K. E. Gnanavel Raja

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K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Born30 June
OccupationFilm producer, architect
Years active2006–present

K. E. Gnanavel Raja is an Indian film producer and entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu, India. He initially began his career by producing and distributing films starring Suriya and Karthi, before branching out to own three studios — Studio Green, Aadnah Arts and Blue Ghost Pictures.[1]

Career[edit]

Gnanavel Raja nurtured an interest in becoming a film producer since his childhood, and revealed that he would regularly skip classes from his school days at St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai to watch film screenings at the nearby Devi or Sathyam cinema halls. Gnanavel Raja is also distantly related to actor Sivakumar's family, though has often been labelled by the media as the cousin of Sivakumar's sons Suriya and Karthi.[2]

After founding Studio Green, he entered the production business by producing Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006) starring Suriya in the lead role, and then solely collaborated with the actor and his brother Karthi as a producer or distributor for several of their films until 2012. Several of the studio's films including Paruthiveeran (2007), Singam (2010) and Naan Mahaan Alla (2010) were profitable, while dubbed releases of the films in Andhra Pradesh also helped the market of the two actors amongst Telugu-speaking audiences.[3][4][5] His first success as a distributor for another actor's films was through Attakathi (2012), and he subsequently enjoyed further success from the distribution of Kumki (2012) and Soodhu Kavvum (2013).[6]

Despite minor setbacks through the commercial failures of Alex Pandian (2013) and All in All Azhagu Raja (2013), Gnanavel Raja experienced success with small-budget productions such as Pa. Ranjith's Madras (2014), Indru Netru Naalai (2015) and Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum (2016). Likewise distribution deals secured for O Kadhal Kanmani (2015), 36 Vayathinile (2015) and Trisha Illana Nayanthara (2015) also proved to be profitable. Other setbacks came in the form of the release deal for Uttama Villain (2015) and during the release of Komban (2015), where protesters claimed that the story revolved around animosity between different caste groups and that it therefore had the potential to incite violence in southern districts of Tamil Nadu.[7]

During 2016, Gnanavel Raja became involved in a series of clashes with other filmmakers, effectively raising his profile as an individual in the film industry. In May 2016, he was briefly on a hunger strike protesting against the effects of piracy on his latest release, 24 (2016).[8][9] The following month he called for a ban on future films by Karthik Subbaraj citing that the director had overshot the budget for Iraivi (2016) and that the film had showed producers in negative light.[10] He later called out actor Sivakarthikeyan for failing to honour an acting commitment he had to Studio Green.[11]

In early 2017, Gnanavel Raja criticised the existing Tamil Film Producers Council for failing to adequately tackle piracy, before successfully getting himself elected to the board as the Secretary.[12][13] He later resigned seven months later, hoping to become the President of Chennai Kanchipuram Thiruvallur District Film Distributors Association, but was eventually unsuccessful.[14] In a press conference in late 2017, he indirectly criticised actors Silambarasan, Trisha and Vadivelu for giving film producers a difficult time.[15]

Alongside Studio Green, he later set up Aadnah Arts and Blue Ghost Pictures, which has two horror films set for release in 2018.[16]

Companies[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Production[edit]

Year Title Cast Director Notes
2006 Sillunu Oru Kaadhal Suriya, Jyothika, Bhoomika Chawla N. Krishna
2007 Paruthiveeran Karthi, Priyamani Ameer Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Film
Nominated - Vijay Award for Favourite Film
2010 Singam Suriya, Anushka Shetty Hari Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year
2010 Naan Mahaan Alla Karthi, Kajal Aggarwal Suseenthiran Nominated - Vijay Award for Favourite Film
2011 Siruthai Karthi, Tamannaah Siva Nominated - Vijay Award for Favourite Film
2013 Alex Pandian Karthi, Anushka Shetty Suraj
2013 All in All Azhagu Raja Karthi, Kajal Aggarwal M. Rajesh
2013 Biriyani Karthi, Hansika Motwani Venkat Prabhu
2014 Madras Karthi, Catherine Tresa Pa. Ranjith
2015 Darling G. V. Prakash Kumar, Nikki Galrani Sam Anton
2015 Komban Karthi, Lakshmi Menon M. Muthaiah
2015 Masss Suriya, Nayantara, Pranitha Subhash Venkat Prabhu
2015 Indru Netru Naalai Vishnu Vishal, Miya, Karunakaran R. Ravikumar
2016 Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna Sebastian Nalan Kumarasamy
2016 Iraivi S. J. Surya, Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha, Anjali Karthik Subbaraj
2016 Darling 2 Kalaiyarasan, Rameez Raja, Kaali Venkat, Ramdoss Sathish Chandrasekaran
2017 Si3 Suriya, Shruti Haasan, Anushka Shetty Hari
2018 Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Suriya, Keerthy Suresh, Ramya Krishnan Vignesh Shivan
2018 Ghajinikanth Arya, Sayyeshaa Santhosh P. Jayakumar
2018 NOTA Vijay Devarakonda, Mehreen Pirzada, Sathyaraj, Nassar Anand Shankar
2019 Mehandi Circus Madhampatty Rangaraj, Shweta Tripathi, Vela Ramamoorthy Raju Saravanan
2019 Devarattam Gautham Karthik, Manjima Mohan, Soori M. Muthaiah

Distribution[edit]

Year Title Cast/Crew Language Notes
2007 Nuvvu Nennu Prema Suriya, Jyothika, Bhumika Chawla Telugu Dubbed version of Sillunu Oru Kaadhal
2010 Yuganiki Okkadu Karthi, Reema Sen, Andrea Jeremiah Telugu Dubbed version of Aayirathil Oruvan
2010 Aawara Karthi, Tamannaah, Milind Soman Telugu Dubbed version of Paiyaa
2010 Yamudu Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Prakash Raj Telugu Dubbed version of Singam
2011 Naa Peru Shiva Karthi, Kajal Aggarwal, Jayaprakash Telugu Dubbed version of Naan Mahaan Alla
2012 Saguni Karthi, Pranitha Tamil
2012 Attakathi Attakathi Dinesh, Nandita Tamil
2012 Kumki[17] Vikram Prabhu, Lakshmi Menon Tamil
2013 Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga Vimal, Sivakarthikeyan, Bindu Madhavi, Regina Cassandra Tamil
2013 Soodhu Kavvum Vijay Sethupathi, Sanchita Shetty Tamil
2013 Yamudu II Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani Telugu Dubbed version of Singam II
2013 Pizza II: Villa Ashok Selvan, Sanchita Shetty Tamil
2014 Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham Santhanam, Ashna Zaveri Tamil
2015 O Kadhal Kanmani Mani Ratnam, A. R. Rahman, Dulquer Salmaan, Nithya Menen Tamil
2015 36 Vayathinile Rosshan Andrrews, Jyothika, Rahman Tamil
2015 Uttama Villain Kamal Haasan, K.Balachander, Ramesh Aravind, Urvashi, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Parvathi Menon, Parvathy Nair Tamil
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning S. S. Rajamouli, Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Tamil
2015 Trisha Illana Nayanthara Adhik Ravichandran, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Anandhi, Manisha Yadav, Simran Tamil
2015 Pasanga 2: Haiku Nishesh, Vaishnavi, Suriya, Amala Paul Tamil
2016 24 Suriya, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menen, Vikram Kumar Tamil [18][19][20][21][22]
2017 Hara Hara Mahadevaki Gautham Karthik, Nikki Galrani Tamil
2018 Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu Gautham Karthik, Vaibhavi Shandilya Tamil

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  7. ^ "HC verdict on "Komban" today". The Hindu. 1 April 2015.
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  10. ^ "Red card to be issued against 'Iraivi' director Karthik Subbaraj?". www.sify.com.
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  14. ^ "Arulpathi defeats Gnanavel Raja". www.sify.com.
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  16. ^ "Vijay Varadharaj's Pallu Padama Paathukka officially announced". www.behindwoods.com. 2 January 2018.
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