K L Praveen whose full name is Kuchipudi Latha Praveen is a famous Indian film editor who has worked with many notable directors. Praveen mainly works in the Kollywood industry and has showcased his editing skills in many popular movies and has received accolades for the same. The Andhra Pradesh born editor wanted to pursue a degree in Bio-Technology when he was 17 but unfortunately the number of seats was already full for the course. He had an entire year on his hand and didn't wish to waste that time without doing anything productive. As a result, he started learning to edit in some studios. Most of his family members including his father used to work in the movie industry, but he had a lack of interest to work there.
His father worked for a Telugu Satellite Channel named ETV and Praveen did a four month internship there to hone his video editing skills. His part-time job at Eenadu Television saw him being offered a permanent position in the company. He went on to work for ETV for the next four years. Praveen's video editing resume in ETV included him working in the network produced soap operas such as Anweshitha and other news shows. Later on, Praveen worked more than 1 and a half year under cinematographer
Balu Mahendra for
Kadhai Neram which was directed by the latter himself. He visited Singapore to work on a two-month assignment requested by his friend. He met
Venkat Prabhu in the coming days and immediately had an offer to edit a Telugu film.
He came back to India to do editing in Chennai 28 and later worked on as a freelancer which prompted him to channels like Discovery and others. But fate again turned his career. He was never quite interested in making video editing in movies as his prime career choice. Venkat approached him again and asked him to work on another film. He continued editing movies like Kandasamy and Saroja. This resulted in him shifting base from Singapore to Chennai each week. Finally, he realized his potential in video editing and started taking the profession more seriously.
Praveen's collaboration with N. B. Srikanth has continued for a long time and has resulted in the making of several successful films in the Kollywood industry. He has gone on to work in more than 50 films of varied languages and is currently busy on many notable projects. His editing skills along with Srikanth has been appreciated by many award shows and fetched them the Best Editor Award for the movie named Saroja. Probably the biggest accomplishment of K L Praveen's career was when he won the most prestigious movie award of India; he received the national award for best editing in "
Aaranya Kaandam" which was a successful Tamil movie.