Vinu Chakravarthy

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Vinu Chakravarthy
Born (1945-12-15)December 15, 1945[1]
Usilampatti,
Madras Presidency
Madurai District,
British India
Died 27 April 2017(2017-04-27) (aged 71)
Chennai, Tamilnadu
Occupation actor, writer
Years active 1977-2017

Vinu Chakravarthee (December 15, 1945 – 27 April 2017)[2] was a Tamil actor, script writer and director who is known for acting in more than 1000 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Badaga and Malayalam mostly as a comedian, supporting actor or in a villainous role. The 2007 released Tamil movie Muni was his landmark 1000th movie.[3] He had been hospitalised for the last few months of his life.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Chakravarthy was born on December 15, 1945, in Usilampatti to Adimoola Thevar and Manjuvani Ammal. He studied at Wesley School, Royapettah and graduated in commerce from A. M. Jain College. He was eldest son among other 3 sons and a daughter.

Career[edit]

On completion of his education, Chakravarthy worked as a Reserve Sub-Inspector at the Ice House police station for six months before joining the Southern Railways where he worked for four years.

Chakravarthy was working as a script writer for Kannada director Puttanna Kanagal when he was noticed by film producer Tiruppur Mani who, in 1977, gave him a role in the Kannada film Parasangada Gendetimma which was later remade into Tamil. Since then, Chakravarthy has made over 1,000 films in four South Indian languages - 900 in Tamil, 30 in Malayalam, 5 in Telugu and one in Badaga language. He has also directed movies on his own and is credited with introducing Silk Smitha.[5]

Filmography (as Actor)[edit]

Tamil[edit]

  1. Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014)
  2. Desingu Raja (2013)
  3. Pollachi Mappillai (2010)
  4. Muni (2007)
  5. Ilakkanam (2006)
  6. Giri (2004)
  7. Settai(2004 film)
  8. Arul (2004)
  9. Banda Paramasivam (2003)
  10. Chokka Thangam (2003)
  11. Sundhara Travels (2002)
  12. Thenkasi Pattanam (2002)
  13. Gemini (2002)
  14. Alli Arjuna (2002)
  15. Pandavar Bhoomi (2001)
  16. Lovely (2001)
  17. Kunguma Pottu Gounder (2001)
  18. Sri Raja Rajeshwari (2001)
  19. Anbudan (2000)
  20. Parthen Rasithen (2000)
  21. Good Luck (2000)
  22. Amarkalam (1999)
  23. Unnai Thedi (1999)
  1. Poo Maname Vaa (1999)
  2. Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1999)
  3. Sivappu Nila (1998)
  4. Kannathal (1998)
  5. Kumbakonam Gopalu (1998)
  6. Nilaave Vaa (1998)
  7. Dharma (1998)
  8. Ninaithen Vandhai (1998)
  9. Bhagavath Singh (1998)
  10. Periya Manushan (1997)
  11. Arunachalam (1997)
  12. Mappillai Gounder (1997)
  13. Sundara Purushan (1996)
  14. Kaalam Maari Pochu (1996)
  15. Coimbatore Mappillai (1996)
  16. Thirumbi Paar (1996)
  17. Valli Vara Pora (1995)
  18. Thottil Kuzhandhai (1995)
  19. Manathile Oru Paattu (1995)
  20. Nattamai (1994)
  21. Pondattiye Deivam (1994)
  22. Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana (1994)
  23. Veera (1994)
  24. Rasa Magan (1994)
  25. Moondravadhu Kann (1993)
  26. Naalaiya Theerpu (1992)
  27. Annamalai (1992)
  28. Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen (1992)
  29. Marikozhundhu (1991)
  30. Sathya Vaakku (1990)
  31. Athisaya Piravi (1990)
  32. Panakkaran (1990)
  33. Mappillai (1989)
  34. Dravidan (1989)
  35. Dharma Devan (1989)
  36. Manidhan Marivittan (1989)
  37. Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu (1989)
  38. Siva (1989)
  39. Rajadhi Raja (1989)
  40. Enne Petha Raasa (1989)
  41. Rayilukku Neramachu (1988)
  42. Guru Sishyan (1988)
  43. Manithan (1987)
  44. Enakku Nane Needipathi (1986)
  45. Amman Kovil Kizhakale (1986)
  46. Karimedu Karuvayan (1986)
  47. January 1 (1984)
  48. Thambikku Entha Ooru (1984)
  49. Manaivi Solle Manthiram (1983)
  50. Gopurangal Saivathillai (1982)

Malayalam[edit]

  1. Sangham (1988)
  2. Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993) ......as Veeramuthu Goundar
  3. Kambolam (1994) .... Murukarajan Goundar
  4. Rajadhani (1994) .... Rajamanikyam Nadar
  5. Maanikyachempazhukka (1995)
  6. Kidilol Kidilam (1995)
  7. Lelam (1997)
  8. Nadan Pennum Nattupramaniyum (2000) .... Perumal
  9. Thenkashippattanam (2001)
  10. Sthithi (2003)
  11. Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram (2014)

Rajinikanth's lucky actor[edit]

Vinu Chakravarthy in a function held in Erode wherein he was presented with the coveted ‘lifetime achievement award’ for serving the film industry for close to four decades made a statement regarding superstar Rajinikanth. He said “I’m always referred to as the ‘lucky token’ by superstar Rajinikanth. I have starred in 25 films with him and all those films have turned out to be super-duper hits. Rajini believed that if I’m cast in his film, the film would be a success. I’m thankful to him for that belief.

Films with Rajinikanth[edit]

Year Film
1984 Thambikku Entha Ooru
1987 Manithan
1988 Guru Sishyan
1989 Siva
1989 Rajadhi Raja
1989 Mappillai
1990 Athisaya Piravi
1992 Annamalai
1994 Veera
1997 Arunachalam
2007 Sivaji (Deleted Scene)

Controversies[edit]

Chakravarthy criticised popular television and film producer Ekta Kapoor for her depiction of Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture, a recent biographical film on the actress. He also expressed displeasure over Ekta Kapoor's choice of casting. He also said Silk Smitha had wide expressive, inviting eyes, which Vidya Balan does not have.[5]

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