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Atlee Kumar

Born name: Arun Kumar
Date of Birth: 21 September 1986

Birth place: Madurai, Tamilnadu, India
Nationality: Indian
Height: 1.67 m
Birth Sign: Virgo
Education: Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology
Occupation: Film director, screenwriter and entertainment specialist
Spouse(s): K.Priya(m. 2014)

Atlee Kumar known mononymously as Atlee, is an Indian film director who makes Tamil-language films. He is best known for his directorial debut, Raja Rani, produced by Fox Star Studios, for which he was awarded the Vijay Award for Best Debut Director. He had previously worked as an assistant director with S. Shankar on the films Enthiran (2010) and Nanban (2012). His next ventures as a director, screenplay and writer Theri (2016), Mersal (2017) and Bigil (2019), all featured actor Vijay.

Career
He began his career as an assistant director in Enthiran (2010) under director S. Shankar and continued to work with him in his next project Nanban (2012), a remake of the Hindi film 3 Idiots. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with Raja Rani. The film was produced by Fox Star Studios and AR Murugadoss, and was a romantic comedy featuring Arya, Jai, Nayantara, Nazriya Nazim and Sathyaraj. Raja Rani earned over 500 million from the South Indian box office within four weeks and won him the Vijay Award for Best Debut Director. Kumar's next directorial project, Theri, became the second-highest-grossing Tamil film of 2016.

He started his own production house called A for Apple Production and jointly produced his first film with Fox Star Studios; the film was Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae, a horror comedy film written and directed by Ike Radha and starring Jiiva, Sridivya and Soori. His next film, Mersal, starring Vijay, Nithya Menon, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and S. J. Surya, with music by A. R. Rahman and produced by Sri Thenandal Films, was released on Diwali 2017. Critics praised Vijay's performance, A. R. Rahman's soundtrack, the cinematography, the social message and Kumar's direction; Mersal also proved a commercial success, grossing ₹251 crore (US$39.5 million) worldwide to become the fifth-highest-grossing Tamil film and Vijay's highest-grossing film of his career. Kumar's next film, Bigil, will be his third collaboration with Vijay and is set to be released on Diwali 2019.

Personal life
After courting for about 10 years, Kumar married actress Krishna Priya on 9 November 2014.

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