Harish Kalyan

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Harish Kalyan
Born (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 32)
  • Actor
  • Playback singer
Years active2010–present
Known forPoriyaalan
Bigg Boss Tamil 1
Pyaar Prema Kaadhal

Harish Kalyan (born 29 July 1990) is an Indian actor who has predominantly appeared in Tamil language films and also appeared in a few Telugu language films.[1] He made his acting debut in Sindhu Samaveli (2010) opposite debutante Amala Paul, before being noticed for his performances in Poriyaalan (2014), Vil Ambu (2016) and Pyaar Prema Kaadhal (2018).[2][3][4]

Film career[edit]

Career beginnings (2010–2017)[edit]

Harish Kalyan made his debut in Samy's controversial Sindhu Samaveli (2010), portraying the role of Anbu, whose wife has an illicit relationship with her father-in-law.[5][6] Upon release, the film met with contrasting reviews, whilst some critics refused to give the film a rating, declaring their disgust at the film's plot.[7][8] Critics described his next role in the Thaman-musical Aridhu Aridhu (2010) as "okay", but the film also failed to take a strong opening at the box office.[9] Harish then went on to work in S. A. Chandrasekhar's Sattapadi Kutram (2011), which featured Sathyaraj, Vikranth and Bhanu in other roles.[10] The film showcased the changes our legal system demands, with Harish playing a spoilt brat who eventually turns over a new leaf in the film. The film opened to poor reviews and did poorly at the box office. He was next seen alongside Karunas, Shweta Basu Prasad and Sanjana Singh in the 2013 comedy film Chandhamama, before playing a supporting role in the Telugu film, Jai Sriram (2013).[11][12] During the period, he also worked on a bilingual film titled Guest opposite Poonam Kaur, but the film did not have a theatrical release.[13][14][15]

After half a dozen films, he was finally noticed for his performance in the thriller Poriyaalan (2014), where he portrayed a young civil engineer aspiring to become a property developer caught up in a real estate scam. Produced by Vetrimaaran and featuring him alongside Anandhi, Poriyaalan became Harish's first successful venture with critics praising his performance.[16][17] The success of Poriyaalan prompted film maker Suseenthiran to select Harish to portray a leading role in his production, Vil Ambu (2016).[18] Appearing in an ensemble cast including his own father Kalyan, Sri and Chandini Tamilarasan, critics praised Harish's performance stating he "scores big time" and "is bound to be noticed for his charming looks and clean features".[19][20] Despite winning positive reviews, the film did middling business at the box office.[21][22] In 2017, Harish appeared in another Telugu film, the romantic comedy Kaadhali, where he featured alongside Sai Ronak and Pooja Doshi.[23][24] A critic praised his performance saying that he "plays his part with maturity".[25]

Breakthrough (2018–present)[edit]

In 2017, Harish took part in the first season of the Tamil reality television show, Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan.[26][27][28] He entered the show on day 53 as a new contestant and finished as the show's second runner up.[29] Following his successful appearance on the show, Harish Kalyan was signed on to play the lead role in Elan's romantic comedy Pyaar Prema Kaadhal (2018), which featured him opposite fellow Bigg Boss contestant Raiza Wilson.[30][31] Portraying Sree Kumar, a naive Chennai-based IT worker, he won positive reviews for his portrayal as the film received critical and commercial acclaim upon release.[32] A critic from the Indian Express wrote Harish "comes up with a performance that he can be proud of", while the Deccan Chronicle also praised the lead pair, noting Harish "looks good and plays his boy-next-door character with utmost ease", while "his flair for comedy also comes to the fore".[33][34]

In 2019, Harish Kalyan starred as a middle-class boy with major anger issues and a troubled childhood in Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum directed by Ranjit Jayakodi.[35][36] Critic from Times of India found that "Harish Kalyan excels as the aggressive and possessive youngster, a character which is quite contrasting to the one he essayed in Pyaar Prema Kaadhal”.[37] Having played the boy next door in his earlier films, Kalyan had to step out of his comfort zone to prepare for Gautham's role. Besides gaining weight, he grew a beard for his rugged look.[38] The film received both critical acclaim and wide audience response.[39] His film Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale (2019) with Sanjay Bharathi, son of director Santhana Bharathi, was a comedy-drama with a lead male character who is highly superstitious.[40][41] He played the role of a staunch believer in josiyam and jadhagam.[42] Harish won positive critical acclaim for his performance as Prabhu Govind in the movie Dharala Prabhu (2020), which is the Tamil adapted version of 2012 Bollywood film Vicky donor.[43][44][45] Directed by the Debutant Krishna Marimuthu, the film opened to positive reviews.[46] He is also roped in to play one of the lead in Chimbu Deven's interesting entertainer titled Kasada Thapara (2021) which is produced by Venkat Prabhu's Black Ticket Company.[47][48] Besides Harish is playing the lead role in Oh Manapenne (2021), the Tamil remake of the 2016 Telugu film Pelli Choopulu.[49]

In the media and other works[edit]

Harish Kalyan learned Hindustani music and can also play the keyboard.[50] During January 2012, he announced his intentions of releasing two songs he had worked on titled "Kutty Peg – A Toast to Life" and "Ovvoru Manushanuukum Ovvoru Feelings".[51] In 2016, Harish released an independent song titled "I'm Single", working as a singer and lyricist for the song, which had music composed by L. V. Muthukumarasamy.[52][53]

Personal life[edit]

His father, Five Star Kalyan, is a film distributor and music label owner.[54] He portrayed Harish Kalyan's father in Vil Ambu (2016).[55][56]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2010 Sindhu Samaveli Anbu Tamil Tamil Debut Film[57]
Aridhu Aridhu Son
2011 Sattapadi Kutram Surya
2013 Chandhamama Yuvan
Jai Sriram Sidhu Telugu Telugu Debut Film
2014 Poriyaalan Saravanan Tamil
2016 Vil Ambu Arul
2017 Kaadhali Karthikeyan "Karthik" Telugu
2018 Pyaar Prema Kaadhal Sree Kumar Tamil
2019 Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Gautham
Jersey Adult Nani Telugu Cameo Appearance[58]
Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale Arjun Tamil
2020 Dharala Prabhu Prabhu Govind [59]
2021 Kasada Thapara Krishna Moorthy "Kish" Anthology Film; Segment: Pandhayam

Direct OTT Released on SonyLIV

Oh Manapenne! Karthick Direct OTT Released on Disney+ Hotstar
2022 Nooru Kodi Vaanavil Vino / Richie Completed
Star Not yet released TBA
Diesel Not yet released TBA Completed


Year Film Role Channel Notes Ref.
2017 Bigg Boss Tamil Season 1 Wild Card Contestant Star Vijay Day 52 - 98 2nd Runner-up [60]
Kalaka Povathu Yaaru Champios Season 1 Guest
2018 Bigg Boss Tamil Season 2 As a part of Pyaar Prema Kadhal Movie Promotions [61]
Genes Season 3 Celebrity Participant Zee Tamil
2019 Bigg Boss Tamil Season 3 Guest Star Vijay [62]
Vanakam Tamizha Sun TV As a Part of Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale Movie Promotion
2020 As a Part of Dharala Prabhu Movie Promotion
Zee Tamil Kudumbam Viruthugal 2020 Zee Tamil To Present Best Actor Award
Zee Cine Awards Tamil
2021 Illamai Pongal With Harish Kalyan Kalaingnar TV
Chinna Kalaivanar Vivek Star Vijay A Tribute Show For Vivek (Actor)
Super Singer 8 - Grand Finale
Kadhal Kondattam - Special Show As a Part of Oh Manapenne Movie Promotions
Bigg Boss Tamil Season 5


Year Song Film Co-singers Composer Ref.
2019 "Yei Kadavulae" Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Vijay Sethupathi Sam CS [63]

Awards and honours[edit]

Year Award Category Film/Work Result Ref.
2017 Edison Awards Romantic Hero of the Year Pyaar Prema Kaadhal Won [64]
Provoke Magazine Awards Most Promising Actor Won
V4 Entertainment MGR Sivaji Cinema Awards Best Romantic Hero Won
Zingbi Fashion Awards Next Generation Fashion Icon Harish Kalyan Won
Times of India Most Desirable Men -Chennai Times #3
2018 #4
2019 #8
2020 #1
Most Desirable Men -India #34
2022 Edison Awards Favorite Hero of The Year Oh Mannapenne! Won
Best Anti Hero Role Kasada Thapara Won


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