Director Atlee made his debut with Arya-Nayathara starrer Raja Rani. The film also featured Jai and Nazriya in important roles. The film went on to become a huge hit and was a dream debut for the director.
The film has won Best Actor for Arya, Best actress for Nayanthara and Best dialogues for Atlee in the Tamil Nadu state Awards for the year 2013.
The director has since directed Theri starring Vijay which was a block buster. He is currently directing Mersel also starring Vijay. The film will release for Diwali. Atlee has also ventured into film production, and produced Sangili Bungili Kadave Thorae under his A for Apple banner.