Subbu Panchu Arunachalam

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Subbu Panchu
Subramaniam Panchu Arunachalam

(1969-02-16) 16 February 1969 (age 49)
Other namesP. Ar. Subramaniam, Panju Subbu
OccupationActor, producer, voice actor and choreographer
Years active1988-1993

Subramaniam Panchu Arunachalam, credited as Subbu Panchu or P. Ar. Subramaniam (born 16 February 1969) is an Indian actor and film producer.[1] Son of noted writer-producer Panchu Arunachalam, Subbu first appeared as a child artist in the Malayalam film Daisy, before working in the production department of his father's P. A. Art Productions.[2] He returned to acting with the television series Arasi and shot to fame following his performance in the 2010 comedy film Boss Engira Bhaskaran.[1] Subbu has occasionally worked as a voice actor and choreographer as well.[2]


Subbu, being born as the son to writer-producer and nagarathar Panchu Arunachalam, had been in the film industry since his childhood. He made his acting debut at age 8 as a child artist in the Malayalam film Daisy, directed by Pratap Pothen, who was then his neighbour.[1][2] He was soon made by his father to work as an assistant production manager under Balagopi in his father's P. A. Art Productions for the Rajinikanth-starrer Guru Sishyan. Since Guru Sishyan, Subbu was involved in all the productions until the most recent release Maya Kannadi (2007),[1][2] with Subbu being promoted from an executive producer to the main producer.[3]

In 2002, Subbu acted in a film directed by Agathiyan, Kadhal Samrajyam, as one of its lead actors,[4] However, after the release of the soundtrack, the film was shelved and was never released. In 2008, he ventured into television and appeared in the popular television drama series Arasi on Sun TV. He was approached by its director Samuthirakani to play the antagonist's role in the film, a role which was initially supposed to last for a week only, but was extended following positive responses. His first Tamil film was Saroja (2008), in which he had a cameo appearance. Meri[1][2] Subbu returned to the big screen with M. Rajesh's comedy film Boss Engira Bhaskaran, in which he played a pivotal character as the brother of the character played by Arya.[5] The film became one of 2010's biggest commercial successes, which brought Subbu into the limelight and subsequently led to several more acting offers. He starred in Cloud Nine Movies' Thoonga Nagaram as a tahsildar,[5] and appeared in films including Ajith Kumar's Mankatha where he played a CBI Officer, Aanmai Thavarel, as a negative role.[1][2]

Subbu had previously also worked as a choreographer in the K. Balachander-produced Vidukadhai,[6] and as a voice actor, dubbing for actors Suman and Mukesh Tiwari in Sivaji: The Boss and Kandaswamy, respectively.[1][7]

He has also appeared in advertisements for Hamam and Lakshmi ceramics. Currently he is hosting a game show, Aayirathil Oruvan, on Zee Tamil channel.


As Actor (in Films)
Year Film Role Language Notes
1988 Daisy Thomas Malayalam
1992 Kalikalam Tamil
1993 Athma Anil Tamil
2008 Saroja Tamil Guest Appearance
2010 Boss Engira Bhaskaran Saravanan Tamil
2011 Thoonga Nagaram Tamil
Aanmai Thavarael Mr. A Tamil
Mankatha Kamal Ekambaram Tamil
2012 Kalakalappu Manickam Tamil
Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey Coffee Shop Owner Tamil
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Murugan Tamil
Settai Commissioner Vijayakumar Tamil
Pattathu Yaanai Collector Tamil
Thalaivaa Ravi Kiran Tamil
All in All Azhagu Raja Doctor Tamil Cameo appearance
Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Lord Shiva Tamil
Biriyani Subbu Mama Tamil
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself Tamil Guest appearance
Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham One of the Land Brokers Tamil
Nimirndhu Nil Lawyer Arunachalam Tamil
2015 Janda Pai Kapiraju Lawyer Arunachalam Telugu
Azhagiya Pandipuram Deepika's Brother Tamil
Massu Engira Maasilamani Shanmuga Sundaram Tamil
2016 Aranmanai 2 Maya's elder brother Tamil
Anjala UK Tamil
Natpadhigaram 79 Tamil
Vaaliba Raja Padhmanaban Tamil
Narathan Tamil
Guhan Tamil
Unnodu Ka Subash Chandrabose Tamil
Ka Ka Ka Po Tamil
Nambiar Ramachandran's Elder Brother Tamil
Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings Chidhambaram Tamil
2017 Brindavanam Nagaraj Tamil
Balloon Jeeva's Brother Tamil
2018 Manushanaa Nee Tamil
Pyaar Prema Kaadhal Manager Tamil
Padithavudan Killithu Vidavum Minister Duraipandi Tamil
Adanga Maru Subash's brother Tamil
As Actor (on Television)
Year Title Role Language Channel
2005-2007 Selvi Nallathambi Tamil Sun TV
2007-2009 Arasi Nallathambi Tamil Sun TV
Dubbing artist
Producer credits


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Cinema Plus / Interview : Making an impression". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "My First Break: Subbu". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 12 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Friday Review Chennai / Cinema : Mirroring Cheran". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ "The Hindu : Youthful line-up". 5 July 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b V Lakshmi, TNN (11 April 2010). "Subbu all set to rock big screen". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ "1997–98 Kodambakkam babies Page: Part 2". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Subbu dubs for Suman". IndiaGlitz. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2013.

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