1 January 1953
|Occupation||Film director, producer, distributor, exhibitor, media personality|
Kothanda Ramaiah (also known as K.R and Keyaar) is an Indian Tamil film director, producer, distributor and exhibitor. He has held various leading positions in different film industry organizations.
KR studied film processing at the Adyar Film Institute in Chennai in 1972. 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.
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, Khushbu, 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. The film also had a special screening at the London Disability Arts Forum.
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; 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. 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 1980s giving the industry insights and a way forward for the years ahead.
KR worked at Raadaan Mediaworks as vice president.
Member and Honorary Positions
|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.
|1980||Shishirathil Oru Vasantham||Malayalam film; Also producer|
|1991||Eeramana Rojave||Also producer|
|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||Remake of Malayalam film Kalyanji Anandji (film)|
|Dharma||Remake of Hindi film Ziddi|
|Kumbakonam Gopalu||Remake of Kannada film Gauri Ganesha|
|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|
|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||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||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||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||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||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|
|1990||Michael Madana Kama Rajan||Yes||Starring Kamalhassan|
|1990||Pengal Veetin Kangal||Yes||Starring Visu|
|1991||Thanthu Vitten Ennai||Yes||Starring Vikram|
|1992||Chinna Marumagal||Yes||Yes||Starring Sivaji Ganesan|
|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||Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi||Yes||via Global United Media|
|2015||Thoongavanam||Yes||via Global United Media|
|2016||The Jungle Book||Yes||via Global United Media|
|2016||Kammatipaadam||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|
|2018||K.G.F: Chapter 1||Yes||KR Infotainment|
|2020||Aayiram Porkasugal||Yes||KR Infotainment|
- "டைரக்டர், தயாரிப்பாளர், தியேட்டர் அதிபர், விநியோகஸ்தர் 4 துறைகளில் சாதனை படைத்த 'கேயார்'எதிர் நீச்சல் போட்டு வெற்றி பெற்றார்". Cinema.maalaimalar.com. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- "Want to restore the honour and respect of TFPC: Kothandaramiah". The Times of India. 13 September 2013. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- "Clean sweep for KR group in TFPC elections!". Sify.com. 8 September 2013. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- "சோதனைகளை வென்று 'மை டியர் குட்டிச்சாத்தான்' மகத்தான வெற்றி!". Cinema.maalaimalar.com. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- "Spy Kids with a difference". The Hindu. 16 March 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2014.[dead link]
- Tamilcinema24.com (1 January 1970). "Result of Tamil Nadu Producer council election – Result of Tamil Nadu Producer Council Election – Kr- Keyar- Thanu- Viay Team- Suriya Team". Tamilcinema24.com. Retrieved 10 February 2014.