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Successful Female Directors in Tamil Cinema

Sudha Kongara 

One of the most successful female director in Tamil cinema now. She directed two World-class movies, Irudhi Suttru & Soorarai Pottru, that put her in the most wanted director even in Bollywood. 

Irudhi Suttru

Story and direction by Sudha Kongura. Prabhu Selvaraj, a boxer, is ignored by the boxing association. He tries to accomplish his dream by training Madhi, an amateur fighter. Starring Madhavan & Ritika Singh. This is the debut film for Ritika Singh, and she rocked in this movie. Movie was a blockbuster hit in 2016.

Soorarai Pottru

Recently released, a movie about Captain GR Gopinath, who founded the low-cost airline, Air Deccan. The struggle he went through to start a low-cost airline. His inspiration Vijay Vittal Mallya (played by Paresh Rawal) who stole his idea and started his own low-cost airlines. (Read full story on Wikipedia). Released in 2020, directed by Sudha Kongara and starring Suriya, Aparna Balamurali, Urvashi, Paresh Rawal.

Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi

Vanakkam Chennai

Directed by the female director, Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi, this movie was produced by Udhayanidhi’s company Red Giant Movies. Starring Shiva, Priya Anand, Santhanam, Rahul Ravindran and more. Story about Shiva and Priya Anand who end up sharing the same apartment. Love blossoms between the two while they attempt to catch Santhanam.

Gayathri Pushkar

Gayathri and her husband directed a couple of movies. The biggest blockbuster hit was Vikram Vedha. Brilliant direction by Gayatri, Pushkar, this was the biggest hit in 2017, box office collection and critics. Acted by Vijay Sethupathu, Madhavan, Sharaddha Srinath, Varalaxmi and Kathir. The story is about puzzles between gangsters and police. 

Lakshmy Ramakrishnan

Soundarya Rajinikanth

Directed two movies, Kochadaiyaan, a 3D movie which was a biggest flop and put Rajinikanth in trouble. However the most recent direction was Velai Illa Pattadhari 2 with her brother in law Dhanush as hero. 

Aishwarya Dhanush

3: Directed by Aishwarya R. Dhanush and released in 2012. The story goes as Ram and Janani are high school sweethearts who eventually get married. However, Janani is mystified when Ram commits suicide all of a sudden and she tries to find out the truth behind his death. Starring Dhanush, Shruti Hassan, Sivakarthikeyan, Sundar Ramu, Gabriella Charlton, Prabhu and more. 

T. P. Rajalakshmi

Very first female director in Tamil cinema history. Directed two movies Miss Kamala & Madurai Veeran in 1936 and 1939 respectively. 

Haleetha Shameem

Sillu Karupatti, an anthology of four romantic stories of different age groups were the only true thing binding them all together is LOVE. Brilliant direction by debut director Haleetha Shameem, and she gained good reviews from movie movies. 


Mazhalai Pattalam is a dual-language, Tamil & Kannada movie directed by Lakshmi as debut director. Starring Vishnuvardhan, Sumithra, Shivaram and more. Tamil version dialogues written by Visu. 


Directed two movies: Pudhiya Raagam (1991) & Naane Ennul Illai in 2010. Both movies were big flops. However many film goers appreciated her efforts.

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