Hari (director)

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BornHari Gopalakrishnan Nadar
Nazareth, Tuticorin, India
OccupationFilm director
Years active2002-present
Spouse(s)Preetha Vijayakumar
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BornHari Gopalakrishnan Nadar
Nazareth, Tuticorin, India
OccupationFilm director
Years active2002-present
Spouse(s)Preetha Vijayakumar

Hari is a Tamil film director, best known for his action-masala films. As of 2013, he has directed twelve films.[1]


Hari was born in Katchanavilai near Nazareth in Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu, India. His father, Gopal Nadar, is a vessels merchant.[2] Later his family moved to Chennai, where Hari was schooling and had a graduate degree in Commerce.


He first joined as an assistant and gained experience working with directors Natraj in Valli, Nassar in Avatharam and Alex Pandian. Later he assisted K. Balachander in his film Kalki and worked as an associate director with Saran in films Amarkalam and Parthen Rasithen.[3][4][dead link][5][6][dead link]

His first film, in 2002, was Thamizh with Prashanth and Simran. Film critic Balaji commented that it was "one of the few movies in recent times where a lot of importance seems to have been attached to the script. In spite of the flimsy story and routine screenplay where a youth grows to be a 'dada', the dialogs elevate the quality of the movie and make it very enjoyable".[7] His second film Saamy under Kavithaalaya banner starred Vikram. It was named the year's biggest hit,[8] grossing INR 16 crores.[9] Its success led to remakes in Telugu (Lakshmi Narasimha),[10] Kannada (Ayya) [11] and Hindi languages (Policegiri).[12] His next two films Kovil with Silambarasan and Arul also starred Vikram. In 2005, he made Ayya starring Sarathkumar, which introduced Nayantara to Tamil cinema. His next film was Aaru with Suriya in 2005. In 2007, he directed two films, Thaamirabharani with Vishal Krishna and Vel with Suriya. In 2008, he directed Seval with Bharath. Ayyappa Prasad from Nowrunning.com stated that Hari "panders to the taste of his rural audience all the way, but the movie is bound to disappoint city-dwellers since neither the story nor its treatment appeal to anyone with an IQ quotient higher than the least educated village wastrel".[13]

In 2010 Hari directed his tenth film, Singam with Suriya, marking their third collaboration. The film was one of the top box office films of the year,[14] although reviewers identified it as a standard masala entertainer.[15][16] Following its success, the film was remade in Hindi (as Singham), Kannada (as Kempe Gowda) and Bengali (Shotru).[17][18] After directing Venghai, a film with Dhanush and Tamannaah Bhatia in the lead, he made a sequel to Singam, with Suriya reprising his role as Duraisingam. It was named one of the biggest box office hits of 2013,[19][20] with Sify stating that it was "the biggest theatrical earner" of the year.[21] He is set to direct Vishal for the second time, for a film titled Poojai,[22] which will have Shruti Haasan as the female lead.[23]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to former actress Preetha Vijayakumar, daughter of Vijayakumar, and has a son named Sreeram.[24][dead link] During the shooting for Seval, Preetha gave birth to their third son.[25]


2002ThamizhPrashanth, Simran, Nassar, Ashish Vidyarthi
2003SaamyVikram, Trisha Krishnan, Kota Srinivasa Rao, VivekNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
2004KovilSilambarasan, Sonia Agarwal, Rajkiran, Nassar
2004ArulVikram, Jyothika, Pasupathy, Vadivelu
2005AyyaSarath Kumar, Nayantara, Prakash Raj, Napoleon, Vadivelu
2005AaruSuriya, Trisha Krishnan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vadivelu
2007ThaamirabharaniVishal, Bhanu, Prabhu, Nadhiya, Nassar
2007VelSuriya, Asin, Vadivelu, Kalabhavan Mani
2008SevalBharath, Poonam Bajwa, Simran, Vadivelu, Sampath Raj
2010SingamSuriya, Anushka Shetty, Prakash Raj, VivekEdison Award for Best Commercial Movie
Nominated, Vijay Award for Favourite Director
2011VenghaiDhanush, Tamannaah, Prakash Raj
2013Singam IISuriya, Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani, Vivek, Santhanam
2014PoojaiVishal, Shruti Haasan, Sathyaraj, Mukesh TiwariFilming


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  2. ^ "06-06-03". Web.archive.org. 2003-08-04. Archived from the original on 2003-08-04. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
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  8. ^ D Govardan, TNN Aug 26, 2003, 01.52am IST (2003-08-26). "Tamil films enter hit zone in 2003 - Economic Times". Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  9. ^ "Reel of fortune". The Hindu. 2003-12-29. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
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  12. ^ PTI Mar 28, 2013, 01.20PM IST (2013-03-28). "Sanjay Dutt to complete shoot of 'Policegiri': Producer - Economic Times". Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  13. ^ "Seval Review - Tamil Movie Review by Ayyappa Prasad". Nowrunning.com. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
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  17. ^ Roshmila Bhattacharya, July 7, 2013, DHNS: (2013-07-07). "Singam returns". Deccanherald.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  18. ^ "Clash of remakes in film industry - The Times of India" (in (German)). Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
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  20. ^ "Top 10 Tamil grossers of 2013 - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
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  22. ^ "Hari’s film with Vishal titled Poojai - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  23. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/i-am-doing-the-hari-film-shruti-haasan-news-tamil-odzkvQfadec.html
  24. ^ [2][dead link]
  25. ^ "Director Hari becomes dad again - Tamil Movie News". Indiaglitz.com. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 

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