Mahalingam Sasikumar (born 28 September 1974) is an Indian film director, actor, singer and producer. He worked as an assistant director for director Bala in Sethu (1999), also worked for director Ameer in his first two films Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002) and Raam (2005). He is best known in the Tamil film industry for his debut film Subramaniapuram (2008), which became a mega Hit. He has been praised for his crystal-clear screenplay and realism.
It was during the initial phases of Ameer's Paruthiveeran (2007), that he began his groundwork for Subramaniapuram and left the production to focus on his film. The low-budget film received attention for its original script, direction, screenplay, editing and accurate sets and costumes resurrecting Madurai from the 1980s.
For his work as director in Subramaniapuram, he won Best Tamil Director Award, Vijay Award for Best Director and Best Film – Tamil. As Producer, he won Best Feature Film in Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film in Pasanga (2009). As an actor, he win Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Poraali (2011).
He is known as an actor in different genres in commercial films like Naadodigal (2009), Sundarapandian (2012), Kutti Puli (2013) and Tharai Thappattai (2016).
Sasikumar studied at St. Peters School Kodaikanal and then went on to study business administration in Vellaichamy Nadar College, Madurai. He began working in films through his uncle Kandasaamy when he was 20, who produced Sethu (1999). Sasikumar worked as an assistant director for the film, where he made the acquaintance of Ameer, who also assisting and went on to make a name for himself. He assisted director Ameer in Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002) and Raam (2005). It was during the initial phases of Ameer's Paruthiveeran (2007) that he began his groundwork for Subramaniapuram and left the production to focus on his film.