On write lane…F’day Spl. Article by Naveen

Though many Tamil film directors prefer the ‘Kadhai, Thiriakadhai, Vasanam, Iyakkam’ credits before their name in the title card, writers have left their stamp in movies made in Kollywood.

This week, takes a look at some popular Tamil writers, who made their presence felt in the film industry.


Sujatha was one of the most popular authors in modern Tamil literature. He had also composed screenplays and dialogues for several Tamil movies.

The first of these efforts were ‘Gaayathri’ and ‘Priya’. In ‘Priya’, his fictional character Ganesh was played by Rajinikanth. Kamal Hassan’s ‘Vikram’ was composed by him. He penned dialogues for the movie ‘Roja’, directed by Maniratnam.

He was associated with Mani Ratnam (for ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’, ‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’, etc.), Shankar (for ‘Boys’, ‘Anniyan’, ‘Indian’, ‘Mudhalvan’, ‘Sivaji’ and ‘Enthiran’) and Azhagam Perumal in ‘Udhaya’. He was working on Shankar’s ‘Enthiran’ before he died on 27 February 2008. The much recent film ‘Saithaan’ was inspired by one of his works.


In a career spanning six decades, he authored around 40 novels, 200 short stories, apart from two autobiographies. Outside literature, he made two films. In addition, four of his other novels were adapted into films by others.

In 1964, Jayakanthan entered films by co-producing and directing a venture titled ‘Unnaipol Oruvan’, based on his novel. The film focussed on the plight of slum-dwellers. Although a commercial failure, it won the President’s Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film in 1965.

The following year he made another film based on his namesake novel ‘Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan’ which had Nagesh playing the lead role. His novel ‘Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal’ (1970) won him the Sahitya Akademi Award (for Tamil) in 1972.

Later this was adapted into a film of the same name by A Bhimsingh, which won a National Film Award. Promoted by the film’s success, Bhimsingh made one more film tilted ‘Oru Nadigai Naadagam Paarkiral’, based on his namesake novel.


Balakumaran is author of over 150 novels, 100 short stories, and dialogue/screenplay writer for over 14 films.

Balakumaran’s contribution to films has largely been in the field of screenplay making and dialogue writing. His skills in crafting the dialogue for any conceivable character are noteworthy in Kollywood.

Some of the films he had worked include ‘Nayakan’, ‘Guna’, ‘Gentleman’, ‘Kadhalan’, ‘Baasha’, ‘Mugavari’, ‘Manmadhan’ and ‘Pudupettai’. He also directed K Bhagyaraj-starrer ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’.


Subha is the name used by the writing partnership of D Suresh and A N Balakrishnan, who write stories, detective novels and screenplays in Tamil. Suba is a regular feature in K V Anand movies.

The movies ‘Kana Kandaen’ and ‘Ayan’ were based on their published novels and were scripted by Subha together with Anand. They co-authored the script for ‘Ko’, a political thriller movie, and ‘Maatraan’, a family thriller with Anand.

The script for ‘180’, a bilingual movie in Tamil and Telugu, was co-authored by Subha with director Jayendra. ‘Arrambam’,  ‘I’ (dialogues), ‘Anegan’, ‘Yatchan’ and ‘Thani Oruvan’ were co-authored by Subha.


Rajesh Kumar is an extremely prolific Tamil novel writer, most famous for his crime, detective, and science fiction stories.

The recent hit ‘Kuttram 23’ was based on his novel.  This was the second Rajesh Kumar novel to be adapted into a feature film- the science-based thriller, Sarath Kumar starrer ‘Sandamarutham’, was loosely based on his novel Crime.Com.

The 70-year-old still churns out three novels a month. Real-life events and media reports form the material for his work, which is backed by intense research.


Pattukottai Prabhakar is a writer of Tamil crime and detective fiction. He has also worked as a screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, and also for ‘Paramapadham’, the first Tamil-language mega-serial to be shown on Doordarshan.

Some of his film works include ‘Samurai’, ‘Bhagavathi’, ‘ Chocolate’, ‘Jeyam Kondan’, ‘Naan Avan Illai’, ‘Vanthaan Vendraan’, ‘Kaaki Sattai’ and the upcoming movie ‘Imaikka Nodigal’.


Jeyamohan is best-known and most critically acclaimed work is ‘Vishnupuram’, a fantasy set as a quest through various schools of Indian philosophy and mythology.

A celebrated writer, he has collaborated with filmmakers in Tamil and Malayalam and shares credits for story, screenplay and dialogue.

At present, he is involved in Superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘2.0’, directed by Shankar. His earlier ventures in Kollywood include ‘Papanasam’, ‘Kaaviya Thalaivan’, ‘Kadal’, ‘Angadi Theru’ and ‘Naan Kadavul’.

By Naveen