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R. Arvind or Arvind Ramalingam is a Tamil, film director. He studied in Coimbatore before he shifted to Chennai and had an internship with Prasad Labs. In 2009, he started his very own creative agency called TCC. From 2011-2013, TCC won the Best Independent Creative Agency in Chennai and from 2011-2012, it became the Second Best Independent Creative Agency in South India. He also started his own production house, the Creative Criminal, which mainly engaged in ad related videos and ad films.

Arvind’s big break came when he got the opportunity to direct a music video for Boost, which features Prabhu Deva. Since then, he has directed several TVCs for popular brands like KFJ, VGN, and Akshaya. Because of this, Arvind already earned more than a hundred creative awards. In 2015, his debut feature film entitled Karma was released. This is the only Tamil film chosen for the Hollywood Sky Film Festival, who aims to promote the progression of the innovative cinema from the future filmmakers.

Arvind never thought that his campaign to search for the cast of Karma would go viral. His production house, the Creative Criminals, has asked several candidates to send their pictures and videos. They shortlisted the aspiring talents and posted their photos on their Facebook page. The talent who gets the most “likes” will be selected. The campaign reaches 2,500,000 views and even attracted several brands that show interest to get associated with the said project. Classic Polo became their style partner, as well as the Sri Lankan Tourism, who became their travel partner.

Aside from directing Karma, he also produced and acted in the film. In 2016, he earned a nomination at the Madrid Film Festival for Best Director of a Foreign Language Feature Film for his outstanding work in his debut film. Aside from that, this is the only Tamil film selected to be screened at the festival.

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R Ravi Kumar

R Ravikumar is an upcoming Indian director known for his Tamil sci-fi outing IndruNetruNaalai. He was born on 13th May. He is a Tirupur native. Ravikumar was not fond of watching movies. However, he confessed that he only considered cinema as a career option when his Dubai-based friend gifted him a rudimental video camera. As he was unaware of its configurations and controls, he toyed with the equipment by exploring each feature of the device. However, he quickly learned to operate a rudimentary camera and started making videos in 2004. For six years, he had 5-6 short clips to his name. Ravikumar confessed that his attempts were sloppy but also emphasized the need for a rough patch which helps everyone to understand problems. But, Ravikumar got his chance when his short films got shortlisted by the jury of Kalaignar TV’s NaalayaIyakunar, a reality show for upcoming directors. Ravikumar expressed his gratefulness towards the technicians for their tips and motivation. After his participation, he took movies on a serious note and had a complete makeover from his image as he binged several Tamil, Hindi, and English flicks. Computer graphics fascinated Ravikumar which the director wishes to implement in his projects. Among the genres, he picked out sci-fi thrillers as his preferred type. He lists out Lake House, “Déjà vu,” and “Back to the Future” as his favorite Hollywood movies. So, Ravikumar used the concept of time-travel as the basis for the story of his Kollywood debut IndruNetruNaalai. Mia George and Vishnu Vishal starred in his debut feature. The plot involves a time-machine which goes back from 2065 to the present-day Chennai which changes the lives of people forever. After its screening, people welcomed the director with open arms by lauding Ravikumar for his proper handling of the idea of time-travel with an apt dose of humor and suspense. Reviewers also praised the special effects of IndruNetruNaalai. Nevertheless, it became a “superhit.” Ravikumar’s friends cautioned him against the genre of his first picture but the director convinced the producer with his story, and the rest is history. Ravikumar believes that there should be an appropriate mix of logic and entertainment so that the audience would feel satisfied. He has acknowledged the influence of reading Tamil classics which has aided him in writing the scripts. Ravikumar has replaced Mohan Raja as the director of Sivakarthikeyan’s untitled flick. Sivakarthikeyan has expressed his desire to work with the young director and underlined the movie as his one of the ambitious ventures ever. Ravikumar married Priya on 30th August 2016.

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Srinath Ramalingam

Srinath Ramalingam is a famous Sri Lankan born Tamil filmmaker. He was born in Sri Lanka in the year 1987. He grew up in Florida where he got graduated with a degree in Film and Digital Production at the Full Sail University. Srinath got interested in movies when he was studying in high school. In those days he used to take part in school plays and win a lot of competitions which encouraged him to take it to the next step. Many of his teachers and mentors from his college were a great help in the early stages of his career. They gave Ramalingam an opportunity to handle some of the departments of the Tamil Literary Association. In the year 2005, while he was still in his position he did a lot of short films in and around Columbia. His biggest victory was when he and his entire crew won one of the competitions held by the Royal College where they fetched the "Best Director" award and a couple of similar awards. After completing almost 25 stage plays and 12 short films, he decided to take his career to the next level- filmmaking. Though it seemed to be a hobby for the director since his childhood, he thought of making it a reality. As Srinath both negative and positive reviews equally about his decision he followed his heart and continued to do what seemed best for him. So he went to The United States to do a course on filmmaking. After returning, the director made his first music video Y.O.L.O which was an inspiring one and based on Lord Shiva. In the year 2015, Srinath made two films out of which one was a horror motion picture "Unakkenna Venum Sollu" starring newcomers and the other one was "Trapped in Abyss" which was his debut Hollywood movie and it was also entirely shot in California. Then came 'PPadi Kuppam Baalua' and after that "Laya" which is a light-hearted entertainer describing the story of a father narrating his story to his daughter about how he met her mother and fell in love with her. When he was asked in an interview on why all his films were the " thriller" ones he replied saying that he just loved the horror genre and moreover the people of this generation find horror flicks really amusing! Ramalingam's upcoming venture is named Mujahid, and the story is about a terrorist who is found guilty after attacking an important country and regrets for his deeds. It a complete suspense thriller movie which will keep the audiences on their feet.

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