M. Sukumar is an Indian cinematographer, who has worked in the Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam film industries. Sukumar began his career in 1995 by assisting his brother M. Jeevan, who had then, broken into the Tamil film industry as a photographer. Sukumar stepped in to assist Jeevan for a shoot of Rajiv Menon's Minsara Kanavu (1997). He subsequently continued working as an assistant photographer in films including Minnale (2001), Samurai (2002) and King (2002) and struck up a good relationship with the lead actor Vikram. His association with Vikram later led to him being offered the role as the main photographer for the actor's films including Dhool (2003) and Majaa (2005). While launching Kokki (2006), director Prabhu Solomon asked Sukumar to make his first foray into cinematography but his reluctance meant that his brother Jeevan, was handed the opportunity. Towards the end of the shoot, Jeevan became busy with other projects and Sukumar was brought in to work on a few portions in the film, including a song shoot in Chalakudi
After Kokki, he worked on other Prabhu Solomon films including Laadam (2009), Mynaa (2010) and Kumki (2012), the latter two, winning him acclaim and fetching him opportunities to work in big budget ventures. Critics described his work as "spellbinding", and both films became critical and commercial successes. His work in Maan Karate and Nimirndhu Nil (2014), meant that he was unable to continue working with Solomon in Kayal (2012). AR Murugadoss also picked Sukumar to work on a single song in his Hindi action film Holiday (2014), during a shoot in Rajasthan.
Born in: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India