S U Arun Kumar

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Born (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 37)[1]
Madurai, Tamil Nadu,
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active2014 present

S U Arun Kumar is an Indian film director and writer who works in the Tamil film industry. He is from Paravai near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.[2] He is known for directing the films Pannaiyarum Padminiyum (2014), Sethupathi (2016) and Sindhubaadh (2019).

Life and Career

Arun Kumar was brought up in Paravai and moved to Chennai to study Electronics and communication engineering.[3] He subsequently became interested in filmmaking and made a few short films. He joined the second season of Nalaya Iyakunar (a TV competition for short films)[4] to build his portfolio.[3]

Arun Kumar made his feature film directorial debut with Pannaiyarum Padminiyum (2014) starring Vijay Sethupathi.[5] The film was originally a short film and later made into a feature film,[5] retaining the main characters but with a completely different storyline.[6] Regarding the film, a critic stated that "In a list featuring films that tug at your heart strings, debutant Arun Kumar's Pannaiyarum Padminiyum deserves to be right on the top".[5] It won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[7] and was also screened at many international film festivals.[8][9][10][11] Although the film released to positive reviews, it was not successful at the box office.[12]

Arun Kumar later collaborated with Vijay Sethupathi again for Sethupathi (2016) as they both wanted to give a commercial hit together.[13][14] It released to positive reviews and ended up being a commercial success.[12] [13] The film was remade in Telugu as Jayadev with newcomer Ganta Ravi.[15] Arun Kumar joined hands with Vijay Sethupathi for the third time for Sindhubaadh (2019). The actor was cast in the film after 11 other actors could not work in the film due to various reasons.[13] Arun Kumar cast Vijay Sethupathi's son, Surya, in Sindhubaadh although Sethupathi was insistent to cast someone else.[16] Most of the film's footage was shot in Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand.[17] Regarding Sindhubaadh, a critic noted that "Sindhubaadh isn’t as satisfying as Arun Kumar’s previous films, but it isn’t entirely a letdown either".[18]

Arun Kumar made a documentary called Imaikka Vizhigal in 2020 about the chain snatching epidemic in Tenkasi.[19] In addition to being its writer and director, he was also the Cinematographer.

Personal life

Arun Kumar got married to costume designer Deepika in November 2016.[2] The wedding took place in his hometown Paravai.[20] In addition to their long-standing professional friendship,[3] Arun Kumar shares a personal bond with Vijay Sethupathi and his family.[21]


Feature films

Year Film Credited as Notes
Writer Director
2014 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum 7th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES)[22]
2016 Sethupathi
2017 Jayadev Telugu remake of Sethupathi
2019 Sindhubaadh

Short films

Year Title Credited as
Director Screenwriter Producer
2012 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum
2012 5 Rupees
2012 Nadodi Mannan


  1. "The SU Arun Kumar Interview". Silverscreen India. 27 June 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Director Arun Kumar gets married". Behindwoods. 9 November 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "S U Arun Kumar interview with Bharadwaj Rangan". Film Companion South. 20 June 2019.
  4. "Future stock". The Hindu.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "'Pannaiyarum Padminiyum' - Heartwarming and Heart-tugging". The New Indian Express.
  6. "'Pannaiyarum Padminium' isn't a magical movie". Behindwoods.
  7. The Hindu (14 Jul 2017). "TN Govt announces film awards for six years".
  8. "Habitat Film Club".
  9. "Bangalore International film festival".
  10. "Jargan Film Festival". Archived from the original on 23 December 2014.
  11. "IFFK to showcase 7 films in Indian Cinema section". The Hindu. 6 December 2014.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Sethupathi Movie Review {3.5/5}: Critic Review of Sethupathi by Times of India" – via timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "'Sindhubaadh' director Arun Kumar's journey with Vijay Sethupathi". The New Indian Express.
  14. "Vijay Sethupathi's next: All you need to know about his film helmed by SU Arun Kumar". India Today.
  15. "'Sethupathi' to be remade in Telugu". Deccan Chronicle.
  16. "I treat success and failure just the same: Vijay Sethupathi". July 2, 2019.
  17. "Wrote the character keeping Vijay Sethupathi's son in mind: 'Sindhubaadh' director Arun". The News minute. 6 June 2016.
  18. "Sindhubaadh Review {3/5}: It isn't as satisfying as Arun Kumar's previous films, but it isn't entirely a letdown either" – via timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  19. "Chain snatch documentary". Chennai patrika.
  20. "Vijay Sethupathi's class and mass director gets married". Indiaglitz. 9 November 2016.
  21. "'Sindhubaadh' director Arun Kumar's journey with Vijay Sethupathi". The New Indian Express.
  22. "Pannaiyarum Padminiyum goes to Kerala Film Festival". The Times of India. 14 December 2014.

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