The Info List - P. Vasu

P. Vasu
P. Vasu
(born Vasudevan Peethambharan) is an Indian director, writer and actor who works in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam
films. In a career spanning three decades, Vasu has directed over 50 films.[2]


1 Personal life 2 Career 3 Style of Working 4 Accolades 5 Filmography

5.1 As director 5.2 As an actor 5.3 As a writer 5.4 As producer

6 References

Personal life[edit] P. Vasu's father, Peethambaran Nair, worked as a make-up man for M.G.R. and N.T.R. in their films during his time.[3] He was one of the leading make-up artists during his period and was elected as the president of the make-up union Tamil Nadu for 30 years. He later went on to become a producer. He produced about 25 films in Tamil and Telugu and became one of the leading producers in the south. He produced with his brother M.C. Sekhar, who was a cinematographer. M.C. Sekhar had worked as a cinematographer for more than 150 films. Peethambharan died on 21 February 2011 at the age of 89.[4] Vasu is an alumnus of Wesley High School, Chennai. Vasu is married to Shanthi and has a son, Sakthi Vasu, who is an actor and a daughter, Abhirami Vasudevan. His mother is Kamala. Vasu's brothers are Vidyasagar and Vimal, and his sisters are Vijaylakshmi, Vasantha and Vanaja.[5] Career[edit] Vasu joined director C. V. Sridhar
C. V. Sridhar
as an assistant. Vasu started his career with Santhana Bharathi as a co-director and made films such as Panneer Pushpangal, Mella Pesungal, Sahasame Jeevitham, Neethiyin Nizhal and Madhumalar. "We compromised on certain things as we had different approaches to the subject. That's the reason why some of our other movies failed to make a big impression in the box office, prompting us to take our own paths," he says.[6] He has directed more than 60 movies in several languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada
and Hindi, including Aptha Mitra and Chandra Mukhi. The director went through a career slump in the mid-1990s after a series of failures in 1995, through the Prabhu-starrers Kattumarakaran and Mr. Madras, while his high budget romantic musical Love Birds also received poor reviews and collections.[7][8] In June 2013, P. Vasu
P. Vasu
revealed that he was set to direct an English film titled Curry in Love, with an apparent star cast of Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Vijay, Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
and Jon Voight. However, the supposed cast denied the reports as baseless and P. Vasu
P. Vasu
postponed the film, citing a delay in production.[9][10] Later in April 2017, Vasu revealed that he still had intentions of making the film if he found a producer to help finance the project.[11] Similarly in early 2014, P. Vasu released an official statement claiming that his next film would be an animatronics venture titled Aishwaryavum Aayiram Kaakkavum and that Aishwarya Rai would feature in the leading role. Aishwarya Rai's team later denied claims citing that such allegations of an agreement were premature.[12][13] Style of Working[edit] His films are usually made with a commercial format in the masala genre, with action, family sentiment, comedy, betrayal, revenge and redemption appearing as key themes. Family sentiment (i.e. melodrama) is the recurring themes in all of his directorials. Indiaglitz wrote: "Vasu ruled the early 90's with his sentimental tearjerkers. He started using sister-brother-mother-father sentiment".[14] According to Behindwoods, "Vasu's style of storytelling has pervasive dramatization with a more-than-usual touch of sentiment".[15] Vasu learnt the finer nuances of direction from Sridhar, under whom he started off as an assistant director, and added that he never followed Sridhar's style of filmmaking and has always tried to be original.[6] Vasu said that during childhood, "I found myself watching films and narrating the stories to my friends in school. If the school would begin at nine I would reach there by eight and narrate the story for an hour".[16] Accolades[edit] Vasu has won recognition for his work from the film fraternity and the state government. He won state awards for three years in a row from 1990, for Best Screenplay and Dialogues in Nadigan, in 1991 as Best Director in Chinna Thambi, and in 1992 for Best Screenplay and Story in Walter Vetrivel. He was awarded the Filmfare award for Best Direction in the movie Aaptha Mithra. He was awarded the Kalaimaamani Award in 2004, with his father Shri M. Peethambaram who was an awardee for his contribution in the field of make-up. He also won the Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award - Jayalalitha Award in 2002. Vasu is a member of the state award selection committee and jury member of the committee for tax-free movies. Filmography[edit] As director[edit]

Year Film Cast Language Notes

1981 Panneer Pushpangal Suresh, Shanthi Krishna Tamil Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi

1981 Madhu Malar Pratap Pothan, Suhasini Tamil Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi

1983 Mella Pesungal Vasanth, Bhanupriya Tamil Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi

1983 Guri Rajkumar, Archana Kannada

1984 Sahasame Jeevitham Balakrishna, Lizy Telugu Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi

1985 Kathanayaka Vishnuvardhan, Sumalata
Ambarish Kannada

Needhiyin Nizhal Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu Ganesan Tamil Co-directed with Santhana Bharathi

1987 Jayasimha Vishnuvardhan, Mahalakshmi Kannada



Jeevana Jyothi Vishnuvardhan, Ambika Kannada

1988 Daada Vishnuvardhan, Sangeeta Bijlani Kannada

En Thangachi Padichava Prabhu Ganesan, Rupini Tamil

1989 Pillaikkaga Prabhu Ganesan, Gautami Tamil

Ponmana Selvan Vijayakanth, Shobhana Tamil

Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai Sathyaraj, Shobhana Tamil

1990 Panakkaran Rajinikanth, Gautami Tamil

Velai Kidaichuduchu Sathyaraj, Gautami Tamil

Nadigan Sathyaraj, Kushboo Tamil

1991 Chinna Thambi Prabhu, Kushboo Tamil

Kizhakku Karai Prabhu Ganesan, Kushboo Tamil

Adhikari Arun Pandian, Gautami Tamil

1992 Rickshaw Mama Sathyaraj, Gautami, Kushboo Tamil

Senthamizh Paattu Prabhu Ganesan, Sukanya Tamil

Idhu Namma Bhoomi Karthik Muthuraman, Kushboo Tamil

Amma Vanthachu K. Bhagyaraj, Kushboo Tamil

Mannan Rajinikanth, Vijayashanti, Kushboo Tamil

1993 Walter Vetrivel Sathyaraj, Sukanya Tamil

Uzhaippali Rajinikanth, Roja Tamil

Udan Pirappu Sathyaraj, Rahman, Sukanya Tamil

1994 Sethupathi IPS Vijayakanth, Meena Tamil

Sadhu Arjun, Raveena Tandon Tamil

1995 Kattumarakaran Prabhu Ganesan, Anjali Tamil

Coolie Sarath Kumar, Meena Tamil

Mr. Madras Prabhu Ganesan, Sukanya Tamil

1996 Love Birds Prabhu Deva, Nagma Tamil

1997 Vaimaye Vellum R. Parthiban, Rakshana Tamil

Paththini Jayaram, Kushboo Tamil

1999 Suyamvaram Sathyaraj, Prabhu Ganesan Tamil

Malabar Police Sathyaraj, Kushboo Tamil

Ponnu Veetukaaran Sathyaraj, Preetha Vijayakumar Tamil

Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet Ajay Devgan, Neha Hindi

2000 Seenu Karthik Muthuraman, Malavika Tamil

Vanna Thamizh Pattu Prabhu Ganesan Tamil

Kakkai Siraginilae R. Parthiban, Preetha Vijayakumar Tamil

2001 Asathal Sathyaraj, Ramya Krishnan Tamil [17]

2002 Prudhvi Narayana Srihari, Vijayalakshmi Telugu

2003 Hrudayavantha Vishnuvardhan, Nagma Kannada

Kadhal Kisu Kisu Bala, Charmy Kaur Tamil [18]

2004 Apthamitra Vishnuvardhan, Ramesh Arvind Kannada

2005 Chandramukhi Rajinikanth, Prabhu Tamil

2006 Paramasivan Ajith Kumar, Laila Tamil

2007 Maharadhi Balakrishna, Meera Jasmine Telugu [19]

Thottal Poo Malarum Sakthi Vasu, Gowri Munjal Tamil [20]

2008 Krishnarjuna Vishnu Vardhan Babu, Mamta Mohandas Telugu [21]

Kuselan Pasupathy, Rajinikanth, Meena Tamil

Kathanayakudu Rajinikanth, Jagapathi Babu, Meena Telugu

2010 Aptharakshaka Vishnuvardhan, Sandhya Kannada [22]

Nagavalli Venkatesh, Anushka Telugu [23]

2011 Puli Vesham R. K., Karthik, Sadha Tamil [24]

2012 Arakshaka Upendra, Ragini Dwivedi, Sadha Kannada [25]

2014 Drishya V. Ravichandran, Navya Nair Kannada

2016 Shivalinga Shiva Rajkumar, Vedhika Kannada

2017 Shivalinga Raghava Lawrence, Ritika Singh, Shakthi Tamil

As an actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes

2000 Vallarasu Kandhasamy Tamil

2000 Seenu


2001 Ee Parakkum Thalika R. K. Santhanam Malayalam

2001 Thenkasi Pattanam Devaraj Tamil

2002 Kadhal Virus Himself Tamil Special

2002 Seema Simham MP Kaaleswara Rao Telugu

2002 Sundara Travels Gayathri's father Tamil

2003 Banda Paramasivam


2003 Kadhal Kisu Kisu


2004 Arasatchi


2004 Maha Nadigan Arivanandan Tamil

2005 Chandramukhi

Tamil Special
appearance in song "Devuda Devuda"

2007 Manikanda


2008 Dasavatharam J. Ragavendra (Jaa Raa) Tamil

2008 Kuselan

Tamil Special

2008 Kathanayakudu

Telugu Special

2010 Naane Ennul Illai himself Tamil

2010 Aptharakshaka

Kannada Special
appearance in song "Chamundi Thaayiyaane"

2010 Thanthonni


2017 Shivalinga

Tamil Special
appearance in song "Saarah Saarah"

As a writer[edit]

Year Film Credited as Language Notes

Story Screenplay Dialogue

1986 Ee Jeeva Ninagagi Yes Yes


1988 Nammoora Raja Yes


1991 Assembly Rowdy Yes

Telugu Remake of Velai Kidaichuduchu

1992 Gharana Mogudu Yes

Telugu Remake of Anuraga Aralithu

1992 Chanti Yes

Telugu Remake of Chinna Thambi

1993 Anari Yes

Hindi Remake of Chinna Thambi

1993 Purusha Lakshanam Yes


1993 Mangalya Bandhana Yes


1994 S. P. Parasuram Yes

Telugu Remake of Walter Vetrivel

1994 Bhale Pellam Yes


1994 Khuddar Yes

Hindi Remake of Walter Vetrivel

1994 Laadla Yes

Hindi Remake of Mannan

1995 Amma Koduku Yes

Telugu Remake of Senthamizh Paattu

1990 Aaj Ka Arjun Yes

Hindi Remake of En Thangachi Padichava

1996 Loafer Yes Yes

Hindi Remake of Velai Kidaichuduchu

1998 Ayushman Bhava Yes


As producer[edit]

Year Film Cast Language Notes

1993 Walter Vetrivel Sathyaraj, Sukanya Tamil Produced by his wife Shanthi

1994 Sadhu Arjun Sarja, Raveena Tandon Tamil

1999 Malabar Police Sathyaraj, Kushboo Tamil Produced by his wife Shanthi

2007 Thottal Poo Malarum Sakthi Vasu, Gowri Munjal Tamil


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Filmography of P. Vasu

Tamil films

En Thangachi Padichava (1988) Pillaikkaga (1989) Ponmana Selvan (1989) Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai (1989) Velai Kidaichuduchu (1990) Panakkaran
(1990) Nadigan
(1990) Kizhakku Karai
Kizhakku Karai
(1991) Chinna Thambi
Chinna Thambi
(1991) Adhikari (1991) Mannan (1992) Rickshaw Mama (1992) Senthamizh Paattu (1992) Idhu Namma Bhoomi (1992) Amma Vanthachu
Amma Vanthachu
(1992) Udan Pirappu (1993) Walter Vetrivel
Walter Vetrivel
(1993) Uzhaippali
(1993) Sadhu (1994) Coolie (1995) Kattumarakaran (1995) Mr. Madras (1995) Love Birds (1996) Paththini (1997) Vaimaye Vellum (1997) Malabar Police (1999) Ponnu Veetukkaran (1999) Suyamvaram
(1999) Seenu (2000) Vanna Thamizh Pattu (2000) Kakkai Siraginilae
Kakkai Siraginilae
(2000) Asathal (2001) Kadhal Kisu Kisu (2003) Chandramukhi
(2005) Paramasivan
(2006) Thottal Poo Malarum
Thottal Poo Malarum
(2007) Kuselan
(2008) Puli Vesham
Puli Vesham
(2011) Shivalinga (2017)


Kathanayaka (1985) Guri (1986) Jayasimha (1987) Jeevana Jyothi (1987) Daada (1988) Hrudayavantha (2003) Apthamithra
(2005) Aptharakshaka
(2010) Arakshaka
(2012) Drishya
(2014) Shivalinga (2016)

Telugu films

Prudhvi Narayana (2003) Maharathi (2007) Krishnarjuna
(2008) Kathanayakudu (2008) Nagavalli (2010)


Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet
Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet

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Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director


C. N. Shanmugam (1967) Krishnan-Panju
(1968) P. Neelakantan (1969) P. Madhavan (1970) Not awarded (1971) Not awarded (1972) Not awarded (1973) Not awarded (1974) Not awarded (1975) Not awarded (1976) Bharathiraja (1977) Durai (1978) S. P. Muthuraman
S. P. Muthuraman
(1979) K. Balachander
K. Balachander


Bharathiraja (1981) Muktha Srinivasan
Muktha Srinivasan
(1982) Not awarded (1983) Not awarded (1984) Not awarded (1985) Not awarded (1986) Not awarded (1987) P. R. Devaraj (1988) K. Balachander
K. Balachander
(1989) Vikraman (1990) P. Vasu
P. Vasu
(1991) Mani Ratnam
Mani Ratnam
(1992) Shankar (1993) K. S. Ravikumar
K. S. Ravikumar
(1994) Vasanth
(1995) Agathiyan
(1996) Vikraman & Cheran (1997) R. Parthiepan
R. Parthiepan
(1998) Bala (1999) Vikraman (2000)


Susi Ganesan
Susi Ganesan
(2001) Mani Ratnam
Mani Ratnam
(2002) Karu Pazhaniappan
Karu Pazhaniappan
(2003) Cheran (2004) Shankar (2005) Thirumurugan (2006) Thangar Bachan
Thangar Bachan
(2007) Radha Mohan
Radha Mohan
(2008) Vasanthabalan
(2009) Prabhu Solomon (2010) A. L. Vijay (2011) Balaji Sakthivel
Balaji Sakthivel
(2012) Ram (2013) N. Ragavan (2014)

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