Udhayanidhi Stalin

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Udhayanidhi Stalin
Udhayanidhi Stalin at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013.jpg
Udhay at 60th South Indian Flimfare Awards, 2013
Born Udhayanidhi Stalin
(1977-11-27) 27 November 1977 (age 40)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film producer, actor
Years active 2008–present
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Spouse(s) Kiruthiga Udhayanidhhi
Children 2
Parent(s) M. K. Stalin (father)
Durga Stalin (mother)
Relatives M. Karunanidhi (grandfather)
Arulnithi Tamilarasu (cousin)
Dayanidhi Azhagiri (cousin)
Senthamarai (sister)
M. K. Kanimozhi (aunt)

Udhayanidhi Stalin is an Indian film producer and actor, who has worked on Tamil-language films.[1][2] Stalin entered the film industry as a film producer and distributor with his production studio, Red Giant Movies, and made films including Kuruvi (2008), Aadhavan (2009) and Manmadan Ambu (2010). 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.


Udhayanidhi Stalin's first film as a producer with Red Giant Movies was Kuruvi (2008), starring Vijay and Trisha, while he also produced two films directed by K. S. RavikumarAadhavan (2009), starring Suriya and Kamal Haasan's Manmadan Ambu (2010). 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 Menon's Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, Vijay's Madrasapattinam, Rajesh's Boss Engira Bhaskaran and Prabhu Solomon's Mynaa.

Stalin had featured in a cameo appearance as an actor in Aadhavan, while turning down the opportunity to feature as an actor in Pandiraj's village drama, Vamsam (2010), fearing he would not suit the role.[3] In 2012, Stalin 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 and he scores well in his debut heroic film", while Sify.com added: "Udhay's debut is promising and hats off to him to underplay his role".[4][5] Stalin won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.[6]

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 Nayantara. He worked on Gethu (2016), with Amy Jackson and then performed in the courtroom drama Manithan (2016), with Hansika Motwani, a remake of the Hindi film Jolly LLB.

Personal life[edit]

Udhayanidhi Stalin is the son of former Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. K. Stalin and the grandson of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi. Several of his relatives have been actively involved in politics and Tamil cinema since the 1960s. His cousins Arulnithi and Dayanidhi Azhagiri are an actor and producer, respectively. Stalin is married to Kiruthiga, who heads the lifestyle magazine Inbox 1305; she also directed the film Vanakkam Chennai (2013) for Red Giant Movies.


As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Aadhavan Servant Guest appearance along with K. S. Ravikumar
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Saravanan Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South
SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
2013 Vanakkam Chennai Flat tenant Guest appearance
2014 Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal Kathirvelan
2015 Nannbenda Sathya
2016 Gethu Sethu
Manithan Sakthivel
2017 Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen Saravanan
Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam Ganesh
Ippadai Vellum Madhusoodhanan
2018 Nimir Selvam
Kanne Kalai Maane TBA Filming[7]
7 Kinaru TBA Pre-production

As producer[edit]