Nalan Kumarasamy

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Nalan Kumarasamy
Born (1980-10-25) 25 October 1980 (age 38)[1]
OccupationDirector, writer
Years active2009–present
Height5.9 ft (180 cm)
Saranya (m. 2017)

Nalan Kumarasamy aka Arul Murugan is an Indian film director who works in the Tamil film industry. He started his career as a short filmmaker and won the title of the first season of Naalaya Iyakunar. He made his feature film debut with Soodhu Kavvum (2013).

Early life[edit]

Nalan Kumarasamy aka Arul Muragan did schooling in Campion, Trichy; B.E (Mechanical Engineering) in Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering (SVCE); and M.Tech in SASTRA University (Logistics Management). During his college days he was active in cultural events and participated in IIT Sarang.


Nalan was into event management and real estate when he heard about Naalaya Iyakunar. There were just ten days to the deadline. So he turned it meta and made a short called Oru Padam Edukkanum about a filmmaker with a deadline. He went on to make seven more short films. Nenjukku Neethi, his entry for the final round, made him first prize winner of season 1.[2]

In 2013, he made his debut as a director with the movie Soodhu Kavvum. The film's main concept is about how baloney has engulfed people's day-to-day life and modern society. It features Vijay Sethupathi and Sanchita Shetty in the leads. It was released on 1 May to universal acclaim from critics and became a blockbuster. Soodhu Kavvum was selected for screening in the Zurich Film Festival, being the only Tamil film of 2013 to be screened there.[3]

In 2016 he made a romantic comedy-drama film Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum (Love, too, shall pass). It was an official remake of the Korean film My Dear Desperado. The film released on March 2016 with positive reviews from critics and became a box office hit.


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Actor Role
2012 Pizza Red XN Red XN Green tickY as friend of Vijay Sethupathi uncredited role
2013 Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2013 Soodhu Kavvum Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2014 Jigarthanda Red XN Red XN Green tickY as aspiring director cameo
2015 Enakkul Oruvan Red XN Red XN Green tickY as a director cameo
2015 X Green tickY Red XN Red XN Segment "Summer Holiday" [4]
2016 Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum Green tickY Green tickY Red XN [5]
2017 Kattappava Kanom Red XN Red XN Green tickY Doctor Rakesh
2017 Maayavan Red XN Green tickY Red XN
2019 Super Deluxe Red XN Green tickY Red XN Additional Screenplay


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  2. ^ "NALAN KUMARASAMY". The Hindu. 6 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Soodhu Kavvum makes it". Behindwoods. 13 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Gautham Menon opts out and Soodhu Kavvum man steps in". Behindwoods. 14 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Official : Nalan Kumarasamy and Vijay Sethupathi join hands again". Onlykollywood. 15 April 2015.

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