Chithra Laksmanan started his career as a journalist. Later when his friend P. Bharathiraja became the director, Chithra Laksmanan had the opportunity of working with him as an associate director and worked more than 25 films with him in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. His maiden venture as a Film Producer was Mann Vasanai directed by Bharathiraja. Revathi and Pandian were introduced in that film which ran for more than 300 days. Then he produced number of films with Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj, Prabhu, Karthik and many others.In 1987 M. G. Ramachandran, then chief minister of Tamil Nadu presided over the 100th day function of “Jallikkattu” produced by Chithra Laksmanan.His first directorial venture was Soora Samharam with Kamal Hassan and later he directed Peria Thambi with Prabhu and Chinna Raja with Karthik in the lead role.He served as the Secretary of Tamil Film Producers Council for four years.And served as the Executive committee member in South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, Film Federation of India, and Tamil Film Directors Association for many years. He had the opportunity to be the Jury member for National Film Awards in the year of 2002. In the Tamil Film Producers Council elections held in the month of October 2011 he was elected as an Executive committee member of the CouncilHe turned as an actor in Jappanil Kalyanaraman and acted more than 50 films and his recent film Boss Engira Bhaskaran is a runaway hit. His first entry in small screen was in Ganga Yamuna Saraswathi and he is currently acting in Idhayam with Seetha which is being telecasted in Sun TV.He published the book 80 Years of Tamil Cinema- Part 1 in 2011. It is an account documenting the History of Tamil cinema with some rare pictures and new informations about the Tamil cinema evolution in the particular period between 1931 to 2011.