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Boss Tamil Season 3 Contestant Cheran Pandian Biography

A Tale of Creativity, Resilience, and Artistic Brilliance

Cheran Pandian – A Renaissance Man of Tamil Cinema

Cheran Pandian


In the tapestry of Tamil cinema, few names shine as brightly as Cheran Pandian. Born on December 12, 1970, this multi-talented individual has left an indelible mark as a film director, producer, actor, and lyricist. His storytelling prowess has earned him four National Film Awards and a string of accolades. In this comprehensive biography, we delve into Cheran’s life, his cinematic masterpieces, personal anecdotes, and the twists in his career, especially his stint in the Bigg Boss Tamil Season 3.

Early Life: From Pazhaiyurpatty to Chennai Dreams

Cheran’s journey began in the quaint village of Pazhaiyurpatty near Madurai. His father, Pandian, worked as a film projector operator, instilling an early connection to the world of cinema. Cheran’s passion led him to Chennai, where he initially aspired to become an actor. However, his journey took a different turn as he started as a production manager and later ventured into directing.

The Directorial Odyssey: Village Dramas to Global Themes

Cheran’s directorial breakthrough came with village-based dramas like Bharathi Kannamma (1997) and Porkkaalam (1997). These films, rooted in human relationships, earned critical acclaim and set the stage for his exploration of broader themes. Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000) exposed job scams, while Pandavar Bhoomi (2001) tackled the migration of villagers to the city. Autograph (2004), a semi-autobiographical gem, remains one of his most celebrated works.

Personal Life: Family Ties and Commitments

In the midst of his cinematic endeavors, Cheran maintains a grounded personal life. Married to Selvarani, he has two daughters, Nivedha Priyadarshini and Damini. This glimpse into his family life adds a touch of warmth to the narrative.

Career Peaks: Autograph, Thavamai Thavamirundhu, and Acting Exploits

Autograph (2004) catapulted Cheran to national recognition, winning him awards and accolades. Thavamai Thavamirundhu (2005) continued the success, delving into family relationships and Tamil culture. Cheran’s foray into acting with films like Pirivom Santhippom (2008) and Yuddham Sei (2011) showcased his versatility.

Mid-career Shift: Challenges and Acting Commitments

The mid-2000s witnessed Cheran’s focus on acting assignments, with films like Aadum Koothu (2008) and Pirivom Santhippom (2008) portraying him in meek, family-oriented roles. Despite commercial success, this phase also saw setbacks like the underwhelming performance of Pokkisham (2009).

The Rise and Fall: Directorial Challenges and Career Decline

Cheran faced hurdles in attracting producers for his directorial ventures post-Pokkisham. The launch of JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai (2013) saw the film languishing in development hell, marking a challenging period for the director. Financial troubles, family issues, and negative press added to his struggles.

A Resilient Comeback: Thirumanam (2019) and Beyond

After a hiatus, Cheran made a directorial comeback with Thirumanam (2019), exploring the complexities of marriage. Despite mixed reviews and a lukewarm box office reception, Cheran displayed resilience in pursuing his artistic vision.

Cheran’s Literary Pursuits and Bigg Boss Stint

Beyond the screen, Cheran shared his life experiences through articles published in Ananda Vikatan, later compiled into the book “Touring Talkies.” He also entered the Bigg Boss Tamil Season 3 in 2019, showcasing a different facet of his personality and earning the “Most Disciplined” housemate award.

Cheran’s Cinematic Legacy: Movies


  • Porkkaalam
  • Autograph
  • Maya Kannadi
  • Pokkisham
  • Muran
  • Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal
  • Yuddham Sei
  • Thirumanam

Directorial Ventures

  • Bharathi Kannamma
  • Desiya Geetham
  • Vetri Kodi Kattu
  • Autograph
  • Jk Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai
  • Thavamai Thavamirundhu

Recognitions and Achievements in Film

  • National Film Awards
    • 2000: Best Film on Other Social Issues for “Vetri Kodi Kattu”
    • 2004: Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for “Autograph”
    • 2005: Best Film on Family Welfare for “Thavamai Thavamirundhu”
    • 2005: Best Feature Film in Tamil for “Aadum Koothu”
  • Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
    • 1997: Best Director for “Porkaalam”
    • 2000: Best Dialogue Writer for “Vetri Kodi Kattu”
    • 2004: Best Film for “Autograph”
    • 2004: Best Director for “Autograph”
    • 2005: Best Film for “Thavamai Thavamirundhu”
    • 2009: Best Story Writer for “Pokkisham”
  • Filmfare Awards
    • 1997: Best Director – Tamil for “Bharathi Kannamma”
    • 1998: Best Director – Tamil for “Desiya Geetham”
    • 2001: Best Director – Tamil for “Pandavar Bhoomi”
    • 2004: Best Director – Tamil for “Autograph”
    • 2004: Best Film – Tamil for “Autograph”
  • Other Recognitions
    • 2004: Dinakaran-Medimix Award for Best Film – “Autograph”
    • 2004: Dinakaran-Medimix Award for Best Director – “Autograph”
    • 2005: Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers Association Award for Best Writer Director – “Thavamai Thavamirundhu”
    • 2011: Jaya TV Award for Best Actor – “Yuddham Sei”
    • 2011: Norway International Tamil Film Festival Award – Kalaichigaram Award

Unknown Facts About Cheran Pandian

  • Founder of C2H organization
  • Launched music company Dream Sounds
  • Published a book, “Touring Talkies”
  • Founded Cheran Noolagam publishing house

Cheran’s Web Series Debut and Television Ventures

In 2024, Cheran is set to make his OTT debut with the web series “Cheran’s Journey,” offering a new platform to showcase his storytelling finesse. His television stints, including judging in “Naalaya Iyakkunar” and participating in “Bigg Boss Tamil 3,” reveal his dynamic engagement with different mediums.

Name: Cheran Pandian

Other Name: Cheran

Evicted: Bigg Boss Tamil Season 3 Evicted on Day 91

Season Host: Kamal Haasan

Network: Star Vijay

Number of Days: 105

Number of Contestants: 17

Premier Date: 23 June 2019

Prize Money:

Other Prizes (if any):

Date of Birth (DOB): December 12, 1970

Birth Place: Melur, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Settled Place: Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Profession/Occupation: Director, Actor, Producer


Parents: Pandian (Father), Kamala (Mother)

Siblings: Two sisters

Spouse: Selvarani

Children: Nivedha Priyadarshini and Damini (Daughters)






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