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Vishal
Vishal at CCL 4 Launch (cropped).jpg
Vishal at the launch of Celebrity Cricket League season 4
Born Vishal Krishna
(1977-08-29) 29 August 1977 (age 39)[1][2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Loyola College, Chennai
Occupation Actor, Producer,
Secretary General for Nadigar Sangam
Years active 2004–present
Parent(s) G. K Reddy
Relatives Vikram Krishna (Elder brother)
Aishwarya (Younger sister)
Sriya Reddy (Sister-in-law)

Vishal Krishna (born 29 August 1977)[1] is an Indian film actor and producer who works in the Tamil film industry. Most of his films are dubbed into his native language Telugu. The younger son of film producer G. K. Reddy, Vishal studied Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai. He produces films under his production company, Vishal Film Factory.

He 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), Thimiru (2006),Thaamirabharani(2007),and Malaikottai(2007).[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]He was expelled from Tamil Film Producers' Council (TFPC) for remarks against the council.[6][7] Later in April 2017, he won the election and got elected as President of Tamil Film Producers Council.

Early life

Vishal Krishna was born to G. K. Reddy and Janaki Devi on 29 August 1977. He was born in Chennai. 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.[8] 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.

Career

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).[9][10] 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.[10] A critic described his performance is "apt" but "there was plenty left to hone".[11][12] His next film was Sandakozhi (2005) with N. Linguswamy, who had previously worked with his father's production house as an assistant director.[13] Vishal was described to have "improved from his Chellamay days" and "clicked as an action hero".[14] Film journalists stated that he was "the fastest rising action hero" of the time.[15] 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".[16] The film became Vishal's third consecutive commercial success, and he began to emerge in Tamil films.[17]

His next film, the political drama Sivappathigaram (2006) directed by Karu Pazhaniappan was a failure financially despite favourable reviews.[18] His next released in January 2007, 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.[19][20] 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".[21] Behindwoods stated it as an "Average masala-mix entertainer".[22] The film took a large opening and declared as a blockbuster featuring in top 10 at behindwoods box office.In the year 2008 for the first time Vishal potrayed as a police officer in Sathyam which became a commercial failure at the box office.Then both his Thoranai(2009) and Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai(2010) were just average grossers.

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.[23] 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".[24][25] Vishal played the role of a police officer in his following release, Vedi (2011) directed by Prabhu Deva, was declared as instant flop at the Box Office.[26]

In the 2013 film Samar, Vishal played a forest trek guide. Behindwoods stated that he "rocks in the action sequences" which include Parkour moves.[27][28] 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.[29][30] 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.Then he had acted under director Hari for second time in Poojai(2014) did somewhat good business at the box office.In 2015, he acted two films namely, Aambala and Paayum Puli both turning out to be a flop at the box office.In 2016, he did three movies Kathakali, Marudhu,and Kaththi Sandai.Former two where average grossers while Kaththi Sandai became a flop at the box office.

In January 2017, Vishal signed his debut Malayalam film, as the main antagonist in the Mohanlal-starrer, Villain, directed by B. Unnikrishnan.[31][32]

Tamil Film Producers Council (2017-present)

Elected as President of Tamil Film Producers Council election which was held on 2nd April 2017.[33][34][35]

Filmography

References

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