Ganja Karuppu

Ganja Karuppu (born as Karuppu Raja Sudalaimuthu) is an Indian film actor who has predominantly appeared in comedy roles in Tamil cinema. After making his debut in Bala's Pithamagan (2003), Ganja Karuppu experienced success in the late 2000s with his roles in Raam (2005), Sivakasi (2005), Paruthiveeran (2007), Subramaniyapuram (2008) and Naadodigal (2009).

Ganja Karuppu
Ganja Karuppu at the Appuchi Gramam Press Meet.jpg
Birth nameKaruppu Raja [1]
Born (1976-01-05) 5 January 1976 (age 45)
Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu, India

CareerEdit

Karuppu was introduced as an actor by director Bala in Pithamagan (2003) as a person who works in the ganja plantations. As a result of the role, he was thereafter credited in films as Ganja Karuppu.[2] In the 2000s, he subsequently was regularly cast in rural films by directors, working on notable films including Ameer's Raam (2005) and Paruthiveeran (2007), Sasikumar's Subramaniapuram (2008), Samuthirakani's Naadodigal (2009) and Sargunam's Kalavani (2010). During the period, he was also cast in the second lead role in Chimbudevan's Arai En 305-il Kadavul (2008) alongside Santhanam, produced by S Pictures.[3] The period of success meant that he was cast in the lead role of a film titled Mannar Valaikuda by Dhanasekaran. Despite making progress, the film about the plight of the fishermen community did not have a theatrical release.[4][5]

In 2012, Karuppu was set to enter Bollywood with a role in the Hindi remake of Samuthirakani's Poraali (2011), but the film eventually did not materialise. He had revealed that he would change his name to "Ganja Khan" for his stint in the Hindi film industry.[6] Karuppu chose to turn film producer with Velmurugan Borewells (2014) but the film went through production delays and had a low profile theatrical release, losing him a significant amount of money. Director Bala later criticised Karuppu for unnecessarily putting his acting career in jeopardy with the move.[7][8] Following a period away from notable films, Karuppu made a comeback with significant roles in S. J. Surya's as Isai (2015) and Dharma Durai (2016).[9]

In 2017, he participated in the first season of the Tamil reality television show Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan. After regularly clashing with fellow actor Bharani, he was evicted on day 14.

Personal lifeEdit

He married Sangeetha, a physiotherapist, in January 2010 in a ceremony held in his home town of Nattarasankottai.[10][11] His first son was born in April 2011 in Madurai.[12] In 2013, he chose to adopt the expenses of five mentally ill people in Trichy.[13] Later in 2016, he announced his intentions of becoming a politician.[14]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role
2003 Pithamagan Ganja Kudukki
2005 Raam Vazhavandhaan
Thirudiya Idhayathai
Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy
Sivakasi Udayappa's sidekick
Bambara Kannaley
Sandakozhi Balu's house servant
2006 Kalvanin Kadhali Karuppu
Thirupathi Muthu
Kodambakkam
Unnakum Ennakum Karuppiah
Keerthi Chakra Ganja Karuppu
Sivappathigaram Vellai
Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai Petrol Pump Employee
Aacharya Kokki
2007 Thaamirabharani Muthu
Paruthiveeran Douglas
Pirappu Kotti
Adavadi
Madurai Veeran Himself
Thirumagan
Pasupathi c/o Rasakkapalayam Karuppu
Azhagiya Thamizh Magan Kathiravan's assistant
Mirugam Idi Thangi
Nenjirukkum Varai
Palaniappa Kalloori
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Karuppu
Pidichirukku Esakki
Vilaiyattu
Arai En 305-il Kadavul Mokkai Swami
Inba Inba's uncle
Pandi Thalaiathi
Subramaniapuram Kaasi
Uliyin Osai Soodamani
Thenavattu Vellaiyan
Panchamirtham Muthu
2009 A Aa E Ee Kicha
Kadhalna Summa Illai
Naadodigal Maariyappan
Vaigai Jeevarasi
Engal Aasan Yogiyan
Malayan
Malai Malai Karuppu
Aarupadai Karuppu Raja
Aarumaname Periyasamy and Chinnasamy
Suriyan Satta Kalloori Idithangi
Yogi 'Stills' Mani
Mathiya Chennai
Balam Altap Arumugam
2010 Maanja Velu Bhooshan
Kathai
Aval Peyar Thamizharasi Othappuli
Kutti Pisasu Karuppu
Kattradhu Kalavu
Pen Singam
Kalavani Panchayathu
Vamsam Sombhu Mani
Sindhu Samaveli
Irandu Mugam
Ochayee Azhagar
Aarvam Tea master
Vallakottai Veera Sangili
Magizchi Rasappan
Siddu Monnaiyan
2011 Thambikottai Karuppu
Sankarankovil Killi Pillai
Venghai Ganesan
Puli Vesham Karuppu
Aayiram Vilakku Tyson
Keezhatheru Kichaa
Thambi Vettothi Sundaram Current
Konjam Sirippu Konjam Kobam
Poraali Pulikutti
2012 Medhai
Oru Nadigaiyin Vaakkumoolam Arokkiyasamy
Soozhnilai
Kondaan Koduthaan
Mazhaikaalam
Sooriyanagaram
Ooh La La La Iron Shop
Mayanginen Thayanginen
Mirattal Kathi
Mayilu
Kai
Akilan
2013 Naangaam Pirai
Vellachi
Keeripulla
Vetkathai Kettal Ennai Tharuvaai
Chikki Mukki
Thirumathi Thamizh
Orissa (Malayalam)
Sokkali
Nugam
Muthu Nagaram
Chithirayil Nilachoru
Kolaagalam
Sandhithathum Sindhithathum
2014 Kalvanin Kadhali
Adhu Vera Idhu Vera
Amara
Gantharvan
Vetri Selvan
Kalkandu Azhappan
Appuchi Gramam
Velmurugan Borewell Also producer
2015 Isai Karuppu
Paranjothi
Kangaroo Kangaroo's friend
Lailaa O Lailaa (Malayalam) Auto driver
Maharani Kottai
Madhura Naranga (Malayalam) Sri Lankan Tamil tourist guide
2016 Sowkarpettai
Chandi Kuthirai
Dharma Durai Compounder
2017 Unnai Thottu Kolla Vaa
Thondan Xavier
Paakanum Pola Irukku
Ullam Ullavarai
Kurangu Bommai Viji's brother
Gilli Bambaram Goli
Kida Virundhu
Kalavadiya Pozhudugal Gnanam
2018 Nimir Sadha's brother-in-law
Kannakkol
Kasu Mela Kasu Cameo appearance
Sandakozhi 2 Durai's servant
Bayangaramana Aalu
Piraanmalai
2019 Thanimai
Kadhal Munnetra Kazhagam
Oviyavai Vitta Yaru
Vannakili Bharathi
Kalavani 2 Panchayathu
Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu 2 Paandi
2020 Irumbu Manithan Munikannu
Kombu
Television

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ganja Karuppu Interview". Uyirmmai (in Tamil). Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Parotta Pakoda Thakkali Thenga". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Ganja karuppu arai en 305 il kadavul Subramaniapuram ram Ram comedy actor ganja karuppu pirivom santhippom stills picture image gallery". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
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  6. ^ "Ayngaran International". Ayngaran.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Bala speech about comedian Ganja Karuppu at the Thondan audio launch". Behindwoods.com. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Now, Ganja Karuppu is a producer!". Sify.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Noted comedy actor to join AIADMK – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz.com. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Ganja Karuppu weds Sangeetha – Tamil Movie News – Ganja Karuppu – Sangeetha – Nattarasan Kottai – Bala – Ameer – Seeman – Behindwoods.com". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Wedding bells for Ganja Karuppu". Sify.com. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Ganja Karuppu, The Proud Dad – Ganja Karuppu – Tamil Movie News – Behindwoods.com". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  13. ^ Prasad, G. (5 February 2012). "'Ganja' Karuppu adopts five mentally ill persons". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  14. ^ "A comedian with a serious message". The Hindu. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2018.

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