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Radhakrishnan Parthiban
R. Parthiepan 62nd Filmfare Awards South.jpg
Parthiepan at the 62nd Filmfare Awards South
Native name
இராதாகிருஷ்ணன் பார்த்திபன்  (Tamil)
Born (1957-11-15) 15 November 1957 (age 61)[1]
OccupationActor, director, producer, writer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Seetha (m.1990-2018) (divorced)
ChildrenAbhinaya (b.1991)
Keerthana (b.1992)
Raakhi (b.1994)

Radhakrishnan Parthiban (also credited as R. Parthiepan, Ra Parthiepan, or Parthiepan) is an Indian film actor, director, producer and writer who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He has worked in more than 60 films and has directed more than 10 films. In 1984. He became K. Bhagyaraj's personal assistant and later assistant director. The duo worked in over 40 films from 1984 to 1991.[2]

Parthiepan is known for having directed critically acclaimed films such as Pudhiya Paadhai (1989) and Housefull (1999) won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. [3][4] In most of his films, Parthiban is a hero who makes jokes and always has a touch of humor with actors and comedians.

His performances as actor in successful films such as Bharathi Kannamma (1997), Nee Varuvai Ena (1999), Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000), Azhagi (2002), Aayirathil Oruvan (2010) and Melvilasom (2011).

On 25 December 2018, he was appointed as the new Vice President of the Tamil Film Producers Council replacing Gautham Menon and Prakash Raj who were jointly holding the position until 24 December 2018.[5]

Early life[edit]

He started as an Assistant Director in the film Vedikkai Manidhargal. He was even given an opportunity to assist in dialogue in the name of R. Moorthy. After this, he joined as an assistant of K. Bhagyaraj. At that time, he used to make around Rs 6000 a month by dubbing for various artists. He made his first film appearance in Raanuva Veeran. Then, he played the role of a postman in his mentor's Dhavani Kanavugal.

Apart from direction and acting, he produces films. He wrote a book named "Kirukkkalgal" – Thamizh Kavithai Thoguppu which was released by M. Karunanidhi. He runs a charitable trust named "R. Parthiepan Manithaneya Mandram".


In 1989, he made his directorial debut through Pudhiya Paadhai, starring himself as an inhuman ruffian who gets reformed by his rape victim.[6][7] The film was released to critical acclaim and emerged a box office success, while also winning several accolades, including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer. In early 1990, he directed and acted in Pondatti Thevai, which failed at the box office. In the end of 1990, he appeared in lead roles in R. Sundarrajan's Thalattu Padava and in the devotional film Engal Swamy Ayyappan. In 1991, he starred in S. P. Muthuraman's Thaiyalkaaran. In 1992, he starred in Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren, co-starring with Suman Ranganathan and Mohini. He then directed and acted in Sugamana Sumaigal, a clean family drama, which failed at the box office. In 1993, to recoup the financial losses, he directed and acted in the commercial film Ulle Veliye. Ayyappa Prasad of The New Indian Express labelled the film as "flesh and bore". Despite negative reviews, the film has been declared a super hit at the box office. He then directed and acted in 1994 in Sarigamapadani, co-starring with Roja and Sangita and the next year in Pullaikuttikkaaran, co-starring with Sangita and Urvashi. In 1996, he acted in the comedy film Tata Birla. His 1999 Tamil film Housefull won the same award.[8] His notable films include Aravindan, Ullae Velliyae, Pullakuttikaran, Sugamana Sumaigal, Abhimanyu, Swarnamukhi, Azhagi, Kathal Kirukkan, etc. He performed as a perfect comedy pair with actor Vadivelu in the rib-tickling movies Barathi Kannama, Vetri Kodi Kattu, and more.

He won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for Bharathi Kannamma. He played a man from a lower caste who a zamindari falls in love with.[9] Parthipan, the actor, director and producer, loves breaking the conventional rules set by commercial cinema. He has taken roles that other heroes would carefully avoid, directed films that his critics found to be arty. The actor has remained uncompromising and stuck to his principles in spite of some not-so-memorable roles in the past. After the critically acclaimed and award-winning films such as Housefull and Azhagi, audience and the trade have acknowledged the maker's undisputed talents.[10][11]

In 2001, he launched an ambitious directorial project titled Yelelo, with A. R. Rahman composing four songs for the film. Despite having a high-profile launch and completion of a few filming schedules, the venture was shelved.[12] Similarly, he launched 2 films simultaneously titled Rowdy and Adi after the failure of Kudaikkul Mazhai.[13] Both projects were abandoned.

The film Aayirathil Oruvan, in which he portrayed a Chola King, won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil.[14] His previously released movie Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam becomes Parthiepan's first directorial film in which he does not feature in the lead role. The film, which has a tagline reading "a film without a story?", began production in late 2013 and released on 15 August 2014 and received positive reviews from all the sides and was a huge blockbuster hit in the box office. In 2015, He portrayed a cop in Massu Engira Masilamani and played a comedian villain in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan.


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Actor Role
1981 Ranuva Veeran Green tickY Uncredited role
1982 Parvaiyin Marupakkam Green tickY Uncredited role
1983 Dhooram Adhighamillai Green tickY Uncredited role
1985 Anbulla Rajinikanth Green tickY Uncredited role
1986 Dhavani Kanavugal Green tickY Postman
1989 Pudhiya Paadhai Green tickY Green tickY Sitaraman Winner, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
1990 Pondatti Thevai Green tickY Green tickY Kannan
Thalattu Padava Green tickY Raja
Engal Swamy Ayyappan Green tickY Vasuswamy
1991 Thaiyalkaran Green tickY Pandian
1992 Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren Green tickY Ravi
Sugamana Sumaigal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Murthy
1993 Ulle Veliye Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Gajendran
1994 Sarigamapadani Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kulasekaran
1995 Pullakuttikaran Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1996 Tata Birla Green tickY Raja
1997 Bharathi Kannamma Green tickY Bharathi Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
Vaimaye Vellum Green tickY Raja
Aravindhan Green tickY Thamizhvannan
Abhimanyu Green tickY Abhimanyu
1998 Swarnamukhi Green tickY Pandian
Pudhumai Pithan Green tickY Jeeva / Bharath
1999 Housefull Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ayya Winner, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Film
Suyamvaram Green tickY Azhagappan
Anthapuram Green tickY Dubai Pandiyan
Nee Varuvai Ena Green tickY Ganesh
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Green tickY
2000 Kakkai Siraginilae Green tickY Vellaichamy
James Pandu Green tickY Pandu
Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven Green tickY Shekhar Guest appearance
Vetri Kodi Kattu Green tickY Muthuraman
Sabhash Green tickY Cheenu
2001 Ninaikkatha Naalillai Green tickY Anbu
Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Green tickY Devasahayam Malayalam film
2002 Azhagi Green tickY Shanmugam
Kadhal Virus Green tickY Himself Cameo appearance
Ivan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Jeevan
2003 Soori Green tickY Saravanan
Kadhal Kirukkan Green tickY Manikandan
2004 Thendral Green tickY Nalangkilli
Kudaikul Mazhai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Venkatakrishnan
2005 Kannadi Pookal Green tickY Sakthivel
Kundakka Mandakka Green tickY Ilango
2006 Pachchak Kuthira Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Pachchamuthu
2007 Ammuvagiya Naan Green tickY Gowrishankar
2008 Vallamai Tharayo Green tickY Anand
2010 Aayirathil Oruvan Green tickY Chola King Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Azhagana Ponnuthan Green tickY Karthik
2011 Melvilasom Green tickY Ramachandran Malayalam film
Vithagan Green tickY Green tickY Rowdhran 50th film
2012 Ambuli Green tickY Sengodan
Rachcha Green tickY Suryanarayana Telugu film
2013 Escape from Uganda Green tickY Antony Malayalam film
Jannal Oram Green tickY Karuppu
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Himself Cameo appearance
2015 Masss Green tickY Vikram Lakshmanan
Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander Green tickY Malayalam Film
Naanum Rowdydhaan Green tickY Killivalavan Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
2016 Maaveeran Kittu Green tickY Chinrasu Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2017 Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Rangarajan
Mupparimanam Green tickY Himself Cameo appearance
Dada is Back Green tickY Tippu Kannada film
Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam Green tickY Oothukaandaan
2018 Kinar
Green tickY Malayalam & Tamil Film
Kuppathu Raja Green tickY MG Rajendran
Ayogya Green tickY Kaalirajan
Otha Seruppu Size 7 Green tickY Green tickY


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  12. ^ http://moviemagik.tripod.com/Bollywood/south/yelelo.htm
  13. ^ Parthipan starts 2 simultaneous projects for producer Pankaj Pictures
  14. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/jul-11-01/filfare-arya-04-07-11.html

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