23 February 1983
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Other names||Trigger Star|
|Years active||1991–1994; 2007-present|
Shakthi Vasudevan (born as Prashanth Vasudevan) is an Indian actor who has predominantly worked on Tamil-language films. The son of director P. Vasu, Shakthi began his career as a child artist in his father's films before making his comeback in the lead role in Thottal Poo Malarum (2007). He has since enjoyed limited success as an actor, notably appearing in Ninaithale Inikkum (2009) and his father's Kannada film, Shivalinga (2016).
Shakthi first featured as a child artist in his father P. Vasu's films, portraying small roles in films including Nadigan (1990), Chinna Thambi (1991) and Senthamizh Paattu (1992). In 2007, he returned in the lead role in his father's Thottal Poo Malarum (2007); however, the film fared averagely at the box-office. In regard to his performance, Sify.com stated "the only silver lining is Sakthi who makes a decent debut" and that "he is good looking and does his role with a certain amount of confidence". His following films, the romantic comedy Mahesh Saranya Matrum Palar (2008) and the college drama Ninaithale Inikkum (2009) garnered good reviews, with the latter also performing well at the box office. For the former film, a critic from Rediff.com wrote Shakthi "looks shell-shocked a couple of times but mostly manages to deliver a creditable performance."
Despite initial high-profile media coverage of his films, Shakthi's subsequent films were predominantly failures. His next venture, Aattanayagann garnered negative reviews and performed poorly, though Behindwoods.com noted "Sakthi emerges largely unscathed" and that "he does have the flair of an entertainer and the director’s efforts to show him as a well-rounded actor are evident". Following a couple of guest appearance in films, his next release, the romantic drama Etho Seithai Ennai (2012), was a critical and commercial failure. Likewise, films including Chella's Neruppukozhi, Vanjikottai Valiban co-starring Roma and Kalla Sirippazhaga co-starring Meghana Raj, were cancelled after finishing parts of the shoot. In 2013, Shakthi made a public statement stating that he had appeared in several films out of sympathy for the film makers and would focus on better scripts. He subsequently began work on a thriller film titled Padam Pesum by director Raghava, where he was cast opposite Poorna and Nisha Kothari, but the film also was shelved midway through production.
Following a four years hiatus, he returned with the new screen name of Sakthivel Vasu in the police thriller Tharkappu (2016). Portraying a cop who is under fire for human rights violations, a critic from The Times of India wrote Shakthi "does his best" but the "monologuing becomes hilarious after a point". The film had a low profile release and received generally unfavourable reviews. He was then cast by his father again in the Kannada horror comedy, Shivalinga (2016), in the role of a Muslim butcher whose spirit haunts a house. The film was profitable venture, winning good reviews while a critic from the Bangalore Mirror added Shakthi "does make a mark". He was subsequently selected to reprise the role in the Tamil remake of the same name, where critics praised his performance stating he "has given a commendable performance in the film and turns emotional in the pre-climax sequence" and that "he has done full justice to it". However his next film, the crime thriller 7 Naatkal (2017), again garnered mixed reviews and fared poorly at the box office.
In 2017, Shakthi took part in the Tamil reality television show, Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan in Star Vijay. During his stay in the house, he was widely criticised for making sexist remarks and for his harsh treatment of actress Oviya. Post her departure, Oviya later called on audiences to forgive Shakthi for his behaviour. During his time on the show, he attracted attention for his regular usage of the word "trigger", with audiences and social media users dubbing him as "Trigger Star" or as "Trigger Shakthi" as a result.
Shakthi was born to film director P. Vasu and Shanthi. He also has a sister, Abhirami. His grandfather Peethambaram was a popular make-up artist for M. G. Ramachandran. Further family members, Shakthi's cousin Gautham and uncle Vimalkumar made their debut as director and writer with the film 7 Naatkal (2017). Shakthi got engaged to Smrithi, a B.Com graduate from Stella Maris College, Chennai. The engagement ceremony was held at a hotel in Chennai on 5 June 2011 and the wedding took place on 31 October 2011, in Mayor Ramanathan Hall in Chennai. The pair have one son, Harshath.
|1991||Chinna Thambi||Chinna Thambi||Child artist|
|1992||Rickshaw Mama||Child artist|
|Senthamizh Paattu||Balasubramaniam||Child artist|
|Idhu Namma Bhoomi||Rathnavel's son||Child artist|
|2007||Thottal Poo Malarum||Ravi Thyagarajan|
|2008||Mahesh, Saranya Matrum Palar||Mahesh|
|Yuvan Yuvathi||Shakthi||Guest appearance|
|2012||Etho Seithai Ennai||Arjun|
|7 Naatkal||Gautham Krishna|
- Bigg Boss (2017)
- Mrs. Chinnathirai (2017)
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