Kalanithi Maran
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India
2020

Sun Group

Kalanithi
Maran

Founder / Chairman

Maran’s Sun Pictures enjoyed a stellar 2019 with “Petta,” starring vete­ran superstar Rajinikanth and Vijay Sethupathi, and massive hits “Namma Veettu Pillai” and “Kanchana 3.” While 2020 was dulled by the pandemic, 2021 is slated to see more vehicles to showcase local actors’ star power. Maran was born into a powerful political family in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Since founding Sun Group in 1992, he has become the dominant player in South India, with 33 TV channels in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages, as well as 67 FM radio channels and three newspapers, all hugely influential. DTH platform Sun Direct is an 80:20 joint venture with Malaysia’s Astro. In 2012, Maran bought the Sunrisers Hyderabad, a cricket franchise in the enormously popular Indian Premier League.

Career

  • Sun Group
  • Dinakaran
  • SunRisers Hyderabad

Education

  • Loyola College, Chennai (India)
  • University of Scranton (Pennsylvania, US)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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