Siva (director)

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Sivakumar Jayakumar

(1977-08-12) 12 August 1977 (age 41)
Years active2002–present
RelativesBala (brother)

Sivakumar Jayakumar, simply known as Siva, is a filmmaker who has worked in Tamil and Telugu cinema as a cinematographer.

Personal life[edit]

Siva Kumar was born to documentary photographer Jayakumar in Chennai;[1] his mother tongue is Tamil.[2] He is the grandson of famous producer and writer A. K. Velan.[3] Siva's brother Bala is an actor.


Although he always wanted to become a filmmaker, he pursued photography. In 1998, Siva became a gold medalist from M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute[1] He went on to work with cinematographer Jayanan Vincent. Siva then came to Hyderabad to work for Venkatesh' film Jayam Manade Raa (2000) as an operative cameraman.[1] In 2002, he became an independent cinematographer, shortly after his brother Bala, made his acting debut. He has shot for about 15 films since then.

In 2008, he narrated a script to actor Gopichand who agree to play the lead role.[1] Souryam, co-starring Gopichand along with Anushka Shetty was Siva's directorial debut. The following year, Siva made his second film, again with Gopichand in the lead. In 2011, Siva made his debut as a director in Tamil cinema with Siruthai, a remake of S. S. Rajamouli's Telugu action masala Vikramarkudu. The film, featuring Karthi in the starring role, went on to become a high commercial success, which led to him being referred to as "Siruthai" Siva in Tamil cinema from then on.[2] His fourth directorial, Daruvu, released in May 2012.

In December 2011, Siva was signed by Vijaya Productions to direct a film for their centenary year with Ajith Kumar signed on to play the leading role.[4] Ajith Kumar requested Siva to rework the script to make it as a rural story and production began after a brief delay in 2013.[5] he has given film with ajith titled as Veeram which was the biggest commercial hit on his directorial ventures and told the story of a village do-gooder and his brothers. The film opened in January 2014 to positive reviews and commercial success. His third film in Tamil titled Vedhalam becomes Blockbuster movie starred Ajith alongside an ensemble cast including Shruti Hassan and Rahul Dev.His Fourth film in Tamil titled Vivegam is the Blockbuster movie in which Ajith and Siva worked together.It released in August 2017 and got mixed criticized by reviewers. [6] His next movie with Ajith Kumar, Viswasam, which was produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, was released to positive reviews from the audience and was declared a blockbuster at the box office after 5 days. The movie was praised for its portrayal of bond between a father and his daughter. [7]


Film Year Director Cinematographer Screenwriter Story Writer Lyricist Language Notes Ref.
Charlie Chaplin 2002 Yes Tamil
Sreeram 2002 Yes Telugu
Nenunnanu 2004 Yes Telugu
Manasu Maata Vinadhu 2005 Yes Telugu
Gowtam SSC 2005 Yes Telugu
Boss 2006 Yes Telugu
Souryam 2008 Yes Yes Yes Telugu Directorial Debut
Dubbed in Malayalam as Souryam
Dubbed in Hindi as Meri Shapath
Remade in Dhallywood as Mone Boro Kosto
Remade in Kannada as Shourya
Remade in Tamil as Vedi
Sankham 2009 Yes Yes Yes Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Sivappu Saamy
Dubbed in Hindi as Phir Ek Most Wanted
Remade in Dhallywood as Kothin Prothishodh
Dammunnodu 2010 Yes Telugu
Siruthai 2011 Yes Yes Tamil Remake of Vikramarkudu
Daruvu 2012 Yes Yes Telugu Remade in Odia as Ashok Samrat
Veeram 2014 Yes Yes Yes Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as Veerudokkade
Dubbed in Hindi as Veeram The Powerman
Remade in Telugu as Katamarayudu
Remade in Kannada as Odeya
Vedalam 2015 Yes Yes Yes Yes Tamil Dubbed in Hindi as Vedalam
Remade in Bengali as Sultan: The Saviour
Vivegam 2017 Yes Yes Yes Yes Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as Vivekam
Dubbed in Kannada as Commando
Viswasam 2019 Yes Yes Yes Yes Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as Viswasam
Dubbed in Kannada as Jagamalla

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Person Souryam Sankham Siruthai Daruvu Veeram Vedalam Vivegam Viswasam
Ajith Kumar Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gopichand Yes Yes
Tamannaah Yes Yes
Vetri Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anirudh Ravichander Yes Yes
Ruben Yes Yes Yes
Gautham Raju Yes Yes


  1. ^ a b c d "Siva Kumar (Souryam director) interview – Telugu Cinema interview – Telugu film director and cinematographer". 23 September 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b ‘Even those who are not will become Ajith's fans’. The Hindu (7 November 2015). Retrieved on 2017-12-31.
  3. ^ Manchi manasuku manchi rojulu (1958). The Hindu (9 July 2015). Retrieved on 2017-12-31.
  4. ^ "Ajith's new film starts rolling". IndiaGlitz. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Ajith asks Siruthai Siva to rework script". The Times of India. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  6. ^ Vivegam Hit or Flop | Vivegam Movie Verdict. Scooptimes (25 August 2017). Retrieved on 2017-12-31.
  7. ^ "Thala Ajith starts shooting for Viswasam!". Sify. 2018-05-07. Retrieved 2018-05-08.

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