Rathna Kumar

Indian film director and writer

Rathna Kumar
R. M. Rathna Kumar
Occupation(s)Film director, Screenwriter
Notable workMeyaadha Maan

Rathna Kumar is an Indian film director and writer. He is known for directing Meyaadha Maan (2017).[1][2]


Kumar began his career with the low-budget film Madhu, which was included in an anthology film called Bench Talkies. He later turned the short film into a feature film titled Meyaadha Maan (2017).[3][4] The film turned out to be a success and an important film in Vaibhav's career because the film was not a multistarrer and several of Vaibhav's successful films had only been multistarrers.[5] He went on to direct Aadai (2019), starring Amala Paul. The film released to mixed reviews, but highlighted an important aspect of society.[6][7][8] Kumar was signed as a co-writer to Lokesh Kanagaraj's Master. Regarding his decision of becoming a writer from a director, Kumar told The Times of India that Kanagaraj is his friend. Kumar started working with Lokesh again as a co-writer for Vijay's 67th film titled tentatively as Leo co-starring Trisha, Janany, Azeem and Sanjay Dutt as villain in the film.[9][10]


  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.

As director and writer

Year Title Director Writer Notes Ref.
2015 Bench Talkies Yes Yes Segment: Madhu [3]
2017 Meyaadha Maan Yes Yes Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Director
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Story, Screenplay Writer
2019 Aadai Yes Yes [8]
2021 Master No Dialogues Cameo appearance as Prisoner. [11]
2022 Vikram No Dialogues
2022 Gulu Gulu Yes Yes [12]
2023 Leo No Co-writer
2024 Thalaivar 171 No Co-writer Opted out after final script writing [13]


  1. ^ Suganth, M (22 June 2018). "Meyaadha Maan Movie Review {3.5/5}". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 July 2020. Many scenes go on far longer than they should and make us wish they had been tightly written and edited
  2. ^ Srivatsan (19 October 2018). "Meyaadha Maan movie review: Vaibhav's film is Royapuram Ga Na Land". India Today.
  3. ^ a b c "Small film steps, and then a giant leap to tinsel town". The Times of India. 30 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Meyaadha Maan director Rathna Kumar: I wouldn't call releasing a film along with Mersal a gamble". Hindustan Times. 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ Cr, Sharanya. "People who thought I was good only in multistarrers have accepted me as a solo lead: Vaibhav". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "Aadai Movie Review {3.5/5}: Critic Review of Aadai by Times of India". The Times of India.
  7. ^ Kumar, Pradeep (20 July 2019). "'Aadai' review: Amala Paul elevates a weakly-scripted film". The Hindu.
  8. ^ a b Lakshmi, V. "Amala Paul's character is a metaphor that relates to the society: Rathna Kumar". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil 6 fame Janany as Vijay's romantic interest and Azeem as Villain makes movie debut in Thalapathy 67". The Times of India. 17 January 2023. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
  10. ^ "'Aadai' director Rathna Kumar joins Thalapathy 64". The Times of India. 4 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Vijay sir's attitude in 'Master' is like nothing you have seen in his other films: Rathna Kumar". New Indian Express. 7 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Director Rathnakumar's film with Santhanam titled 'Gulu Gulu'". DT Next. 16 March 2022. Archived from the original on 17 March 2022.
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/rameshlaus/status/1736078477521219977. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links

  • Rathna Kumar at IMDb
  • Rathna Kumar on Instagram
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