S. Raja Mohan is an art director and production designer of Tamil cinema. Raja Mohan is from Chennai. His schooling is from I.G.M.M. (Indira Gandhi Memorial Matriculation) Higher Secondary School in Thirunagar, Madurai. He has done his Bachelors in Engineering in Electrical, Electronics and Communications in the year 2007. Next, he joined the famous Loyola College for post graduation. He completed his post graduation in filmmaking in 2010. He entered the Tamil film industry in April 2011. He always wanted to be a production designer. From childhood, he was attracted to the colors and making designs out of them. Raja Mohan has won various competitions and awards in stage setting, painting and concept designing. That inspired him to enter the business of art. When in High school, he won an International award which boosted him to follow his desire of excelling in art. Raja Mohan started his career by working in the art department for advertisements as an Assistant in Chennai and Mumbai. In the year 2009, S. Raja Mohan established a design and direction (art direction) company- DAD Interiors. The company is situated in Porur (in Chennai city) of Tamil Nadu. He was an assistant art director for the 2011 romance thriller, mystery, and action movie- 7 Aum Arivu.

Raja Mohan believes that this period of working in the 7 Aum Arivu played an immense role in framing his professionalism. Next, he worked on the film Maan Karate- a fantasy motion picture (directed by Kris Thirukumaran) in 2014 as an art director. Maan Karate was his debut film. In the next year, he did a marvelous job as an art director in other Tamil action-romance film- Valiyavan, directed by M. Saravanan. In 2016, S. Mohan Raja has yet worked as an art director for two more films. Gethu (January 2016) was another project of his art direction. Gethu was a Tamil crime-action film directed by Kris Thirukumaran. S. Mohan Raja was very pleased to work with the visual energy director of Gethu- Thirukumaran. Mohan was grateful to Thirukumaran for recognizing him as a production designer. He calls Kris (Thirukumaran) his Guru, who sculpts him. His latest release of art direction is the movie ‘ Zero’. Zero released in India in March of the year 2016. It was a horror-fantasy drama directed by Arun Kumar. S. Raja Mohan is passionate to play a notable role in making a film by merging his love for heart skilfully with implicit knowledge and create such production designs which inspire.

P Krishnamoorthy

P. Krishnamoorthy was born in Poompuhar town of Tamil Nadu, India. He is an art director, who has worked in the Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam film industries. He is also a production and costume designer. The director did his graduation from the Government College of Fine Arts (formerly Madras School of Art) in Chennai. He was a student of the batch from 1980 to 1985. He is active professionally since 1972. He has contributed in around 55 movies. The director gives credit for his entry in the movie industry to G.V. Iyer, the famous Indian actor and director. They both met for the first time in 1968. Iyer was about to direct a Kannada film titled Hamsa Geethe. The movie was based on a T. R. Rao novel. Iyer also produced the film. The film starred Anant Nag, Rekha Rao, and B. V. Karanth in the lead. It was released in 1975 and became a massive hit. The movie won a National Award for the Best Male Playback singer, National Kannada Film Award, and two National Film Awards. Unfortunately, Krishna wasn’t given any credits for his work. After this movie, he worked for Bansi Kaul and B. V. Karanth in their stage plays. In 1983, he again worked for G. V. Iyer in his film, ‘Shankaracharya’. The film was based on the life of Adi Shankaracharya, who was a Hindu philosopher from the eighth century. He is credited of consolidating the Hindu philosophical doctrine of Non-Dualism (Advaita Vedanta). The movie was in the Sanskrit language. The movie was a great success and was awarded the 31st National Film Award by Indira Gandhi (former Prime Minister of India). He entered the Malayalam cinema in 1987 with the film Swathi Thirunal, directed by Lenin Rajendran. After this film, he worked in the Malayalam cinema for fifteen more films, out of which ‘Perumthachan’, and ‘Veeragatha’ became major hits. Krishnamoorthy was honored five times by the Kerala State Film Awards Association for being the Best Art Director. He is the recipient of two National Awards for his work as a costume designer and art director in the film Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha. In 2001, he received two National Awards under the category of the Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design for the movie ‘Bharti’. He was also awarded the Kerala State Award in 2006 for his work in the film Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikesi. He is currently residing in Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu with his wife.

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P Krishnamoorthy Tamil Actor