NS Uthaya Kumar is a Tamilian by birth and heart – born and brought up in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He finished his schooling at Anjuham Higher Secondary School in the district of West Mambalam and knew that he had an affinity for the arts at a very early stage in his life.

Following his love for literature, cinema, and music, Kumar joined the Government School of Fine Arts (previously known as the Madras School of Art). This establishment is supposed to be the oldest arts college in the entire country and was erected in 1850 by Alexander Hunter, a surgeon at the time, to be a private arts school and college.

This is the same institution that produced a few all-time public favorites: renowned actor and painter, Sivakumar, K.M. Adimoolam, an artist, and many more such notable personalities. This entitlement of being an alumni of the Visual Communication course in the famous Government School of Arts gave Kumar the immediate exposure that he needed to enter the Tamil film industry immediately after his college days, in the year 2004.

However, most of his works during that decade are unknown or not accounted for. Only after his marriage in the year 2013 did his contribution to Tamil cinema get noticed. He chose the role of director of photography in all of his movies and came to be known as one of the most creative cinematographers in the industry. His most notable works are Aal, which was released in 2014, Metro, which was released in 2016, and his most recent 2017 hit, Kurangu Bommai.

The first movie on this list, Aal, follows the plot of a man who is blackmailed by a terrorist group to do unspeakable things, and while it did not get raving reviews, Kumar’s 2016 hit Metro pleased audiences as it was something different that pertained to the social hierarchy of every-day life. It is acclaimed to be realistic and “hard-hitting” to the public the director seems to be showing the audience what’s going on behind the scenes of the mundane lifestyle that we are so used to.

Kumar got to work with celebrities like Ananda Krishnan, who directed the film, and earned enough exposure with this project for his work to be one of the most acclaimed in the entire industry. His most recent film, Kurangu Bommai was the one that hit the audiences right in their hearts, with its dramatic takes, unexpected twists, and honest to god acting. Kumar has always had a fine crew to work beside and it has only pushed him forward in his path to glory.

CJ Rajkumar Tamil Actor

CJ Rajkumar

C.J. Rajkumar is an Indian Cinematographer, who mainly works in Tamil film industry. He also works in the other language films such as Kannada. Rajkumar works in the movies such as Periyar, Asthamanam, Panithuli, Ball Pen (Kannada film), Sattam Oru Iruttarai, and so on. He studied at SJP polytechnic college in KR circle of the Bangalore in the year 1995. And his Mechanical Engineering course at PSG tech college of Coimbatore in the state of Tamil Nadu in the year 1990. During his studies at PSG College of Technology, he enrolled his name in the photography club of college. It had been the initial part of his career as a cinematographer. He did his schooling in Perks Matriculation higher secondary school of Coimbatore from the year 1973 to 1985. Rajkumar wrote two books about Cinematography in the Tamil language named Asaiyum Padam and Pixel. Asaiyum Padam has been the first book in the Tamil language which is written about Cinematography. His Pixel book writes about Digital Cinematography. This Pixel book was esteemed by media, reviewers, students and film industry. It has been the syllabus of the Film school of Balu Mahendra and Davinci Media College. He has been the member of Southern India Cinematographer’s Association (SICA). Rajkumar’s Photographic works were praised and published in Asia’s leading photographic magazine named Better Photography. Unique articles about his photographic works had been published in the Tamil magazines such as Kungumam, Anantha Vikatan, and Aval Vikatan. His photographs were used as front covers for different types of novels. He is working as a cinematographer for the year of 2001. Rajkumar designed the lighting scheme for Theatre plays. He conducts many seminars about cinematography at different institutions. In the year 2001, Rajkumar started his career in the short film Aayeesha. In this short film, he used an old lens in some portions of the short film, and it was appreciated for his creative use. The short film Aayeeshaa had directed by Sivakumar has got the awards in the category of the best short film at Mumbai International Film Festival and London Film Festival. His short film named En Veettin Mutrathil Oru Maamaram had selected in the 59th International film festival of Berlin competition. Rajkumar’s Malayalam short film The Backwaters had screened in several international film festivals. His native place has been Coimbatore, but he currently lives in Chennai for his work. Rajkumar likes to watch and do world cinemas. Indian Council of Photography recognized him in the year 1987-88. In the films like Kaadhal Kottai and Pandavar Bhoomi, he works as an assistant cinematographer. Rajkumar worked with the directors such as Agathiyan, Gnana Rajasekaran, and Cheran.