Vetrimaaran's father Dr. V. Chitravel was a veterinary scientist and his mother Megala Chitravel is a noted novelist. He was born in Cuddalore. Then he moved to Ranipet. He studied till his tenth grade in Ranipet, a suburb of Vellore. Loyola College, Chennai, to study English literature in 1994, and was in there until 1999 when he discontinued his Master's degree to pursue a career in the film world. After pursuing an elective course called "Television presentation" offered by the Loyola Department of Visual Communication in 1995, Vetrimaaran started to show interest towards film making.
He started his career as an assistant director to Balu Mahendra. He worked with Kadhir for the movie Kadhal Virus and he continued to work as he an assistant director to Balu Mahindra in Julie Ganapathy. He made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Polladhavan (2007). His second feature film Aadukalam (2011) won five National Film Awards, with Vetrimaaran receiving two awards for Best Direction and Best Screenplay. In 2012 he launched his own production company Grass Root Film Company. Udhayam NH4 and Kaakaa Muttai are jointly produced by his production house.
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