Nizhalgal Ravi is a veteran actor in TV serials and films and has acted in hundreds of movies alongside the greatest of actors in the industry. Born on April 16, 1956, he first started out under legendary director Bharathiraja in ‘Nizhalgal’ which later stuck on to his name because of the instant hit with people. He has played many impressive roles in blockbuster movies like Vedam Puthithu, Nayakan, Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi, etc. His versatility has won him praises from all over the industry and from people. He has acted in over 20 movies in Malayalam in the 80s before moving into mainstream Tamil movies.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts majoring in economics from PSG Arts College. He then acted in K Balachander’s telefilm ‘
Rail Sneham’ in the late 80s and 90s. He became popular through this opportunity and went on to act in the same director’s TV serial ‘Jannal’. His performance in ‘Jannal’ is considered as one of the best on television and he received plaudits from one and all. He then went on to play the caring husband, evil villain, second hero, etc. in many movies and even comedian at times. His notable films include Indian where he played a corrupt official, Budget Padmanabhan, Dhaam Dhoom, Thaamirabharani, Citizen, Kushi, Attagasam, Singam, etc. Recently he has played cameo and supportive roles in movies like
Vanakkam Chennai, Osthe, Aadu Puli, Kaavalan, etc.
He is also a seasoned voice artist having dubbed for many actors. Notably, he voiced for
Amitabh Bachchan in the Tamil dubbing of
Kaun Banega Crorepati in its second season. Ravi was surprised and considered it an honor to have dubbed for Amitabh Bachchan and said his voice almost matched his voice when he dubbed early in the morning. He also dubbed for
Nana Patekar in the movie Bommalattam. He also has narrated an audiobook of the ‘Manase Relax Please’ book by Swami Sukhabodhananda. He is married to Vishnupriya and they have a son Rahul.