Vishnu Vishal

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Vishnu Vishal
Born Vishal Kudawla[1]
(1984-07-17) 17 July 1984 (age 32)[1]
Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Vishnu
Occupation Actor/ Cricketer
Years active 2009 – present
Spouse(s) Rajini Natraj (2010-present)

Vishnu Vishal is an Indian film actor who has appeared in Tamil language films. He started his acting career, 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.

Early life and family[edit]

Vishnu was born as Vishal [2] to Ramesh Kudawla, a high-ranking Tamil Nadu police officer.[3][4] He finished his schooling in Campion Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in Tiruchirappalli. After completing his MBA in marketing from SRM University,[5] he went on to become a cricketer, playing in TNCA league games.[3] 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.[3] He entered the film industry changing his name to Vishnu to which he later added his birth name.[2]


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.[3] The film opened to very positive reviews, with Vishnu earning a nomination from the Vijay Awards for Best Debut Actor.[6] He had two releases in 2010, portraying an action role in the comedy Bale Pandiya and then played a rowdy from Royapuram in Drohi.[7] Featuring alongside Srikanth in the latter, Vishnu had to put on 15 kg to look mature for the role.[8] He subsequently worked on the comedy, Kullanari Koottam, though none of his films after his debut performed as well as his first and the actor found himself struggling for the right breakthrough.[9]

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.[9] In 2015 he first appeared in the science fiction comedy Indru Netru Naalai directed by Ravikumar.[10] Vishnu is currently working in Kalukkuray Maaplay directed by Suresh, which features Bindu Madhavi alongside him, while he has finished shooting for Seenu Ramasamy's Idam Porul Yaeval.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Vishnu is married to Rajini Natraj, daughter of actor K. Natraj. Rajini was Vishnu's junior at the college and the two were in a relationship for 4 years before getting married.[5] The marriage took place on 2 December 2011 at Hotel Asiana in Chennai.[12][13]


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As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu Marimuthu Won, Edison Award for Best Debut Actor
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
2010 Bale Pandiya Pandiyan
Drohi Karunakaran
2011 Kullanari Koottam Vetri
2012 Neerparavai Arulappasamy Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor
2014 Mundasupatti Gopi
Jeeva Jeeva
2015 Indru Netru Naalai Elango
2016 Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran Murugan
Veera Dheera Sooran Films that have not yet been released Filming [14]
Maaveeran Kittu Films that have not yet been released Filming
Poda! Andavane En Pakkam Films that have not yet been released Delayed[15]
Idam Porul Yaeval Films that have not yet been released Delayed
Kalukkuray Maaplay Films that have not yet been released Delayed[16]


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