Yogi Babu

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Yogi Babu
Yogi Babu at the Sema Press Meet.jpg
Babu at the press conference for Semma in 2018
Born (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 37)
CitizenshipIndian
Occupations
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active2009-present
Spouse
Manju Bhargavi
(m. 2020)
HonoursKalaimamani (2020)[1]

Yogi Babu (born 22 July 1985)[2] is an Indian actor and comedian, who appears in Tamil films. He is a three time Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award winner, he performed in Aandavan Kattalai (2016), Kolamavu Kokila (2018) and Pariyerum Perumal (2018).[3][4][5]

Early and personal life[edit]

Babu's father was a havildar in the Indian Army, so Babu had to travel alongside a lot as a child, as a result of which he studied in Jammu in the early 1990s.[5]

Babu married Manju Bhargavi on 5 February 2020 in an intimate ceremony held at their ancestral temple in Tiruttani.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Babu worked as an assistant director in the Lollu Sabha, and helping write scenes for two years.[8][9] He made his feature film debut in the Ameer-starring Yogi (2009) as an aspiring actor and subsequently adapted the name of the film as a prefix for his stage name. He appeared as a goon in Paiyaa. He later appeared in an uncredited role as a pimp in Sundar C.'s Kalakalappu (2012). In 2013, he appeared in his first extended comedy role with Pattathu Yaanai (2013), while he also featured in the Hindi film, Chennai Express alongside Shah Rukh Khan.[10]

He then performed as a comedy rival to Sivakarthikeyan in Maan Karate (2014) and as eerie comedian in Yaamirukka Bayamey (2014). In 2015, he appeared in over a dozen films and won positive reviews for his work in Kaaka Muttai (2015) and Kirumi (2015).[11] Yogi Babu had a breakthrough year in 2016, featuring in 20 films, and winning critical acclaim for his role alongside Vijay Sethupathi in Aandavan Kattalai (2016).[12] This was followed by his role in Kolamavu Kokila (2018) where his one-sided lover portrayal opposite Nayanthara was critically acclaimed[13] while the Kalyana Vayasu song[14] and his antics in it went viral. He appears as supporting character in film Pariyerum Perumal (2018), the film released to positive reviews from critics, with critics praising the comedy and performance of Yogi Babu.[15] He acted for the first time as lead role in Dharmaprabhu (2019) which he play of role of Yamantaka.[16] He played a key role in Gurkha (2019). Babu is a security guard in this hostage drama written and directed by Sam Anton.[17] He has acted with the Superstar Rajinikanth in Darbar (2020).[18]

Starting his career as a comic relief in films starring stars like Rajinikanth, Ajith Kumar and Vijay, he has also played leading roles in small budget films and garnered critical acclaim. In the 2021, political satire Mandela, he played the eponymous character whose single vote would decide the results of the panchayat elections and was very well received.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role(s) Notes
2009 Yogi Aspiring actor
Sirithal Rasipen Henchman
2010 Paiyaa Rowdies gang member
Thillalangadi Maasi's sidekick
2011 Velayudham Villager
Thoonga Nagaram Radha's fan
Rajapattai Azhagu
2012 Kalakalappu Malaikotta Shankar
Attakathi
Kai Siva's friend
2013 Pattathu Yaanai Henchman
Soodhu Kavvum Rowdy Doctor's henchman
Thee Kulikkum Pachai Maram Selvam
Chennai Express Sri Lankan smuggler Hindi film
2014 Veeram Henchman
Endrendrum Film star
Maan Karate Vavaal
Yennamo Yedho Goon
Aranmanai Sagidi, a Fortune Teller
Jai Hind 2 Private school association member Multilingual film
Yaamirukka Bayamey Panni Moonji Vaayan
2015 I Keerthivasan's fan
Vella Kaka Manja Kuruvi
Kaaki Sattai Beggar
Iridiyam
Ivanuku Thannila Gandam Man in hospital
Komban First Man in Fight
India Pakistan Aamai Kunju
Demonte Colony Browsing Boy
Kaaka Muttai Naina's friend
Naalu Policeum Nalla Irundha Oorum Thief
Sakalakala Vallavan Chinnasamy's servant
Yatchan Durai's henchman
Kirumi Kadhir's friend
Vedalam Chatterjee
Kaki: Sound of Warning Chitram Telugu film
2016 Vil Ambu Honest
Pokkiri Raja Mojo
Mapla Singam
Hello Naan Pei Pesuren Street Singer
Jithan 2 Annayya
Tea Kadai Raja Saravana's friend
Pandiyoda Galatta Thaangala Thief
Enakku Innoru Per Irukku Ondipuli
Muthina Kathirikai Rowdy
Metro Subway Lover
Jackson Durai Mani
Kuttrame Thandanai Auto passenger
Aandavan Kattalai Muthupandi Selvam SIIMA Award for Best Comedian
Vikatan Award Best Comedian-Male
Remo Remo's lover
Kadalai Kaali
Kannula Kaasa Kattappa Kettavan
Virumandikum Sivanandikum Moneylender's assistant
Atti Boxer Babu
Veera Sivaji Ramesh
Mo Pazhani
2017 Kattappava Kanom Nandu
Attu Sappa
Nagarvalam Tamil teacher
Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen Babu
Sathriyan Samudhram's nephew
Aaram Vetrumai Tribal
Ka Ka Ka: Aabathin Arikuri Natchatiram
Pichuva Kaththi Babu
Mersal Nolan
En Aaloda Seruppa Kaanom 'Remo' Ravi
Sathya Ram
12-12-1950 Singam
Balloon Panda
2018 Gulaebaghavali Panni
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Narayanan
Mannar Vagaiyara Kannan Guest appearance
Kalakalappu 2 Bhagavan
Solli Vidava Yogi
Veera Jithesh
Yenda Thalaiyila Yenna Vekkala Aadhi
Kaali Gopi
Semma Omagundam
Oru Kuppai Kathai Kumar's friend
Semma Botha Aagathey Soosai
Mohini Cotton
Junga Yo Yo
Kolamavu Kokila Sekar Main role

SIIMA Award for Best Comedian
Vikatan Award Best Comedian-Male

Echcharikkai Frank De Souza
Pariyerum Perumal Anand Vikatan Award Best Comedian-Male
Sarkar Kaushik
Kaatrin Mozhi Mahesh Babu Cameo appearance
Silukkuvarupatti Singam Tony
2019 Maanik Research and Analysis Wing officer
Viswasam Velu
Kuthoosi Velu's friend
Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven Azhagu
Thadam Suruli
Pattipulam Udhay's friend
Airaa Mani
Kuppathu Raja Kaisamaa
Watchman Maari
K-13 Delivery boy
100 M.Jackson
Ayogya Thief
Mr.Local Auto Sekar
Lisaa Priest
Dharmaprabhu Yamantaka Lead role
Gorilla Pickpocket
Gurkha Babu Lead role
Jackpot Rahul
Comali Mani Zee Cine Awards Tamil for Best Comedian
Zombie Pistol Raj Lead role
Namma Veettu Pillai Lawyer Cameo appearance
Petromax Paal Pandi
Puppy Senior
Bigil Donald
Butler Balu Chef
Action Jack
Jada Messi
Iruttu Vanangamudi Cameo appearance
Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale Himself
50/50 Kai Kulandhai
2020 Darbar Kaushik
Taana Dooma
Dagaalty Dheena
Sandimuni Gorakh
Naan Sirithal Dilli Babu
Asuraguru 'Digital India' Dinakaran
Cocktail Don
Naanga Romba Busy Kuberan
Kanni Raasi Vairamani
2021 Trip Azhagan
Engada Iruthinga Ivvalavu Naala Aspiring actor
Sulthan Otta Lorry
Mandela Nelson Mandela Lead role
Karnan Vadamalaiyaan
Vanakkam Da Mappillai Himself Guest appearance
Vellai Yaanai KK
Navarasa Velusamy Web series
Dikkiloona Albert aka Einstein
Annabelle Sethupathi Shanmugam
Pei Mama Kohli Kumar
Doctor Prathap
Aranmanai 3 Abhishek
Raajavamsam Mayakannan
Murungakkai Chips Saravanan
2022 Theal Tiger
Veerame Vaagai Soodum Thalapathy
Kadaisi Vivasayi Thadikozhanthai
Hey Sinamika Paalmali Baba
Beast Jill
Koogle Kuttappa Babu
Centimeter Centimeter Partially reshot tamil version of Jack N' Jill
Veetla Vishesham NEET coaching center owner Cameo appearance
Yaanai Jimmy
Panni Kutty Thittani
Kichi Kichi
The Legend Dada
Naane Varuven Guna
Pistha Mark
Repeat Shoe Maari
Love Today Yogi
Coffee with Kadhal "Wedding planner" Vignesh, "MasterChef" Mahesh,
"Photographer" Lingesh and "Mango player" Mukesh
Quadruple role
Dha Dha
Oh My Ghost Raja Guru [20][21]
2023 Varisu Kicha
Bommai Nayagi Velu
The Great Indian Kitchen
Kasethan Kadavulada Babu Releasing on 10th February

Upcoming projects[edit]

Film Role Status Notes
Sathuranga Vettai 2

Delayed

Andhagan Auto Driver Delayed
Kaaviyum Aaviyum Naduvula Devi Filming
Haraa Filming
Poochandi Filming
Maaveeran Filming
Saloon Filming
Ayalaan Post-production
Vellai Ulagam Filming
Theeyorkku Anjael Filming
Soorapuli Filming
Thamezharasan Delayed
Sundara Travels 2 Post production
Thalai Nagaram 2 Filming
Jailer Filming
Production 18 Filming [22]
Medical Miracle Filming [23]
Boomer Uncle Filming [24]

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004-2007 Lollu Sabha
2012-2013 My Name Is Mangamma

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kalaimamani Award: Aishwarya Rajesh, Sivakarthikeyan, Gautham Menon among awardees". The News Minute. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday Yogi Babu: 25 times the comedian made us ROFL". The New Indian Express. 22 July 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  3. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (24 July 2015). "Naalu Policeum Nalla Irundha Oorum: Small joys". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  4. ^ Mannath, Malini (14 September 2015). "Yatchan Review: Hotchpotch of Mistaken Identities". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b Rao, Subha J. (26 November 2018). "It's okay if people make fun of me, says comedian Yogi Babu". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Yogi Babu marries Manju Bhargavi in Tiruttani, grand reception in March". India Today. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Tamil Actor Yogi Babu Ties the Knot with Manju Bhargavi in Intimate Ceremony, See Pic". News18. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  8. ^ Vendhar TV (5 July 2015). "Star Holiday - (05/07/15) -A day out with actor Yugi Babu - [Epi - 9]" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Yogi Babu was spotted by Lollu Sabha director Ram Bala". The Times of India. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  10. ^ Johnson, David (14 September 2019). "After Shah Rukh Khan, Yogi Babu signed for Aamir Khan's next film". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Kaaka Muttai Movie Review {4/5}". The Times of India. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  12. ^ Vasudevan, K. V. (21 January 2017). "The scene stealer". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Five reasons to watch Nayanthara's Kolamaavu Kokila". The Indian Express. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Kolamavu Kokila song Kalyana Vayasu: This Anirudh Ravichander song featuring Yogi Babu is fun". The Indian Express. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  15. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (28 September 2018). "Pariyerum Perumal review: caste away". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  16. ^ "Yogi Babu-starrer Dharmaprabhu to get a sequel". The New Indian Express. 22 September 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  17. ^ Ramachandran, Mythily (9 July 2019). "Yogi Babu leads the story in Tamil film 'Gurkha'". Gulf News. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  18. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (9 January 2020). "Darbar Movie Review: An enthusiastic Rajinikanth propels this passable 'bad cop' film". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  19. ^ https://www.news18.com/news/movies/did-tamil-actor-yogi-babu-wait-for-an-hour-outside-thiruttani-temple-what-we-know-6741703.html
  20. ^ "Sathish's look from Oh My Ghost unveiled - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  21. ^ Oh My Ghost Movie: Showtimes, Review, Trailer, Posters, News & Videos | eTimes, retrieved 11 September 2022
  22. ^ "Rajinikanth-starrer Jailer cast details revealed: Ramya Krishnan to Yogi Babu, here's the list of actors in Nelson's next". The Indian Express. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  23. ^ "Yogi Babu's next titled 'Medical Miracle' goes on floors". The Times of India. 16 June 2022. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  24. ^ M, Narayani (6 July 2022). "Yogi Babu and Oviyaa's next gets a new title". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 16 July 2022.

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