Thota Tharani

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Thota Tharani
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Born (1949-12-16) 16 December 1949 (age 70)
Chennai, India
Alma mater The American College in Madurai
Occupation Art director,
production designer

Thota Tharani is an Indian film art director and production designer who has predominantly worked in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam cinema and Bollywood. As of 2013, he has won two National Film Awards, two Filmfare Awards South and four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. His work consists of paintings, murals, paper collages, wooden montages, and installations and so on.


Film career

Thota Tharani has been involved in the art of set design since he was just twelve when he helped his father. His work was very much appreciated[ according to whom? ] in films such as Nayakan , Indian the two films earned him National Film Awards. His works include construction of a huge set replica of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple for Telugu movie Arjun , Dasavathaaram , Kanthaswamy and Leader . He has worked in more than 100 feature films as a production designer, including three foreign productions: Pondichéry, Dernier Comptoir Des Indes (French), Hanuman (French) and Branchie (Italian). His expertise in magnificent and larger than life sets has been well appreciated and awarded[ according to whom? ]. His realistic[ according to whom? ] sets for Nayagan are awe inspiring[ according to whom? ] and the grandeur of the sets he created for Thiruda Thiruda and Mudhalvan added to the flavour of the films[ according to whom? ].

In addition to being an art director, Thota Tharani has worked as a Production designer and in the art department of various films.


Thota Tharani completed his Graduate Diploma in Mural Painting in 1971 and subsequently was offered a Fellowship from the Government of France to study print-making. Additionally, he completed print making courses from the Royal College of Art in London and New Delhi.[ citation needed ]


Civilian honours

National Film Award for Best Art Direction

Nandi Award for Best Art Director

Kerala State Film Award for Best Art Director

Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director

Vijay Award for Best Art Director

Partial filmography

TBA Ponniyin Selvan Tamil
2017 Khaidi No. 150 Telugu
2016 Brahmotsavam (film) Telugu
2015 Eli Tamil
2015 Rudrama Devi Telugu
2012AdiosSilentShort film
2012 Life is Beautiful Telugu
2009 Dam 999 [2] English
2009 Leader Telugu
2009 Kanthaswamy TamilNominated, Vijay Award for Best Art Director
2009 Ananda Tandavam Tamil
2008 Kuselan Tamil
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Tamil
2008 Sathyam Tamil
2008 Dasavathaaram Tamil Vijay Award for Best Art Director
2007 Sringaram TamilTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director(also for Chandramukhi)
2007 Sivaji Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Art Director – South
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director
Vijay Award for Best Art Director
Special appearance in the song Balleilakka
2006 Varalaru Tamil
2006 Uyir Tamil
2005 Ullam Ketkumae Tamil
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Tamil
2005 Chandramukhi TamilTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director(also for Sringaram)
2005 Sachein Tamil
2005 Athadu Telugu
2004 Mass Telugu
2004 Arjun Telugu
2003 Jism Hindi
2003 Okkadu Telugu
2002 Samurai Tamil
2002 Five Star Tamil
2002 Baba Tamil
2001 12B Tamil
2001 Virumbugiren Tamil
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Hindi
2000 Mister Butler Malayalam
2000 Kushi Tamil
1999 Mudhalvan Tamil
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Tamil
1998 Choodalani Vundi Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Art Director – South
1998 Thaayin Manikodi Tamil
1998 Jeans Tamil
1997 Ratchagan Tamil
1996 Mr. Romeo Tamil
1996 Kadhal Desam Tamil
1996 Indian Tamil National Film Award for Best Art Direction
1995 Bombay Tamil
1995 Subha Sankalpam Telugu
1994 Kadhalan TamilTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director
1993 May Madham Tamil
1993 Gentleman Tamil
1993 Valli Tamil
1993 I Love India Tamil
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Tamil
1992 Chinarayudu Telugu
1992 Mannan Tamil
1991 Abhimanyu Malayalam
1991 Thalapathi Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Art Director
1991 Nirnayam Telugu
1991 Chaitanya Telugu
1990 Raja Kaiya Vacha Tamil
1990 Chatriyan Tamil
1990 Anjali Tamil
1989 Shiva Telugu
1989 Geethanjali Telugu
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal Tamil
1989 Indrudu Chandrudu Telugu
1988 Solla Thudikuthu Manasu Tamil
1988 Sathya Tamil
1988 Agni Natchathiram Tamil
1987 Nayakan Tamil National Film Award for Best Art Direction
1987 Pushpaka Vimana Silent (Kannada)
1986 Mouna Ragam Tamil
1985 Anveshana Telugu
1983 Sagara Sangamam Telugu
1983 Nelavanka Telugu
1983 Pallavi Anu Pallavi Kannada
1982 Subhalekha Telugu
1981 Raja Paarvai Tamil
1978 Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi Telugu

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