|Vadivelu Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||September 12, 1960|
Vadivelu is an Indian actor, comedian, and playback singer who is best known for his roles as a comedy actor in Tamil cinema. He has been cast in more than 200 films and some of them are Chandramukhi, Nagaram, Marudhamalai, Kaalam Maari Pochu, Maanasthan, Pokkiri, Kaavalan, Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi, Oru Murai Sollividu, Em Magan, Vetri Kodi Kattu, Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan, Tenaliraman, Aadhavan, Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, Thavasi, Kathavarayan, Eli, Kizhakku Cheemayile, Shakalaka Baby, Namma Veetu Kalyanam, Thathi Thavadhu Manasu, Winner, Karka Kasadara, Maa Madurai, Vedigundu Murugesan, Nagaram Marupakkam, Marupadiyum Oru Kadhal, and Kaththi Sandai. For his work, he has also won many awards in the “Best Comedian” category.
Vadivelu, Vaigai Puyal (meaning “Vaigai storm”)
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Vadivelu has not received a formal education.
Actor, Comedian, Playback Singer
- Father – Natarajan
- Mother – Vaitheswari
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Vadivelu has dated –
- Sarojini – He is married to Sarojini and the duo has been blessed with 4 children – daughters Kannigaparameswari, Karthiga, and Kalaivani, and a son named Subramaniyan.
Race / Ethnicity
- Strong comic performances
- Rustic looks
- Growing up, he used to work in his father’s glass-cutting business and later continued it with his brothers after his father’s death.
- When he was younger, Vadivelu used to participate in local stage plays, usually in a comic role.
- For his role as Sekar in the 1996 Tamil-language comedy film Kaalam Maari Pochu, he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for “Best Comedian”.
- In 2008, Vadivelu appeared as ‘Kanduvetti’ Karuppu in the Tamil action comedy-drama film Kathavarayan and this role won him the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for “Best Comedian”.
- He co-starred as Banner-Kuppan (Bannerji) in the 2009 Tamil-language action-comedy film Aadhavan, loosely based on the 1990 Malayalam movie His Highness Abdullah. For this role, Vadivelu was nominated for a Filmfare Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Tamil” and Vijay Award for “Best Comedian”.
- He co-starred as Style Pandi in the 2010 Tamil-language action-comedy film Nagaram Marupakkam (also known as Nagaram), a role that got him nominated for a Vijay Award for “Best Comedian”.
- His nickname “Vaigai Puyal” was coined by the media and is a reference to the river that flows through his hometown Madurai.
- Vadivelu appeared as Ammavasai in the 2011 Tamil-language romantic comedy action film Kaavalan, a remake of the Malayalam film Bodyguard. This performance got him nominated for a Vijay Award as well as a SIIMA Award in the “Best Comedian” category.
- He has been typecast as many of his on-screen characters involve heavy use of slapstick and puns.
- In 2018, the Tamil Film Producers Council issued a ban against casting Vadivelu in future films.
- Vadivelu announced his comeback on Twitter in 2020, stating, “You’ve also been asking why I’m not acting yet. Soon, I will make my entry in a grand manner”.
- Many of his dialogs have served as the inspiration for various memes in social media.
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