His real name is Ramasubramaniam. Born in Tamil Nadu, Ram is an Indian director who directs Tamil movies. He had an interest in literature. Hence, he earned the post-graduate degree Master of Arts from the Madras Christian College. He learned to write stories in the Tamil language. He wrote scripts for few short films but then went towards the direction line. He worked with
Thangar Bachan for few movies and then he was suggested to meet Rajkumar Santoshi.
Rama was initially reluctant about the suggestion since his fear was that he could not understand Hindi and Rajkumar was the director of Hindi films. After resisting a bit, he finally decided to meet the director. He got impressed by him and joined him. He moved to Mumbai and assisted Rajkumar in making of films like ‘
Pukar’ and ‘
Lajja’. He helped him shaping the story of Lajja.
After assisting Rajkumar, he went to work under
Balu Mahendra. Ram regards him as his teacher. He describes Mahendra as the one who helped him convert himself from a film maniac to a film student. Balu was a cinematographer and knew a lot about cinematic techniques. Under him, Rama learned the technical aspects of cinema. In 2007, Ram released his debut film
Kattradhu Thamizh, which gave strong critical acclaims. It was exempted from entertainment tax. The film depicted a social issue showing the deterioration of our mother tongue in our country.
The specialty of the movie was it gave a chance to all new-comers. It was not just a debut film of Ram but of others as well. The film was featured in many states across Chennai, Kerala, Maharashtra, etc. The film was promoted well everywhere and also stayed in controversies now and then. It featured social inequality and how a degree holder struggles day and night to find a suitable job for him. The story, depiction, screenplay were highly appreciated. It received such critical praise that people called it a “cult classic.” Many actors and directors termed it as the precious gem of cinema. It got nominated for many prestigious awards.
Ram got highly motivated by the film, and as soon as he received such appreciation, he started working on his next project. He next released the movie “
Thanga Meengal” in the year 2013. It was also based on a social issue of how an average man’s life changes because of globalization and the education system of today’s society. The film was the Best Feature Film in Tamil cinema. It won
National Film Awards and Vijay Awards and also received awards at the Chennai International Film Festival. It became the only Tamil movie to be selected in Indian Panorama in IFFI, Goa. Ram also came to be known as Ram Subhu, and he is the one to taste success one after other.