Jeevan (Tamil actor)

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Not to be confused with Jeevan (actor).
Born Vijayabaskar Rangaraj
(1975-07-06) 6 July 1975 (age 41)[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

Jeevan (born Vickey Rangaraj on 7 July 1975) is a Tamil film actor.


He graduated from the St Bede's School in Chennai. One of his classmates was actor Surya Sivakumar. He took up BA in Theatre Arts. He studied Theatre in London, and then took a 2½ years training in acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Hollywood. He worked as a bartender in a pub in East London called 'Weatherspoons'.


He first appeared in the film University but remained largely unnoticed due to poor public opinion of the film. However, this was followed by greater success as Pandyaa in Kaaka Kaaka.[3] Despite winning critical acclaim and receiving several offers to play the antagonist in Tamil films, Jeevan waited two years and opted against signing any more films since he wanted to play negative characters. In March 2005, he was offered the film Thotta directed by Selva and accepted to work on the film, though delays meant he had starred in other films as protagonist before it released.[4]

Following a three-year hiatus, he returned as an actor in the main role with Susi Ganesan's Thiruttu Payale, which earned him praise. He signed up for the remake of the 1974 film Naan Avanillai, and post-release gained even more praise for helping it become a success. His recent releases include Thotta (co-starring Priyamani) and Machakaaran (opposite Kamna Jethmalani).


Year Film Role Notes
2002 University Gandhi
2003 Kaaka Kaaka Pandiya Filmfare Award for Best Villain
ITFA Best Villain Award
2006 Thiruttu Payale Manickam
2007 Naan Avanillai Joseph Fernandez
Machakaaran Vicky
2008 Thotta Shanmugham
2009 Naan Avanillai 2 Joseph Fernandez
2015 Adhibar Siva
2017 Jeyikkira Kuthira Filming


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