Manu Kumaran is a prominent producer of Indian Film Industry, who has produced 19 feature films in four languages. He is the oldest son of Malayalam film director-producer KP Kumaran, who himself is a National award winner for his direction in the movie, “Rugmini”. Manu Kumaran has been the part of film business from an early age.
He is working as a producer for quite a long time now. Manu Kumaran, in 1993, joined International Group Agency Lintas and quickly became the VP of Indian Advertising. He is the youngest VP ever in the history of Indian Advertising.
In 1998, he produced “Bombay Boys,” which resulted in the revolution of Indian Cinema forever. “Bombay Boys,” is an Indian comedy film, directed by
Kaizad Gustad, starring
Roshan Seth, Alexandra Gifford,
Rahul Bose, and Naveen Andrews.
In 2002, Manu Kumaran founded a company, Medient Studios, a film entertainment production company. Medient Studios produced Indie Films like “Yellow,” directed by Nick Cassavetes, starring
Sienna Miller and Ray Liotta, “Battle of Banaras,” a documentary on Narendra Modi’s Banaras elections that was banned by Indian censor board and many more.
He also created ABOB, India’s first Boy band and helped in its success to produce Kiss Kis Ko (Who Gets Kiss?), a film based on the band’s life. He also produced an award-winning Malayalam movie, “Aakash Gopuram,” which was the first Indian film to be produced entirely out of the country. This movie achieved a new landmark and built a new benchmark in East-West collaboration.
Manu Kumaran served as the Chief Executive Officer of his company, Medient Studios until June, 2014. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary till September, 2012. He served as a Chairman and Controller at Medient Studios, Inc.
He is also the founder of Kumaran Holdings. He was the producer of many other well-known movies of Indian Film Industry. In 2007, he produced “Bombil and Beatrice, directed by Kaizad Gustad, starring Kate McGuinness and Prashant Narayanan.
In 2008, he produced Thoondil, directed by K.S. Adiyaman, starring Ramya, Revathy, and Sandhya, and Akasha Gopuram, directed by K.P Kamaran, starring Mohalal, Sreenivasan, and Manoj K. Jayan. He also produced “Tera Kya Hoga Johnny,” directed by
Sudhir Mishra, starring Neel Nitin Mukesh,
Sikandar Agarwal and Aditya Bhattacharya.
Although, this movie didn’t go well in Cinemas and was not loved by the critics too. But later, he kept on producing many movies of different languages. In 2017, he produced “
Bairavaa,” a Telugu movie, directed by Bharathan, starring Joseph Vijay, Keerthi Suresh, and Jagapathi Babu. In 2013, his movie, Yellow won Best Film Award at Catalina Film Festival.