Also see: Review of Tendral | Interview with Parthipan
Parthipan has worked in more than 35 films and directed 10 films. He worked with his Guru, K.Bhagyaraj as an assistant director in many films. As a director his first film was Pudhiya Pathai, a silver jubilee film for which he bagged the state and National award.
His other successful films include Sugamana Sumaigal, Pondatti Thevai, Ullea Veliyea, Pullaikuttikkaran, Tata Birla, Bharathi Kannamma, Abimanyu, Swarnamuki, Puthumai Pithan, House Full, Nee Varuvai Ena, Unnarugae Naanirunthal, Kakkai Chiraginile, James Bond, sarigamapadhani, Evan etc.
The film House Full which was produced and directed by him won the state and National Award for The Best Tamil film for the year 1998. He has also bagged the Tamilnadu state award for the Best Actor in Bharathi Kannamma
Parthipan, the actor, director and producer, loves breaking the conventional rules set by commercial cinema. He has taken roles that other heroes would carefully avoid, directed films that his critics found to be arty. The actor has remained uncompromising and stuck to his principles in spite of some not-so-memorable roles in the past. After the critically acclaimed and award winning films like Housefull and Azhagi, audience and the trade have acknowledged the maker’s undisputed talents.
Now his latest film Tendral revolves around the life of a writer Nalankilli who wants to reform the society through his writings. And Parthipan’s performance is first class as he expresses his views on Tamil nationalist movement, preserving Tamil culture and his viewpoint on the Cauvery issue through his character.
Parthipan has also written a book called “Kirukkalgal” – Thamizh Kavithai Thoguppu.At the first month of the launch itself, 20,000 copies were sold out. The revenue generated from the sales of this book goes to his own charity trust called “R.Parthepan Manitha Neya Mandram”.
The Best Five Films of Parthipan:
Vettrikodi Kattu: Produced by Sivasakthi Movie Makers and directed by Cheran.
Bharathi Kannamma: Was a hit film directed by Cheran. Parthipan bagged the best Actor award from Tamilnadu government in 1998. Meena was the heroine.
Azhagi: directed by Thankar Bachchan. Nandita Das was the heroine.
Puthiya Pathai: The first directorial venture of Parthipan. The film was critically acclaimed and was a super hit in 1989.
Housefull: Was produced and directed by Parthipan- a film that bagged a lot of awards including a National award in 2000.