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Atlee Kumar is an Indian film director and screenwriter who works primarily in Tamil cinema.[1] 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 with high budget filmmaker S. Shankar for the films Enthiran (2010) and Nanban (2012). After a successful debut, the streak followed with successive ventures, Theri and Mersal as the latter was bankrolled by Sri Thenandal Films.


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.[2] It also has won him the Vijay Award for Best Debut Director.[3] Atlee's next directorial film, Theri, has become one of the highest grossing Tamil films in 2016.

He started his own production house called A for Apple Production and jointly produced his first film with Fox Star Studios named Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae which is a horror comedy film written and directed by Ike Radha and starring Jiiva, Sridivya and Soori. However the film performed poorly at the box office.[4] His latest film was Mersal which has Vijay, Nithya Menon, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and S. J. Surya and Sathyaraj in the leading role and music by A. R. Rahman.Atlee's next movie will be in Tamil, as he has a plan for a high budget with Illayathalapathy Vijay which will be produced by AGS Entertainment.


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
2013 Raja Rani Yes No Yes Nominated, SIIMA Awards For Best Debut Director

Won, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer

2016 Theri Yes No Yes Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil

Won, SIIMA Awards For Best Director

Won, IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Director

2017 Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae No Yes No
Mersal Yes No Yes

Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil

Personal life

After courting for about 10 years, Atlee was engaged to actress Krishna Priya[5] whom he married on 9 November 2014.[6]


  1. ^ "Atlee Kumar". IMDb. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Raja Rani crosses 50 crore mark". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ "8th Annual Vijay Awards a grand success". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. ^ Suganth, M. (19 May 2017) Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae. Times of India.
  5. ^ "Director Atlee is engaged to his". Behindwoods. 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Atlee-Krishna Priya Wedding Reception Photos". International Business Times. Retrieved 20 January 2016.

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