Atlee Kumar is a movie director and screenwriter from India, focusing mainly on Tamil feature films. He is a graduate of Sathyabama University and holds a degree in Visual Communication. He started off his media career by making short films, one of the most notable being Mugaputhagam with Sivakarthikeyan of
Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam fame. He then became an assistant director to director Shankar, assisting him during the production of Enthiran and Nanban. It is to be noted that Nanban is a remake of Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. Born in Madurai and raised in Chennai, Atlee cites the
Mani Ratnam film Thalapathi as his inspiration to enter the cine field. Atlee’s maiden directorial venture was the movie
Raja Rani, a love story featuring the ensemble cast of Arya, Nayantara, Nazriya, Jai, and Sathyaraj.
The film bagged positive reviews and turned out to be a commercial success, earning around 500 million within four weeks. Atlee won several awards for Raja Rani, including the Vijay Award for Best Debut Director. Atlee got married to
Krishna Priya on November 9, 2014. Krishna Priya is a Tamil soap and movie actress, and featured in the Star Vijay soap ‘
Kana Kaanum Kaalangal’ and the movie ‘Singam’. They had known and worked with each other for eight years before tying the knot. Atlee’s next directorial venture is Theri with Vijay, Samantha and
Amy Jackson, which is currently in post-production. The movie is set to have a theatrical release planned for April 14th, 2016.