About Our Dean/Director

Early life and beginnings

Born and brought up in Chennai

From his early days, Prof. Elango Mani was fond of writing poetry, Essays, Short stories and reading Novels & Literature

Owned many Awards and Prizes at Inter-school and College level oratorical, essay & poetry competition

Schooling at Ancient D.R.B.C.C. H.S.S at Perambur, Chennai

B.Com. from Madras University, Internal Auditor after studying A.C.S. Inter, Started career as Internal Auditor turned into film field  where his interest and passion exist naturally from younger days

Post-graduation in Screenplay writing & Direction from Film & Television Institute of Tamilnadu, Chennai

Studied Short term film appreciation course from Film & Television Institute of India.

M.A., M.Phil. In Mass Communication from M.K. University


20 years of Film Industry experience and 15 years of Academic experience

Started career in Film industry as Asst.Director to Eminent Film Director K. Balachander, in the year of 1986-87.

Associated with successful Director R.K. Selvamani in his early films Puzhanvisarani & Captain Prabhakaran as an Active script committee member. And also worked Associate Director,script writer ,co-director for Feature Films produced by many film production Concerns. 1989-2002.

Started own concern in the name of Universal Director’s Media and produced many ad films, documentaries and TV commercials in regular intervals. Also did a National level Documentary for Film Division of India titled The Black Golden Woman which was appreciated by F.D. authority and other film critics.  

Academic Excellence

Along with Filmmaking career entered into teaching profession as Lecturer to Film Media Institutions (Film Institute- Screenplay writing and Direction-Theory and Practice).

Assistant Professor for visual communication, colleges belong to Madras University for more than 10 years and also served as H.O.D., in Viscom department of Hindu College, Chennai. For 3 years.

Awarded Best Proficiency professor in Viscom and electronic media for six times continuously from St Thomas College and Hindu College, Chennai affiliated to Madras University (2005-10).

Subjects taught- Photography, Videography, Television production, Media aesthetics for U.G. and writing for media, film genres, media management, television production, project, etc for P.G.

Visiting Faculty for U.G. and P.G. in Viscom at Loyola College during the period of 2012-13 and gained good feedback. Subjects taught – Photography, Television production for U.G. and The Art and Science of Lighting, Television Production Theory and Project.

Visiting faculty for Madurai Kamaraj University, D.D.E. Journalism and Mass Communication from 2014 .Subjects taught –Visualisation, 5 C’s of Cinematography, Documentary Filmmaking and practical projects.


Collaboration with Brainmax Animation and Consultant and advisor for some Media Institutions and making Documentary and Short Feature Films.