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 36)
CitizenshipIndian
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active2009-present
Spouse(s)
Y.Manju Bhargavi
(m. 2020)

Yogi Babu (born 22 July 1985)[1] is an Indian actor and comedian, who appears in Tamil 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]

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.[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.[9]

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).[10] 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).[11] This was followed by his role in Kolamavu Kokila (2018) where his one-sided lover portrayal opposite Nayanthara was critically acclaimed[12] while the Kalyana Vayasu song[13] 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.[14] He acted for the first time as lead role in Dharmaprabhu (2019) which he play of role of Yamantaka.[15] He played a key role in Gurkha (2019). Babu is a security guard in this hostage drama written and directed by Sam Anton.[16] He has acted with the Superstar Rajinikanth in Darbar (2020).[17]

In Mandela (2021), Yogi Babu played a lead role for the 2nd time in his career. The movie, which inarguably has the best performance of Yogi Babu till date.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role(s) 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
Thee Kulikkum Pachai Maram Selvam
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
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: Sound of Warning Telugu film
2016 Vil Ambu Honest
Pokkiri Raja Mojo
Mapla Singam
Hello Naan Pei Pesuren Street Singer
Jithan 2 Annayya
Tea Kadai Raja
Pandiyoda GalattaThaangala
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
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
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 Zee Cine Awards Tamil for Best Comedian
Zombie Pistol Raj
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 Released on ZEE5
Naanga Romba Busy Kuberan
Kanni Raasi Vairamani
2021 Trip Azhagan
Engada Iruthinga Ivvalavu Naala
Sulthan Otta lorry
Mandela Mandela
Karnan Vadamalaiyaan
Vanakkam Da Mappillai Himself Guest appearance
Vellai Yaanai
Navarasa Velusamy
Dikkiloona Albert aka Einstein
Annabelle Sethupathi Shanmugam
Pei Mama

Upcoming projects[edit]

Film Role Status Notes
Aranmanai 3 Releasing on 14th October 2021
Beast Filming
Shaitan Ka Bachcha delayed
Sathuranga Vettai 2 delayed
Adangathey delayed
Nindru Kolvaan filming
Jagajala Killadi completed
Panni Kutty filming
Kadaisi Vivasayi Filming
Pistha Post production
Kaaviyum Aaviyum Naduvula Devi filming
Poochandi filming
Saloon filming
Doctor (2021 film) Releasing on October 9th 2021
Valimai filming
Ayalaan filming
Vellai Ulagam filming
Theeyorkku Anjael filming
Takkar filming
Soorapuli filming
Thamezharasan filming
Legend Saravana movie filming
Sundara Travels 2 post production
Kasethan Kadavulada 2 filming
Lion filming

Television[edit]

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

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. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  3. ^ Mannath, Malini (14 September 2015). "Yatchan Review: Hotchpotch of Mistaken Identities". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  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. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Kaaka Muttai Movie Review {4/5}". The Times of India. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  11. ^ Vasudevan, K. V. (21 January 2017). "The scene stealer". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Five reasons to watch Nayanthara's Kolamaavu Kokila". The Indian Express. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Kolamavu Kokila song Kalyana Vayasu: This Anirudh Ravichander song featuring Yogi Babu is fun". The Indian Express. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  14. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (28 September 2018). "Pariyerum Perumal review: caste away". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
  15. ^ "Dharmaprabhu review. Dharmaprabhu Tamil movie review, story, rating". IndiaGlitz.com.
  16. ^ "Yogi Babu leads the story in Tamil film 'Gurkha'". gulfnews.com. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.cinemaexpress.com/reviews/tamil/2020/jan/09/darbar-movie-review-an-enthusiastic-rajinikanth-propels-this-passable-bad-cop-film-16446.html
  18. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movie-reviews/mandela/movie-review/81860282.cms

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