R Parthiepan

Other names of R Parthiepan: Radhakrishnan Moorthi, Ra Parthiepan

Radhakrishnan Parthiepan is a renowned actor, cinema producer, and director of Tamil origin. Born in a moderate family in Chennai, Parthiepan’s journey to success wasn’t an easy one. Reportedly, he was even rejected for films early due to his non-hero looks. He worked in many odd jobs, including a dubbing artist for which he used to get 6000 rupees per month.

Parthiepan finally managed to assist the talented director K. Bhagayraj, following which he ventured into the South Indian Film industry with his directorial project Pudhiya Padhai, where he also played the lead. The film was a critical and as well as a commercial success. Following this, he went to star and direct many films. Major ones being Pondatti Thevai, Thalattu Padava, Tata Birla, Housefull, Ivan, Soori and many others. Parthiepan has often been credited for breaking the conventional settings and rules of commercial cinema.

In this process, he has been awarded several accolades. His film Pudhiya Padhai was awarded the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer. In 1997, he was awarded the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for his character portrayal as Bharathi in the film Bharathi Kannamma. His most recent award came for his role as the Chola King Aayirthal Oruvan for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a supporting role- Tamil, 2010.

His latest film was Love Guru, which released in the year 2015. He has acted and directed in more than 55 cinemas. He additionally penned a novel titled Kirukkkalgal - Thamizh Kavithai Thoguppu. Kalaingar Karunanidhi published this novel. He operates a philanthropic organization called R.Parthiepan Manithaneya Mandram. He has two daughters Keerthana, Abhinaya and a son Raaki. Keerthana, one of his first daughter, won a National Award for her excellent performance in the movie Kannathil Muthamittal.

This 57-year-old actor also contributed immensely to the rehabilitation and in helping those affected by the Chennai floods that hit the city in 2015 causing great amounts of damage to people’s livelihoods.

Vijay Sethupathi Tamil Actor

Vijay Sethupathi

Vijaya Gurunatha Sethupathi was not born with silver spoon. Neither did he have a family background that had deep roots in cinema field. He was rejected even for the role of a junior artist. But it was his hard work and continuous struggle, that made him a star that he is today.  He was born in Rajapalayam but moved to Chennai where he had studied and even had his graduation from a reputed college in Chennai. He did all kinds of odd jobs that came to him (salesperson, cashier, telephone booth operator or account assistant) to lead his life normally.  Later on, he moved to Dubai as he had to take care of three siblings. During his stay in Dubai, he fell in love with Jessie, whom he married later. He returned to Chennai again and had taken up interior decoration business when he came across Balu Mahendra. Balu Mahendra had felt this lad could evolve as an actor as he had an attractive face. The real fortune smiled upon him when he was offered to play Dhanush’s friend in’ Pudhupettai’ (2006). Following which he lost a bi-lingual film (called Akhaada) which did not get released till date. After getting supporting roles in ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’ (2009) and ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’ (2010), he got to play a lead role in Ramasamy's drama film ‘Thenmerku Paruvakaatru’ (2011), in which he portrayed a shepherd.  The film went to fetch three national awards. It was in 2012 that witnessed three releases such as ‘Sundarapandian’, ‘Pizza’ and ‘Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom’ respectively, which resulted in achieving his foothold in the industry. In 2014, his films ‘Rummy’ and ‘Pannaiyarum Padminiyum’ were released, which received critical acclaim and got rave reviews.  The greatest asset of this actor is that he used to take risks and do a film like ‘Pizza’ or even ‘Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai’. Now he is married to Jessie; he has two children, Surya and Shreega respectively. He made himself in Kollywood as one of the most bankable actors of all time.  He gets all the glory for playing the character in the screen in every film that gets released and is growing up to be the versatile actor who can handle some tough roles. In the year 2014, he launched his production house named ‘’Vijaya Sethupathi Productions’’ which released ‘’Orange Mittai, which was co-written and produced and acted by Vijay Sethupathi and hit screens on July 31, 2015. The film had caught critics’ attention and he was hailed for his first film. ‘Merku Thodarchi, will be another film from his production house, awaiting release soon in the theatres.

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Anandaraj

'Anandaraj' was born in the Pondicherry district of Tamil Nadu. He was the second son among his eight siblings and his parents had big hopes for him right from his childhood. Anandaraj’s father was a business man and wanted his son to become a police officer. However, when Anandaraj began to show an interest in acting, his parents wholeheartedly supported his decision and permitted him to join a course at the prestigious ‘M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute’. Soon after his course, he discovered the perils and hardships that one has to face in the film industry. Anandaraj found it extremely difficult to get a part in a movie, and after a long struggle, he gets a role in the 1988 movie ‘Oruvar Vaazum Aalayam,' in which he plays the role of a crook. Even though his performance was commendable, he failed to gain attention from the audience until his big break- ‘En Thangachi Padichava’, which was also released in the same year. When he felt that he was being stereotyped into the villain character, he accepts scripts that put him in the lead role, such as 'David Uncle,' 'Kaval Nilayam,' 'My India,' etc. He reverts back to acting in negative roles since he finds them more comfortable to play. Also, the movies that cast him as a protagonist failed at the box office. Anandaraj has committed to works in most of the South Indian film industries and has acted in several languages such as Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam. Apart from South Indian movies, Anandaraj also acted as a villain in a Bollywood movie titled- ‘Action Jackson’, in which he had to break all clichés and conventions associated with a negative character of a movie. Anandaraj had to work hard and deconstruct his own acting methods to portray a character in the true manner in which the Director- Prabhu Deva, had wanted him to.

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