G. M. Kumar
G. M. Kumar
Govindraj Manoharan Kumar
26 July 1957
|Occupation||Actor, Film director, producer, writer|
Kumar debuted in films by directing Sivaji Productions' Aruvadai Naal (1986) with Prabhu in the lead role. The film won good reviews and fetched Kumar several offers to make more films, though he noted that he rejected several as the producers were unwilling to have Ilaiyaraaja as composer. Thus his market value significantly diminished and only went to make three more films despite his initial success. His decision to produce and direct Uruvam became a financial failure and put him into bankruptcy. He ended up making his acting debut as a villain in Bharathiraja's Captain Magal (1992), before disappearing to make documentaries and to study anthropology. In the early 2000s, he was once again on the verge of bankruptcy and chose to act in minor roles offered by his protege Raj Kapoor, in films including Ramchandra and the unreleased Sivalingam IPS. He expressed his surprise at being given an offer by Shankar's production house and took up the role in Veyil (2006) to make ends meet, winning acclaim for his role.
Bala approached him to star in Avan Ivan as a character called Highness, with his performance winning him a nomination for the Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor. Critics labelled his performance as "riveting", though the film only won average reviews.
|2011||Avan Ivan||Zamindar Thirthapathi (Highness)||Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2014||Jagajala Pujabala Thenaliraman|
|Ennama Katha Vudranunga|
|2017||Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen|
|Velaiilla Pattadhari 2||Chettiyar||Bilingual film in Tamil and Telugu|
- Devathayai Kanden (2017)
- Poove Unnakaga (2020–Present)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Events - GM Kumar - Director Bala's Pick". Indiaglitz.com. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Movie Review : Review: Avan Ivan depends on male leads". Sify.com. Retrieved 5 September 2013.