|Years active 2002–present|
Nieces Avantika Kumar
|Name Sivakumar Jayakumar|
|Full Name Sivakumar Jayakumar|
Occupation CinematographerFilm directorScreenwriter
Awards National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film on Family Welfare
Movies Vedalam, Siruthai, Veeram, Daruvu, Souryam
Similar People Ajith Kumar, Anirudh Ravichander, Stunt Silva, N Santhanam, Bala
Sivakumar Jayakumar, simply known as Siva or popularly as Siruthai Siva, is an Indian filmmaker who has worked in the Tamil cinema as a cinematographer, director and actor.
Siva Kumar was born to documentary photographer Jayakumar in Chennai; his mother tongue is Tamil. He is the grandson of famous producer and writer A. K. Velan. Siva's brother Bala is an actor.
Although he always wanted to become a filmmaker, he pursued photography. In 1998, Siva became a gold medalist from Adyar Film Institute. He went on to work with cinematographer Jayanan Vincent. Siva then came to Hyderabad to work for Venkatesh' film Jayam Manade Raa (2000) as an operative cameraman. In 2002, he became an independent cinematographer, shortly after his brother Bala, made his acting debut. He has shot for about 15 films since then.
In 2008, he narrated a script to actor Gopichand who agree to play the lead role. Souryam, co-starring Gopichand along with Anushka Shetty was Siva's directorial debut. The following year, Siva made his second film, again with Gopichand in the lead. In 2011, Siva made his debut as a director in Tamil cinema with Siruthai, a remake of S. S. Rajamouli's Telugu action masala Vikramarkudu. The film, featuring Karthi in the starring role, went on to become a high commercial success, which led to him being referred to as "Siruthai" Siva in Tamil cinema from then on. His fourth directorial, Daruvu, released in May 2012.
In December 2011, Siva was signed by Vijaya Productions to direct a film for their centenary year with Ajith Kumar signed on to play the leading role. Ajith Kumar requested Siva to rework the script to make it a commercial success and production began after a brief delay in 2013. he has given film with ajith titled asVeeram which was the biggest commercial hit on his directorial ventures. His second film in Tamil titled Veeram starred Ajith alongside an ensemble cast including Shruti Hassan and Rahul Dev, and told the story of a village do-gooder and his brothers. The film opened in January 2014 to positive reviews and commercial success. Vivegam is the latest movie in which Ajith and Siva worked together. It opened up in the film market on Aug 2017 getting mixed to negative reviews and was an average grosser in the box office.