6 Female Directors Who Made It Big In Tamil Cinema


Cinema industry is known for bringing out great talents and in today’s industry, it is hard to find women technicians as their role is usually limited to acting. But things have changed and for the better and quite a few women are making a mark in various filmmaking fields. Women directors in Kollywood have come a long way and made their work speak for themselves. Here are 6 women directors of Tamil cinema who gave their best and thoroughly entertained us.

Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi

The wife of actor-producer Udhayanidhi Stalin made her directorial debut with Vanakkam Chennai, a romantic comedy film starring Shiva and Priya Anand. Kiruthiga also directed Kaali starring Vijay Anthony and she has worked on a number of short films before.

 Sudha Kongara

Sudha’s first directorial venture was Drohi, a crime film during which she began writing a sports drama on boxing titled Irudhi Suttru. The film starring Madhavan received critical acclaim and was a box office hit. After Irudhi Suttru, her next directorial is a thriller based on a real-life incident Soorarai Pottru with Suriya.


Gayathri is known for her film Vikram Vedha which grabbed her fame and recognition. The film was nominated almost in every category and won many awards. She along with her husband, Pushkar, writes and direct feature films. The duo made their directorial debut in Oram Po and Va Quarter Cutting to date.

Lakshmy Ramakrishnan

Aarohanam was Lakshmi’s debut film which received many critical reviews and the film revolves around a missing mother, who suffers from bipolar disorder. Her second directorial venture, Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe is a story portraying a petrol crisis.

Soundarya Rajnikanth

Soundarya, daughter of Superstar Rajinikanth, made her debut with Kochadaiiyaan starring her father and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. It was a computer-animated period film and it employed a special technique called motion capture. She also directed Velai Illai Pattadhari 2 and now working on Ponniyin Selvan as a creative director.

Aishwarya Dhanush

The daughter of Superstar Rajinikanth and wife of actor Dhanush, she directed her debut film 3 starring her husband and Shruti Haasan. She also directed a romantic-comedy, Vai Raja Vai with Gautham Karthik and Priya Anand.



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