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Kalaipuli S. Thanu


Kalaipuli S. Thanu (pronounced [ðaːnu]) is an Indian film producer, director, and distributor, known for his films in Tamil cinema. He has produced several films through his two companies, V Creations, and Kalaipuli Films International. 


Many of his films have been commercially successful, three of which are among the top-ten highest-grossing Tamil films. He has won two National Film Awards, two Cinema Express Awards, and one Filmfare Awards South.


Thanu is married to Kala. Their son Kalaprabhu made his directorial debut with Sakkarakatti (2008). Thanu also has a daughter Kavitha.


S. Thanu began his career as a film financier and distributor, before becoming a producer and a partner at Kalaipuli Films with S. Thanu and Soori with Yaar. (1985), being their debut film as producers.[4][5] He initially started as a publicity designer being responsible for christening Rajinikanth as "Superstar" and creating a 35 feet cutout of him in a theatre.


 He started his own company V. Creations and went on to produce commercially successful films with Vijayakanth in Cooliekkaran (1987), Nallavan (1988), and Pudhu Padagan (1990). His Vanna Vanna Pookkal (1992) directed by Balu Mahendra won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil


He also did a cameo appearance in the film Magalir Mattum in 1994. Kizhakku Cheemayile (1993) and Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) won the Cinema Express Award for Best Film – Tamil. He has also produced films with Suriya in Kaakha Kaakha (2003), Maayavi (2005), and with Vijay in Sachein (2005), Thuppakki (2012), and Theri (2016). He collaborated with Rajinikanth for the first time for Kabali (2016).


He has produced four films for Dhanush such as Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 (2017), Asuran (2019), Karnan (2021), and Naane Varuvean (2022).