Nelson Dilipkumar

Nelson Dilipkumar, credited in films as Nelson, is an Indian film director and screenwriter who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. His films are known for featuring elements of black comedy and synchronised comical characters.[2][3] Nelson won the Best Screenplay Award in Norway Tamil Film Festival for his directorial debut Kolamaavu Kokila.[4] He was listed among the Promising Directors of 2018 in Times of India article.[5]

Nelson Dilipkumar
Born (1984-06-21) 21 June 1984 (age 37)[1]
Alma materNew College, Chennai, Alpha Matriculation Higher Secondary School
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active2004– present

Film careerEdit

Nelson is a graduate with a degree in Visual communication from New College, Chennai. He started his career as an assistant script-writer in Star Vijay.[6]

In between, Nelson started his debut movie Vettai Mannan in 2010 starring Silambarasan, Jai, Hansika Motwani and Deeksha Seth which was planned to be produced by NIC Arts S. S. Chakravarthy, featuring music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The movie was shelved for unknown reasons in halfway through.[7][8]There was an attempt to revive the project in 2017 and a new crew was selected. Anirudh Ravichander replaced Yuvan Shankar Raja as the composer.[9] However the project failed to take off again.

Composer Anirudh Ravichander helped him land his debut feature film,[10] the dark comedy Kolamavu Kokila starring Nayanthara in the lead role, which he wrote and directed. The film produced by Lyca Productions released on 17 August 2018 and became a commercial success.[11][12][13] His next film was Doctor starring Sivakarthikeyan in lead role opposite Priyanka Arul Mohan. The film became one of the biggest Tamil-language blockbusters among the films that released theatrically after the pandemic-induced lockdowns.[14][15]

In November 2020, composer Anirudh Ravichander introduced him to actor Vijay as a potential candidate to direct the latter's next film.[16] Vijay was impressed with Nelson's script and the latter was signed on to direct actor Vijay's 65th film Beast.[17][18] The film stars Vijay and Pooja Hegde in lead roles.[19] Beast will be released on 14 April 2022 as a pan-Indian film dubbed in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages.[20][21]


Years Film Credited as Notes Ref.
Director Writer
Kolamaavu Kokila Yes Yes [22]
2021 Doctor Yes Yes [23]
2022 Beast   Yes Yes Post-production [24]
TBA Vishal 34 Yes Yes Announced

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result
2019 Kolamavu Kokila 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debut Director Won
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Screenplay Won


  1. ^ "Kollywood Director Nelson Biography, News, Photos, Videos".
  2. ^ "Vijay's 'Beast' team to head to Georgia again". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Shine Tom Chacko heaps praise over Beast director Nelson". Cinema Express. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  4. ^ "'Pariyerum Perumal' bags Best Film award at Norway Tamil Film Festival". The News Minute. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  5. ^ "From PS Mithran to Arunraja Kamaraj, Promising directors who made a mark in 2018". The Times of India. 29 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Kolamaavu Kokila director Nelson on signing Nayanthara: 'I knew she could pull off the titular role with ease'- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan was part of Simbu's shelved 'Vettai Mannan' - Times of India". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "Simbu in Nelson's Vettai Mannan – Indian Express".
  9. ^ "Anirudh to compose for Simbu? - Times of India". The Times of India.
  10. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Mirchi Shiva And Nelson Teasing Vignesh Shivan And Anirudh". YouTube.
  11. ^ "Geetha Govindam enters Rs 100 cr club; Kolamaavu Kokila becomes highest-grossing heroine-led film in Tamil-Entertainment News , Firstpost". 28 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Nayanthara instantly agreed to be part of 'Kolamaavu Kokila': Director Nelson to TNM". The News Minute. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Saranya speaks about Yogi Babu-Nayanthara Romance". Behindwoods. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Shooting wrapped for Sivakarthikeyan's Doctor".
  15. ^ "Doctor: The Sivakarthikeyan-Nelson Dilip Kumar Project Wrapped Up!". 3 January 2021.
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  17. ^ "'Thalapathy 65': Vijay teams up with Sun Pictures and director Nelson". The Hindu. 10 December 2020.
  18. ^ The Hindu Net Desk (21 June 2021). "Vijay's 'Thalapathy 65' titled 'Beast'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  19. ^ "'Thalapathy 65': Pooja Hegde to star opposite Vijay in Nelson Dhilipkumar's directorial". The Times of India. 25 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  20. ^ "'Thalapathy 65' will be a pan-Indian project: Cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa". 25 February 2021.
  21. ^
  22. ^ Kolamaavu Kokila [CoCo] - Official Tamil Trailer | Nayanthara | Anirudh | Nelson | Lyca Productions. Lyca Productions. 5 July 2018. Archived from the original on 18 September 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ DOCTOR | Sivakarthikeyan | Nelson Dilipkumar | Anirudh | Sivakarthikeyan Productions | KJR Studios. Sivakarthikeyan Productions. 2 December 2019. Archived from the original on 20 December 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2021 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ "Vijay's Thalapathy 65 planned for Pongal 2022? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 February 2021.

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