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Karu Pazhaniappan

Karu Pazhanaiappan
Born Karuppaiya Pazhaniyappan
(1972-03-06) March 6, 1972 [1]
Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu
Residence Valasaravakkam, Chennai
Occupation actor, director
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Pia

Karu Pazhanaiappan is a Tamil film director.[2][3]


He hails from Karaikudi, known as capital of Chettinad,affluent in cultural heritage. His parents are Thiru Pala. Chinna Karuppaiah and Thirumathi Nagammai and Karu Palaniappan is the eldest amongst their 3 children.

Books appealed to Palaniappan right from childhood. His dad Chinna Karuppiaah, a trader is an ardent reader. His interests lay not merely in magazines and newspapers but varied from classics to popular writers like Kannadasan, Jayakanthan, Ashokamithran. Following the saying ‘Like father like son’ Palaniappan inherited this ‘love of reading’ from his dad, right from when he was able to read A B C

His passion for reading books spread its wings to learning languages, writing, acting and elocution. His innate style of starting midway through a debate and expressing his thoughts with eloquence, charismatically grabbing the attention of the audience and keeping them spellbound, winning their applause and admiration…presented him with countless trophies, certificates and accolades.

After his schooling in Madurai Seventh day Adventist, he studied English Literature in the renowned American College, Madurai (under grad) and mastered in Literature in Madurai Thiyagaraja College. His intense pursuit of Tamil literature secured him the covetable student training course in Vikatan Group of Magazines.

His sustained reading and movies watched with zest and zeal created an affiliation to cinema within Palaniappan, thus inspiring his first toddler steps into Kollywood on 1994. Though he is acclaimed as director Parthiban’s protégé Palaniappan worked under two other directors. With Mr. Parthiban he worked in Pullakuttikaaran (Parent) and House full. His grey cells contributed to Director Dharani’s stories that didn’t get transformed into films in the sandwiched time frame between his Edhirum pudhirum and Dhil. He worked under director Ezhil in Thullatha Manamum Thullum, Pennin Manathai Thottu and Poovellam Un Vasam. Palaniappan married his Pia, and has two children, Iniya (Daughter) and Dhaya (Son).[4]


Karu. Pazhaniappan is known for his natural narration and the impeccable characterization. He made his debut Tamil film Parthiban Kanavu a SrikanthSneha Starrer. The film became one of the biggest hits of the year. The story line of a true love won appreciation from film critics. His second film Sivappathigaram with Vishal fared well at the box office. His Pirivom Santhippom got major attention of the family audience. His next film was Manthirapunnagai in which he debuted as hero, His second film with Srikanth called Sathurangam was finished in 2006 which was remained unreleased for a long time and atlast released in 2011.


As Director

Year Film Language Notes
2003 Parthiban Kanavu Tamil Winner, State Award for Best Director
2006 Sivappathigaram Tamil
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Tamil
2010 Mandhira Punnagai Tamil Also actor
2011 Sadhurangam Tamil Winner, State Award for Best Script Writer
2013 Jannal Oram Tamil 2014

Assistant Director


  • Best Director Award

Tamil Nadu State Award Parthiban Kanavu – 2003

  • Best Story Writer Award

Tamil Nadu State Film Award Sadhurangam – 2011


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  2. ^ "Kollywood's Top 25 Directors – Directors – Vetrimaran Balaji Sakthivel Lingusamy Vasanth Karu Pazhaniappan Simbudevan". Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Biography. Retrieved on 2012-02-22.

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