Srinivasan (Tamil actor)

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Srinivasan
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present

Srinivasan (popularly known as Powerstar Srinivasan and sometimes simply Powerstar) is an Indian actor, and movie hero, who has worked in the Tamil film industry. Beginning his career as a medical practitioner, he moved into finance before embarking on making films starring himself. He then appeared in N. Santhanam's Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya (2013) which gave him a breakthrough in receiving further offers for comic roles.

Career[edit]

Srinivasan completed his Degree at Madurai Kamaraj University and then acquired a qualification as an acupuncture practitioner from a university in China through a distance education programme, before commencing practice soon after that. His passion for the film industry, brought him to Chennai, where he set up a finance firm, Baba Trading Company, in Anna Nagar and advertised through brokers that he would help businessmen acquire huge bank loans.[1] Srinivasan soon went on to direct and star in a film titled Lathika, which released in 2011 with little publicity and featured primarily newcomers. The following year, the team of lathika put up banners across vast areas in Chennai, remarking that Lathika had been successfully running for 220 days in the city albeit at a single cinema. The move brought him publicity and he gained online fan clubs for the bizarre claims, while he also went on to rechristen himself as 'Powerstar' Srinivasan.[2] Srinivasan subsequently begun several other production ventures starring himself including Ananda Thollai, Indrasena and Desiya Nedunchalai, though most films remain partially shot.[3] Srinivasan inadvertently had marketed himself as a spoof artist through his initial ploys and has since maintained a comic image with the media and on-screen, often portraying outrageous and over the top characters.[4]He is comedy power star.

Actor Santhanam offered him a pivotal role in his first production Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya (2013), to portray one of the three leading male roles. The film opened to positive reviews in January 2013, with critics calling it an "infectious" comedy and went on to do profitable business at the box office.[5] Alongside his co-stars, critics noted that Srinivasan "scorches the screen" and his "comic timing makes the slapstick madness work".[2][6] The success of the film garnered him offers from big productions, including Bala's Paradesi (2013) and Shankar's I; though his portions were later replaced in the former film.[7]

Srinivasan has since gone on to appear in supporting roles in smaller budget films, notably playing pivotal characters in Arya Surya and Summa Nachunu Irukku (2013). He has also regularly appeared in promotional videos and single scene appearances in films, with small-time film makers keen to sell their films using his popular image.[8] In early 2014, Srinivasan stated that he was unhappy that film makers were "betraying" him and depicting him in films. He delivered particular criticism to the makers of Ya Ya (2013) and Goli Soda (2014), who he argued used his presence in their films for cheap publicity.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Srinivasan was born in 1962 in the Simmakal region in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. After leaving Madurai for Chennai, he bought and currently lives in a residence in Anna Nagar. He has been married twice, firstly with Vijaya of Madurai, whom he later divorced before marrying Julie from Anna Nagar. He has a daughter named Lathika, who he named his first production after.[10]

Through his finance firm, Baba Trading Company, Srinivasan allegedly obtained over Rs. 7 crore rupees from unsuspecting businessmen and consequently used the money to begin a career in films, through his home production Lathika (2011). In 2012, Srinivasan was arrested by the Kilpauk police on charges of cheating and released on bail.[11] The following year in April 2013, he was booked by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) and sent to prison and the development of more cases against him led to his office in Anna Nagar and a hospital he owned on Park Road, Anna Nagar West Extension, being shut.[1][12] After a period in Delhi prison, he received bail in October 2013.[13][14]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Lathika "superhero"
2013 Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya Power Kumar Edison Award for Best Comedian
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Comedian
2013 Onbadhule Guru
2013 Azhagan Azhagi
2013 Summa Nachunu Irukku Ashok Rajendran
2013 Arya Surya Aryananda
2013 Ya Ya Beerpal
2014 Goli Soda
2014 Thalaivan
2014 Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham Gang leader
2014 Vizhi Moodi Yosithaal College Alumni
2015 I 'hero

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2015 Sagaptham R. Manmadhan
2015 MGR Sivaji Rajini Kamal Guest appearance
2015 Maanga
2016 Sowkarpettai Junior
2016 Vaaliba Raja Cameo appearance
2016 Narathan
2016 Kida Poosari Magudi
2016 Manithan Doctor Guest appearance
2016 Sutta Pazham Sudaatha Pazham
2016 Adra Machan Visilu Powerstar (Muniyandi)
2016 Ka Ka Ka Po
2016 Kagitha Kappal
2017 Vaanga Vaanga Powerstar Srinivasan
2017 Kavan Powerstar Srinivasan Guest Appearance
2017 Vilayattu Aarambam
2017 Aakkam
2017 Jeyikkira Kuthira Filming

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