Kothanda Ramaiah

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Born Kothanda Ramaiah aka K R
(1953-01-01) 1 January 1953 (age 65)[1]
Other names Keyaar
Occupation Film director, producer, distributor, exhibitor, media personality
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Indira

Kothanda Ramaiah (also known as KR) is an Indian film director, producer, distributor and exhibitor. He has held various leading positions in different film industry organizations.[2][3]


KR studied film processing at the Adyar Film Institute in Chennai in 1972.[1] Upon graduation in 1975, he spent three years as a technician in Doordarshan Kendra. KR made his debut film as a director and producer with the Malayalam film Sisirathil Oru Vasantham. Prior to its release, the film faced a number of distribution problems and was eventually released by Suguna Screens in 1980. Although the film failed at the box office, it provided him the incentive to move into film distribution and exhibition across Tamil Nadu covering territories including: Chennai City, North Arcot, South Arcot, Chengelpet, Pondicherry, and Tirupathi. He distributed successful films such as: Thillu Mullu, Thai Veedu, Vaidehi Kathirunthal, Sindhu Bhairavi, Punnagai Mannan, Chinna Poove Mella Pesu, Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Poovizhi Vasalile, Guru Sishyan, Mappillai, Rajadhi Raja, and My Dear Kuttichathan 3D in Tamil.[4]

Since 1991, KR has directed and produced a series of medium budget films. His directorial debut in Tamil Eeramana Rojave featured new actors and was a huge commercial success. His most notable collaborations are with actors Vijayakanth, Ramki, Kushboo, and with Urvashi on several occasions. In total he has directed fourteen feature films. His film Dancer, released in 2005, most notable for its protagonist who was a one legged dancer played by Kutty, a highly talented and differently abled artist, won the National Award, three State Awards, and an award at the prestigious Canadian film festival.[citation needed] The film also had a special screening at the London Disability Arts Forum.[citation needed]

His involvement in film production includes producing and financing over forty films in various Indian Languages. While he was involved in film distribution he was also an exhibitor with twenty-eight theatres leased across: Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, and Tirupathi; he also ran the Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai from 1984 to 1993.

He has played a role in some of the landmarks of Tamil cinema including: India's First ever 3D My Dear Kuttichathan in Tamil and Telugu; Pesum Padam a movie without dialogue starring Kamalhassan; Maaveeran starring Rajinikanth; the first 70mm Tamil Film, Engalayum Vazha Vidungal a film which was notable for animals talking on screen; Spy Kids 3D using Anaglyph technology for the first time;[5] and Jai Vedalam the first film to be released in 3D in four languages.

He was elected president of the Tamil Film Producers' Council (TFPC) in 2013 and has worked on issues including title registration, financially supporting bankrupt producers, and helping see through the release of delayed projects.[6] Other initiatives include streamlining and reducing the cost of publicity and having actors participate in all promotional activities for their films.

KR has also written a book Idhuthaan Cinema (This is Cinema) in Tamil published in 2003. It details the nuances of cinema and predicts its future viewed from today. He has been an authority on cinema since the early 1980's giving the industry insights and a way forward for the years ahead.[citation needed]

KR worked at Raadaan Mediaworks as Vice President. Also later had a stint as one of the directors at Global United Media from March 2014 till January 2018.

Member and Honorary Positions[edit]

Post Organisation Notes
President Tamil Film Producers' Council From 2013 – 2014
President South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce From 2000 – 2001
Jury Member National Film Awards 2001
Vice President South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce From 1985 – 2000 Several Occasions
Member South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce From 1985, representing Dispute Committee, Title Registration, Publicity Clearance, Property Development Committee, Management Committee of Cinema Centenary Club
Chair Person National Award Selection Committee For "Wholesome Entertainment"
Chair Person National Award Selection Committee For "Oscar Award" in the category of "Best Foreign Film Award"
General Secretary South Indian Film & TV Directors Association
Founder President Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce From 1987 – 1991
Founder, Permanent Trustee Tamil Film Producers' Welfare Trust Founded in 1994
Former President Madras City, Chengai District Film Distributors Welfare Association From 1985 – 1988

He was one of the members of an eight-member advisory committee, which included several personalities from across the country, to advise the Honorable Union Minister in the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Mrs.Sushma Swaraj on major issues related to policy and other matters pertaining to the Indian film industry in 2001.

He also served on the five-member committee appointed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1989 to study and submit a white paper on the state of the Tamil Film Industry.


As director[edit]

Year Film Notes
1980 Shishirathil Oru Vasantham Malayalam film; Also producer
1991 Eeramana Rojave Also producer
1994 Vanaja Girija
1995 Mayabazar
1996 Irattai Roja Remake of Telugu film Shubha Lagnam
Enakkoru Magan Pirappan Remake of Malayalam film Aadyathe Kanmani
1997 Thaali Pudhusu Remake of Telugu film Thaali
1998 Kavalai Padathe Sagodhara
Dharma Remake of Hindi film Ziddi
Kumbakonam Gopalu
1999 Suyamvaram
2000 Kadhal Rojave Remake of Hindi film Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin
2005 Dancer Also producer; Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain & Best Producer

As Distributor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
Producer Distributor
1981 Thillu Mullu Yes Starring Rajinikanth
1981 Ram Lakshman Yes Starring Kamalhassan
1981 Enga Ooru Kannagi Yes Starring Saritha
1982 Nenjil Oru Raagam Yes Starring Saritha Thiagarajan
1982 Ranga Yes Starring Rajinikanth
1982 Rani Theni Yes Starring Kamalhassan as a Guest Role
1982 Payanangal Mudivathillai Yes Starring Mohan
1982 Deviyin Thiruvilayadal Yes Starring Thiagarajan & K.R.Vijaya
1982 Poi Satchi Yes Starring Bhagyaraj
1982 Naan Kudithu Konde Irrupen Yes Starring K.R.Vijaya & Thengai Srinivasan
1983 Thalaiyanai manthiram Yes Starring Sulakshna & Pandiyan
1983 Sashti Viratham Yes Starring Sivakumar
1983 Thai Veedu Yes Starring Rajinikanth
1984 Vaidehi Kathirunthal Yes Starring Vijaykanth & Revathy
1984 Vazhkai Yes Starring Sivaji Ganesan & Ambika
1984 My Dear Kuttichathan 3D Yes India's first 3D film
1984 Nalla Naal Yes Starring Vijaykanth & Thiagarajan
1984 Thambikku Entha Ooru Yes Starring Rajinikanth & Madhavi
1984 Anbulla Rajinikanth Yes Starring Rajinikanth
1984 Kuva Kuva Vaathugal Yes Starring Sivakumar
1985 Paadum Vaanampadi Yes
1985 Mard (Hindi film) Yes Distribution rights South India & Remake rights Tamil
1985 Paadum Paravaigal Yes Dubbed version of Anveshana
1985 Japanil Kalyanaraman Yes Starring Kamalhassan
1985 Aduthathu Albert Yes Starring Prabhu
1985 Poove Poochooda Vaa Yes Starring S.Ve.Shekhar, Padmini & Nadiya
1985 Avan Yes Starring Arjun
1985 Anthasthu Yes Starring Murali
1985 Padikkaatha Pannaiyar Yes Starring Sivaji Ganesan
1985 Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri Yes Starring Vijaykanth
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Yes Starring Sivakumar & Suhasini
1985 Jai Vedalam 3D Yes Yes Dubbed version of Jai Vedalam
1985 Kunguma Chimil Yes Starring Mohan
1985 Poo Ondru Puyalaanadhu Yes Dubbed version of Pratighatana
1986 Vikram Yes Starring Kamalhassan
1986 Punnagai Mannan Yes Starring Kamalhassan
1986 Mythili Ennai Kaathali Yes Starring T.Rajendar
1986 Maaveeran Yes First Tamil film in 70mm
1987 Chinna Poove Mella Pesu Yes Starring Prabhu & Ramki
1987 Velaikaran Yes Starring Rajinikanth
1987 Manathil Uruthi Vendum Yes Starring Suhasini
1987 Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi Yes Starring Visu
1987 Enga Ooru Pattukaran Yes Starring Ramarajan
1987 Pesum Padam Yes Starring Kamalhassan
1988 En Jeevan Paduthu Yes Starring Karthik & Saranya
1988 Illam Yes Starring Sivakumar & Amala
1988 Manamagale Vaa Yes Starring Prabhu & Radhika
1988 Paravaigal Palavitham Yes Yes Starring Ramki & Nirosha
1989 Solaikuyil Yes Starring Karthik & Ragini
1989 Maapillai Yes Starring Rajinikanth
1992 Raasukutti Yes Starring Bhagyaraj
1990 Michael Madana Kama Rajan Yes Starring Kamalhassan
1990 Pengal Veetin Kangal Yes Starring Visu
1991 Gunaa Yes Starring Kamalhassan
1991 Thanthu Vitten Ennai Yes Starring Vikram
1992 Aavarampoo Yes Yes Starring Vineeth
1992 Chinna Marumagal Yes Yes Starring Sivaji Ganesan
1994 Veera Yes Starring Rajinikanth
2007 Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram Yes
2015 I Yes via Global United Media
2015 Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka Yes via Global United Media
2015 Baahubali Yes via Global United Media (Tamil/ Malayalam/ Telugu)
2015 Thoongavanam Yes via Global United Media
2016 The Jungle Book (2016 film)|The Jungle Book Yes via Global United Media
2016 Devi(L) Yes via Global United Media
2017 Baahubali: The Conclusion Yes via Global United Media
2017 Sherlock Toms Yes via Global United Media
2017 Mersal Yes via Global United Media

As actor[edit]



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