Kaali Venkat

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Kaali Venkat
Kali venkat.jpg
Born Venkat
(1985-03-04) 4 March 1985 (age 33)
Kovilpatti, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present
Spouse(s)
Janaki (m. 2017)

Kaali Venkat (born 4 March 1985) is a Tamil actor who mainly plays supporting roles in films.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Venkat hails from Kudaiyadevanpatti[2] a village near Kovilpatti.[3] Venkat used to act in dramas during his school days. With an ambition to act in films he moved from his village to Chennai in 1997 to enter the Tamil film industry.[2] In Chennai, he was doing jobs like selling groceries in order to survive until he met director Vijay Prabakaran. Prabakaran, who Venkat considers his guru, coached and taught him "everything I know about cinema today".[2]

Venkat got married on 30 October 2017 in Chennai.[4]

Career[edit]

The first film Venkat acted was also by Vijay Prabhakaran, Thasaiyinai Thee Sudinum. The film failed to release but Venkat decided to keep his character name in it, Kaali, as his screen name after everything on the set was calling him by that name.[3] He then acted in various short films made for the Kalaignar TV show Naalaya Iyakkunar and won the Best Actor in a Series Award in Season 3 of the show.[2][3] After a series of small roles in various feature films, he first gained attention with his role in the action drama Thadaiyara Thaakka. The short films fetched him small roles in bigger projects like Kalakalappu and Udhayam NH4.[3] He played a substantial role in mystery thriller Thegidi, which went on to become a sleeper hit and Venkat stated that he was flooded with friend requests on Facebook post the film's release.[2]

Venkat has acted in a number of films, including Mundaasupatti, Kaathadi, Urumeen, India Pakistan and Eetti.[3] Mundaasupatti, based on the same-titled short film which Venkat was also part of,[3] will see him playing the role of an assistant photographer called Azhagasami.[2] In 2016, Kaali won critical acclaim for his portrayal of a drunkard father in Irudhi Suttru and as a loyal friend of a politician in Kodi.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Va Mano
2011 Mounaguru
2012 Thadaiyara Thaakka Alphonse
Kalakalappu
2013 Udhayam NH4 Constable Anbu
Pizza II: Villa Family man
Madha Yaanai Koottam
Vizha Paandi
2014 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum
Kerala Nattilam Pengaludane
Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Palani
Thegidi Nambi
Poovarasam Peepee Magudi
Mundaasupatti Azhagumani
2015 India Pakistan Selvam
Maari Constable
Urumeen
Eetti Senthil
2016 Irudhi Suttru Saamikannu/Samuel
Saala Khadoos Hindi film
Miruthan Chinamalai
Mapla Singam
Darling 2 Rafi
Theri Ganesan
Kadha Solla Porom
Iraivi
Raja Manthiri Suriya
Kodi Bhagat Singh
2017 Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal Mohideen
Kattappava Kanom Keechan
Maragadha Naanayam Chidambaram
Pichuva Kaththi
Mersal Auto driver
Urudhi Kol
Annadurai Karna
Velaikkaran Vinoth
2018 Nagesh Thiraiyarangam
Kaathadi
Irumbu Thirai Gnanavel Raja
Ghajinikanth Uthaman
Ratsasan Venkat
Aan Devathai

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/kaali-makes-an-impact-as-comedian-in-recent-films-news-tamil-oe3jD0bigbfsi.html
  2. ^ a b c d e f http://www.newindianexpress.com/entertainment/tamil/Flooded-with-friend-requests-post-Thegidi/2014/05/01/article2198489.ece
  3. ^ a b c d e f ""Vijay Sethupathi has not changed one bit", Kaali Venkat". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  4. ^ "Jaṉaṉiyaik karam piṭittār kāḷi veṅkaṭ". The Hindu (in Tamil). 30 October 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.deccanchronicle.com/entertainment/kollywood/181016/kodi-will-be-a-milestone-in-my-career-kaali-venkat.html

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