Athiappan Siva is a Tamil film editor celebrated for his editorial ventures, ‘
’ (2016) and ‘
’ (2014). Although his association with big-budget films is obscure, he seeks to achieve prominence by editing worthy, albeit less profitable, films. He credits his current reputation as an editor to Pappali, the first film in which he involved himself as an editor.
Siva was born in the small town of Salem in Tamil Nadu. His mother-tongue is Tamil. He was not initially set forth towards attaining a career in the entertainment industry. To get away from his mundane lifestyle, he navigated himself to Chennai in search of work. He found his first break in the form of Pappali (2014), which did not gain affirmative response from the viewership. Directed by an amateur, ‘
’, the film was charged to have lacked technical finesse. The film belonged to the genre of comedy and it was released on July 11, 2014. The film’s disastrous performance at the box office did not hinder critics from analyzing the artistic dexterity of Siva’s editing. The film featured Senthil Kumar and
as the lead characters. The director of photography, Vijay C Kumar, did not prove to be competent enough.
Siva’s second editorial venture is to be displayed on the big screen in September, 2016. The film titled Avam, employs Siva’s unflinching and unconventional expertise in its creation. Avam (2016) features an ostensible music album consisting of a song sung by the legendary
. Siva’s astonishing amount of editorial knowledge and vigour polishes the film. Casting newcomers like ‘
as the protagonists, Avam piques the interests of the public with its plot. The storyline depicts the tale of a young entrepreneur seeking to conquer the business world with his grit and intelligence; however, he falls in love with his colleague leading to a series of unfortunate events that upturn his world.
Siva is extremely secretive and tends to avoid the public eye. He believes in working alone and did not use the service of assistants while filming Avam. He is presently situated in Chennai. He does not disclose his exact location. He is happily married but keeps his spouse’s identity concealed. He is a caring and kind individual who lives life to the fullest. He is very close to his family. He does not hold any stance about falling into mainstream movie-making any time soon. He has attended the
Ponge Ezhu Manohara
press meet as a spokesperson.