K. T. Kunjumon
|Born||15 November 1953|
K. T. Kunjumon (Tamil: கே.டி.குஞ்சுமோன்; born on 15 November 1953) is a Tamil film producer and writer. He began his career co-producing several Malayalam films, often working with director P. G. Viswambharan. Among his Tamil film projects, Shankar's first venture, Gentleman (1993), was his first major successful venture and set several records for Tamil film production. His subsequent films, Kaadhalan (1994) and Kadhal Desam (1996) were also successful, while Ratchagan (1997) became the most expensive Tamil film ever made on release.
After finishing his school education Kunjumon worked in the travel agency business and then the hotel industry, before he became a film producer. He entered to film industry as a distributor and distributed approximately 350 films in different languages, in Tamil and Malayalam. He dubbed many films from Tamil to Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi. He produced Malayalam films in the late 1980s and began to produce Tamil films from 1991. He owned the film production company A.R.S.Movies Pvt Ltd.
Kunjumon announced a venture titled Kodiesvaran in 1996, which would mark the acting debut of his son, Eby Kunjumon. The film started production the following year with Eby appearing alongside Simran, with Hindi actress Karisma Kapoor making a guest appearance in an item number. The film's music album and trailer were released in early 1999, but Kunjumon's financial troubles meant that the film failed to have a theatrical release. Another production titled Swasam was launched with Eby and Priyanka Trivedi, and began filming schedules in 2001, but also failed to complete work. In 2005, he contemplated remaking Thotti Jaya (2005) in Telugu with Eby in the lead role, but later opted against making the venture.
Kunjumon's two most recently released films were the Vijay-starrers Nilaave Vaa (1998) and Endrendrum Kadhal (1999), both of which were cost less than his previous venture, Ratchagan. In an interview in 2006, Kunjumon lamented the failure of the two films starring Vijay for his bankruptcy, stating he lost 1.5 and 1.75 crore rupees on each respective project and added that Vijay's father S. A. Chandrasekhar had gone back on an agreement they made about the rights of the films. The producer announced a comeback in 2008 and began working on a film titled Kathalukku Maranamillai, also operating as the film's script-writer. Starring rookie actors Tejas, Meera Nandan and Madalasa Sharma in the lead roles, the film was completed in 2009 but did not have theatrical release.