Udhayanidhi Stalin

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Udhayanidhi Stalin
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Born Udhayanidhi Stalin
(1977-11-27) 27 November 1977 (age 38)
Chennai, India[1]
Spouse(s) Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi
Children Inbanidhi, Tanmaya

Udhayanidhi Stalin is an Indian film actor and producer, who has worked on Tamil language films.[2][3] The grandson of politician M. Karunanidhi, Udhayanidhi 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. Ravikumar - Aadhavan (2009) starring Suriya and Kamal Haasan's Manmadan Ambu (2010). He also produced AR Murugadoss's science fiction film 7aum Arivu (2011), while he also worked as a distributor, gaining success through his four releases in 2010 such as Gautham Menon's Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, Vijay's Madrasapattinam, Rajesh's Boss Engira Bhaskaran and Prabhu Solomon's Mynaa.

Udhayanidhi had featured in a cameo appearance as an actor in Aadhavan, while turned down the opportunity to feature as an actor in Pandiraj's village drama, Vamsam (2010), fearing he would not suit the role.[4] In 2012, Udhayanidhi then debuted as a lead actor in M. Rajesh's romantic comedy Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012) co-starring Hansika Motwani and Santhanam. The film opened to positive reviews, with Udhayanidhi winning postive 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", adding that he "impresses", while Sify.com added "Udhay's debut is promising and hats off to him to underplay his role".[5][6] Oru Kal Oru Kannadi performed well and became a profitable venture at the box office and Udhayanidhi also won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.[7] The success of the film prompted him to continue acting and her later appeared in Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal (2014) and Nanbenda (2015), with both films featuring him opposite Nayantara. He is currently working on a film with Hansika Motwani, Manithan, directed by I. Mueenuddin Ahmed and Thirukumaran's Gethu with Amy Jackson. He has signed up one more film with Kappal director Karthik G. Krish.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Udhayanidhi is the son of politician M. K. Stalin and the grandson of M. Karunanidhi, a former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Several of his relatives have been actively involved in politics and Tamil cinema since the 1960s, while his cousins Arulnithi and Dayanidhi Azhagiri are also active in films as an actor and producer, respectively. Udhayanidhi is married to Kiruthiga, who heads the lifestyle magazine Inbox 1305; while, she also directed the film Vanakkam Chennai (2013) for Red Giant Movies.[9]


As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Aadhavan Servant Guest appearance
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Saravanan Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
2013 Vanakkam Chennai Flat tenant Guest appearance
2014 Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal Kathirvelan
2015 Nannbenda Sathya
2016 Gethu Sethu
2016 Manithan Filming

As producer[edit]

Year Title Cast Director
2008 Kuruvi Vijay, Trisha Dharani
2009 Aadhavan Suriya, Nayantara K. S. Ravikumar
2010 Manmadan Ambu Kamal Haasan, Trisha, Madhavan K. S. Ravikumar
2011 7aum Arivu Suriya, Shruti Haasan A. R. Murugadoss
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Udhayanidhi Stalin, Hansika Motwani, Santhanam M. Rajesh
Neerparavai Vishnu, Sunaina, Nandita Das Seenu Ramasamy
2013 Vanakkam Chennai Shiva, Priya Anand, Santhanam Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi
2014 Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nayantara, Santhanam S. R. Prabhakaran
2015 Nanbenda Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nayantara, Santhanam Jagadish
2016 Gethu Udhayanidhi Stalin, Amy Jackson, Sathyaraj, Vikranth Thirukumaran
Manithan Udhayanidhi Stalin, Hansika Motwani, Prakash Raj I. Ahmed

As distributor[edit]

The following films are a list of film which were distributed by Sri Thenandal Films throughout Tamil Nadu, apart from their own productions: