P. Bharathiraja

P. Bharathiraja

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P. Bharathiraja (; born 17 July 1941 in Theni, Tamil Nadu, India), is a critically acclaimed South Indian filmmaker.

He displayed a story-teller's potential from an early age. Bharathiraja is known for his realistic and sensitive portrayal of village-life in his movies.

His mother Karuththamma received the National Award from the President on his behalf for his film named after her. Among his other landmark films are 16 Vayathinile, Sigappu Rojakkal, Muthal Mariyathai (with Sivaji Ganesan in the lead), Karuththamma, Alaigal Oivathillai, Mann Vasanai, Vedham Pudhithu, Kizhakku Cheemayile and Anthimanthaarai.

Personal life

Bharathiraja was born in Alli Nagaram, a small village near Theni, as Chinnasamy on 17 July 1941. He was the fifth child to his parents, Periya Maya Thevar and Meenatchiammaal alias Karuthammaal in a Tamil Kallar family. He is very different in that he used his mother's name as his initial. K. Bharathiraja is credited with launching the careers of several influential people in Tamil cinema. He is married to Chandra Leelavathi and they have two children - son Manoj (the hero of 'Taj Mahal') and daughter Janani Iswariya.

Early days

His childhood passions were deer hunting and literature. As a full-blooded youth, he aspired to the dream world of film-making. He had an unremitting passion for acting and other theatrical pursuits from his earliest days. He also happened to be a good platform speaker and travelled around, spreading social awareness among the...
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