R. V. Udayakumar

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R. V. Udayakumar
Born Mullaipalayam, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu
Occupation Director, film actor, lyricist
Years active 1988–1996
2005
2012–present
Spouse(s) Sujatha[1]
Children Bhumika

R. V. Udayakumar is a veteran Tamil film director, who worked predominantly in the 1990s, making films including Yejaman and Chinna Gounder.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Udayakumar was born to an agricultural family in a village called Mullaipalayam near Mettupalayam. His father is Venkatasamy and mother is Kannammal. He graduated with P. U. C from govt Arts and science College and studied BSc in Coimbatore. He joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in direction. During the course, Udayakumar directed various short films.[5]

Career[edit]

He worked as an associate director for films like Neram Vandhachu, Janani and Oomai Vizhigal. He made his directorial debut with Urimai Geetham starring Prabhu Ganesan and Karthik. The film became successful and RM Veerappan provided him an opportunity to direct his second film Puthiya Vaanam, remake of Hindi film Hukumat. The film starred Sivaji Ganesan and Sathyaraj.[5] He then directed Uruthimozhi. His fourth film Kizhakku Vasal became successful at the box office, the shooting of this film was plagued with various problems. The set which was built for the film was burnt, M. S. Madhu, storywriter of this film suffered from fits after witnessing the fire. Actress Sulakshana was admitted to hospital due to nose bleeding. RV Udayakumar was hospitalised due to car accident and he went into coma for one month. After recovery, Udayakumar completed the climax of the film.[6] He then directed Singaravelan with Kamal Haasan which also became successful. His next venture Chinna Gounder featured Vijayakanth as a soft-spoken village chieftain which was radically different from larger than life action roles which he was used to play, it was another successful film for both actor and director.[7]

After the success of Chinna Gounder, Udayakumar was approached by various producers but he was in confusion in selecting hero for his next film and then he decided to have Rajinikanth as hero for his next film. Rajini agreed to act under the direction of Udayakumar and Udayakumar expressed his interest to make this film for AVM Productions. Initially different script was narrated but Udaykumar later opted to film other script as AVM Saravanan felt that it might go over budget. Meena was selected as heroine, Rajini was initially reluctant to have her as heroine as she appeared as child artist for his film Anbulla Rajinikanth and he felt that his fans might not accept this combination but eventually Rajini agreed to do so.[8] The success of Ejamaan meant that Udayakumar began a film titled Jilla Collecter with Rajinikanth, but the film was later cancelled. He then directed Rajakumaran with Prabhu which became a flop but featured a successful soundtrack. His subsequent films Nandhavana Theru and Subash became failiure and average at box office respectively. He made his debut in Telugu with Tarakaramudu starring Srikanth and Soundarya, became a flop and was dubbed in Tamil as Velli Malare. He then began an incomplete film titled Ulagai Vilai Pesava with Karthik and Malavika, before completing a project called Chinna Ramasamy Periya Ramasamy with himself and Jayaram in leading roles. In spite of the soundtrack being released, the film remains unreleased.[9][10] He then made a comeback with Karka Kasadara introducing actor Vijay's cousin Vikranth in lead role. The film flopped at box office and Udayakumar opted against directing films.

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Music Verdict
1988 Urimai Geetham Tamil Prabhu, Karthik, Ranjani, Pallavi Manoj-Gyan
1988 Puthiya Vaanam Tamil Sivaji Ganesan, Satyaraj, Rupini Hamsalekha
1990 Urudhi Mozhi Tamil Prabhu, Sivakumar, Geetha Ilaiyaraaja
1990 Kizhakku Vasal Tamil Karthik, Revathi, Kushboo Ilaiyaraaja
1992 Chinna Gounder Tamil Vijayakanth, Sukanya Ilaiyaraaja
1992 Singaravelan Tamil Kamal Haasan, Kushboo Ilaiyaraaja
1993 Ejamaan Tamil Rajinikanth, Meena, Aishwarya Ilaiyaraaja
1993 Ponnumani Tamil Karthik, Soundarya Ilaiyaraaja
1994 Rajakumaran Tamil Prabhu, Meena, Nadhiya Ilaiyaraaja
1995 Nandhavana Theru Tamil Karthik, Srinidhi Ilaiyaraaja
1996 Subash Tamil Arjun, Revathi Vidyasagar
1997 Taraka Ramudu Telugu Srikanth, Soundarya Koti
2000 Chinna Ramasamy Periya Ramasamy Tamil Jayaram, Udaya Bhanu Ilaiyaraaja Unreleased
2005 Karka Kasadara Tamil Vikranth, Lakshmi Rai, Diya Prayog

As actor[edit]

As lyricist[edit]

Year Film name Song name Music Notes
1990 Urudhi Mozhi All songs Ilaiyaraaja
1990 Kizhakku Vasal All songs except Ada Veettukku Ilaiyaraaja
1992 Singaravelan Innum Ennai Ilaiyaraja
1992 Chinna Gounder all songs Ilayaraja
1993 Ponnumani all songs Ilayaraja
1993 Ejamaan all songs except Adi Raakku Ilayaraja
1994 Rajakumaran all songs Ilayaraja
1995 Nandhavana Theru all songs Ilayaraja
1996 Subash all songs Vidyasagar
2002 Shree T. S. Muralidharan
2005 Karka Kasadara all songs Prayog

References[edit]

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  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Archive News - The Hindu". hindu.com. 
  4. ^ "A director's take on movies". 27 November 2004. p. 03 – via The Hindu (old). 
  5. ^ a b "Tamil Cinema news - Tamil Movies - Cinema seithigal". maalaimalar.com. 
  6. ^ "Tamil Cinema news - Tamil Movies - Cinema seithigal". maalaimalar.com. 
  7. ^ "Tamil Cinema news - Tamil Movies - Cinema seithigal". maalaimalar.com. 
  8. ^ "Tamil Cinema news - Tamil Movies - Cinema seithigal". maalaimalar.com. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Gokul's Tamil Cinema News". oocities.org.