P. Bharathiraja (Tamil: பி. பாரதிராஜா; born 17 July 1941 in Theni, Tamil Nadu, India), is a critically acclaimed South Indian filmmaker.
He displayed a story-teller's potential from an early age. Bharathiraja is known for his realistic and sensitive portrayal of village-life in his movies.
His mother Karuththamma received the National Award from the President on his behalf for his film named after her. Among his other landmark films are 16 Vayathinile, Sigappu Rojakkal, Muthal Mariyathai (with Sivaji Ganesan in the lead), Karuththamma, Alaigal Oivathillai, Mann Vasanai, Vedham Pudhithu, Kizhakku Cheemayile and Anthimanthaarai.
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