R Ravikumar is an upcoming Indian director known for his Tamil sci-fi outing IndruNetruNaalai. He was born on 13th May. He is a Tirupur native. Ravikumar was not fond of watching movies. However, he confessed that he only considered cinema as a career option when his Dubai-based friend gifted him a rudimental video camera. As he was unaware of its configurations and controls, he toyed with the equipment by exploring each feature of the device. However, he quickly learned to operate a rudimentary camera and started making videos in 2004. For six years, he had 5-6 short clips to his name.

Ravikumar confessed that his attempts were sloppy but also emphasized the need for a rough patch which helps everyone to understand problems. But, Ravikumar got his chance when his short films got shortlisted by the jury of Kalaignar TV’s NaalayaIyakunar, a reality show for upcoming directors. Ravikumar expressed his gratefulness towards the technicians for their tips and motivation. After his participation, he took movies on a serious note and had a complete makeover from his image as he binged several Tamil, Hindi, and English flicks. Computer graphics fascinated Ravikumar which the director wishes to implement in his projects. Among the genres, he picked out sci-fi thrillers as his preferred type. He lists out Lake House, “Déjà vu,” and “Back to the Future” as his favorite Hollywood movies. So, Ravikumar used the concept of time-travel as the basis for the story of his Kollywood debut IndruNetruNaalai.

Mia George and Vishnu Vishal starred in his debut feature. The plot involves a time-machine which goes back from 2065 to the present-day Chennai which changes the lives of people forever. After its screening, people welcomed the director with open arms by lauding Ravikumar for his proper handling of the idea of time-travel with an apt dose of humor and suspense. Reviewers also praised the special effects of IndruNetruNaalai. Nevertheless, it became a “superhit.” Ravikumar’s friends cautioned him against the genre of his first picture but the director convinced the producer with his story, and the rest is history.

Ravikumar believes that there should be an appropriate mix of logic and entertainment so that the audience would feel satisfied. He has acknowledged the influence of reading Tamil classics which has aided him in writing the scripts. Ravikumar has replaced Mohan Raja as the director of Sivakarthikeyan’s untitled flick. Sivakarthikeyan has expressed his desire to work with the young director and underlined the movie as his one of the ambitious ventures ever. Ravikumar married Priya on 30th August 2016.

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