10 December 1982
Udumalpet, Tamil Nadu, India
|Occupation||Actor, Radio jockey|
Shiva is an Indian film actor who has featured in Tamil language films, and had previously been a radio jockey with Radio Mirchi. Acting mainly in comedy films, he rose to fame following his performances in the Venkat Prabhu directorials Chennai 600028 and Saroja, before also featuring in Thamizh Padam.
Mirchi Shiva's first film role was a cameo in the 2001 film 12B. He debuted as a lead actor in Venkat Prabhu's 2007 sports comedy Chennai 600028 alongside ten other debut actors. His next role, again under Venkat's direction, was the thriller Saroja. Both films were box-office hits.
Mirchi Shiva then starred in Thamizh Padam, a full-length parody of contemporary Tamil cinema, and his performance earned rave reviews. His 2010 comedy Va Quarter Cutting was an average grosser. His first 2011 release became the long-delayed romantic drama Pathinaaru, which was his first non-comedy venture.
In 2012, he featured alongside Vimal in Sundar C's comedy film, Kalakalappu, which won positive reviews and performed well commercially. Portraying the role of a small time crook, Raghu, critics noted that Shiva was the film's "scene-stealer" and "carries the first half with his quips". The success of the film fetched the actor more scripts and Shiva went on to feature in four comedies in 2013. His first release Thillu Mullu, a remake of the 1981 Rajinikanth starrer, featured him alongside Isha Talwar and Prakash Raj and also fared well commercially. The actor also won positive portrayal of a conman with a critic noting "Shiva has taken the entire film in his shoulders and has given his best. His comic timing is perfect and the one-liners are hilarious." His second release of the year, Sonna Puriyathu, where he played a dubbing artist, also won good reviews. Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu praised the actor's performance noting "Nobody makes silly jokes work with a straight face like Shiva does", noting he is the "funny man pretending to be important." The next release, Ya Ya featuring him alongside Santhanam in the lead role, was poorly received with a reviewer from Rediff.com claimed Shiva "fails to make any impact", with the film also faring poorly at the box office. Shiva was next seen in Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi's directorial debut Vanakkam Chennai, a romantic musical opposite Priya Anand. The film received positive to mixed reviews, but was a commercial success.
Mirchi Shiva got married to his long-time Girlfriend Priya on November 15, 2012.
|2013||Thillu Mullu||Pasupathy/Ganguly Kanthan|
|2013||Ya Ya||Ramarajan (Dhoni)|
| 2014 || Kalakalapu 2 |-
- "Rosa Hai Song" (Sonna Puriyathu)
As dialogue writer
- Aadama Jaichomada
- Kamath, Sudish (12 September 2009). "Funny side up". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- Rangarajan, Malathi (22 January 2010). "Spoofing around…". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- Kamath, Sudhish (21 September 2009). "Everybody loves Shiva". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- "Thriller instinct". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 22 August 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- Sangeetha, P (30 January 2010). "Shiva: A star in the making". Times of India. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- Shiva – Tamil Cinema Actress Interview – Shiva | Va-Quarter Cutting | Thamizh Padam | Saroja | Chennai 28 – Behindwoods.com. Videos.behindwoods.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-24.
- "Kalakalappu - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
- Kamath, Sudhish (27 July 2013). "Sonna Puriyathu: Getting it right". The Hindu (Chennai, India).