Indian-American film director, producer and screenwriter
A critically acclaimed film director and producer, Arun Vaidyanathan was born in Sirkali, Tamil Nadu.
An early interest in music, dance and mimicry, nurtured through high school and college, led to his career in the Tamil television industry. Here, Arun wrote, directed, performed in and later produced shows for early cable/satellite channels Sun and Raj TV. Along the way, a standout programme that reviewed Hollywood films, gave Arun the much needed exposure to international films, and sowed the seeds of what would become his calling. A masters from the NY Film Academy gave the final touches to Arun’s plans.
His first feature – Achamundu Achamundu – was both a critical and box-office success. Turning producer, he backed the winning Kalyana Samayal Sadham and is now deep into the pre-production of the Malayalam Peruchazhi
Arun lays stress on diligent pre-production and meticulous research of scripts, a great understanding of individual characters and their motivations, and light, natural writing. These are qualities he has developed over the years producing and directing short films (links below), and which he brings to his features as well.
Red One, a Revolution in Indian Cinema.
For the first time in India, a Tamil film was completely shot in Red One Camera, the latest technology to hit the film industry. Produced by Project East West and directed by Arun Vaidyanathan, the film ''Achchamundu! Achchamundu!'', a thriller film, has Prasanna and Sneha in the lead roles along with Emmy Award winner John Shea.
The Red One Camera has the capacity to capture colors and images at the best resolution. During the shoot, the visuals were directly loaded to the hard disk rather than a film roll. This makes it easier for the crew to watch the rushes, as and when they require it. Oscar winners like Peter Jackson and Steven Sodenbergh have used the Red One camera before ''Achchamundu! Achchamundu!'' has the honor of being the first Indian Feature Film to be shot using this technology.The advantages of Red One Camera, includes accurate recording of the Visuals with a 4096 X 2096 resolution capture. With less than 5000 Red One cameras available in the Industry worldwide, more and more directors were opting for this technology, following which the demand had increased. According to Red One company, the wait period was one year after the reservation, the release said and added that the cost of the camera was Rs 8,00,000/-
Shanghai International Film Festival'Achchamundu! Achchamundu! was officially selected for screening at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival, where Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle headed the jury. The film was alos selected under the International Panorama category. It had a successful reception and the audience shared their appreciation with director Arun Vaidyanathan in a Q & A session.
United States'Achchamundu! Achchamundu! received the Best Homegrown Feature Film award at the Garden State Film Festival, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The film also won critical acclaim at New York on its official release.
Digital Cinema Film Festival JapanAA was selected for the Digital Cinema Film Festival in Japan and was well received.
Cairo International Film FestivalAchchamundu! Achchamundu! was selected for screening at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival.
Goa Film FestivalThe movie was selected for screening in the Goa film festival on 23 November 2009; along with the only Tamil film Pasanga.
Chennai International Film FestivalAA was selected for screening in the Chennai International Film Festival along with Ayan, Thiru Thiru Thuru Thuru and Pokkisham. It won best feature film award.
Awards Won In Tamil NaduThe director of the movie Arun Vaidyanathan received a Media Guild Award for creating public awareness of child sex abuse. Actress Sneha won the best actress award at the Global awards function which was organized by United Artistes of India and Alandur Fine Arts and Edison Award for Best Actress. Sneha was also nominated for 57th Filmfare Awards South under Filmfare Best Actress Award Category held on August 7, 2010, in Chennai.
Top 100 Movies Must Watch In The Past DecadeGot listed in the ‘Top 100 movies must watch in the past decade’ by Behindwoods.
Times of India
address a serious global issue in his debut flick Achamundu Achamundu and passes the muster with flying colors.
The most gripping thing about ‘Achchamundu! Achchamundu!’ is that it deals with a fear lurking in the country: not with ghosts or the supernatural kind, but a real, looming issue. The film will haunt you, wrench your guts, make you feel uneasy, and therein lies its success.
- A world class flick, dealing with an utterly local issue. Intelligent movie goers will not want to miss this one.
Logic and reasoning, however, play a great part in the screenplay, written by Arun Vaidhyanathan, and that keeps you keenly interested in their lifestyle, their conversations peppered liberally with references to life in India. Watching someone else's life through a microscope is always intriguing and this couple does it with such style and verve that you can't help applauding it. Achchamundu is a must watch!
Finesse marks the film and the casting is commendable.Natural treatment and spontaneous performances are AA’s forte. Vaidyanathan projects a convincing, true-to-life, middle class family. AA does its director proud!
- Good things come in small packages. With fine acting and crisp dialogues, debutant NRI director Arun Vaidyanathan’s Achchamundu Achchamundu, is alternative cinema with finesse.
It’s a gutsy film because it dares to explore unchartered territories in Tamil cinema and expose the dark side of child abuse and pedophilia lurking in our society. The director should be appreciated and lauded for his treatment of a sensitive subject, without ever turning his camera into a voyeur. Arun Vaidyanathan deserves a pat on his back for pushing the cinematic envelope and trying out something different and bringing savvy freshness to the form hitherto unexplored.
Director Arun Vaidyanathan stuns us with debut master piece 'Achchamundu! Achchamundu!' - NDTV Hindu.
'Achchamundu is one of the Top Tamil films of 2009' - Says Rediff, Behindwoods and numerous critics!
Best Feature - 7th International Chennai international film festival
Best Homegrown Feature - Garden State film festival
Shanghai International Film Festival
Cairo International film festival
International film festival of India
Honorable mention - Skip City Digital film festival, Japan
Pune International film festival
Media Guild Award
- The director of the movie Arun Vaidyanadhan received Media Guild Award for creating public awareness on Child Sex Abuse.