16 April 1956
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
|Children||Rahul Ravi (b.1988)|
Ravichandran Samanna, known professionally as Nizhalgal Ravi, is an Indian film, television and voice actor who has performed in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films and television series. He started his career in 1980 with the film Nizhalgal. He has acted in 500 films. He is best known for his dubbing work for Amitabh Bachchan in Tamil.
He started his career under the team of veteran director Bharathiraja in the Tamil film Nizhalgal (1980), which fetched him his sobriquet Nizhalgal. He has played many impressive roles in blockbuster movies like Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi (1987), Nayakan (1987), Vedham Pudhithu (1987), etc. His versatility has won him praises from all over the industry and from people. He has acted in over 20 movies in Malayalam in the 80s before moving into mainstream Tamil movies. He paired with several leading actress Raadhika, Radha, Gauthami, Khushbu, Ramya Krishnan, Revathi, Urvashi, Bhanupriya, Amala, Ranjini, Seetha, Kanaka, Saranya Ponvannan, Kasthuri, Rohini.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts majoring in economics from PSG Arts College. He then acted in K. Balachander’s telefilm Rail Sneham in the late 80s and 90s. He became popular through this opportunity and went on to act in the same director’s TV serial Jannal. He then went on to play the caring husband, evil villain, second hero, etc. in many movies and even comedian at times. His notable films include Indian (1996) where he played a corrupt official, Kushi (2000), Budget Padmanabhan (2000), Citizen (2001), Attahasam (2004), Thaamirabharani (2007), Dhaam Dhoom (2008), Singam (2010), Kaavalan (2011), Aadu Puli (2011), Osthe (2011), Vanakkam Chennai (2013), etc. He is also a seasoned voice artist having dubbed for many actors.
- Nizhalgal (1980)
- Sri Raghavendrar (1985)
- Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi (1987)
- Veendum Lisa (1987)
- Nayakan (1987)
- Vedham Pudhithu (1987)
- Mappillai (1989)
- Nyaya Tharasu (1989)
- Adhisaya Manithan (1990)
- My Dear Marthandan (1990)
- Dharma Durai (1991)
- Annamalai (1992)
- Singaravelan (1992)
- Marupadiyum (1993)
- Aasai (1995)
- Kuruthipunal (1995)
- Naan Petha Magane (1995)
- Indian (1996)
- Arunachalam (1997)
- Suryavamsam (1997)
- Bharathi (2000)
- Kushi (2000)
- Puthira Punithama (2000)
- Budget Padmanabhan (2000)
- Citizen (2001)
- Villain (2002)
- Thirumalai (2003)
- Singam (2010)
- Melvilasom (2011)
- Singam II (2013)
- Ratsasan (2018)
- Ponniyin Selvan (2022)
|1997||Emergency Action||DD Podhigai|
|1999||Kasalavu Nesam||Sun TV / Raj TV|
|2018–2020||Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo||Devaraj||ETV||Telugu|
|2019–2020||Run||Dr Radhakrishnan (RK)||Sun TV||Tamil|
|2021||Thirumagal||Shanmugapriyan (Special Appearance)|
- Breathe: Into the Shadows as Principal Krishnan Moorthy.
- The Forgotten Army - Azaadi Ke Liye as Maya's father.
As voice actor
|1988||Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal||Rahman||Tamil|
|2005||Kaun Banega Crorepati||Amitabh Bachchan||Hindi||Tamil version only|
|2015||Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka||Mithun Chakraborty||Tamil||Tamil version only|
|2018||K.G.F: Chapter 1||Anant Nag||Kannada||Tamil version only|
|2018||Thugs of Hindustan||Khudabaksh||Amitabh Bachchan||Hindi||Tamil version only|
|2019||Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy||Amitabh Bachchan||Tamil version only|
|2019||Aladdin||Sulthan||Navid Negahban||English||Tamil version only|
- "Grill mill -- 'Nizhalgal' Ravi". The Hindu. 21 November 2008.
- "It is 500 films for Nizhalgal Ravi". Kolly Insider.
- "See Amitabh, hear 'Nizhalgal' Ravi". The Hindu. 5 August 2005.
- "Kollywood Supporting Actor Nizhalgal Ravi Biography, News, Photos, Videos".