Atlee (director)

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Atlee at the 8th Vijay Awards, 2014
Born Arun Kumar
(1986-09-21) September 21, 1986 (age 30)
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Education Sathyabama University
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2010 - present
Spouse(s) Krishna Priya (m. 2014)
Website Official Page

Atlee (born 21 September 1986 as Arun Kumar) is an Indian film director and screenwriter who works primarily in Tamil cinema. He is best known for his directorial debut Raja Rani (2013), produced by Fox Star Studios, for which he was awarded the Vijay Award for Best Debut Director. He worked as an assistant director under filmmaker S. Shankar for the films Enthiran (2010) and Nanban (2012). His Second film was with Ilayathalapathi Vijay titled as Theri which received positive reviews and became second highest grossing South Indian film of 2016. His third film is again with Vijay and it is 61st film which named Mersal, produced by Sri Thenandal Films. Shooting of the film started from 1 February 2017.,


Born in Madurai, Atlee spent all his "growing years" in Chennai. Atlee, aka Arun Kumar, did his Visual Communications at Sathyabhama University. He worked with director Shankar for 5 years, acting as the associate director for massive, landmark films such as Enthiran and Nanban.

He began his career as an assistant director in Enthiran (2010) under director S. Shankar and he continued to work with him in his next project Nanban (2012), a remake of the Hindi film 3 Idiots. In 2013, he made his directional debut through Raja Rani. The film was produced by Fox Star Studios and AR Murugadoss. It was a romantic comedy featuring Arya, Jai, Nayantara, Nazriya Nazim and Sathyaraj. He was appreciated for pulling off a stellar ensemble cast successfully in his very first film. Raja Rani eventually emerged a huge success after earning over 500 million from the South Indian box office within four weeks.[1] It also has won him the Vijay Award for Best Debut Director.[2] Atlee's latest directorial film is Theri, which has an ensemble cast; Vijay, Samantha, Baby Nainika and Amy Jackson has become Second highest grossing Tamil film for the year 2016 grossing Rs. 175 CR and result into profitable tamil film of the year.

He started his own production house called A for Apple Production and jointly produced his first film with Fox Star Studios name of movie is Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae is horror comedy film written and directed by Ike Radha and starring Jiiva, Sridivya and Soori. However the film performed negatively at the box office[3]. He is going to shoot a film with Vijay, Nithya Menon , Kajal Aggarwal and Samantha and music director is A. R. Rahman.

Personal life[edit]

After courting for about 8 years, Atlee was engaged to actress Krishna Priya,[4] whom he married in November 2014.[5]


Year Film Credited as Language Genre Notes
Director Producer Writer Other Works
2007 Mugaputhagam Yes Yes
Yes No Tamil romantic comedy thriller film Short film Youtube Link on YouTube
2010 Enthiran No No No Yes Tamil science fiction film Assistant director
2012 Nanban No No No Yes Tamil coming-of-age comedy film Assistant director
It is a remake of Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots
2013 Raja Rani Yes No Yes No Tamil romantic comedy film Inspired by Mani Ratnam`S Mouna Ragam
2016 Theri Yes No Yes No Tamil action thriller film Inspired by Mani Ratnam`S Chatriyan
2017 Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae No Yes No No Tamil horror comedy film Co produced with Fox Star Studios
Mersal Yes No Yes No Tamil period thriller film Story co written with K. V. Vijayendra Prasad Baahubali story writer

Frequent collaborators[edit]


Actor Mugaputhagam
Raja Rani
Sathyaraj YesY YesY 2
Vijay YesY YesY 2
Motta Rajendran YesY YesY YesY YesY 4
Samantha Ruth Prabhu YesY YesY 2
Swaminathan YesY YesY 2
Manobala YesY YesY 2
Sathyan YesY YesY 2
Misha Ghoshal YesY YesY 2

Atlee also worked with Arya, Jai, Nazriya Nazim, Nayanthara, and Santhanam in Raja Rani. Prabhu, Raadhika Sarathkumar, and Kaali Venkat director J. Mahendran (Mullum Malarum and Uthiripookkal) Negative role in theri and he currently working in Mersal with Kajal Aggarwal, Vadivelu, Kovai Sarala, Yogi Babu and Cheenu Mohan. he create three director as antagonist in his film J. Mahendran (Mullum Malarum and Uthiripookkal) played main antagonist in Theri, Azhagam Perumal (Dumm Dumm Dumm and Udhaya) in played side antagonist in Theri and S. J. Surya most powerfull antagonist work in Mersal. He also worked with Sivakarthikeyan and Sathish in many short films especially in Mugaputhagam and it`s turning point for Atlee's, Shivakarthikeyan's and Sathish's career in the silver screen. In Raja Rani, it is claimed that Sivakarthikeyan was about to play as Surya (Ex-Lover of Regina) with Nayanthara but he got replaced by Jai due to Shivakarthikeyan's tight schedule of films.


Actor Mugaputhagam
Raja Rani
A. R. Rahman (Composer) YesY 1
G. V. Prakash Kumar (Composer) YesY YesY 2
Ruben (Editor) YesY YesY 2
S. Ramana Girivasan (Dialogue Writer) YesY YesY 2
Dhilip Subbarayan (Stunts Director) YesY YesY 2
G.K. Vishnu (Cinematography) YesY
(Assistant Cinematography)
YesY 2
T. Muthuraj (Art Director) YesY YesY YesY 3
Tapas Nayak (Sound Designer) YesY YesY YesY 3
George C. Williams (Cinematography) YesY YesY YesY YesY 4


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