Lalagudi N Ilayaraja is an Art Director from Lalagudi, a town in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. He did his schooling from Government Higher Secondary School situated in Lalagudi. He completed his degree from the Government College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam which was affiliated to the Bharathithasan University at that time. Hehas worked on several projects including
and Veattai Manam. He also worked with some of the most prominent actors,directors and producers of the Indian, Tamil and Telugu film industry.
He worked as an Art Director in the films UttamaVillan (2015) and Vishwaroopam(2013), which hadone of the best actors of Telugu film industry, Kamal Hassan. During his contribution to the film Kaththi (2014), he worked with Vijay and Samantha, finest actors of the Tamil film industry. He also worked with
, Arya and Nayantara for the film Arrambam, which was released in 2013. He also worked with
in the film Vaalu (2015). He is currently working on some untitled movie projects, one with Priyadarshan, who is one of the best Indian Director, Producer and Screenwriter on a Malayalam project and another with Ravi Thiyagarajan For his magnificent work, he was felicitated with the 60th National Film Award for Best Production Design for the Tamil movie Vishwaroopam in the year 2012.
This talented Art Director was also awarded with the Vijay Award for Best Art Direction for the same film in the year 2013. “The challenge is to be as real as possible”, these were the words quoted by the 29-year-old Art Director during an interview at his Virugambakkam residence after his work in Vishwaroopam was praised with the National Awards. In today’s world, everyone works to be noticed by the people. But, Ilayaraja believes if the audience walk out of the theaters without noticing his work, he would have succeeded, showing the difference between him and the other people.