Career His first film was the critically acclaimed film Keladi Kanmani which starred the singing maestro SP Balasubramanyam. It ran for 285 days and considered as one of the best films ever made in Tamil. He then directed Nee Padhi Naan Padhi, which had much talked about "Nivedha" song with 300 shots and the film was about unwed mother's issue.
His next movie was Aasai (1995) which was a trendsetter and super duper hit that ran for more than 200 days. This film brought first success to actor Ajithkumar. Further actress Suvalakshmi was introduced in this film. It was produced by Maniratnam. His next film was Nerrukku Ner (1997) also produced by Maniratnam was a big superhit. Surya was introduced in this film.
Poovellam Kettupaar (1999)in which introduced the combination of Surya and Jyothika and this film was Yuvan Shankar Raja's first musical chartbuster. Prakshraj's performance in Appu (2000)as "Thiru nangai" was the USP and the same was much appreciateed. Vasanth's feelgood film Rhythm (2000) is considered as classic mainly for its theme and realism by critics and public.
The five songs featuring five elements were the talking point of this film which was set to music by AR Rahman.Yei Nee Romba Azhaga Irrukkai (2002) in which, he introduced 5 music directors, was a first time happening in Indian cinema.
His recent venture Satham Podathey, was a critically acclaimed and a blockbuster at the box office. Thakkayin methu naanku Kangal ,which won the national award and critically acclaimed Visaranai Commission, a sakithya academy prize winning novel, are the other notable works in his career. Also he has directed more than 40 advt films of multinational brands.