telugu film
after Stalin with Mahesh Babu.
Awards and Honours received by A. R. Murugadoss
A. R. Murugadoss and his film ventures have been recognised with the following awards.
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer for Ramana (2002)
Stardust Award for Hottest New Filmmaker for Ghajini (2008)
Apsara Award for Best Director for Ghajini (2008)
Vijay Award for Favourite Director for Thuppakki (2012)
Vijay Award for Favourite Director for Kaththi (2014)
Filmfare Award for Best Director - Tamil for Kaththi (2014)
Personal Life of A. R. Murugadoss
A. R. Murugadoss initials "AR" denote his father's name Arunasalam. They were added after Murugadoss signed his first film Dheena (2001). Murugadoss currently resides in Virugambakkam, Chennai. His brother Dileepan made his acting debut with the 2013 Tamil film Vatthikuchi, produced by Murugadoss.
Filmography of A. R. Murugadoss
A. R. Murugadoss has written, directed and produced the following films enlisted along with their respective years of release.
Tamil Actors, Indian Cinema
Tamil Movie Directors
Tamil Actresses, Indian Cinema
Indian Movie Directors, Indian Movies
Indian Movie Producers
||Engayum Eppothum (Producer)
||Raja Rani (Producer)
||Maan Karate (Producer and Writer)
||Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (Hindi)
||10 Enradhukulla (Producer)