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November 14, 1957
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, writer|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
Parthiban (credited in films as Ra Parthiepan) (Tamil: பார்த்திபன்) is a Tamil film actor, director, film producer and writer. He has worked in more 50 films and has directed nearly 10 films. Parthiepan is known for having directed critically acclaimed films like Pudhiya Paadhai and Housefull and for his performances in films like Bharathi Kannamma, Vetri Kodi Kattu, Azhagi and Aayirathil Oruvan.
He came from a middle-class family and was born and brought up in the ghettos of Chennai. His father was a clerk in the post and Telegraph department, but his family could never make both ends meet. After completing his 10th from the Hindu Higher Secondary School in Triplicane. He started as a stage artiste who used to perform on stages in Chengalpettu and Vilupuram.
It was getting him nowhere and so he came back to Chennai. There, he made the usual round of going to the producers offices and was finally able to become the assistant of K. Bhagyaraj. He used to make around Rs 6000 a month by dubbing for various artistes. His made his first film appearance in Ranuva Veeran. Then, he played the role of a postman in his mentor's Dhavani Kanavugal. In 1989, he made his directorial debut through Pudhea Paadhai starring himself as an inhuman ruffian who gets reformed by his rape victim. The film was released to critical acclaim and emerged a box-office success, while also winning several accolades including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer. In early 1990, he directed and acted in Pondatti Thevai which failed at the box-office. In the end of 1990, he appeared in lead roles in R. Sundarrajan's Thalattu Padava and in the devotional film Engal Swamy Ayyappan. His 1999 Tamil film Housefull won the same award. His notable films include Aravindan, Ullae Velliyae, Pullakuttikaran, Sugamana Sumaigal, Abhimanyu, Swarnamukhi, Azhagi, Kathal Kirukkan, etc. He performed a perfect comedy pair with actor Vadivelu in rib - tickling movies Barathi Kannama, Vetri Kodi Kattu, and more.
He won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for Bharathi Kannamma. He played a man from a lower caste who a zamindari falls in love with. Parthipan, the actor, director and producer, loves breaking the conventional rules set by commercial cinema. He has taken roles that other heroes would carefully avoid, directed films that his critics found to be arty. The actor has remained uncompromising and stuck to his principles in spite of some not-so-memorable roles in the past. After the critically acclaimed and award winning films like Housefull and Azhagi, audience and the trade have acknowledged the maker’s undisputed talents. The film Aayirathil Oruvan in which he portrayed a Chola King won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil.
Apart from direction and acting, he produces films. He wrote a book named Kirukkkalgal - Thamizh Kavithai Thoguppu which was released by M. Karunanidhi. He runs a charitable trust named R.Parthiepan Manithaneya Mandram.
He got married with actress Seetha in 1991 and they divorced in 2001. He has two daughters P. S. Keerthana, Abhinaya and a son Raaki. His daughter Keerthana won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the Tamil film Kannathil Muthamittal.
|1981||Ranuva Veeran||Yes||Uncredited role|
|1989||Pudhiya Paadhai||Yes||Yes||Sitaraman||Winner, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
|Engal Swamy Ayyappan||Yes||Vasuswamy|
|1992||Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren||Yes|
|1997||Bharathi Kannamma||Yes||Bharathi||Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor|
|Pudhumai Pithan||Yes||Jeeva / Bharath|
|1999||Housefull||Yes||Yes||Yes||Ayya||Winner, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Film
|Nee Varuvai Ena||Yes||Ganesh|
|2000||Unnaruge Naan Irundhal||Yes|
|Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven||Yes||Shekhar||Guest appearance|
|Vetri Kodi Kattu||Yes||Muthuraman|
|Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka||Yes||Devasahayam||Malayalam film|
|2010||Aayirathil Oruvan||Yes||Chola King||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil|
|2013||Escape from Uganda||Yes||Antony||Malayalam film|
|Bad Boys||Yes||Anantharaman||Malayalam film
|Veerakkal Daivangal||Yes||Malayalam film
|Wi Fi Alla Bhaarya||Yes||Yes||Malayalam film
|2014||Ninaithathu Yaaro||Yes||Guest appearance|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||Yes||Yes||Pre-production|
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