Atlee is one of the renowned filmmakers, predominantly known for his works in Tamil Cinema. He is also a screenwriter and producer. The ace filmmaker, who is currently basking in the success of Jawan, is known for his commercial blockbusters. It was at the age of 19 when he had stepped into the world of cinema as assistant director. He worked under Shankar Shanmugam in the films Enthiran and Nanban. It was in 2013 when he made his debut as a director. Atlee Says Jawan Is His ‘Love Letter’ to Shah Rukh Khan, Heaps Praises on the Superstar.

Atlee has worked with the heavyweights of Tamil Cinema. His directorial debut, Raja Rani, featured Nayanthara as the leading lady. His frequent collaboration with Thalapathy Vijay is known to all. Atlee’s films are known to be massy. It has kickass action sequences, strong characters and a social message. He has impressed audience with the slow motion, close-ups and wide shots to create a fab cinematic experience. His subtle and nuanced approach to social issues often resonates with audiences. He also has a knack for creating memorable and iconic characters that movie buffs can relate to. On his birthday today, here's looking at the five blockbusters helmed by the ace filmmaker. Vijay-Atlee's Bigil Is The Most Watched Tamil Movie During Pongal 2020.

Raja Rani

Atlee’s directorial debut featured an ensemble cast that included Arya, Nayanthara, Nazriya Nazim, Sathyaraj among others. A heartwarming and entertaining film that was nominated for several awards.


Theri was a critical and commercial success, grossing over Rs 150 crore at the box office. The film was praised for its action sequences, Thalapathy Vijay’s performance and Atlee’s direction were lauded by critics and audiences.


Be it Atlee’s direction, Vijay’s powered-packed performance or AR Rahman’s music, Mersal was a mass entertainer. The film’s box office success is a testament to the popularity of Tamil Cinema and also a sign that audiences are willing to support films that deal with social issues in a meaningful way.


Thalapathy Vijay and Atlee are the super-hit combo of Tamil Cinema. The actor and director duo gave blockbusters whenever they teamed up and with Bigil it was no different. It grossed more than Rs 285 crore at the box office and became the highest-grossing Tamil film of 2019.


Atlee made his directorial debut in Bollywood with this action-entertainer starring Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi in the leading roles. Until September 19, the film has raked in over Rs 905 crore globally. Jawan was another massy entertainer with a social message delivered by Atlee with sheer perfection.

Atlee’s films are known for their entertainment value and his past projects are enough to prove. He is known for crafting stories that are engaging, suspenseful and emotionally resonant. Here’s wishing the ace filmmaker Atlee a very happy birthday and many more blockbuster projects in the future.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Sep 21, 2023 07:02 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website