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Tirunelveli, Tamil nadu
|Years active||1991 - present|
Kadhal Virus - 2001-02Written and Produced and Directed by KathirThe movie was produced by Kathir's own production house SOUND & LIGHT STUDIOS. A heart wrenching film portrays a filmmaker’s sacred and eternal love. The film’s intense and passionate music was composed by A.R.Rahman. The astounding real computer graphics used in the song “Sonnalum keatpathilai Kanni manathu” got Kathir raving reviews. Through this film, which starred Vivek (comedian) and Abbas, Kathir introduced the lead actors, Sridevi and Richard and also a new cinematographer Arjun. The film received the State award for best photography.
Kathir was born in Kalkarai, a small village in the Radhapuram taluk district of Thirunelveli, state of Tamil Nadu, India.
Kathir grew up in a middle-class family as the only son along with his three sisters. His father Subbiah was a farmer and mother Isakiammal assisted him in his farming. Kathir had his elementary schooling in Kalkarai Chiristian elementary school. He finished his 5th standard there and joined Nehru middle school, Vadakangulam. After completing his 8th standard there he attended the Concordia high school, Vadakangulam for just one year to study 9th standard. Then joined St. Teresa’s school in Vadakangulam. He completed his school studies here.
During his school days he was interested in arts and spent his leisure time painting. The walls in his house became the canvas and charcoals got the jobs as brushes. His father seeing this craze was inspired to send him to a drawing school. It was decided then to send to a fine arts college.
Kathir got into to the renowned College of Fine arts and Crafts, Chennai. He did a five year course in Fine arts and graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts. He continued to study there by opting for a two year Post Graduate degree and got one to
During the final years in college he started write poems and began to exploit his talent for writing. Only at this stage he developed his favor for becoming a movie director. Passing out of his college he was already established as a famous Publicity and Title designer who has worked in bigger films
He tried to narrate the story to Sathya Jyothi Films, the same company who gave him his first chance in the movies as a publicity designer. But chances kind of evaded him for a while. After regular attempts for more than a year the producer R. Thyagarajan finally agreed to meet him. The producer was so impressed by the story he agreed to produce it.
Even after getting a producer the film remained a non starter because none of the major heroes was willing to be cast in this film as it had no commercial aspects like fights or duets that accord their hero image. It finally went Murali, an upcoming hero then and he liked it and accepted it. It can also be said from this experience he developed a knack to introduce newer artists and technicians.
The film was inaugurated by Mani Ratnam, Illayaraja, Bharathi Raja and Bala Chander. On September 5, 1992 the film was released and became the biggest blockbuster and turned into a milestone for love themes. Kathir got an unforgettable place in the minds of youth and other audiences alike.
He is also known for his collaborations with ace music director A. R. Rahman. The duo had worked for four films, Uzhavan, Kadhal Desam, Kadhalar Dhinam and Kadhal Virus. All albums were extremely successful and are often termed as some of the evergreen music albums in Tamil Film Industry. Especially, the music of Kadhal Desam was a stupendous success. Rahman got rave reviews for his work. The music of this particular film is said to have revolutionised the contemporary Tamil film music. The Background Score of this film also got high appreciation from critics and audience alike. This Background Score is still popular among youth. Kadhal Desam is still the best music album and Background Score for Kathir's films.
He showed advanced and futuristic lifestyles of youth beforehand in his movies Kadhal Desam and Kadhalar Dinam.
In 2001, he founded his own production studio Sound Light Studio through which he produced Kadhal Virus. He also distributed the film all over Tamil Nadu.
|1992||Idhayam||Tamil||writer and director|
|1993||Uzhavan||Tamil||writer and director|
|1996||Kadhal Desam||Tamil||writer and director|
|1999||Kadhalar Dhinam||Tamil||writer and director|
|2002||Kadhal Virus||Tamil||writer and director|