T. K. Rajeev Kumar

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T. K. Rajeev Kumar
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(1961-09-20) 20 September 1961 (age 61)
  • Film director
  • writer
Years active1981–present
SpouseLatha Kurien Rajeev
ChildrenMrinal Rajeev, Kirtana Rajeev

Thazhathupurakkal Karunakara Panicker Rajeev Kumar (born 20 September 1961) is a National Award-winning Indian director of Malayalam films, from Trivandrum. He is the winner of five Kerala State Film Awards for Best Film, Director, Story Writer & Script Writer, a show director, theatre actor and percussionist (Mridangam). He is a founding member and leader of the musical band Blue Birds in 1980 and Super Mimics, a comedy show in 1979. He is also the Kerala University winner of Mono Act in the University Youth Festivals 1980–1982 and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy winner for Mono Act 1979–1982.[ citation needed ]



TK Rajeev Kumar was the chairman of Kerala State Chalachitra Academy from 2003 to 2006. He was also the director of IFFK International Film Festival of Kerala from 2003 to 2006 and was the vice-chairman of Kerala State Chalachitra Academy in 2002. [1] He was nominated as jury chairman for Kerala State Film Awards 2007. He is a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). He is a member, general council, of the Film & Television Institute, Pune (2003–2008). He was the founding artistic director of JTPac, Kochi (Jose Thomas Performing Art Centre), now the artistic director of Blue Mermaid Events, Kochi. He has conceived and directed more than 40 international shows, four plays, 80 national cultural events and state pageantries.

He was the creative director for the 35th National Games of India 2015 held in Kerala, opening and closing ceremonies.

He conceived and directed Sentimental Celluloid, the signature film for the 22nd International Film Festival (!FFK) 2017.

He was the CREATIVE DIRECTOR of all the 7 cultural events of G 20 SHERPA MEETINGS @ KUMARAKOM 2023

Early life

His only brother TK Sajeev Kumar, visual editor at Kerala Kaumudi and is the chief editor of flash movies published by Kerala Kaumudi group. Sajeev Kumar T.K has been re-appointed as Society for News Design regional director for Asia and South Pacific. He runs a website, www.newspaperdesign.in, about news designing in India and the neighboring countries.

He is closely related to the family of renowned Nadaswaram performers Ambalapuzha Brothers. His talents were identified early by Sri. Ramunni (lead actor of Aravindan's Kumatty), the younger brother of Ambalapuzha brothers. Sri. Ramunni took the initiative and he was made the disciple of Ghattom exponent Alleppey Prabhu; under him he started lessons on the percussion instrument mridangam at an early age. He continued his mridangam studies later with renowned percussionist Mavelikkara SR Raju in Trivandrum. During his college days in Government Arts College, Trivandrum, Professor Aliyar Kunju gave exposure to university youth festivals, theatre productions and film societies. Advertising filmmaker Mathew Paul introduced him to Jijo and Jose of Navodaya films. The former general manager of the State Bank of Travancore, Sri: Sreenivasan, gave him support to become a filmmaker.


TK Rajeev Kumar was born on 20 September 1961 in the Thazhathupurrakal family, Thirunaekkara, Tekkumgopuram in Kottayam district, Kerala. His school education started from Baker Kindergarten School, Kottayam (1966–1970) and continued in MT seminary high school (1971–1972) followed by SDV School, Alleppey (1973–1975) and in MT seminary high school (1971–1972 and 1976), Kottayam. His college studies started at Government Arts College, Trivandrum (1976–1978) and he graduated from University College, Thiruvananthapuram (1978–1982). He was a student of Kerala Law Academy Law College, Thiruvananthapuram from 1982.

During his studies, he joined State Bank of Travancore, Kottyam Main Branch. He started his Malayalam film career as an assistant director with the Navodaya Production Company at the age of 19. He had his lessons from the filmmaker Jijo Punnose, son of Navodaya Appachan. He was lucky to associate with Jijo Punnose in the making of India's first 3D film, My dear Kuttichathan (My dear Chotta Chaetan). He was associated with Regunath Paleri in his debut directorial venture Onnu Muthal Poogyam Varae produced by Navodaya Production Company. His debut film was Chanakyan which featured Kamal Haasan and Urmila Matondkar starring alongside Jayaram. After his debut film, he got associated with the making of Bible ke Khaniya (Stories from Bible) produced by Navodaya for Doordarshan in 1990–1993. He was signed by Kamalhassan to direct a period film in Tamil written by renowned writer Sujatha in 1990, which never took off due to budget constraints. While he was with State Bank Of Travancore, Sri. Sreenivasan, then general manager, supported his cultural inclinations and special permissions were given to him for directing his debut film Chanakyan. The bank authorities were supportive but the rules never permitted them to protect Rajeev's services in the bank. He left State Bank of Travancore, when he was associated with SBT Zonal Office, Trivandrum in early nineties.


Feature films

1984 My Dear Kuttichathan Master Aravind, Baby Sonia, Master Suresh, Kottarakkara Sridharan Nair Malayalam Navodaya FilmsIndia's first 3D film. Worked as Assistant Director & Script Supervisor
1989 Chanakyan Kamal Haasan, Urmila Matondkar, Jayaram, Sitara Malayalam Navodaya FilmsDebut directorial venture. Kerala Film Critics Award & the Filmfare Award for the Best Director
1990 Kshanakkathu Niyas, Parvathy, Nedumudi Venu, Thilakan Malayalam M/S Central Pictures
1991 Ottayal Pattalam Mukesh, Madhubala Malayalam M/S Century Films
1992 Mahanagaram Mammootty Murali Malayalam Sunitha Productions
1994 Pavithram Mohanlal, Shobana Sreevidhya, Thilakan, Vinduja Menon, Malayalam Vishudhi FilmsFilmfare Award for Best Actor (Mohanlal) 1994
1996 Thacholi Varghese Chekavar Mohanlal, Urmila Matondkar, Nirosha Malayalam Seven Arts Films
1999 Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu Manju Warrier, Thilakan, Biju Menon, Abbas Malayalam One 2 One CreationsFirst Malayalam film to use Avid technology. National special jury Award (1999) for Best Actress to Manju Warrier. She ended her first phase of acting after this film
1999 Jalamarmaram V C Harris, P Balachandran, Aswin Thampi, Joby Malayalam The Blue Mermaid Picture CompanyNational Award for Best Feature Film on Environment, Kerala State Award for Second Best Feature Film 2000
2000 Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala Hindi
2001 Vakkalathu Narayanankutty Jayaram, Jagathy Sreekumar, Mukesh, Manya Malayalam Cinema Cinema
2002 Sesham Jayaram, Biju Menon, Murali, Geethu Mohandas Malayalam The Blue Mermaid Picture CompanyKerala State Award 2002 for Best Feature Film, Editing, Sound Recording, Best Story and Special Jury Award for the actor in the lead role.
2004 Ivar Jayaram, Biju Menon, Bhavana Malayalam Damor FilmsFully shot using Steadycam
2008Free KickSushand Singh, Asif Basra, Sathyajit, Gowri Karnik, Rajesh Hebbar Hindi Jammu Sugahand ProductionsNot Yet Released
2009 Chal Chala Chal Govinda, Reema Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Murli Sharma, Om Puri, Manoj Joshi Hindi Fuel picture companyRemake of Malayalam film Varavelpu and scenes from Ee Parakkum Thalika .
2009 Seetha Kalyanam Jayaram, Jyothika, Indrajith, Geethu Mohandas Malayalam Revathy Kalamandir
2010 Kushti Rajpal Yadav, The Great Khali, Om Puri, Sharat Saxena, Manoj Joshi Hindi SRK entertainmentsRemake of Malayalam film Mutharamkunnu P.O.
2010 Oru Naal Varum Mohanlal, Sreenivasan Malayalam Maniyanpilla Raju Productions
2011 Rathinirvedam Shweta Menon, KPAC Lalitha Malayalam Revathy Kalaamandhir ProductionRemake of the 1978 film of the same name
2011 Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty Nithya Menon, Shweta Menon, Unni Mukundan Malayalam Reel 2 Reel Cine Productions
2013 Up & Down: Mukalil Oralundu [2] Indrajith, Meghana Raj, Prathap Pothen, Remya Nambeesan Malayalam Blue Mermaid Picture CompanyBased On Gr Indugopans Up&Down
2019 Kolaambi Nithya Menen, Renji Panicker, Rohini, Dileesh Pothan G Suresh Kumar Malayalam Roopesh Omana, Nirmalyam CinemaSelected to Indian Panorama, International Film Festival of India 2019, Goa, National Award winner for best Lyric Writer, State Award Winner for Best Female Playback Singer
2021Bermuda Shane nigam, Vinay Forrt Shaylee Krishen, Gowri Nanda, Niranjana, Shiny Sara, Saiju Kurup, Karamana Sudheer Malayalam 24 frames ProductionUnder Production

Short films

Stage shows


Kerala University Youth Festival award for Best Monact performer – 1978–1980

Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy award for Best Monoact Performance – 1980

All India One Act play, Pune 1981, Best Actor


Kannuyezhuthi Pottum Thottu




Palathully, a short film on rain harvesting for Malayala Manorama won the UN International Award for the Best film for Campaign.

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