Vinay Forrt

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Vinay Forrt
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Vinay Forrt at the 1st IIFA Utsavam, 2016
Born Vinay Mani
Fort Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation Film actor
Years active 2009–present
Spouse(s) Soumya Ravi(2014-Present)
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.[1] He made his debut in the Malayalam film Ritu (2009).

Early life and education[edit]

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.

Acting career[edit]

Vinay Forrt at Thrissur

While pursuing his post-graduation at FTII, Pune, he was chosen by Shyamaprasad to play a role in his film Ritu (2009).[2][3] 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.

Personal life[edit]

He married his longtime friend Soumya Ravi, a research student, on 6 December 2014 at Guruvayoor.[4] The couple now have a son.


Name Year Role Director Notes
Ritu 2009 Jamal Shyamaprasad
Chatak 2009 Reema Borah
Apoorvaragam 2010 Narayanan Sibi Malayil
Anwar 2010 Abu Amal Neerad
Kadaksham 2010
The Blueberry Hunt 2010 Anup Kurian
Veettilekulla Vazhi 2011 Terrorist Leader in Ajmeer Dr. Biju
Kanakompathu 2011 Jose Mahadevan
Karmayogi 2011 Kooman V. K. Prakash
Navagatharkku Swagatham 2011 Aravindan Jayakrishna Karanavar
Prabhuvinte Makkal 2012 Siddharthan Sajeev Anthikad
Theevram 2012 Ramachandran Roopesh Peethambaran
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
Manglish 2014 Ambu Salam Bappu
Masala Republic 2014 Dixon
Seconds 2014 Feroze Aneesh Upasana
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
Kohinoor 2015 Freddy Vinay Govind
Hello Namasthe 2016 RJ Madhav Jayan K. Nair
Kammati Paadam 2016 Venu Rajeev Ravi
Kismath 2016 Ajay C Menon Shanavas K Bavakkutty
God Say 2017 Sherrey
Avarude Raavukal 2017 Vijay Shanil Muhammed
Georgettans Pooram 2017 Vava K. Biju


Year Title Role Channel Notes
2011 Vivel Big Break Host Surya TV
2016 Comedy super nights 2 Host Flowers (TV channel) Replaced by Rachana