Age: 63 Years
Hometown: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Marital Status: Married
• Playback Singer
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 172 cm
in meters- 1.72 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
|Debut||Film (actor): En Thangai Kalyani (1988)
Film (lead actor): Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikecei (2006) dual role as King Pulikesi XXIII and Ukraputhan
Film (singer): Ellame En Rasathan (1995)
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||Won
• Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Kaalam Maari Pochu' in 1996
• Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Vetri Kodi Kattu' in 2000
• Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Thavasi' in 2001
• Filmfare Award for Best Comedian – Tamil for the film 'Chandramukhi' in 2005
• Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi' in 2006
• Filmfare Award for Best Comedian – Tamil for the film 'Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi' in 2006
• Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Pokkiri' in 2007
• Vijay Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Marudhamalai' in 2007
• Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Kathavarayan' in 2008
• Nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Comedian – Tamil for the film 'Winner' in 2003
• Nominated for the Vijay Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Aadhavan' in 2009
• Nominanted for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil for the film 'Aadhavan' in 2009
• Nominated for the Vijay Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Nagaram' in 2010
• Nominated for the Vijay Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Kaavalan' in 2011
• Nominated for the SIIMA Award for Best Comedian for the film 'Kaavalan' in 2011
• Honorary doctorate under the category of entertainment by the International Council on Anti-Corruption and Human Rights in February 2023 Nakkheeran
|Date of Birth||10 October 1960 (Monday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||63 Years|
|Birthplace||Madurai, Madras State
(now Tamil Nadu)
|Hometown||Madurai, Tamil Nadu|
|School||He has no school experience.|
|Political Inclination||Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam|
|Controversies||• Stone Assault on Vadivelu's Residence: Vadivelu's house in Chennai's Saligramam area faced a stone attack by a group on 21 September 2008. The attack resulted in damage of windows and furniture of his home.However, he managed to stay safe by hiding in a room.Vadivelu alleged actor Vijayakanth's involvement, citing an ongoing legal dispute over an assault. He said that the attack happened right before the final court hearing, preventing his attendance. The actor later filed a counter case against Vijayakanth, accusing him of attempted murder. In an interivew, he talked about it and said,
"This is not a laughing matter. It is little over a year since they (Vijayakanth's supporters) first clashed with me (Sept 12, 2007) and I am due to appear in court on Monday in connection with that case, and now they are compounding the matter." The Times of India
• Lawsuit against Manobala and Singamuthu: In June 2020, Vadivelu lodge a lawsuit at the South Indian Artistes' Association (Nadigar Sangam) about actors Manobala and Singamuthu, accusing them of defaming his reputation. Vadivelu asserted that Singamuthu had made offensive comments about him during an interview on Manobala's YouTube channel 'Waste Paper,' and Manobala further spread these remarks online to defame him. The Times of India
• A temporary ban on Vadivelu: During the filming of 'Imsai Arasan 24 am Pulikesi' in September 2018, Vadivelu had a dispute with filmmaker Chimbu Deven about a costume designer. This film was a sequel to the 2006 film 'Imsai Arasan 23 am Pulikesi.' Vadivelu left the project halfway, prompting filmmakers S. Shankar and Subaskaran Allirajah to file a complaint against him at the Tamil Nadu Film Producers' Council (TFPC) due to his uncooperative behavior. The TFPC initially asked Vadivelu to either return to filming or compensate the makers with Rs 9 crore. However, Vadivelu declined both options, leading the Producers' Council to impose a temporary ban on his casting in Tamil films. The Indian Express
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Name Not Known|
|Children||He has a son and three daughters. His youngest daughter's name is Kalaivani.|
|Parents||Father- Name Not Known
Mother- Vaitheswari (died in January 2023)
|Siblings||Brother- 2 (younger)
• Name Not Known
• Jagatheeshwaran (younger; died in August 2023)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Vadivelu
- Vadivelu is an Indian actor known for his work in Tamil films. He is known for his distinctive style of humour, which often involves making fun of himself. His characters typically portray an exaggerated sense of importance, often taking on comical versions of tough gang leaders.
- He wanted to become an actor since he was a child. He used to take part in local stage plays, where he mainly played comic roles.
- Before he started working in films, he helped run his dad’s glass-cutting business. After his father passed away, he continued running the business with his brothers.
- After making his acting debut with the Tamil film En Thangai Kalyani’ (1988), he appeared in the film ‘En Rasavin Manasile’ (1991), starring Goundamani and Senthil. Following this film, he starred in several more films alongside Goundamani and Senthil as a trio.
- In 1992, he appeared alongside Vijayakanth in the film ‘Chinna Gounder.’
- In the same year, he essayed the role of Sabha in the film ‘Singaravelan.’
- Vadivelu became a household name after playing the role of Vasanth in the Prabhu Deva starrer film ‘Kadhalan’ (1994).
- After making his debut as a playback singer with the film ‘Ellame En Rasathan’ (1995), Vadivelu worked as a playback singer for the film ‘Rajavin Parvaiyile’ (1995). He sang the song “Ammanuke Adanki” for the film.
- In 1996, he lent his voice for the song “Vaadi Potta Pulla Veliye” for the film ‘Kaalam Maari Pochu.’
- His performance as Sekar in the 1996 film ‘Kaalam Maari Pochu’ received huge praise from the audience.
- In 2001, he worked as a playback singer for the film ‘Magalirkkaga’ in which he sang the song “Therkathi Mappillai.”
- He, along with Kovai Kamala, Silambarasan, and Tippu, sang the song “Kadhal Panna” for the film ‘Kovil’ (2004).
- After making his debut as a lead actor in the film ‘Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikecei’ (2006), Vadivelu appeared in a lead role in the film ‘Indiralohathil Na Azhagappan’ (2008).
- In 2011, he supported the DMK ( Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) party and its allies in the Tamil Nadu Assembly election. He mainly criticised actor Vijaykanth for forming an alliance with the opposition party AIADMK, led by Jayalalithaa.
- In 2014, he played the titular role in the film ‘Tenaliraman.’ However, the film did not perform well at the box office.
- In 2015, he appeared in the lead role of Eli Saamy in the film ‘Eli.’ The film also failed to run at the box office. He also sang the song “Kannameya” for the film.
- Following setbacks as a lead actor in several films, Vadivelu decided to return to play supporting roles. He later appeared as a supporting actor in the films ‘Kaththi Sandai’ (2016) and ‘Shivalinga’ (2017) and regained popularity in the film industry.
- Vadivelu made his return to the Tamil film industry in 2022 after a ban of four years with the film ‘Naai Sekar Returns’ in which he essayed the titular role. The film received a positive response from the audience and critics.
- In 2023, he appeared alongside Fahadh Faasil in the film ‘Maamannan.’ Vadivelu played the titular role in the film. For the film, he also recorded the song “Raasa Kannu” with A. R. Rahman.
- He lent his voice as a playback singer in several Tamil films, including ‘Thadayam’ (1997), ‘Manaivikku Mariyadhai’ (1999), ‘Vadagupatti Maapillai’ (2001), ‘Kadhal Kirukkan’ (2003), ‘Vel’ (2007), ‘Villu’ (2009), and ‘Naai Sekar Returns’ (2023).
- He has acted in more than 300 Tamil films in a career span of thirty years. Some of his most notable films include ‘Chinna Gounder’ (1991), ‘Chandralekha’ (1995), ‘Friends’ (2001), ‘Gambeeram’ (2004), ‘Muniyandi Vilangiyal Moonramandu’ (2008), ‘Mambattiyan’ (2011), ‘Mersal’ (2017), and ‘Chandramukhi 2’ (2023).
- After achieving fame in films, he earned the nickname Vaigai Puyal, named after the Vaigai River in his hometown, Madurai. His nickname was inspired by the Vaigai River in his hometown, Madurai.
- In an interview, he disclosed how he landed his first role. He said that he met filmmaker Rajkiran on a train while heading to Chennai to meet his future wife. While travelling, they had a conversation and Rajkiran found him impressive. He later decided to give Vadivelu a role in the film ‘En Rasavin Manasile’ (1991).
- People on social media often use Vadivelu’s dialogues to make funny memes to express irony in real-life situations. In addition, many Tamil films have been named after his popular dialogues.