Selva is an eminent director and screenplay writer of the Tamil film industry. He was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Vincent’s original name, according to his longtime buddy Vijay is just ‘Selva’. He always wanted to be a photographer but ended up as a director. It was out of his immense love and respect for the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet that he added the prefix ‘Vincent’. Vincent made his debut as both screenwriter and director in the 1998 movie, Priyamudan. The movie, starring Vijay and Kausalya was a massive hit at the box office. Such was the film’s popularity that it was remade into Telugu Preminche Manasu, Kannada Nata, and Hindi Deewana Main Deewana. The movie shot Vincent instantly into the hall of fame. It also won stunt choreographer,
Jaguar Thangam, the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Stunt Coordinator.
In 1999, Vincent worked on his next movie, a fictional biography on the freedom fighter Vattakudi Iraniyan. The movie originally titled after the freedom fighter’s name was released as Iraniyan, after a legal suit. Vincent had to face criticism on the aspect that the film was more fictional than real. In 2002, Vincent came back with renewed energy in his movie Youth. It was a remake of Telugu Chiru Navvuto (2012).The to-be famous director, Mysskin worked as an assistant director under Vincent in this movie. It seems that Vijay was the lucky charm for Vincent because once again, the romantic story welcomed by the audience was backed by positive reviews from the critics. It was remade into Telugu and Hindi movies titled the same. Vincent’s 2005 romantic thriller Jithan had a touch of supernatural to it. It was a Tamil remake of the Hindi movie Gayab. The movie was a surprise hit among the audience. His 2007
Madurai Veeran (a remake of Telugu Nuvvu Nenu) was a flop. Perumal, released in 2009 was yet another failure in his career.
It was perhaps a grim time for Vincent, because, his 2013 Thuli Vilayadu was released to negative reviews and removed from the cinema halls after one week. But in his tough time, his former movie star, Vijay, came to motivate the director for his able direction. In 2014, Selva’s Inga Enna Solluthu fell further down in the critic circle. He was heavily criticized for not working out the screenplay, for not making the movie interesting and not living up to his name by various noted media portals like The New Indian Express and the Deccan Chronicle. Following the success of Jithan, Selva returned with Jithan 2 in 2016. The film was once again a setback. Vincent’s 2016
Virumaandikkum Sivanaandikkum once again received mixed reviews. In 2018, owing to his topsy-turvy directorial career, Selva has taken a break as a director. According to sources, he is to make a debut as an actor in Vijay Milton’s
Goli Soda 2 – sequel of super hit Tamil film Goli Soda (2014).