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Vivek (Tamil Actor) Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Arulselvi Vivek
Age: 59 Years At The Time Of Death
Death Cause: Cardiac Arrest

Vivek

Bio/Wiki
Real nameVivekanandan [1]Wikipedia
Profession(s)Actor and Scriptwriter
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Career
DebutFilm (Tamil): ‘Manathil Uruthi Vendum’ (1987) in a supporting role
Manathil Uruthi Vendum (1987)
Last FilmIndian 2 (Tamil; 2021) in a supporting role
Indian 2 (2021)
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Filmfare Awards for the Tamil films ‘Run’ (2002), ‘Saamy’ (2003) and ‘Perazhagan’ (2004)
• Tamil Nadu State Film Awards as Best Comedian for the Tamil films ‘Unnaruge Naan Irundhal’ (1999), ‘Run’ (2002), ‘Parthiban Kanavu’ (2003), ‘Anniyan’ (2005), and ‘Sivaji’ (2007)
• Kalaimamani award for his contributions to Tamil Cinema (2006)
Vivek receiving Kalaimamani award
• Edison Awards as Best Comedian for ‘Guru En Aalu’ (2007)
• Padma Shri award for his contribution to the arts (2009)
Vivek receiving the Padma Shri Award
• Degree of Doctor of Literature for contribution to the society through cinema by Sathyabama University (2015)
Note: He had many more accolades to his name.
Personal Life
Date of Birth19 November 1961 (Sunday)
BirthplaceNalla Village, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu
Date of Death17 April 2021
Place of DeathSIMS Hospital in Vadapalani, Chennai
Age (at the time of death) 59 Years
Death CauseCardiac Arrest [2]The Times of India
Zodiac signScorpio
NationalityIndian
HometownNalla Village, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu
School• G.H.S.S Vannavasi, Tamil Nadu
• Govt Boys High School, Pallipalayam, Tamil Nadu
College/University• American College, Madurai
• SRM Arts & Science College, Tamil Nadu
• Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS), Tamil Nadu
Educational Qualification(s)• Graduation in commerce
• MCom [3]New Indian Express
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Married
Family
Wife/SpouseArulselvi Vivek
Vivek with his wife
ChildrenSon- Prasanna Kumar (Died at the age of 13 due to dengue and brain fever)
Vivek with his son
Daughter- Tejaswini and Amritha Nandini
Vivek's daughter, Tejasvini Vivek
ParentsFather- Angayya
Mother- Maniyammal
Vivek with his mother

Vivek

Some Lesser Known Facts About Vivek

  • Vivek was a well-known South Indian actor, scriptwriter, and singer.
  • He used to participate in various extra-curricular activities while he was in college.
  • After completing his post-graduation, he started working as a secretariat in the Tamil Nadu government. Simultaneously, he worked as a stand-up comedian at Madras Humour Club.
  • Later, the owner of the Humour Club P. R. Govindarajan introduced him to K. Balachandar (Indian film director) who asked Vivek to work as a scriptwriter in one of his films.
  • In 1987, while he was working on the script of the Tamil film ‘Manathil Uruthi Vendum,’ he got an offer to play a small role in the film. He accepted the offer and played the role of the South Indian actress Suhasini’s brother.
  • At the beginning of his career, he played cameo roles in various Tamil films including ‘Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal’ (1989), ‘Oru Veedu Iru Vasal’ (1990), ‘Vanaja Girija’ (1994), ‘Muthukulikka Vaariyala’ (1995), and ‘Mayabazar’ (1995).

    Vivek in an old film

    Vivek in an old film

  • He got immense popularity by playing comic roles in various Tamil films such as ‘Anniyan’ (2005), ‘Sivaji’ (2007), ‘Velaiyilla Pattathari’ (2014), ‘VIP 2’ (2017), and ‘Dharala Prabhu’ (2020).
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  • On 6 June 2019, on the eve of environment day, he planted 10,000 plant saplings. During an interview, while talking about his project, he said,

Kalam sir gave me an assignment of planting one crore trees. I have planted 21.5 lakh trees in the past three years and next month I will complete planting three lakh more saplings. Normally when showbiz people are committed to social work, it is very difficult to sustain the momentum because of the nature of our work. For his stature Kalaam sir could have easily chosen a Shahrukh Khan or a Salman Khan, even Aamir Khan would have obliged. But I asked him, why he chose me for this assignment? He quoted a verse from Thirukkural. The gist of it means that there are missions which are to do be done by people who are most apt for the mission.”

Vivek at International Coastal Clean Up 2011

Vivek at International Coastal Clean Up 2011

  • To promote a green environment, he had started an NGO “Go Green Initiative” of “Thuimai Arunai.” Later, under the guidance of the former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, he started the “Green Kalam Project.” He also worked for the campaign“Green Globe Project,” which is a campaign against global warming.

    Vivek with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

    Vivek with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

  • Vivek and the South Indian actress Jyothika were selected as the brand ambassadors for the plastic-free Tamil Nadu campaign.
  • He named his son Prasanna after one of his friends’ name, who worked with Vivek on the script of the Tamil film ‘Run’ (2002), and was no more alive.
  • Vivek had also recorded a few songs in Tamil films.

    Vivek while recording his first song

    Vivek while recording his first song

  • He was appointed as the brand ambassador for a few brands like Mirinda soft drinks (2003) and Nathella jewellery (2011).
  • Vivek appeared in various TV commercials like Bajaj Boxer and Medimix Ayurveda.

  • He passed a statement on the audio launch of the Tamil film ‘Bigil’ in 2019 which was criticized by the public. He said,

Nenjil Kudiyirukkum was a song in the 1960 movie Irumbuthirai starring Sivaji Ganesan, and the song did not have much appeal, but now this Nenjil Kudiyirukkum from Vijay has a bigger reach.” [4]India Glitz

  • On 17 April 2021, at 4:35 am, he passed away at SIMS Hospital in Vadapalani in Chennai. On his demise, the hospital officials said,

An acute coronary syndrome with cardiogenic shock. This is a separate cardiac event. It may not be due to Covid vaccination.”

  • Many popular Indian celebrities like A. R. Rahman, Radikaa Sarathkumar, Mohan Raja, and Gautham Karthik shared their condolences on his demise.