Saravanan (actor)

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(1966-10-10) 10 October 1966 (age 52)
Years active1991–1998 (Leading Actor)
2001–present (Supporting Actor)

Saravanan is an Indian film actor who has appeared in Tamil language films.[1] He was the leading the actor from 1991 to 1998.

Family and early life[edit]

Saravanan was born into a Tamil family in Salem and was the second of five children. His father was an Inspector of police and his mother was a staff nurse. Saravanan obtained Bachelor of Arts in Tamil Literature from the Government Arts College of Salem.[2] He is a poet and has written many kavithai-small poems. He then moved to Chennai and completed a course in acting at the Adyar Film Institute.He got Married to SuryaShanthi in 1996 and they have a son.


Saravanan played a series of lead role in films in the 1990s, but his career came to a halt in the latter end of the decade.[3] He also directed a film called Thaayumaanavan.

He went on to make a comeback in Ameer Sultan's Paruthiveeran playing the paternal uncle of the character portrayed by Karthi, winning critical acclaim and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil. He also received a Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in the film.[4][5] The success of Paruthiveeran subsequently triggered more offers for the actor including the opportunity to be a part of Sanjay Ram's biopic, Veeramum Eeramum, based on the real life of Venkatesa Pannaiyar.[6]


Year Film Language Role Notes
1991 Vaidhehi Vanthachu Tamil
1992 Pondatti Rajyam Tamil Krishnan
1992 Abhirami Tamil Saravanan
1993 Maamiyar Veedu Tamil Aravind
1993 Suriyan Chandiran Tamil Marudhu
1993 Pettredutha Pillai Tamil Kumar
1993 Nallathe Nadakkum Tamil Prakash
1993 Parvathi Ennai Paradi Tamil Siva
1993 Akkarai Cheemayile Tamil Prakash
1993 Muthupandi Tamil
1994 Veettai Paru Naattai Paru Tamil
1994 Sevatha Ponnu Tamil Chellappa
1994 Thaai Manasu Tamil Chinna Marudhu
1996 Thirumbi Paar Tamil Veeraiyan
1996 Vishwanath Tamil Vishwanath
1997 Thambi Durai Tamil
1998 Santosham Tamil Indran
1998 Ponmaanai Thedi Tamil Sundaram
2001 Nandha Tamil Durai
2003 Thayumanavan Tamil also director
2007 Paruthiveeran Tamil Chevvaazhai Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 Veeramum Eeramum Tamil Shankar Ayya
2009 Azhagar Malai Tamil Special appearance
2009 Pinchumanasu Tamil
2010 Vilai Tamil DCP Shanmugavel
2011 Thambi Vettothi Sundaram Tamil Salai
2012 Orange Malayalam Thevar
2013 Alex Pandian Tamil Parthiban
2013 Keeripulla Tamil Naaga
2014 Aranmanai Tamil Ayyanar
2016 Meenakshi Kadhalan Ilangovan Tamil A. Saamy
2016 Sowkarpettai Tamil Senior
2016 Enakku Innoru Per Irukku Tamil "Naina" Doss
2017 Pandigai Tamil Muni
2018 Kadaikutty Singam Tamil Thamarai Manala Sendayar
2018 Kolamavu Kokila Tamil Inspector Guru


  1. ^ "Saravanan is back with 'Vilai' | CineBuzz - Movies". ChennaiOnline. 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
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  4. ^ "Saravanan bounces back in style - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 2007-03-09. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  5. ^ "Saravanan on a high - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  6. ^ "Tamil movie news paruthi veeran surya ameer karthik saravanan venkatesa pannaiyar moolakkaraipannaiyar swathy,adisaya dhanya gnanavelrajan sivakumar amir tamil cinema Picture Gallery Images". Retrieved 2012-07-11.

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