Vishnu Vishal at Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran Press Meet
17 July 1984
(m. 2011; div. 2018)
|Children||Aryan (b. 2017)|
Vishnu Vishal is an Indian film actor and producer who has appeared in Tamil language films. He started his acting career in the year 2009 playing the lead role in the sports film Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, winning acclaim for his portrayal. Vishnu won further acclaim for his role in Neerparavai (2012), portraying a fisherman. He has had for praise for to his performances in psychological thriller film, Ratsasan (2018).
Early life and family
Vishnu was born as Vishal to Ramesh Kudawla, a high-ranking Tamil Nadu police officer. He finished his schooling in Campion Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in Tiruchirappalli. After completing his MBA in marketing from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, he went on to become a cricketer, playing in TNCA league games. However, a leg injury ended his cricket career and the actor noted that during the time he was bedridden, he started watching films and began an interest in an acting career. His father's uncle had been an actor in several small films and he shaped Vishnu's interest in the industry. He entered the film industry changing his name to Vishnu to which he later added his birth name.
After being offered a role by Anand Chakravarthy in Suseenthiran's directorial debut Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, Vishnu spent months preparing for the role. He had to tan his body sitting for hours in the sun to get dark and look like a player and then for 3 months he trained for kabbadi matches under a coach, for five hours a day. The film opened to very positive reviews, with Vishnu earning a nomination from the Vijay Awards for Best Debut Actor. He had two releases in 2010, portraying an action role in the comedy Bale Pandiya and then played a rowdy from Royapuram in Drohi. Featuring alongside Srikanth in the latter, Vishnu had to put on 15 kg (33 lb) to look mature for the role. He subsequently worked on the comedy, Kullanari Koottam, After a year without any releases, he had two releases in 2014: the romantic comedy Mundasupatti under Thirukumaran Entertainment and the sports drama Jeeva for which he collaborated with Suseenthiran again. Both films won positive reviews and performed well at the box office. In 2015, he appeared in the science fiction comedy Indru Netru Naalai directed by R.Ravikumar. The movie was a super hit at the box office. Vishnu had two releases in 2016. His first release of the year was also his first production venture, the comedy film Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran directed by Ezhil, with Nikki Galrani in the female lead. The movie was one of the most profitable ventures at the box office. His final release of the year was Maveeran Kittu, a period drama set in the 1980s. Despite receiving positive reviews, the movie did well at the box office. He finished shooting for Seenu Ramasamy's Idam Porul Yaeval. His next films are Katha Nayagan (2017), Raatchasan (2018) and Silukkuvarupatti Singam (2018) directed by a first time film maker, Chella.
Vishal Vishnu was married to Rajini Natraj, daughter of the actor K. Natraj. The two were collegemates and were in a relationship for 4 years before getting married. Their wedding took place on 2 December 2011 at Hotel Asiana in Chennai. They divorced in 2018 due to personal reasons. Their son, Aryan, was born on 31 January 2017.
Denotes films that have not yet been released.
|2009||Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu||Marimuthu||Won Edison Award for Best Debut Actor|
Nominated Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
|2012||Neerparavai||Arulappasamy||Nominated SIIMA Award for Best Actor|
|2015||Indru Netru Naalai||Elango|
|2016||Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran||Murugan||Also producer|
|Maaveeran Kittu||Krishnakumar (Kittu)|
|2017||Katha Nayagan||Thambidurai||Also producer|
|Silukkuvarupatti Singam||Kathiresan||Also producer|
|2019||Idam Porul Yaeval||Aasaithambi||Completed|
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