Born in Theni, a small town in Tamil Nadu in India, on August 8th 1946, Kasthuri Raja is an eminent movie director who is famous for his films like ‘En Rasavin Manasile’ and ‘
3’. Kasthuri Raja never thought he would be a film director someday as he came from a very small village. Though he was a movie buff, he never planned to become a filmmaker.
Kasthuri moved to Chennai to give an interview for a post in the Indian Railways. He couldn’t clear the interview, so he began writing tales. Kasthuri Raja got lucky and got the chance to meet K.S. Gopalakrishnan, who offered him to be his assistant director. Kasthuri Raja became his assistant director to earn a living at the end of every day. He also tried hard to leave the film industry but couldn’t do so because of some or the other reason. After that, he grew an interest in filmmaking and reached the pinnacle of fame. Since then he never looked back and went ahead to give so many hits.
According to Kasthuri, the success came to him much later in his life otherwise he would have achieved more fame and name in the film industry. The first film directed by Kasthuri Raja was En Rasavin Manasile in the year 1991. En Rasavin Manasile focused on the guy, Mayandi, who tries to adapt to the surroundings for the girl he fell in love with. This film did fine and had a rating of 5.3 on IMDb. After that, he went ahead to direct movies including ‘Ettupatti Raasa’, ‘Aatha Un Kovilile’, and ‘Solaiyamma’. These films received appreciation from the audience, and Kasthuri decided to direct movies based on real-life incidents or the incidents related to him which he has experienced before.
His films are a mere representation of the society in which he has lived. Kasthuri Raja also directed a film based on the life of folk artists titled, ‘Nattupura Pattu’. This film ran in the theaters for more than a year, and the songs were also popular among the audience of that time. But Kasthuri Raja didn’t only direct films based on pastoral life but also romantic films including ‘
Raja also worked as a director on the films which were inspired by the life of people living in a slum area and the difficulties which they go through. Kasthuri Raja tied the knot with ‘
Vijayalakshmi’ and together they are the proud parents of four children – ‘
Selvaraghavan’, ‘Karthika Devi’, and ‘K. Vimala Geetha’.