Vishal (actor)

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Born Vishal Krishna Reddy
(1977-08-29) August 29, 1977 (age 37)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality India
Occupation Actor, producer
Parents G. K. Reddy and Janaki Devi
Relatives Vikram Krishna (brother)
Sriya Reddy (sister-in-law)

Vishal Krishna Reddy, known by his stage name Vishal, is an Indian film actor who appears in Tamil cinema. Often starring in his home productions, Vishal became an actor after a stint as an assistant director in films. He played his first role in the romantic thriller Chellamae, before going on to secure a run of three consecutive successes with roles as action hero in the 2005 film, Sandakozhi, and with Thimiru in 2006.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Vishal Krishna was born to G. K. Reddy and Janaki Devi. His father was a film producer for Telugu and Tamil films and his family settled in Chennai. His elder brother, Vikram Krishna has produced several of Vishal's films and had previously appeared as an actor in small budget films under the screen name of Ajay.[2] Vishal also has a younger sister. Vishal obtained his secondary education from Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School before securing a degree in visual communications from Loyola College, Chennai.[3]


Vishal assisted actor-director Arjun Sarja in his venture Vedham.[4] A producer spotted Vishal on the sets and signed him to appear in Gandhi Krishna's directorial debut, Chellamae.[5] Accepting the role, Vishal prepared by joining Koothu-P-Pattarai to hone his acting skills and playing the protagonist role of Raghunandan whose wife is kidnapped by her childhood friend.[5] A critic described his performance is "apt" but "there was plenty left to hone".[6][7] His next film was Sandakozhi with N. Linguswamy, who had previously worked with his father's production house as an assistant director.[8] Vishal was described to have "improved from his Chellamay days" and "clicked as an action hero".[9] Film journalists stated that he was "the fastest rising action hero" of the time.[10] After a cameo as himself in Sasi's Dishyum, he went on to appear in Tarun Gopi's action film, Thimiru. The film opened to mixed reviews with Vishal being praised for his intense performance with a critic calling his performance " the film's only strength and, to an extent, making up for the weak script and poor characterisation".[11] The film became Vishal's third consecutive commercial success, and he began to emerge as a new leading actor in Tamil films.[12]

His next film, the political drama Sivappathigaram directed by Karu Pazhaniappan was a failure financially despite favourable reviews.[13] His next released in January 2008, Hari's multi-starring family drama Thaamirabharani and the film went on to gain considerable box-office success, carrying good reports amidst other big budget releases.[14][15] Later in the year he appeared Boopathy Pandian's Malaikottai, a comedy entertainer. In his first full-length comic role, Vishal received mixed feedback for his portrayal from critics, with Rediff stating that he is "a far cry from the rather endearing young man in Sandakozhi", whilst describing his performance as "cringeable", but another critic[who?] cited that he had utilised the opportunity well.[16][17] The film took a large opening.[18]

Vishal appeared in a leading role in Bala's Avan Ivan. During the shoot of the film, Vishal suffered from severe eye pain and headaches whilst he also suffered a serious muscular injury on sets.[19] Indiaglitz stated that Vishal delivered an "award winning performance" and that his "mannerisms and body language give you goosebumps". The reviewer further cited that "Vishal's spontaneous response to his mentor's death in the movie is touching. His demonstration of Navarasas in front of actor Suriya will melt you in tears".[20][21] Vishal played the role of a police officer in his following release, Vedi directed by Prabhu Deva .[22]

In the 2013 film Samar, Vishal played a forest trek guide. Behindwoods stated that he "rocks in the action sequences" which include Parkour moves.[23][24] He appeared in three more films that year. Following a cameo role in Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, he starred in the action films Pattathu Yaanai and Pandiya Naadu. The latter was Vishal's debut production venture.[25][26]


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As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Chellamae Ragunandan
2005 Sandakozhi Balu
2006 Dishyum Himself Cameo appearance
2006 Thimiru Ganesh
2006 Sivappathigaram Sathyamoorthy
2007 Thaamirabharani Bharaniputhiran
2007 Malaikottai Anbu
2008 Sathyam Sathyam
2009 Thoranai Murugan
2010 Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Karthik
2011 Avan Ivan Walter Vanangamudi
2011 Vedi Prabhakaran (Balu)
2013 Samar Shakthi
2013 Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Himself
2013 Pattathu Yaanai Saravanan
2013 Pandiya Naadu Sivakumar Also producer
2014 Naan Sigappu Manithan Indhiran Also producer
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself
2014 Poojai Vasu Also producer
2015 Aambala Filming[27]


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  16. ^ Srinivasan, Pavithra (28 September 2007). "Malaikottai is avoidable". Rediff. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  17. ^ "Malaikottai – Masala comedy, no strings attached". Behindwoods. 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  18. ^ S, Aishwarya (4 November 2007). "Fans, frenzy at 50th day celebration of ‘Malaikottai’". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
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  20. ^ Vaadu Veedu Telugu Movie Review. IndiaGlitz (2011-06-17). Retrieved on 2012-06-24.
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  22. ^ "Vishal’s third project in a row". Behindwoods. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  23. ^ "Samar Movie Review". Behindwoods. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  24. ^ "Samar Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
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