Sundar C. is an Indian film director, producer and actor. He has directed over 30 films in Tamil and also acted in over 20 movies as the protagonist. Initially, he worked as an assistant director to Manivannan and became a director with the family drama Murai Maman (1995). His notable films include Ullathai Allitha (1996), Arunachalam (1997),Unnai Thedi (1999), Anbe Sivam (2003), Winner (2003), Giri (2004), Kalakalappu (2012), Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013), Aranmanai (2014) and Kalakalappu 2 (2018).
He is beeing celebrated as the king of comedy movies by Tamil Cinema viewers. He took a small break from his direction career after his successful launch as an actor in 2006 with the film Thalai Nagaram.He is back to direction with his trade mark comedy roller coaster movie Kalakalappu in 2012 and it went on to become a blockbuster success. He made his directorial debut in Telugu with the film Something Something (2013) as well. His successful career as a director continues with movies like Aranmanai (2014), Aambala (2015), Aranmanai 2 (2016) and Kalakalappu 2 (2018).
He also produces the TV series Nandini along with his wife, actress Kushboo aired on Sun TV Network. He is a pioneer in television industry to produce a TV Series in 4 languages Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada simultaneously.The show has been praised and well received by the audience, becoming a huge success and India’s most watched television series in a matter of weeks since it first aired. He also produced movies like Hello Naan Pei Pesuren, Muthina Kathirika and Meesaya Murukku. Sundar C is one of the few directors who directed the two Super Stars of Tamil Cinema Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in Arunachalam (1997) and Anbe Sivam (2003) respectively.
Sundar C started his career as an assistant director to Manivannan and made his directorial debut with Murai Maman (1995). Sundar revealed that he initially wanted a leading action hero to play the lead role in his film and approached Sarathkumar, but the producer was unavailable to sign the actor. Subsequently, the director chose Jayaram to play the lead role in the film and also said that he tapped into his innate sense of humour, as Jayaram was very famous for his humour in Malayalam.Murai Maaman did well at the box office and Sundar went on to direct many humour themed films such as Ullathai Allithaa (1996), Mettukudi (1996) and Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1999). In 1997, he directed his highest-profile project till date, Arunachalam, with Rajinikanth. He has also occasionally directed action and thriller films such as Unnai Kann Theduthe (2000), Rishi (2001) and Chinna (2005). His favourite heroine was actress Rambha; as a Director he made her as his lead heroine in his 6 movies.
In 2003, he directed two films Winner and Anbe Sivam. The former was successful and the comedy scenes from that film became hugely popular. However, the latter, despite being critically acclaimed, under performed at the box office, but became a cult classic. Anbe Sivam remains his only humane realism movie till today out of his regular commercial cinema genre. After directing Rendu (2006), Sundar took a break from directing in order to concentrate on his acting career. He made his acting debut as lead actor with Thalainagaram (2006), which was well received. Then he went on to play lead roles with the commercially successful Veerappu, directed by Badri and Sandai by Sakthi Chidambaram. He then made a comeback as a director with Nagaram Marupakkam (2010).
After his blockbuster hit Kalakalappu in 2012 he is continuously giving successful movies like Theeya Velaseyyanum Kumaru, Aranmanai, Aambala, Aranmanai 2 and Kalakalappu 2. Out of which Aranmanai and Aranmanai 2 are the trend setters in Comedy Horror genre in Tamil film industry.
Also his first periodic flick Sangamithra is under pre-production. The movie features Jayam Ravi and Arya in the lead roles.The movie is being made in Tamil and dubbed in Telugu and Hindi. The film is made in the cost of 300 Crores. It is one of the most expensive movies of Indian cinema. Oscar winner A.R.Rahman, National Award winner Sabu Cyril, National Award winner Tirru, National Award winner Peter Hein and Oscar winner Resul Pookutty are the crew members of Sangamithra.