Ponvannan

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Ponvannan
Born (1964-09-23) 23 September 1964 (age 53)
Occupation Actor, Director, Painter
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Spouse(s) Saranya Ponvannan
(m.1995-present)
Children 2

Ponvannan (born 23 September 1964) is an Indian film actor and director, who has worked in the Tamil film industry. After beginning his career as an artist (painter)Ponvannan apprenticed as a director and writer under Bharathiraja. He subsequently made his directorial debut with Annai Vayal (1992), before making the critically acclaimed venture, Nadhi Karaiyinile (2003).[1] He has since appeared as a supporting actor in films, winning acclaim for his role in films including Paruthiveeran (2007), Ayan (2009) and Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014). In October 2015, he was elected as the Vice President of the Nadigar Sangam alongside Karunas.

Career

Ponvannan began his career as an artist in his home town of Erode and became acquainted with writer Valampuri John, which led to him having a stint working for producer Kovai Thambi's Motherland Pictures. Through his exposure, gained at the production house, he began to apprentice under director Bharathiraja and helped the director write dialogues for his films.[2] Ponvannan gradually was introduced as an actor by Bharathiraja and appeared in supporting roles in the director's Pudhu Nellu Pudhu Naathu (1991), Karuthamma (1994) and Pasumpon (1995). During the period, he also made the low-budget film Annai Vayal, which went unnoticed. Throughout the 1990s, he appeared in further supporting roles, often typecast as the villain in films.[citation needed]

His second directorial venture, Jameela (2003), featuring Suvalakshmi, Rajan P. Dev and Ramji, told the story of an ego clash between two men which ruins the life of an obedient woman. Ponvannan had been impressed with writer Sara Abubakar's novel and bought the script rights, before submitting his screenplay to National Film Development Corporation of India to finance the film. The agency agreed and Jameela was shot for seventeen days in Pondicherry at a cost of 35 lakh rupees.[1] The film won positive reviews in screenings and was well received by critics, prompting it to be selected to be shown in the non-competitive category at the 2002 Shanghai International Film Festival.[3]

After being censored in 2001,[citation needed][why?] the film had only a theatrical release across India in November 2003 under the title Nadhi Karaiyinile, after the distributor Viswas Sundar did not want the film to be classified as a "Muslim film".[1]

The film did not perform well at the box office, but won three State film awards including the recognition as Best Film portraying Women in Good Light.[4] The Hindu described Ponvannan's direction as an "absorbing presentation", adding "his sensitivity comes to the fore throughout the film".[5] His next venture, the comedy drama Gomathi Nayagam (2004), had its title taken from the name of his popular character from the television serial Annamalai. The film had a low-key release and did not perform well commercially.[6]

Ponvannan made a comeback as an actor through Ameer's Paruthiveeran (2007), portraying the father of Priyamani's character, and the success of the film garnered further acting opportunities for him.[7] He won acclaim for his performances as the upright police officer in Mysskin's Anjathe (2009) and as the shrewd customs official in Ayan (2009).[2] Ponvannan played a stage actor in Vasanthabalan's period film Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014), winning acclaim for his performance in an ensemble cast.[8]

Personal life

Ponvannan married National Award winning actress Saranya, daughter of famous Malayalam Director A. B. Raj, in 1995. The couple have two daughters.[9]Saranya made her breakthrough as an actress with Mani Ratnam's Nayakan (1987) and has since become one of the most prominent and leading actresses in South Indian film industry.She became very prominent after 2005 because of continuous success of films. As of 2014 Saranya was the highest paid actress for playing mother roles.

Filmography

As actor

Year Movie Role Notes
1991 Pudhu Nellu Pudhu Naathu Also dialogue writer
1992 Annai Vayal Also director & script writer
Government Mappillai
1993 Amma Ponnu Police Inspector
Kadal Pura
1994 Karuththamma Thavasi
1995 Pasumpon Sellasamy
Gandhi Pirantha Mann
1996 Vaigarai Pookkal
Katta Panchayathu
Namma Ooru Raasa
Senathipathi
1997 Rettai Jadai Vayasu
Ettupatti Rasa Ponrasu
Periya Thambi Rathnam
Periya Idathu Mappillai Chellappa
Saathi Sanam
1998 Velai
1999 Poomagal Oorvalam
Annan Manikkam
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Soundar
Veeranadai
2001 Kanna Unnai Thedukiren
2005 Gomathi Nayagam Gomathi Nayagam Also director
2007 Paruthiveeran Kazhuva Thevan
Nam Naadu Ilamaaran
Flash Mutashan Malayalam film
2008 Anjathe Keerti Vaasan
Valluvan Vasuki Thalaivar
Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu Muthumani
Silambattam Veeraiyan
2009 Ayan Parthiban
Mayandi Kudumbathar Thavasi Mayandi
Muthirai Aadhikesavan
Peranmai Ganapathi Ram
Yogi
Kandhakottai
2010 Porkkalam Pasupathy
Maathi Yosi
2011 Seedan
Singam Puli
Ponnar Shankar Chinnamalai Gounder
Sankaran Kovil Mahalingham
Vaagai Sooda Vaa JP Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
Raa Raa
2012 Vilayada Vaa Deva
2013 Kadal Chetty Barnabodas
Thalaivaa Ranga
2014 Sooran
Sathuranga Vettai ACP
Kaaviya Thalaivan S. V. Bairava Sundaram
Lingaa Deva
2015 Yatchan Durai
Boologam Rathinam
2016 Kadalai Boopathy
2017 Bogan Rajkumar
Ayyanar Veethi
Yaanum Theeyavan Jayaprakash
Neruppu Da Guru's Father

As director

Year Movie Cast Notes
1992 Annai Vayal Rajmurali, Vinodhini
2003 Nadhi Karaiyinile Suvalakshmi, Ramji
2005 Gomathi Nayagam Ponvannan, Lakshana

Television

Year Series Role Notes
1997–2001 Vidathu Karuppu Bramhan
2002–2004 Annamalai Gomathi Nayagam

References

  1. ^ a b c G. Dhananjayan. PRIDE OF TAMIL CINEMA: 1931 TO 2013: Tamil Films that have earned National ... Books.google.co.uk. p. 428. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Here's to Harmony! - CHEN". The Hindu. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tamil film in Chinese fest". The Hindu. 23 August 2002. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years". Indiaglitz.com. 1 October 2004. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nadhi Karaiyinilae". The Hindu. 28 November 2003. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Grill Mill - Ponvannan - Coimbatore". The Hindu. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Paruthiveeran: A remarkable effort". Rediff.com. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kaaviyathalaivan (aka) Kaaviya Thalaivan review". Behindwoods.com. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "In a new avatar soon". The Hindu. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 

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