He is an admired Tamil actor and a casting director. He was born as Ravi, but
Jeeva went on to be added after his movie ‘Jeeva.’ He was born in Tamil Nadu. His most recognized work was in the movies ‘
3’ and ‘Jeeva.’ Ravi is the successor (grandson) of the well-known film producer ‘G M Velumani’, who made some amazing films in the 1950s and 60s with actors like ‘
MGR’ and Sivaji Ganesan.
Initially, he began his career as a casting director, and later went on to do serials in most watched Tamil TV channels like Star
Vijay and Sun TV. He appeared in serials like ‘
Kana Kaanum Kaalangal’ and ‘
Thendral’. After this, he appeared in several Tamil movies and gave some remarkable performances. His first break was in the 2012 movie ‘3’, by director Aishwarya
Dhanush and it showcased outstanding actors like ‘Dhanush’ and Shruti Haasan.
He worked in movies like ‘Mouna Guru’, ‘Engeyum Epodhum’, ‘
Vathikuchi’ and others, after that. Then came his most remembered movie, ‘Jeeva,’ where he played the role of the cricket coach. This film, released in 2014, was a huge success at the box office. This movie was a sports drama, directed by ‘
Suseenthiran’. Vishnu and
Sri Divya were the leads and they were supported by him and ‘
D Imman’ gave the music for the film.
He was very much excited for this film mostly because he was also a cricket player and represented the state in the U-19 category. He said to the media, “playing a coach was interesting. The fact that most of the actors in the film have also played cricket at professional level helped.” He adds, “The character of coach Jeeva is very different. He plays an important role in motivating the boys to take up the game seriously.” The movie was a huge success and was an ace celebration. It was reviewed positively by the critics of the industry.
After that, he appeared in movies like ‘
Kaththi’, directed by ‘AR Murgadoss’ featuring ‘Vijay’ then, in ‘
Kaaki Sattai’ in 2015 with Shiva Karthikeyan, later in the ‘
Miruthan’ directed by
Shakti Soundar Rajan in 2016. He has also been a part of other movies like ‘
Nugam’, ‘Meghamann’, ‘
Idhu Enna Maayam’ and, others.
He is currently working in the film ‘
Oru Pakka Kathai’ which is still in the filming process. He is playing a vital role in the movie ‘Tanna’ and also in director Vijay’s next. He has been active on TV; participating in reality shows and has done many advertisement commercials.