Yogi Babu

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Yogi Babu
Yogi Babu at the Sema Press Meet.jpg
Babu at Semma Press Meet.
Born (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 35)
CitizenshipIndian
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active2009-present
Spouse(s)
Manju Bhargavi
(
m. 2020)

Yogi Babu (born 22 July 1985)[1] is an Indian film actor and comedian, who appears in Tamil-language films. A three time Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award winner, he rose to fame following his performances in Aandavan Kattalai (2016), Kolamavu Kokila (2018) and Pariyerum Perumal (2018).[2][3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Babu's father was a havildar in the Indian Army, so Babu had to travel a lot as a child, as a result of which he studied in Jammu in the early 1990s.[4]

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

Career[edit]

Babu was first spotted by director Ram Bala, when he accompanied a friend to the shoot of the comedy television series, Lollu Sabha. Intrigued by Babu's peculiar looks and physique, Ram Bala enquired if Babu wanted to become an actor and subsequently took him on board as a junior artiste. Babu also worked as an assistant director in the series, and helping write scenes for two years.[7][8] 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.

He then rose to fame following his performances 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).[9] 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).[10] This was followed by his role in Kolamavu Kokila (2018) where his one-sided lover portrayal opposite Nayanthara was critically acclaimed[11] while the Kalyana Vayasu song[12] 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.[13] He acted for the first time as lead role in Dharmaprabhu (2019) which he play of role of Yamantaka.[14] He played a key role in Gurkha (2019). Babu is a security guard in this hostage drama written and directed by Sam Anton.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Yogi Aspiring actor
Sirithal Rasipen Henchman
2010 Thillalangadi Maasi's sidekick
Paiyaa Rowdies gang member
2011 Velayudham Villager
Thoonga Nagaram
Rajapattai Azhagu
2012 Kalakalappu Pimp (uncredited role)
Attakathi
2013 Pattathu Yaanai Henchman
Soodhu Kavvum Rowdy Doctor's henchman
Chennai Express Sri Lankan smuggler Hindi film
2014 Veeram Henchman
Maan Karate Vavaal
Yennamo Yedho
Aranmanai Sagidi, a Fortune Teller
Jai Hind 2 Private school association member
Yaamirukka Bayamey Panni Moonji Vaayan
2015 I Keerthivasan's fan
Vella Kaka Manja Kuruvi
Kaaki Sattai Beggar
Iridiyam
Ivanuku Thannila Gandam
Komban 1st man in Fight
India Pakistan Aamai Kunju
Demonte Colony Browsing Boy
Kaaka Muttai
Naalu Policeum Nalla Irundha Oorum Thief
Sakalakala Vallavan
Yatchan
Kirumi Kadhir's friend
Vedalam Chatterjee
Kaki: The Sound of Warning Nakshatram Telugu film
2016 Vil Ambu Honest
Pokkiri Raja Mojo
Mapla Singam
Hello Naan Pei Pesuren Street Singer
Jithan 2 Annayya
Tea Kadai Raja
Pandiyoda Galatta Thaangala
Enakku Innoru Per Irukku Ondipuli
Muthina Kathirikai Rowdy
Metro Subway Lover
Jackson Durai Mani
Kuttrame Thandanai
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
Nagarvalam
Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen Babu
Engada Irunthinga Ivvalavu Naala
Sathriyan
Aaram Vetrumai
Ka Ka Ka: Aabathin Arikuri Natchatiram
Pichuva Kaththi Babu
Mersal Nolan
En Aaloda Seruppa Kaanom 'Remo' Ravi
Sathya Ram
12-12-1950
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 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
Viswasam Velu
Kuthoosi
Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven Azhagu
Thadam Suruli
Pattipulam Pei
Airaa Mani
Kuppathu Raja Kaisamaa
Watchman Maari
K-13 Delivery boy
100 M.Jackson
Ayogya Thief
Mr.Local Auto Sekar
Lisaa
Dharmaprabhu Yamantaka
Gorilla Pickpocket
Gurkha Babu
Jackpot Rahul
Comali Mani
Zombie Pistol Raj
Namma Veettu Pillai Lawyer Cameo appearance
Petromax Paal Pandi
Puppy Senior
Bigil Donald
Butler Balu Chef
Action Jack
Market Raja MBBS
Jada Messi
Iruttu Vanangamudi Cameo appearance
Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale Actor
Chennai 2 Bangkok Yogi Babu
50/50 Kai Kulandhai
2020 Darbar Aaditya's assistant
Taana Dooma
Dagaalty Dheena
Sandimuni Gorakh
Naan Sirithal Dilli Babu
Asuraguru 'Digital India' Dinakaran
Cocktail Don
Upcoming projects
Film Role Notes
Dikkilona Dikkilona the scientist Completed
Shaitan Ka Bachcha delayed
Sathuranga Vettai 2 delayed
Adangathey delayed
Nindru Kolvaan filming
Jagajala Killadi completed
Panni Kutty filming
Mandela filming
Vellai Yaanai filming
Kadaisi Vivasayi filming
Kanni Raasi filming
Pistha Post production
Trip filming

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Yogi Babu: 25 times the comedian made us ROFL". The New Indian Express. 22 July 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  2. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (24 July 2015). "Naalu Policeum Nalla Irundha Oorum: Small joys". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
  3. ^ "Yatchan Review: Hotchpotch of Mistaken Identities".
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Yogi Babu marries Manju Bhargavi in Tiruttani, grand reception in March". India Today. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Tamil Actor Yogi Babu Ties the Knot with Manju Bhargavi in Intimate Ceremony, See Pic". News18. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  7. ^ Vendhar TV (5 July 2015). "Star Holiday - (05/07/15) -A day out with actor Yugi Babu - [Epi - 9]" – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Yogi Babu was spotted by Lollu Sabha director Ram Bala". The Times of India. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Kaaka Muttai Movie Review {4/5}: Critic Review of Kaaka Muttai by Times of India".
  10. ^ Vasudevan, K. V. (21 January 2017). "The scene stealer". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
  11. ^ "Five reasons to watch Nayanthara's Kolamaavu Kokila". The Indian Express. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Kolamavu Kokila song Kalyana Vayasu: This Anirudh Ravichander song featuring Yogi Babu is fun". The Indian Express. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  13. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (28 September 2018). "Pariyerum Perumal review: caste away". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
  14. ^ "Dharmaprabhu review. Dharmaprabhu Tamil movie review, story, rating". IndiaGlitz.com.
  15. ^ "Yogi Babu leads the story in Tamil film 'Gurkha'". gulfnews.com. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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