Hari was born in Katchana vilai near Nazareth in Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu, and India. His father, Gopal Nadar, is a vessels merchant. Later his family moved to Chennai, where Hari was schooling and had a graduate degree in Commerce. He is married to former actress Preetha Vijayakumar, daughter of Vijayakumar, and has a son. During the shooting for Seval, Preetha gave birth to their third son. He has directed many action hit movies with both the leading megastars of the industry - Vikram and Suriya. His successful association with Suriya resulted in megahits like Singam, Singam 2, Vel and Aaru. With Vikram, his hit movies are Saamy and Arul. In 2011, he directed Dhanush for “Venghai” which was an average at box office.
The family moved to Chennai in his childhood. His school and college education were completed at Chennai. He joined film industry as an assistant director and for the first time, he worked with directors, Nassar and Natraj during 1990’s. He has also assisted Saran and K. Balachander before making his first movie as an independent director in 2002. Thamizh starring Prashanth, Simran and Nassar in lead roles marked his directorial debut. The movie was commented by critics as “enjoyable”. His second release was Saamy, the following year which was a blockbuster hit. It was the highest grosser Tamil movie in 2003 and one of the earliest hits of Vikram. Vikram played the role of a sincere police officer and Trisha was paired opposite to him. This movie was also noticed for its beautiful songs. In 2004, two movies - Kovil and Arul were released. Both received good response from critics as well as audience, thus establishing his career as a successful director. Though his movies belong to commercial masala flavours, they are true entertainers for audience. Now he is busy with an announced project, Poojai which stars Vishal, Shruti Haasan and Sathyaraj in leading roles.
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