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Born Pasupathy Masilamani
(1969-05-18) 18 May 1969 (age 48)
Chennai, Tamilnadu
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Surya [1]

Pasupathy (born 18 May 1969) is an Indian film actor. He appeared in critically acclaimed roles in many noted films in Tamil cinema, playing supporting, antagonistic, comedic as well as protagonistic roles. His performance in E (2006) earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also won an ITFA Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in Kuselan (2008). He has also appeared in Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada films. His performance as an explosives expert and private detective in the Malayalam film Oozham won him great critical acclaim and much fanfare.

Early life and career[edit]

Pasupathy Masilamani was born in 1969 near Maduravoyal, a suburb of Chennai, India. In 1984, He joined the Chennai-based theatre group "Koothu-P-Pattarai" where he was there till 1997.[2] He studied and grew up there till he started to act in films. He became friends with actor Nassar who was in the film institute and later joined the Koothu-P-Pattarai. When he was working in Marudhanayagam, Nassar asked him whether he was interested in films. Pasupathy was then introduced to Kamal Haasan and he was given the villain role in Marudhanayagam. Pasupathy stated "That was the first time I was before the camera".[2] Marudhanayagam was shelved and Nasser's Mayan which he was also part of was his first release.[2]

He got his first major recognised role in Virumaandi as Kothaala Thevar.[3] He later began appearing in negative roles in a number of films such as Dhool, Sullan, Madhurey and Thirupaachi. He later branched out into comedy with Mumbai Express and Majaa. His first lead role was in the National Film Award winning film Veyyil. He further played lead roles in Raman Thediya Seethai, in which he appeared as a blind radio jockey, and Kuselan in which he was seen as a village barber. In Aravaan, a period-based action drama, he played Komodi, the warrior head of a village in the 18th Century, for which he had trained at the gym for six months.[4]

His role as Annachi in the 2013 Tamil film Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara won critical accolades. He acted in an independent English film called The Last Vision, film made by youngsters from Kerala for festivals.[4] Pasupathy's upcoming films include Appavin Meesai, directed by Rohini, where he plays a therukooththu artiste, Mosakutty, where he essays a positive role, Sakuthalaavin Kaadhalan, Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka, directed by actor Aadhi's brother Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty, Anjala, directed by Thangam Saravanan and Vetrimaran's untitled film with Dhanush and Vijay Milton's untitled film with Vikram.[5] In 2014, Pasupathy played Aditya Karikalan in a theatrical adaptation of Ponniyin Selvan.[6]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1999 Housefull Tamil
2001 Aalavandhan Tamil
2001 Maayan Dominic Raj Tamil
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Pasupathy Tamil
2003 Dhool Aathi Tamil
2003 Iyarkai Fernandez Tamil
2003 Veede Telugu
2004 Arul Gajapathy Tamil
2004 Virumaandi Kothalathdevar Tamil
2004 Sullan Soori Tamil
2004 Madhurey K. T. R. Tamil
2004 Machi Narayanan Tamil
2004 Shock Tamil
2005 Thirupaachi Pattaasu Balu Tamil
2005 Mumbai Express Chidambaram Tamil
2005 Sye Inspector Mosale Kannada
2005 Majaa Aadhi Tamil
2006 Veyyil Murugesan Tamil
2006 E Nellai Mani Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 Big B Balaji Sakthivel Malayalam
2007 Manikanda Tamil
2008 Raman Thediya Seethai Nedumaran Tamil
2008 Kuselan Balakrishnan Tamil ITFA Best Supporting Actor Award
2009 TN-07 AL 4777 Mani Tamil
2009 Vedigundu Murugesan Murugesan Tamil
2009 Vairam: Fight For Justice Sivarajan Malayalam
2010 Golimaar Telugu
2012 Aravaan Komputhi Tamil
2012 Outsider Komban Lawrence Malayalam
2012 No. 66 Madhura Bus Varadarajan Malayalam
2012 The Last Vision Malayalam
2013 Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara Annachi Tamil
2014 Anaamika Khan Telugu
2014 Nee Enge En Anbe Tamil
2014 Mosakutty Tamil
2015 India Pakistan Kaattamuthu Tamil
2015 Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka Kasimedu Deva Tamil
2015 10 Enradhukulla Das Tamil
2016 Anjala Muthirulandi Tamil
2016 Oozham Captain Malayalam
2017 Nagarvalam Tamil Guest appearance
2017 Appavin Meesai Tamil Delayed[5]
2017 Sakunthalavin Kadhalan Tamil Filming[5]
2017 Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu 2 Tamil Filming[5]
2017 Ma Chu Ka Avirazhakan Malayalam Post-Production


External links[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
Preceded by
for Thavamai Thavamirundhu
Best Supporting Actor
for E

Succeeded by
for Paruthiveeran