Vinay Forrt at the 1st IIFA Utsavam, 2016
Fort Kochi, Kerala, India
|Parent(s)||M. V. Mani, Sujatha|
Vinay Mani, better known by his stage name Vinay Forrt (Malayalam: വിനയ് ഫോര്ട്ട്) is an Indian film and stage actor. He hails from Fort Kochi, Kerala and is a theatre activist with more than a decade's worth of experience in the theatrical field as well as a postgraduate in acting from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, India. He made his debut in the Malayalam film Ritu (2009).
Early life and education
Vinay Forrt was born in Fort Kochi, Kerala, to M.V.Mani and Sujatha. His real name is Vinay Mani, and he changed his name as a tribute to his birthplace. He has a sister, Suma, and a brother,Syam. He completed his primary education at the Boys School in Fort Kochi. Before entering the movie industry, he worked at a restaurant, a coffee shop, medical shop and a call center. During his first year while studying for his degree, he joined Lokadharmi Theater and became active in their plays. Later, he dropped degree to join the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, India, and became a postgraduate in acting. He has been an ardent follower of Indian Theater for nearly a decade, as an actor and an activist.
Vinay received the National Scholarship from the Government of India for the Best Senior Theatre Actor (2004-2006). He is a contemporary dancer as well.
While pursuing his post-graduation at FTII, Pune, he was chosen by Shyamaprasad to play a role in his film Ritu (2009). Vinay Fort debuted in Shyamaprasad's Ritu (2009) in a small role but one which earned him recognition. He costarred with Prithviraj and Indrajith in The Blueberry Hunt (2011), an English film by Anup Kurian with Naseeruddin Shah in the lead. He got his breakthrough by portraying "Vimal Sir" in Alphonse Putharen's Super Hit movie Premam.
He married his longtime friend Soumya Ravi, a research student, on 6 December 2014 at Guruvayoor. The couple now have a son.
|The Blueberry Hunt||2010||Anup Kurian|
|Veettilekulla Vazhi||2011||Terrorist Leader in Ajmeer||Dr. Biju|
|Karmayogi||2011||Kooman||V. K. Prakash|
|Navagatharkku Swagatham||2011||Aravindan||Jayakrishna Karanavar|
|Prabhuvinte Makkal||2012||Siddharthan||Sajeev Anthikad|
|Da Thadiya||2012||Shathanu||Aashiq Abu||Cameo|
|Shutter||2012||Nanmayil Suran||Joy Mathew|
|Karma Cartel||2013||Sidth||Vinod Bharathan|
|7th Day||2014||Shan Shahar||Shyam Dhar|
|How Old Are You||2014||Jayachandran||Rosshan Andrrews|
|Njan Ninnodu Koodeyundu||2015||Priyanandanan|
|Premam||2015||Vimal Sir/Mava||Alphonse Putharen|
|Rasputin||2015||Susheel[an]||Jinu G. Daniel|
|Urumbukal urangarilla||2015||Manoj||Jiju Asokan|
|Hello Namasthe||2016||RJ Madhav||Jayan K. Nair|
|Kammati Paadam||2016||Venu||Rajeev Ravi|
|Kismath||2016||Ajay C Menon||Shanavas K Bavakkutty|
|Avarude Raavukal||2017||Vijay||Shanil Muhammed|
|Georgettans Pooram||2017||Vava||K. Biju|
|2011||Vivel Big Break||Host||Surya TV|
|2016||Comedy super nights 2||Host||Flowers (TV channel)||Replaced by Rachana|
- Won, Asianet Comedy Awards 2016 - Best Pair along with Soubin Shahir
- Won, 1st IIFA Utsavam for performance in a comic role - Malayalam
- Nominated, 18th Asianet film awards for Best Comedian
- Nominated, 5th South Indian International Movie Award for Best Comedian -Malayalam