Rupesh Paul

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Rupesh Paul
BornAmballur, Thrissur, Kerala
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, poet.
Notable awardsChangampuzha
SpouseIndu Menon

Rupesh Paul is an Indian film director, screenwriter known for his works in international cinema, and Mollywood.[1][2] He has directed films such as Kamasutra 3D (2015), Saint Dracula 3D (2012), My Mother's Laptop (2008), You Can't Step Twice Into the Same River (2008), Mrigam (2010), Pithavum Kanyakayum (2010), and What The F (2013).[3] The Temptation Between My Legs (2008).[4]

He is also the CEO and founder of the Film Production House: Rupesh Paul Productions Limited. The next feature he will be directing is The Vanishing Act [5] which is based on the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian Flight MH370 which recently gained much media attention.[6][7][7]

Early life[edit]

Rupesh was born at Cherthala in Alappuzha district, Kerala, the son of M.C. Paul, an engineer and Rita Paul, a lecturer. Rupesh completed his elementary education from Thrissur and graduated from the University of Madras in Computer Engineering in 2001.[8] He started writing poetry at the age of ten.

His first anthology of poems in Malayalam, Penkutty Oru Raashtramannu (“A Girl, a Nation it is”)[9] published by DC Books won the ‘Changampuzha Award for the Best Young Poet’ in 1988. Later, he won the 1998 Mathrubhumi Kavitha Puraskaram. At the age of 22, he joined as a Sub-Editor with Malayala Manoram and later served as a Senior Correspondent with India Today.

Rupesh paul married to Indu Menon. "Manassiloru Mazhavillu on Kairalitv". kairalitvonline. Retrieved 11 December 2013.</ref>


In 2008 he made his first two short films were The Temptation Between My Legs,[10] and One Cannot Step into Same River Twice. The earlier was denied the Censor Board Certificate, while the latter was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Florence Film Festival in 2010 thus receiving international attention. Rupesh Paul then directed a Malayalam movie, Laptop/ My Mother's laptop (2008) starring Suresh Gopi, Shweta Menon, Urmila Unni and Padmapriya,[10] based on a short story by Subhash Chandran. In 2010, he directed three short films, Mrigam (The Beast), Pithavum Kanyakayum (Daddy, You Bastard) and Kanni(The Virgin).

In 2011, Rupesh wrote and directed his first international feature film, The Secret Diaries of Monalisa. The movie was shot in the UK, Italy and France. Rupesh developed his short story, "Drakulayude Ezhamathe Vadhu" into a novel and later into a movie, Saint Dracula 3D (2011). Produced by BizTV Network, the movie was made in the UK with a British cast.[11] The film was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.[12]

Rupesh Paul Productions Limited[edit]

Rupesh Paul Productions Limited
Private Limited Company
IndustryMotion picture
FounderRupesh Paul
ProductsFilm production
Film distribution

Rupesh Paul Productions (RPPL) is a Film Trailer Production Company was founded in 2012 by Paul.[13]

Kamasutra 3D[edit]

RPPL produced its first movie Kamasutra 3D. Rupesh Paul wrote and directed the movie.[14] in 2013.

The movie starred Milind Gunaji and Sherlyn Chopra, the latter opted out after being asked about the movie in 2016.[15] is a periodic movie based on the ancient Indian treatise Kamasutra. Inspired by the historic text of the same name by Vatsyayana [16] King Mal Khan, Maleena Khan and Makarand Deshpande also star in the feature.[17][18][19][20] The feature will be released in both 2D and 3D versions worldwide.[21][22]

Rupesh Paul said:"3D appears the best format to portray classic erotica, but it was hardly experimented till recently. It had remained as a tool to give the biggest jolt in horror movies. Nobody predicted that the Chinese stereoscopic porn would be a major hit. In fact, it out grossed 3D film Avatar. In the film, we are trying to give an extra dimension to the sexual positions described in the ancient treatise on the art of love."[citation needed] Later in June 2016 he went against this and stated: "My film was mistaken as an erotica but it is a war film." [23]

The Vanishing Act[edit]

After the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian flight MH370, director Rupesh Paul announced the making of a psychological thriller drama feature film called The Vanishing Act. The movie would be a completely fictional narrative of what led to the flight's disappearance. A teaser of The Vanishing Act was previewed at the Cannes Film Festival 2014 which attracted a lot of media attention.[24][25][26]

The Vanishing Act courted controversy because of the subject matter. The trailer of The Vanishing Act unveiled at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, created controversy with its subject matter of the Missing Malaysian plane MH 370.[27] Defending the movie, Rupesh Paul said that movie though inspired by real life events wasn't cashing in on MH 370[6] The producers then apologised and changed the story. The love angle of the storyline was removed and made into a psychological thriller. It is currently in pre-production.

Upcoming projects[edit]

At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Rupesh Paul Productions announced more projects. Rupesh Paul Productions Limited has currently more than four feature films underway in different stages of development.

In January 2014 producers hired Paul to direct NaMo, a film loosely based on Narendra Modi.[28] As of May 2014 Victor Banerjee is expected to play the lead role in the movie.[29] The movie is based on the real story of the life of the current Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. This would be the first 4D movie in India.[30][31]


Year Title Language Director Writer Category notes
2008 Laptop Malayalam Yes Yes Feature film
“The Temptation Between My Legs” English Yes Yes Short film
“You Can't Step Twice Into the Same River” English Yes Yes Short film
2010 Mrigam Malayalam Yes Yes Short film
Pithavum Kanyakayum Malayalam Yes Yes Feature film
2011 The Secret Diaries of Monalisa English Yes Yes Feature film
2012 Saint Dracula 3D English
Yes Yes Feature film
2013 What The F Malayalam Yes Yes Feature film
2014 "Raktharakshassu 3D" Malayalam Yes Feature film
2015 Kamasutra 3D English Yes Yes also lyricist /Feature film release delayed
2015 The Vanishing Act: The Untold Story of the Missing Malaysian Plane” English Yes Feature film
50tarahkebhoorerang Hindi Yes Feature film Undecided
2018 The Journey Of Karma[32] Hindi Yes Feature film
2019 My Name is RaGa Hindi Yes Feature film


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  3. ^ "Laptop Malayalam Movie Preview cinema review stills gallery trailer video clips showtimes".
  4. ^ "Rupesh Paul – Directors – Koimoi".
  5. ^ Richards, Chris (17 May 2014). "Watch Flight MH370 film trailer to be showcased at this year's Cannes Film Festival".
  6. ^ a b Child, Ben (19 May 2014). "Indian director defends film inspired by Malaysia Airlines flight MH370".
  7. ^ a b "Movie won't exploit MH370 tragedy, says director". 22 May 2014.
  8. ^ Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "You can't step twice into the same river – River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival". Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Rupesh Paul – Rupesh Paul Biography". Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  11. ^ Sagorika Dasgupta (23 November 2012). ""Funding is not imaginary here" | Box Office India : India's premier film trade magazine". Box Office India. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Epic Studios does Stereo and DI for Saint Dracula 3D". AnimationXpress. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
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  21. ^ "Sohan Roy, the Project designer of Kamasutra 3D hit the red carpet at Cannes". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Kamasutra 3D is not my film: Sherlyn Chopra". Hindustan Times. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  23. ^ Bhatnagar, Rohit (25 June 2016). "After 3 years, Kamasutra 3D to finally see the light of day author". The Asian Age. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  24. ^ "Missing Malaysian Jet Movie 'The Vanishing Act' Promoted at Cannes". 17 May 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  25. ^ "Movies inspired by missing flight MH370 touted at Cannes". 19 May 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  26. ^ Richards, Chris (18 May 2014). "Watch Flight MH370 film trailer to be showcased at this year's Cannes Film Festival – Mirror Online". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  27. ^ "Quick Links". CNN.
  28. ^ "Kamasutra 3D director to direct film on Narendra Modi".
  29. ^ "After Kamasutra 3D, he wants to make a film on NAMO 4D! - Movies". 22 January 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  30. ^ "Narendra Modi's biopic starring Paresh Rawal to be released in 4D : Bollywood, News – India Today". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  31. ^ Rizvi, Aniqa. "Namo, the first ever 4D movie in India". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  32. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "The Journey Of Karma Cast List | The Journey Of Karma Movie Star Cast - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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