Rajesh Selva is the man who had the privilege of directing the Universal Star Dr. Kamal Haasan. Rajesh is a young and vibrant Filmmaker and a screenplay writer in Kollywood. Even as a kid, Rajesh was active in extracurricular activities, especially in Music. He did his schooling in Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School at Chetpet. There he started a band called as Shenanigans, in the year 1999 along with his friends. He completed a degree in Visual Communication from the popular Loyola College, Chennai, in the year 2005. Rajesh was not aware of his Filmmaking talent and wanted to make it big in the field of Music. His love for Music made him start a company for recording albums, called as Design Selva, in the year 2005. In the year 2006, the Shenanigans band produced their unsupported album, called She 16, in alliance with Sa Re Ga Ma, a popular music label. Rajesh wanted to venture into Direction, and this thirst for learning new things soon made him direct a movie. In the year 2008,

Rajesh’s first directorial debut flick, Kaalapani, got released. The movie, which is a crime thriller, had Actors Vasundhara and Naseer in the lead. Rajesh was appreciated for delivering a worthy movie in his first attempt. In 2008, Rajesh Selva took a leap and joined the team of Actor Kamal Haasan. He worked as the third assistant Director to Kamal Haasan. He stayed with the archeological department and collected all the necessary information needed for Kamal’s movie, Marmayogi, which was supposed to be a historical thriller. Unfortunately, the film was never completed. He continued to work under Kamal Haasan, gathering as much as the knowledge he can from the legend. He was the Assistant Director for Uttama Villain and Vishwaroopam. In the year 2014,

Rajesh parted ways with Raaj Kamal Films and went to direct movies on his own. Sadly, the offers he got did not happen. In the year 2015, Kamal Haasan came to his rescue. He wanted Rajesh Selva to direct the movie Thungavanam, a remake of the flick Sleepless Nights. He was given the freedom to select the cast and crew of the film. The movie had Kamal Haasan and Trisha in the lead. Simultaneously, Rajesh also worked in the Telugu version of the film. The flick was a box office hit and got mixed reviews from critics and the audience. Rajesh got married in the year 2012, to Janani and the couple live in Chennai. Rajesh is currently working on his second film, which is also with Kamal Haasan. The movie, produced by Director Lingusamy’s company, is reported to be a comical film that will have dialogues penned by the Veteran Moulee.

A. L. Vijay Tamil Actor

A. L. Vijay

Married to the Tamil kutti, Amala Paul, A.L. Vijay is a Tamil, film director. He was born on 2 May 1979, in Tamil Nadu. He studied under Priyadarshan, who is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter and has known to direct about 90 films in various languages. Vijay’s father, A. L. Azhagappan was the president of Tamil Nadu Producers Council. Azhagappan made an appearance as one of the lead roles in the film Eesan, directed by M. Sasikumar. Vijay has a brother named Udhaya, who is an actor in Tamil films. Before becoming a director, Vijay was an advertisement filmmaker. Under the banner Venus Ad Films, he completed more than 100 ad films. Vijay, being influenced by the ad works of Priyadarshan and others, claims that creating ads takes out the creativity and transfers it onto the screen with maximum impact in minimum time. He won CNBC’s Best Corporate Advertisement Award in 2009 for his commercial for the State Bank of India. From an advertisement filmmaker, Vijay started his career in feature films in 2003. He started out in the directorial field as an assistant director for Priyadarshan and made his debut with Kireedam in 2007. Kireedam was a remake of the film directed by Sibi Malayil, under the same name in 1989. The original was changed to about 80% for Vijay’s remake. The film got positive reviews from various critics and Vijay earned fame for taking a chance and daring to create an out of the ordinary movie. After Kireedam, Vijay once again worked as an assistant to Priyadarshan for the film Kanchivaram. After that, Vijay and Priyadarshan worked together for another film titled Poi Solla Porom, which was filmed in 34 days. The movie won critical acclaim for good dialogue and originality. Madrasapattinam was one the biggest projects for Vijay, starring Arya and Amy Jackson, winner of the English Miss Teen World. The movie, a love story between an English woman and a launderer in India, was set during the 1940’s in Madras Presidency. The film was dubbed in Telugu as 1947: A love story and got good reviews in both languages. The movie was nominated for numerous awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for Filmfare Awards South and a song from the movie ‘Pookal Pookum” won the Best Song of the year at the Mirchi Music Awards. Vijay is known to have connected with the audience and the actors to give the best. A few people such as cinematographer Nirav Shah, music director G.V. Prakash Kumar, production designer Selva Kumar and editor Anthony are part of his “regular crew”. On 12 June 2014, the director married the actress Amala Paul, and it was rumoured that they were expecting a first child.

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John Amirtharaj

John Amirtharaj was a famous and fairly well-known personality who worked in the Indian Film Industry not just as a director in many films but also as an actor. He was born in the year 1941. He was married to Girija and had two daughters with her. The names of his daughters were Nancy and Anitha. John started his career by first appointing himself to the role of an assistant director so that he could learn about the nuances of the various processes that take place for a fruitful picture to come forward. He was the assistant to some famous directors like K. Bhagyaraj and R. K. Selvamani. As an assistant director, he worked in various films among which were Pulan Visaranai, Indru Por Nalai Vaa, etc. He did not just assist a lot of directors but ventured out further and directed several movies under his skillfully scrutinizing eyes. He directed some of the best actors of the industry. He was a director of the movie Game in which he got the opportunity to direct Radha and Karthik. This film came out in the year 2002 and went on to become a successful one. Apart from directing, he also took to writing scripts and stories for several films. He is credited to have written dialogues for several movies, Chembaruthi, which came out in the year 1992, being one of them. Owning to the kind of tremendous skills that John possess, he was known not just for his talents in the field of direction and writing for a film but was also seen acting in many of them. He appeared in the movie Indru Poi Nalai Vaa in which he played the role of a Hindi pundit, a role that is cherished. Other movies in which he made an appearance were Pulanvisaaranai, Sandakozhi, etc. among the other 70 films. John, at the age of 66, had a heart attack in the year 2008, and he died the same year on 28th of May. He was cremated at Mandaveli.

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