Udhayanidhi Stalin

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Udhayanidhi Stalin
Udhayanidhi in 2021
Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
11 May 2021
Preceded byJ. Anbazhagan
Youth Wing Secretary of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Assumed office
4 July 2019
PresidentM. K. Stalin
General Secretary
Preceded byVellakoil Saminathan[1]
Personal details
Born (1977-11-27) 27 November 1977 (age 44)
Alwarpet, Madras, Tamil Nadu, India (present-day Chennai)
Political partyDravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(m. 2002)
  • Inban
  • Tanmaya
RelativesSee Karunanidhi family
Residence(s)25/9, Chittaranjan Road, Cenotaph Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 600018, Tamil Nadu, India
EducationBachelor of Science
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai
  • Film producer
  • Actor
  • Politician

Udhayanidhi Stalin (born 27 November 1977) is an Indian actor, film producer and politician who prominently works in Tamil cinema. He is a member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from the Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency.[2] He entered the film industry as a producer and distributor with his production studio, Red Giant Movies, and made films including Kuruvi (2008), Aadhavan (2009) and Manmadan Ambu (2010).[3] He subsequently made his debut as an actor through the romantic comedy, Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012) and has since continued producing and starring in his own films.[4]

Early life and family[edit]

Udhayanidhi Stalin is the son of M. K. Stalin, current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, and the grandson of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi. He attended Don Bosco school and has a degree in Visual Communications from Loyola College in Chennai.[5][6][7] Several of his relatives have been actively involved in politics and Tamil cinema since the 1950s. His cousins Arulnithi and Dayanidhi Azhagiri are an actor and producer, respectively.[8]

Film career[edit]

Udhayanidhi's first film as a producer with Red Giant Movies was Kuruvi (2008), starring Vijay and Trisha.[9] He also produced two films directed by K. S. Ravikumar, Aadhavan (2009) and Manmadan Ambu (2010).[10][11] He produced AR Murugadoss's science fiction film 7aum Arivu (2011), while also working as a distributor, achieving success through his four 2010 releases: Gautham Vasudev Menon's Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa,[12] A. L. Vijay's Madrasapattinam,[13] M. Rajesh's Boss Engira Bhaskaran[14] and Prabhu Solomon's Mynaa.[15]

Udhayanidhi at the 60th South Filmfare Awards in 2013

In 2012, he debuted as a lead actor in M. Rajesh's romantic comedy Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012), co-starring with Hansika Motwani and Santhanam. Stalin received positive reviews for his performance of an unemployed youth. Behindwoods.com noted: "Udhay's portrayal of Saravanan is neat and enjoyable. He scored well in his debut supported Santhanam well in the film", while Sify.com added: "Udhay's debut is promising and hats off to him to underplay his role".[16][17] Stalin won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.[18] The success of Oru Kal Oru Kannadi prompted Stalin to continue acting and he appeared in Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal (2014) and Nanbenda (2015), both films featuring him opposite Nayanthara.[19][20] He worked on Gethu (2016), with Amy Jackson[21] and then performed in the courtroom drama Manithan (2016), with Hansika Motwani, a remake of the Hindi film Jolly LLB.[22]

In 2017, he has worked in the comedy entertainer Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen from director Ezhil,[23] followed by Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam [24] and action thriller, Ippadai Vellum. Stalin has delivered a decent performance with his share of subtleness.[25] The next project was the drama Nimir (2018), a remake of Malayalam film Maheshinte Prathikaaram directed by Priyadarshan[26] then following the romantic drama, Kanne Kalaimaane.[27]

In 2020, he appeared in Mysskin's Psycho which is a dive into the psyche of a serial killer.[28]

Political career[edit]

2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections[edit]

Udhayanidhi Stalin's fierce campaign across Tamil Nadu has helped the DMK party secure a major win in the assembly elections. His AIIMS Brick remark changed the course of the Tamil Nadu election campaign.[29]

Udhayanidhi Stalin contested and won in the Chepauk – Thiruvallikeni Assembly Constituency in the 2021 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Election.[30]

Chepauk – Thiruvallikeni MLA[edit]

Udhayanidhi Stalin introduced a robotic sewer cleaner in his constituency of Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni for the first time in Tamil Nadu on 21 June 2021.[31]

Udhayanidhi Stalin was nominated as a member of Anna University’s Syndicate for a period of three years. The announcement was made by Speaker M. Appavu in the Assembly on September 13, 2021.[32][33]

Electoral performance[edit]

2021 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election : Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DMK Udhayanidhi Stalin 93,285 68.92% 21.60%
PMK Kassali A. V. A 23,930 17.68%
NTK Jayasimmaraja S M 9,193 6.79% 5.53%
IJK Mohammed Idris K 4,096 3.03%
NOTA Nota 2,061 1.52% -0.91%
AMMK Rajendran L 1,873 1.38%
BSP Raghu C 723 0.53% 0.30%
Margin of victory 69,355 51.24% 41.38%
Turnout 135,344 57.82% -4.47%
Rejected ballots 78 0.06%
Registered electors 234,067
DMK hold Swing 21.60%

Personal life[edit]

Udhayanidhi is married to Kiruthiga in 2002 and the couple have a son and a daughter. Currently, Kiruthiga heads the lifestyle magazine Inbox 1305.[34][35] She also directed the film Vanakkam Chennai (2013) for Red Giant Movies and Kaali (2018).[36][37] [38] His son Inban Udhayanidhi has signed for NEROCA FC football club which plays in the I-League.[39][40] He is the producer of Red Giant movies.


As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Aadhavan Servant Guest Appearance
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Saravanan Also producer
SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South
Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Newcomer Actor
2013 Vanakkam Chennai Flat Tenant Guest Appearance
2014 Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal Kathirvelan Also producer
2015 Nannbenda Sathya Also producer
2016 Gethu Sethu Also producer
Manithan Sakthivel Also producer
2017 Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen Saravanan Also producer
Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam Ganesh
Ippadai Vellum Madhusoodhanan
2018 Nimir Selvam
2019 Kanne Kalaimaane Kamala Kannan Also producer
2020 Psycho Gautham
2022 Nenjuku Needhi S. Vijayaraghavan[41] [42]
Kalaga Thalaivan dagger TBA Filming [43]
Maamannan dagger TBA Filming[44]

As producer[edit]

As distributor[edit]


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