Thota Tharani is an Indian Film Art Director and Production Designer who has worked in Tamil Cinema, Telugu Cinema, Malayalam Cinema and Bollywood.
he was born on 16 December 1949 in Chennai, India.Thota Tharrani completed his Graduate Diploma in Mural Painting in 1971 and subsequently was offered a Fellowship from the Government of France to study Print-making. Additionally, he completed print making courses from the Royal College of Arts, London and New Delhi.
As of 2013, he has won two National Film Awards, two Filmfare Awards South and four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. His work consists of paintings, murals, paper collages, wooden montages, and installations and so on.
Thota Tharani has been involved in the art of set design since he was just twelve when he helped his father. His work was very much appreciated in films such as ‘Nayagan’, ‘Indian’ the two films fetched him a National Film Award. His recent works include ‘Dasavathaaram’, ‘Kanthaswamy’, ‘Leader’, ‘Rudrama Devi’ and ‘Khaidi No. 150’.
He has worked in more than 100 feature films as a production designer, including three foreign productions: Pondichéry, Dernier Comptoir Des Indes (French), Hanuman (French) and Branchie (Italian). His expertise in magnificent and larger than life sets has been well appreciated and awarded. His realistic sets for Nayagan are awe inspiring and the grandeur of the sets he created for Thiruda Thiruda and Mudhalvan added to the flavour of the films.
In addition to being an art director, Thota Tharani has worked as a Production Designer and in the Art Department in various films.