Date of death: 02-07

Arivazhagan Venkatachalam is a Tamil director and screen-writer extensively known for his first superhit film, ‘ Eeram’ (2009). The Tamilian film fraternity devours him for his explicit directorial ventures. He created two consecutive, exceptional hits, namely Eeram (2009) and ‘ Vallinam’ (2014), in the dawn of his career as a director. He has become a venerable personality in the entertainment industry for his competence and perfectionism.

Upon receiving a gold medal from the reputed MGR Government Film Institute, Venkatachalam worked under the affluent director ‘ Shankar’, the man behind the creation of popular and evergreen Tamilian films like ‘ Gentleman’ (1993) and ‘ Kadhalan’ (1994).

Under the banner of S Picture Productions, Arivazhagan directed his debut movie and titled it Eeram, which is a romantic thriller. The plot reveals the trials and tribulations of a detective investigating the murder of an innocent woman, but, eventually, finds himself tangled in his own past. The film served as a sensational hit at the box office, and the cast lineup did perfect justice to the characters. Sindhu Menon and ‘ Aadhi’ got provided with the lead roles in Eeram.

After procuring enough glory from the success of Eeram, Venkatachalam proceeded towards directing his second project Vallinam after a long interval of five years. Fulfilling his aim of targeting the younger audience, he took up a project involving a script orbiting around the life of a youngster and the common clique problem in colleges. Casting established youth icons like ‘ Nakul’, Atul Kulkarni and Mrudhula Bhaskar in central roles; Vallinam ascertained its rarity without any promotion. Albeit film critics complained about its lengthy and tedious duration, the viewership challenged such a notion by accepting the film heartily. Aascar film V. Ravichandran carried out the production of the movie Vallinam.

Another film directed under his supervision is ‘ Aarathu Sinam’ (2016), which is his most recent endeavour. Aarathu Sinam did not get extraordinary recognition at the box-office, but the director got critically applauded for his efforts. Produced under the banner of Sri Thenandal Films, the film belongs to the genre of crime. It is the remake of the infamous Malayalam film ‘Memories’ (2013), directed by the directorial tycoon Jeethu Joseph.

Consisting of a cast ensemble inclusive of celebrated actors like ‘ Arulnithi’, Aishwarya Rajesh and Aishwarya Dutta, the film is considered to be a progressive attempt towards making a decent crime thriller. Venkatachalam’s excellent visual sense and efficiency got reinstated after the filming of Aarathu Sinam got completed. Arivazhagan is married to Heera Selvaraj and resides in the posh city Chennai, Tamil Nadu.