Mahendran (actor)

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Born (1991-01-23) 23 January 1991 (age 27)
Hyderabad, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

Mahendran (born Hyderabad, India, 23 January 1991) is an Indian film actor who works in Tamil language films. He started acting at the age of 3 and as a child actor he appeared in over 100 films in six languages, a record number for a child actor in India.[1]

In 2013 he played the lead in Vizha, which is considered to be his breakthrough as an adult actor.[2] His films have been made in six languages, including Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.


Mahendran appeared in over 100 films as a child, a record for a male Indian actor. He twice won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Artist, for Thaikulame Thaikulame (1995) and Kumbakonam Gopalu (1998). He also twice won the Nandi Award for Best Child Actor, for Devi (1999) and Little Hearts (2001).[3][4] He also appeared on the Sun TV dance show Masthana Masthana as a participant in 2009. The actor made his breakthrough into adult films when he starred alongside Malavika Menon in Vizha (2013), directed by Barathi Balakumaran.[5][6]

The film is based on the award-winning short film Uthiri, and portrays the love story of Mahendran's character Sundaram, who plays the thappu instrument at funerals, and Rakkamma (Malavika), an oppari singer.[7] The film opened to positive reviews in December 2013, with critics praising Mahendran's lively portrayal.[8] His first Telugu film, First Love opposite Amitha Rao released on the same day, with a low key release.[9]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1994 Nattamai Tamil
1995 Pedarayudu Telugu
Thaikulame Thaikulame Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Artist
1996 Mahaprabhu Tamil
Parambarai Tamil
1997 Vaimaye Vellum Raja Tamil
Aahaa Ajay Tamil
Pellichesukundam Telugu
1998 Kumbakonam Gopalu Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Artist
Aahaa...! Ajay Telugu
En Uyir Nee Thaane Tamil
Mohanayanangal Malayalam
1999 Suriya Paarvai Vijay Tamil
Minsara Kanna Tamil
Devi Telugu Nandi Award for Best Child Actor
Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa Udayappa Tamil
Paattali Tamil
Nee Varuvai Ena Tamil
Padayappa Tamil
2000 Sudhandhiram Tamil
Maayi Maiyaandi Tamil
Mugavaree Tamil
2001 Little Hearts Telugu Nandi Award for Best Child Actor
Asokavanam Rahul Tamil
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Tamil
2003 Simhadri Telugu
Magic Magic 3D Tamil
Aalukkoru Aasai Tamil
2006 Nenjirukkum Varai Tamil
2010 Mudhal Kadhal Mazhai Tamil
Jaggubhai Monisha's boyfriend Tamil
2013 First Love Telugu
Vizha Sundaram Tamil
2014 Endrume Anandham Tamil
2015 Vindhai Karthi Tamil
Viraivil Isai Tamil
2017 Thitti Vaasal Tamil


  1. ^ "India book of records". 2013-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Master Mahendran is back with 'Vizha'". Deccan Chronicle. The Deccan Chronicle. December 18, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "master Mahendran get Nandi awards". The Hindu. 2000-12-08. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Film awards announced". The Hindu. 2000-07-18. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (2013-11-10). "Audio Beat: Vizha — Tunes that will touch a chord". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  6. ^ "First Look of 'Vizha'". IndiaGlitz. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  7. ^ "Vizha: storytelling with a difference". The Times of India. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  8. ^ "I had complete belief in Vizha's script: Barathi ". The Times of India. 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  9. ^ "First Love Telugu Movie Review ". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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