Rajesh M. Selva

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Rajesh Selva
Born (1981-03-21) 21 March 1981 (age 38)
Other namesRajesh Selva
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai
OccupationDirector, Screenwriter

Rajesh M. Selva[1] is an Indian film director and screenwriter, primarily working in Tamil cinema.[2]


Rajesh began his career in entertainment by being a part of the band, Shenanigans, which was formed in 1999 alongside his school mates Naresh and Sathish Ramalingam at M. C. C. Higher Secondary School.He is a reputed Corporate designer who did his Visual Design course with Mr. Jullius Mac Van. He also graduated a visual communications degree from St Thomas College in 2003 & did his Master's from Loyola College, Chennai in 2005 and continued to work on his music career, by recording songs at DesignSelva, a record company he founded in 2005. Alongside with his band, he released the independent album She 16, in collaboration with Saregama HMV, during October 2006.[3][4] He subsequently went on to make a feature film with new technicians, titled Kaalaippani (2008), and shot for the project throughout 2007. Featuring Vasundhara and Nassar alongside several newcomers, Kaalaipani was a murder mystery film which had a low-key release, but received positive reviews. A critic noted that Rajesh Selva has "very well applied his paper works on the screen", adding his "clarity in execution is evident throughout the film".[5][6] Furthermore, a critic from NowRunning.com wrote Rajesh "deserves praise for maintaining the suspense till very end", and that it was a "good attempt by the debutant director".[7]

In 2008, Rajesh decided to join Raaj Kamal Films International on the advice of his friend, director Sri Krishna. He subsequently joined Kamal Haasan for the pre-production works of Marmayogi and served as the film's third assistant director.[8] He worked on gathering information to help script portions set in the 6th century and spent nearly forty-five days with the researchers at the archaeological department to know the scriptures of sixth century Tamil that existed in Pandiya kingdom. The film was shelved soon after but he continued to work with Raaj Kamal Films through the productions of both parts to Vishwaroopam (2013) and Uttama Villain (2015), playing cameo roles as an actor in both films.[9]

After gaining offers to direct films in 2014 after the completion of Vishwaroopam II (2016), Rajesh left Kamal Haasan's team, but the films which were being planned failed to materialize. Kamal Haasan subsequently called him back to the company in April 2015 and requested that he direct the official remake of Sleepless Night (2011), which Raaj Kamal Films had purchased.[8][10] Titled Thoongaa Vanam (2015) in Tamil and Cheekati Rajyam (2015) in Telugu, Rajesh completed both version of the film within sixty days of shoot. Featuring an ensemble cast headed by Kamal Haasan, he worked with the actor on adapting the original script into the Tamil and Telugu languages, and wrote in new characters to be played by Trisha and Madhu Shalini.[11] Rajesh was also in charge of gathering and selecting the members of the cast and crew.[12] The films opened in November 2015 to critical acclaim and had a good performance at the box office.[13][14]


Year Film Language Credited as Notes
Director Writer Actor
2008 Kaalaippani Tamil Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2013 Vishwaroopam (Vishwaroop in Hindi) Tamil / Hindi Red XN Red XN Green tickY As a terrorist
2015 Uttama Villain Tamil Red XN Red XN Green tickY As a spy
2015 Thoongaa Vanam (Cheekati Rajyam in Telugu) Tamil / Telugu Green tickY Red XN Green tickY As the head chef
2019 Kadaram Kondan Tamil Green tickY Red XN Red XN [15]


  1. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/kamal-haasans-film-with-vikram-akshara-haasan-launched/articleshow/65608890.cms
  2. ^ http://www.ragalahari.com/stars/interviews/1280/director-rajesh-m-selva-interview.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/mix-of-genres/article3201249.ece
  4. ^ http://kaalaipani.blogspot.co.uk/
  5. ^ http://www.kollywoodtoday.net/reviews/review-kaalaipani/
  6. ^ http://www.ayngaran.com/frame.php?iframepath=movietrailer.php?movid=103
  7. ^ http://www.nowrunning.com/movie/4276/tamil/kaalaippani/1649/review.htm
  8. ^ a b http://behindwoods.com/tamil-director/rajesh-m-selva/rajesh-m-selva-interview.html
  9. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/do-not-miss-the-beginning-of-thoonga-vanam-says-rajesh-m-selva-news-tamil-plcpRDchfhjde.html
  10. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/rajesh-m-selva-is-kamals-fanturnedfilmmaker/article7664906.ece
  11. ^ http://www.deccanchronicle.com/151024/entertainment-kollywood/article/kamal-sir-wanted-thoongavanam-be-my-film-rajesh-m-selva
  12. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/rajesh-selva-tell-about-what-is-it-like-to-direct-kamal-in-ones-debut-film/article7668466.ece
  13. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-cinema-news-15/thoongavanam-director-rajesh-m-selva-on-the-response-of-his-film.html
  14. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/thoongavanam-an-okay-thriller-with-goodies-for-fans/article7865210.ece
  15. ^ MK, Surendhar (20 January 2018). "Vikram to star in Kamal Haasan's next production; Akshara Haasan, director Rajesh M Selva roped in too". Firstpost. Retrieved 24 January 2018.