He is an
Indian art and film production designer. He is famous for his works in Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi Cinema. His work in ‘Angadi Theru’, ‘Pazhassi Raja’ and ‘
Nanban’ was highly appreciated and critically acclaimed. In his career, he has contributed in more than 43 movies and 185 commercials. He has been awarded the ‘best art director’ award for his creative works. He was born to N. Thangavel and T. Muthulakshmi in Coimbatore. He was raised in Coimbatore along with his two younger sisters and an elder brother. He graduated with the degree of B. Sc Visual communication from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai in 1991.
After graduating, he started assisting
Sabu Cyril. After that he started getting offers from many production companies for set design. He first came into limelight with the Malayalam film ‘
Guru’ directed by
Rajiv Anchal for which he received the Award for Best Art Director. The film was a big commercial success as it starred two superstars of the Malayalam film industry Mohanlal and
Suresh Gopi. His debut Tamil film was ‘Marumalarchi’ in which he created a whole village as a set. He says that it is important that production set should not appear as a set. It should look realer.
In one of his movies, many people couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the set. It resembled Ranganathan Street. His opinion is that they work hard in bringing a realistic look. He recalls one of his experiences which is hilarious and a very proud moment for himself. His producer went past to his designed set thinking that it was some residential colony and felt amazed when he later found out that he was standing on the set. He has also worked in many bi-lingual movies. He recalls that it is difficult while working in movies which are shot in different languages as you have to think about the mindset of the native audience.
In 2012, he got a chance to work with legendary director S. Shankar in a movie named ‘Nanban’. Following that he again teamed up with S. Shankar in 2015’s Vikram starrer ‘I’. When he heard about the script of ‘I,’ he couldn’t explain the excitement. He says that you couldn’t ask for a better script to show your credentials as an art director. He believes that the design and making for the sets of songs of ‘I’ was no less than a Herculean task.