R. Parthiepan

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Radhakrishnan Parthiban
Born Radhakrishnan Moorthi
(1957-11-15) 15 November 1957 (age 57)
Chennai, India
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Seetha (1990-2001) (divorced)

Radhakrishnan Parthiban (earlier credited in films as Ra Parthiepan) (Tamil: இராதாகிருஷ்ணன் பார்த்திபன்) is a Tamil film actor, director, film producer and writer. He has worked in more 50 films and has directed nearly 10 films. Parthiepan is known for having directed critically acclaimed films like Pudhiya Paadhai[1] and Housefull and for his performances in films like Bharathi Kannamma, Vetri Kodi Kattu, Azhagi, Melvilasom and Aayirathil Oruvan.

His movies Housefull (1999) & Pudhea Paadhai (1989) won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.

Early life[edit]

He came from a middle-class family and was born and brought up in Chennai. His father was a clerk in the post and Telegraph department, but his family could never make both ends meet. He started as a stage artiste who used to perform on stages in Chengalpattu and Villupuram. It was getting him nowhere and so he came back to Chennai. There, he made the usual round of going to the producers offices and was finally able to become the assistant of K. Bhagyaraj. At that time, he used to make around Rs 6000 a month by dubbing for various artistes. He made his first film appearance in Raanuva Veeran. Then, he played the role of a postman in his mentor's Dhavani Kanavugal.


In 1989, he made his directorial debut through Pudhiya Paadhai starring himself as an inhuman ruffian who gets reformed by his rape victim.[2][3] 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 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.[4] His notable films include Aravindan, Ullae Velliyae, Pullakuttikaran, Sugamana Sumaigal, Abhimanyu, Swarnamukhi, Azhagi, Kathal Kirukkan, etc. He performed a perfect comedy pair with actor Vadivelu in 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.[5] 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 like Housefull and Azhagi, audience and the trade have acknowledged the maker's undisputed talents.[6][7]

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.[8]

The film Aayirathil Oruvan in which he portrayed a Chola King won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil.[9] His previously released movie, Kathai Thiraikkadhai Vasanam Iyakkam becomes Parthiepan's first directorial film in which he does not feature. 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.

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'.


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Actor Role
1981 Ranuva Veeran Green tickY Uncredited role
1983 Dhooram Adhighamillai Green tickY Uncredited role
1985 Anbulla Rajinikanth Green tickY Uncredited role
1986 Dhavani Kanavugal Green tickY Uncredited role
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
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
1995 Pullaikuttikkaaran 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 Paandu
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
Ivan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Jeevan
2003 Kadhal Kirukkan Green tickY Saravanan
Soori 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 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
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
Veerakkal Daivangal Green tickY Malayalam film
Bad Boys Green tickY Anantharaman Malayalam film
Masss Green tickY Vikram
Dada Is Back Green tickY Filming (Kannada film)
Naanum Rowdydhaan Green tickY Filming
Soodhadi Green tickY Delayed


  1. ^ http://archives.chennaionline.com/interviews/parthiban.asp
  2. ^ "Welcome to". Sify.com. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Subha j rao (23 July 2011). "Arts / Cinema : Vithagan is back". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Reapers of a happy harvest". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 1 August 2003. 
  5. ^ Jeshi, K. (24 March 2013). "On a journey". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  6. ^ "Welcome To". Sify.com. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.jointscene.com/artists/Kollywood/Parthepan/164
  8. ^ http://moviemagik.tripod.com/Bollywood/south/yelelo.htm
  9. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/jul-11-01/filfare-arya-04-07-11.html

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