Vishal (actor)

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Born Vishal Krishna Reddy
(1977-08-29) 29 August 1977 (age 38)[1][2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Telugu
Alma mater Loyola College, Chennai
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 2004–present

Vishal (born as Vishal Krishna Reddy on 29 August 1977[1]) is an Indian film actor and producer who works in the Tamil film industry. The younger son of film producer G. K. Reddy, Vishal studied Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai and made an entrance into the film industry as an assistant director for Arjun. He then became an actor and played his first lead role in the romantic thriller Chellamae (2004), before going on to star in the commercially successful films, Sandakozhi (2005) and Thimiru (2006).[3] Following a series of unsuccessful films at the box office, Vishal chose to create his own production studio and has since produced and worked on profitable ventures such as Pandiya Naadu (2013) and Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014).[4]

Vishal was elected as the General Secretary of the Nadigar Sangam in October 2015 after initiating a movement against the previous committee.[5]

Early life[edit]

Vishal Krishna was born to G. K. Reddy and Janaki Devi on 29 August 1977. His father was a film producer for Telugu and Tamil films and his family settled in Chennai. His elder brother, Vikram Krishna has produced several of Vishal's films and had previously appeared as an actor in films under the screen name of Ajay.[6] Vishal also has a younger sister, Aishwarya. Vishal obtained his secondary education from Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School before securing a degree in visual communications from Loyola College, Chennai .


Vishal assisted actor-director Arjun Sarja in his venture Vedham (2001), and a producer spotted Vishal on the sets of the film and signed him to appear in an acting role in Gandhi Krishna's Chellamae (2004).[7][8] Accepting the role, Vishal prepared by joining Koothu-P-Pattarai to hone his acting skills and played the protagonist role of Raghunandan, whose wife is kidnapped by her childhood friend.[8] A critic described his performance is "apt" but "there was plenty left to hone".[9][10] His next film was Sandakozhi (2005) with N. Linguswamy, who had previously worked with his father's production house as an assistant director.[11] Vishal was described to have "improved from his Chellamay days" and "clicked as an action hero".[12] Film journalists stated that he was "the fastest rising action hero" of the time.[13] After a cameo as himself in Sasi's Dishyum (2006), he went on to appear in Tarun Gopi's action film, Thimiru (2006). The film opened to mixed reviews with Vishal being praised for his intense performance with a critic calling his performance " the film's only strength and, to an extent, making up for the weak script and poor characterisation".[14] The film became Vishal's third consecutive commercial success, and he began to emerge in Tamil films.[15]

His next film, the political drama Sivappathigaram (2006) directed by Karu Pazhaniappan was a failure financially despite favourable reviews.[16] His next released in January 2008, Hari's multi-starring family drama Thaamirabharani (2007) and the film went on to gain considerable box-office success, carrying good reports amidst other big budget releases.[17][18] Later in the year he appeared Boopathy Pandian's Malaikottai (2007), a comedy entertainer. In his first full-length comic role, Vishal received mixed feedback for his portrayal from critics, with Rediff stating that he is "a far cry from the rather endearing young man in Sandakozhi", whilst describing his performance as "cringeable".[19] Behindwoods stated it as an "Average masala-mix entertainer".[20] The film took a large opening.[21]

Vishal then was given the opportunity to feature in Bala's dark comedy Avan Ivan (2011), after being recommended to the director by his friend Arya. Portraying a village stage actor with a squint, Vishal suffered from severe eye pain and headaches whilst he also suffered a serious muscular injury on sets.[22] The film opened to mixed reviews, though Vishal's performance won positive reviews. Indiaglitz stated that Vishal delivered an "award winning performance" and that his "mannerisms and body language give you goosebumps". The reviewer further cited that "Vishal's spontaneous response to his mentor's death in the movie is touching. His demonstration of Navarasas in front of actor Suriya will melt you in tears".[23][24] Vishal played the role of a police officer in his following release, Vedi (2011) directed by Prabhu Deva, which also became a commercial success at the Box Office.[25]

In the 2013 film Samar, Vishal played a forest trek guide. Behindwoods stated that he "rocks in the action sequences" which include Parkour moves.[26][27] He appeared in three more films that year. Following a cameo role in Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, he starred in the action films Pattathu Yaanai and Pandiya Naadu. The latter was Vishal's debut production venture.[28][29] Vishal opted to produce and collaborate with Thiru for a third venture, Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014), a revenge drama, in which his character suffered from narcolepsy. To prepare for the lead role, Vishal read up and studied real life case studies of people with the disorder, citing that there was no references from cinema which he could watch and learn.[30]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Film Year Role Director Notes Ref
Jadikketha Moodi 1989 Dancer Umesh - Prabakar Child artiste [31]
Chellamae 2004 Ragunandan Gandhi Krishna [10]
Sandakozhi 2005 Balu N. Linguswamy [13]
Dishyum 2005 Himself Sasi Cameo appearance [32][33]
Thimiru 2006 Ganesh Tarun Gopi [15]
Sivappathigaram 2006 Sathyamoorthy Karu Pazhaniappan [16]
Thaamirabharani 2007 Bharaniputhiran Hari [17]
Malaikottai 2007 Anbu Boopathy Pandian [20]
Sathyam 2008 Sathyam A. Rajasekhar [34]
Salute 2008 Sathyam A. Rajasekhar Telugu film [35]
Thoranai 2009 Murugan Sabha Ayyappan [36]
Pistha 2009 Muralikrishna Sabha Ayyappan Telugu film [37]
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai 2010 Karthik Thiru [38]
Avan Ivan 2011 Walter Vanangamudi Bala [22]
Vedi 2011 Prabhakaran (Balu) Prabhu Deva [39]
Samar 2013 Shakthi Thiru [40]
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru 2013 Himself Sundar C Cameo appearance [41][42]
Pattathu Yaanai 2013 Saravanan Boopathy Pandian [43]
Pandiya Naadu 2013 Sivakumar Suseenthiran Also producer [44]
Naan Sigappu Manithan 2014 Indhiran Thiru Also producer [45]
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam 2014 Himself Parthiepan Cameo appearance [46][47]
Poojai 2014 Vasudevan Hari Also producer [48]
Aambala 2015 Saravanan Sundar C Also producer [49]
Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga 2015 Vetrivel Rajesh Cameo appearance [50][51]
Paayum Puli 2015 Jayaseelan Suseenthiran Also producer [52]
Madha Gaja RajaFilms that have not yet been released Sundar C Post-production [53]
KathakaliFilms that have not yet been released Pandiraj Filming (Also producer) [54]
MarudhuFilms that have not yet been released M. Muthiah Filming [55]


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