Mari Selvaraj is an Indian film director known for his work in Tamil cinema. Mari Selvaraj debuted in Tamil cinema in 2006. He originally intended to be an actor, but instead he worked as an assistant director for Ram in three films: Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), Thanga Meenkal (2013), and Taramani (2017). Mari Selvaraj made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed film “Pariyerum Perumal,” which released in 2018.
“Pariyerum Perumal” was a socially significant drama that highlighted caste inequity in Indian society. The film gained widespread acclaim for its compelling storytelling, sensitive depiction of caste issues, and outstanding performances by the characters.
Mari Selvaraj’s storytelling style frequently depicts the problems of Tamil Nadu’s marginalised group of people. He is renowned as a socially conscious filmmaker for exploring challenging societal topics with a remarkable eye for detail and authenticity.
His second direction was “Karnan” (2021) which stars Dhanush, a highly acclaimed actor in the Tamil film industry, in the lead role. Following Mari Selvaraj’s own style, set in a rural backdrop, “Karnan” revolves around the struggles faced by the oppressed and marginalised community, particularly a young man named Karnan, played by Dhanush.
The film portrays the harsh realities of caste-based discrimination and the relentless battle for justice, showcasing the resilience and courage of the oppressed community. “Karnan” received widespread critical acclaim for its powerful storytelling, impactful performances, and social commentary. Dhanush’s portrayal of Karnan earned him significant praise for his nuanced and emotionally charged performance. The film’s direction and cinematography were also highly appreciated for capturing the essence of rural life and effectively conveying the emotions of the characters. “Karnan” was celebrated for its impactful social message and artistic brilliance, and it further solidified Mari Selvaraj’s position as a director with a unique voice in Tamil cinema.
The director’s recent film was “Maamannan” (2023) which starred Udhayanidhi Stalin and Vadivelu as lead roles. Maamannan talks about the caste politics in Tamilnaadu’s electoral system. The characters of Vadivelu and Udhayanidhi stand for equality and liberation of all people and this principle is what they have to defend against the violence caste system that is represented by Fahadh Fassil’s character and political party.
Mari Selvaraj continues to serve the community with his equality and caste based ideology. This earns his a potential fan base for his stories. As fans are celebrating the box office success of “Maamannan”, Mari Selvaraj also concluded a pet project, ‘Vaazhai,’ starring Kalaiyarasan, Nikhila Vimal, Dhivya Duraisamy, and Priyanka Nair. The film about childhood will be released soon, and celebrities who have seen an early screening have given it outstanding accolades.
On other hand, the director is all set for his next movie with Dhruv Vikram as lead. Pa. Ranjith will be producing this movie. The project is expected to begin by the end of August. Shootings will be conducted in Thoothukudi and its surrounding areas. Tis movie will be based on a real life story Of Manathi Ganesh. Dhruv will be playing the role.
Born in a rural town near Thoothukudi into a low-income family, he rose to national and Asian level Kabaddi triumph. It is also notable that the central government has given him the Arjuna Award. The story takes place in the late 1990s. Dhruv Vikram is said to have spent a few months in kabaddi training in preparation for the project. Fans are waiting for further updates about the upcoming project!