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Age: 52 Years
Marital Status: Separated
Hometown: Chennai

Mysskin

Bio/Wiki
Real nameShanmugha Raja [1]The Times of India
Profession(s)• Actor
• Film Director
• Producer
• Singer
• Lyricist
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Career
DebutFilm (actor): Youth (2002)
Mysskin in a still from the film 'Youth'
Film (director & writer): Chithiram Pesuthadi (2006)
Poster of the film 'Chithiram Pesuthadi'
AwardsWon 
• Best Director Award at the Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards for the film 'Anjathe' in 2009
• Best Actor Award at the Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards for the film 'Nandalala' in 2011
• Best Screenplay Award at the Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards for the film 'Super Deluxe' in 2020
• Best Writing Award at the Critics' Choice Film Awards for the film 'Super Deluxe' in 2020

Nominated 
• Best Dialogue Writer Jury Award at the Vijay Awards for the film 'Anjathe' in 2009
• Best Story and Screenplay Writer Jury Award at the Vijay Awards for the film 'Anjathe' in 2009
• Best Director Jury Award at the Vijay Awards for the film 'Anjathe' in 2009 
• Best Debut Actor Jury Award at the Vijay Awards for the film 'Nandalala' in 2011
• Best Director Award at the South Indian International Movie Awards for the film 'Psycho' in 2021
Personal Life
Date of Birth20 September 1971 (Monday)
Age (as of 2023) 52 Years
BirthplaceChennai, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac signVirgo
NationalityIndian
HometownChennai
HobbyReading Books
ControversiesA conflict with actor Vishal: In 2020, a conflict arose between the filmmaker and actor Vishal while they were filming 'Thupparivaalan 2.' Vishal, who was also the film's producer, accused Mysskin of mismanaging funds and not sticking to the shooting schedule. Following this disagreement, Mysskin left the project, and Vishal took over as the director, making it his directorial debut. It was later revealed that Mysskin had sent Vishal a four-page demand list, which became viral on the internet.[2]The Indian Express
Slammed by Netizens: In 2018, Mysskin was heavily slammed by netizens when he made an inappropriate joke about the well-known actor Mammootty. At the audio launch of the film 'Peranb,' Mysskin, while praising Mammootty's work, made an offensive comment about the actor. He said that if Mammootty were a woman, he would have raped him. [3]The Times of India
Relationships & More
Marital StatusSeparated
Family
Wife/SpouseName Not Known
ChildrenHe has a daughter.
Favourites
CinematographerMahesh Muthuswami
ScreenwritersC. V. Sridhar, Mahendran, David Mamet, Frank Pierson
FilmPather Panchali (1955)

Mysskin

Some Lesser Known Facts About Mysskin

  • Mysskin is an Indian actor, film director, screenwriter, singer, producer, and composer. He predominantly works in the Tamil film industry.
  • He commenced his career in the film industry as an assistant to director Kathir. Kathir had noticed him while he was working at a bookstore and asked to assist him in filmmaking. He worked with Kathir for nearly eight months but didn’t get any work during that time.
  • After making his acting debut with the Tamil film ‘Youth’ in 2002, he played a small role in the film ‘Kadhal Virus’ in the same year.
  • In 2005, he played a supporting role in the Tamil film ‘Jithan.’
  • He penned the lyrics of two songs titled “Aaahayam Aaahayam” and “Idhu Enna Pudhu Kanavo (M)” for his directorial debut film ‘Chithiram Pesuthadi.’
  • After making his debut as a director and writer with the Tamil film ‘Chithiram Pesuthadi’ (2006), he wrote and directed the film ‘Anjathe’ (2008), which gained attention for its distinctive narrative and visual presentation, becoming a significant work in Tamil new-wave cinema. He also sang the songs “Kannadhasan Karaikudi” and “Acham Thavir” for the film.

    Poster of the film 'Anjathe'

    Poster of the film ‘Anjathe’

  • In 2010, he played his first lead role in the Tamil film ‘Nandalala,’ based on the 1999 Japanese film ‘Kikujiro.’ He also worked as a director and writer for the film. The film was well received at the box office and also won the People’s Choice Award at the Norway Film Festival.
  • In an interview, he revealed that when he approached the actors to play the lead role in his film ‘Nandalala,’ none of the actors agreed, which led him to take on the lead role himself. While talking about it in the interview, he said,

    I had a good story with me, which I was not able to convert to a movie because all the actors whom I approached were reluctant to do such a subject, this went on for nearly 2 and a half years. But I could not afford to shelve this story, so I decided to take it on myself.”

  • He had to lose around 20 kilograms of body weight to play the role of Bhaskar Mani in the film ‘Nandalala.’

    Mysskin (left) in a still from the film 'Nandalala'

    Mysskin (left) in a still from the film ‘Nandalala’

  • He sang the song “Bar Anthem” for the 2012 Tamil film ‘Mugamoodi.’ He also wrote the lyrics for the song.
  • He worked as an actor, director, writer, and producer for the Tamil film ‘Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum’ in 2013.
  • In 2017, Mysskin directed and wrote the Tamil film ‘Thupparivaalan,’ drawing inspiration from the Sherlock Holmes stories. He also sang and wrote the lyrics of the song “Ivan Thupparivaalan.”
  • The following year, he played the role of Mangeswaran in the Tamil film ‘Savarakkaththi.’ He also worked as a writer and producer for the film.
  • Mysskin has written and directed various Tamil films such as ‘Yuddham Sei’ (2011), ‘Mugamoodi’ (2012), ‘Pisaasu’ (2014), and ‘Psycho’ (2020).
  • He appeared alongside Vikranth in the Tamil film ‘Suttu Pidikka Utharavu’ (2019) in which he played the role of Ibrahim.

    Mysskin (left) in a still from the film 'Suttu Pidikka Utharavu'

    Mysskin (left) in a still from the film ‘Suttu Pidikka Utharavu’

  • In 2021, he made a cameo appearance in the Tamil film ‘Bachelor,’ starring G. V. Prakash Kumar.
  • In 2023, he appeared in the Tamil film ‘Maaveeran’ in which he played the role of M. N. Jeyakodi.
  • In the same year, he essayed the role of Shanmugam in the Tamil film ‘Leo’ (2023) and received immense praise for his performance.

    Poster of the film 'Leo'

    Poster of the film ‘Leo’

  • Mysskin has appeared in a few more Tamil films including  ‘Kattumaram’ (2019), ‘Super Deluxe’ (2019), and ‘Are You Ok Baby?’ (2023).
  •  In an interview, he revealed that he had to change his name from Shanmugha Raja to Mysskin after he started working in the film industry. He said that when he came into the film industry, there were already many celebrities having ‘Raja’ in their names. Therefore, he decided to choose a unique name to distinguish himself in the industry. He revealed that his stage name ‘Mysskin’ is inspired by the name of the protagonist of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel ‘The Idiot.’
  • Mysskin is known for his unique way of filmmaking. He uses detailed storyboards, creates realistic fight scenes, takes unusual shots, meticulous set construction, and makes characters with lots of depth.
  • He mainly explores the themes of compassion and redemption in his films, focusing on the struggles of the urban poor and middle class.

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