However, 'Vikram' is not like any other project. He's directing three of our generation's most renowned artists: Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, and Fahadh Faasil, all of whom are talented actors in their own right.
According to the smashing reviews, 'Vikram' seems to be another addition to Lokesh's box-office hit films. So, who is Lokesh Kanagaraj, and how did he become one of our generation's most sought-after young directors?
Let's look at six interesting facts about the man behind 'Vikram' and the reported cinematic universe he's developing!
Lokesh is a Fashion Tech and MBA GraduateLokesh was born at Kinathukadavu, Coimbatore, on 14 March 1986. He has three brothers: Aravind Gnanasambandam, Ashwin Venkatesh, and Prashanth Gnanasambandam. After completing his education at Palaniammal Higher Secondary School, Lokesh attended PSG College of Arts and Science for Fashion Technology. Later, he earned his MBA from Anna University.
Lokesh Was an Ex-Bank EmployeeLokesh got a job as a bank employee after finishing his MBA and worked for a private company in Tiruppur for four years. Much was known about him at this period, except that his enthusiasm for filmmaking never wavered, even after working in the corporate sector.
Lokesh's Married & Blessed with Two ChildrenLokesh married Aishwarya Lokesh on 8 January 2012, after being engaged for nearly a year; the couple has two children, daughter Adhvika Lokesh and son Aarudhra Lokesh. His daughter was born on their wedding anniversary.
His Journey Began at a Short Film CompetitionHe made his directorial debut with the short film 'Acham Thavir,' which won Best Director, Best Film, and Best Actor at the Clubace Short Film Festival. The comedic short film focused on the importance of music in our lives and how we are all heroes in our own right.
Karthik Subbaraj is His MentorDirector Karthik Subbaraj happened to be the short film competition's judge, who then encouraged Lokesh to continue making films. Another corporate short film called 'Customer Delight' Lokesh directed snatched the first place in the All India Corporate Film Competition and received positive feedback. Lokesh shot the whole production in a single day.
Later, under the production of Karthik Subbaraj, an anthology named Aviyal featuring five directors, including Lokesh Kanagaraj, Mohit Mehra, Shameer Sultan, Alphonse Putharen, and Guru Smaran, was released. His film Kalam in the anthology also won many awards.
'Maanagaram' Was His Big BreakHe directed his debut feature film, 'Maanagaram,' released in March 2017. The film was a commercial success and was critically acclaimed. Even superstars like Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan praised the film.
The success of Maanagaram grabbed the attention of actor Karthi who then worked with him in 'Kaithi.' The action thriller film, which was released in 2019, received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
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