T. K. Rajeev Kumar

T. K. Rajeev Kumar

Kochu Kuttan
1961 (age 5455)

Kottayam, Kerala, India

Residence Kowdiar, Trivandrum, India
Other names Rajeev Kumar
Occupation film director
Years active 1982–present
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Spouse(s) Latha Kurien Rajeev
Children Mrinal Rajeev & Kirtana Rajeev
Parent(s) TK indirakutty Amma
Late TS Karunakara Panicker

T. K. Rajeev Kumar (born 1961 in Kottayam, India) is a National Award winning Indian director of Malayalam films, from Trivandrum. A Show Director,Theatre Actor & Percussionist ( Mridangam ). Founder member & leader of the Musical Band Blue Birds in 1980 & Super Mimics, a comedy show in 1979. Kerala University Winner of Mono Act in the University Youth Festivals. 1980 - 82 Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy winner for Mono Act.1979 - 82.

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.Member,Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerece & Industry (FICCI) Member, General Council, Film & Television Institute, Pune (2003–2008). He was the Founder Artistic Director of JTPac, Kochi (Jose Thomas Performing Art Centre). Now the Artistic Director of Blue Mermaid Events, Kochi. Conceived & directed more than40 International shows, 4 plays, 80 National Cultural events & State Pageantries.

He was the Creative Director for the 35th NATIONAL GAMES OF INDIA 2015 held in Kerala - OPENING & CLOSING CEREMONIES

His only brother TK Sajeev Kumar, Visual Editor at Kerala Kaumudi & 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 the early lessons of the percussion instrument Mridangam. He continued his Mridangam studies later with renowned percussionist Mavelikkara SR Raju in Trivandrum. During his college days in Government Arts College, Trivandrum, Prof: Aliyar Kunju gave the exposure to University Youth Festivals, Theatre Productions & Film Societies. Ad Film Maker Late Mathew Paul,introduced him to Jijo & Jose of Navodaya films. Former General Manager of State Bank of Travancore Sri: Sreenivasan gave him all the support to become a film maker.


TK Rajeev Kumar was born in Thazhathupurrakal family, Thirunaekkara, Tekkumgopuram in Kottayam district, Kerala. His school education started from Baker Kindergarten School,Kottayam(1966–70) and continued in MT seminary high school ( 1971–72)followed by SDV School,Alleppey( 1973–75) and in MT seminary high school ( 1971-72 & 1976 )Kottayam. His college studies started off from Government Arts College, Trivandrum ( 1976–78) and graduated from University College, Thiruvananthapuram( 1978-82. He was a student of Law Academy, Trivandrum 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 film maker Jijo Punnose, son of Navodaya Appachan. He assisted Regunath Paleri in his debut directorial venture " Onnu Muthal Poogyam Varae"produced by Navodaya Production Company . His debut film was Chanakyan which had Kamal Hassan 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 1990-93. 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

Year Film Cast Language Production Notes
1984 My Dear Kuttichathan Master Aravind, Baby Sonia, Master Suresh, Kottarakkara Sridharan Nair Malayalam Navodaya Films India's first 3D film. Worked as Assistant Director & Script Supervisor
1989 Chanakyan Kamal Hassan, Urmila Matondkar, Jayaram, Sitara Malayalam Navodaya Films Debut directorial venture. Kerala Film Critics Award & the Filmfare Award for the Best Director
1989-90 Directed"Bible Ki Kahani" ( Stories from Bible) few episodes of TV Serial for Doordarshan,National Television of India. 1997 & 2009 Directed the revised versions of My Dear Kuttichathan 3D ( India's First 3D film produced by Navodaya & directed by Jijo ) 1990 Kshanakkathu Niyas, Nedumudi Venu, Thilakan Malayalam M/S Central Pictures
1991 Ottayal Pattalam Mukesh, Madhubala Malayalam M/S Century Films
1992 Mahanagaram Mammootty Malayalam Sunitha Productions
1994 Pavithram Mohanlal, Vinduja Menon, Shobana Malayalam Vishudhi Films Filmfare 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 Creations First 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 Company National 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 Company Kerala 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 Films Fully shot using Steadycam
2008 Free Kick Sushand Singh,Asif Basra,Sathyajit,Gowri Karnik, Hindi Jammu Sugahand Productions Not Yet Released
2009 Chal Chala Chal Govinda, Reema Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Murli Sharma, Om Puri, Manoj Joshi Hindi Fuel picture company Remake of Malayalam film Varavelpu and scenes from Ee Parakkum Thalika.
2009 Seetha Kalyanam Jayaram, Jyothika, Indrajith, Geethu Mohandas Malayalam Revathy Kalamandir
2009 Kushti Rajpal Yadav,Great Khali,Om Puri,sarat Saxena,Manoj Joshi Hindi SRK entertainments Remake 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 Production Remake 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 Company
2016 Sabaash Naidu Kamal Haasan, Shruti Haasan, Ramya Krishnan Tamil, Telugu, Hindi RKFI

Short films

Stage shows


Kerala University Youth Festival award for Best Monact performer – 1978 -80 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.


  1. 'Interview with RajeevKumar'
  2. Nita Sathyendran (16 May 2013). "The space within". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  3. Best film Award for Shesham

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