Atlee at the 8th Vijay Awards, 2014
21 September 1986
|Alma mater||Sathyabama University|
Atlee Kumar known mononymously as Atlee, is an Indian film director who makes Tamil-language films. A former assistant director under S. Shankar on the films Enthiran (2010) and Nanban (2012), he is best known for his directorial debut, Raja Rani, produced by Fox Star Studios, for which he was awarded the Vijay Award for Best Debut Director. His next ventures as a director, screenplay and writer for Theri (2016), Mersal (2017) and Bigil (2019), all featured actor Vijay.
He began his career as an assistant director in Enthiran (2010) under director S. Shankar and continued to work with him in his next project Nanban (2012), a remake of the Hindi film 3 Idiots. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with Raja Rani. The film was produced by Fox Star Studios and AR Murugadoss, and was a romantic comedy featuring Arya, Jai, Nayanthara, Nazriya Nazim and Sathyaraj. Raja Rani earned over 500 million from the South Indian box office within four weeks and won him the Vijay Award for Best Debut Director. Atlee’s next directorial project, Theri, became the second-highest-grossing Tamil film of 2016. This was his first film with actor Vijay.
He started his own production house called A for Apple Production and jointly produced his first film with Fox Star Studios; the film was Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae, a horror comedy film written and directed by Ike Radha and starring Jiiva, Sridivya and Soori. His next film, Mersal, starring Vijay, Nithya Menon, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and S. J. Surya, with music by A. R. Rahman and produced by Sri Thenandal Films, was released on Diwali 2017. Critics praised Vijay's performance, A. R. Rahman's soundtrack, the cinematography, the social message and Kumar's direction; Mersal also proved a commercial success, grossing ₹251 crore (US$39.5 million) worldwide to become the fifth-highest-grossing Tamil film and Vijay's highest-grossing film of his career. Kumar's next film, Bigil, was his third collaboration with Vijay and released on Diwali 2019.
As director and writer
|2013||Raja Rani||Arya, Nayanthara, Jai, Nazriya Nazim||Won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Dialogue Writer|
Won Edison Award for Best Debut Director
|2016||Theri||Vijay, Amy Jackson, Samantha||Won SIIMA Award For Best Director|
Won IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Director
|2017||Mersal||Vijay, Nithya Menon, Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal, S.J. Suryah||Won, Vijay Award for Favourite Director|
Won, SIIMA Award for Best Director
|2019||Bigil||Vijay, Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff|
As a producer
|2012||Nanban||In the song Asku luska|
|2019||Bigil||In Singapenney song|
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