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Harish Kalyan (born 29 June 1990) is an Indian film actor who has predominantly appeared in Tamil language films. He made his acting debut in Sindhu Samaveli (2010) opposite debutante Amala Paul, before being noticed for his performances in Poriyaalan (2014), Vil Ambu (2016) and Pyaar Prema Kaadhal (2018).[1][2][3]

Harish Kalyan
Harish Kalyan at Guest audio Launch
Harish Kalyan

(1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 28)
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Playback Singer
Years active2010–present




Harish Kalyan made his debut in Samy's controversial Sindhu Samaveli (2010), portraying the role of Anbu, whose wife has an illicit relationship with her father-in-law. Upon release, the film met with contrasting reviews, whilst some critics refused to give the film a rating, declaring their disgust at the film's plot.[4][5] Critics described his next role in the Thaman-musical Aridhu Aridhu (2010) as "okay", but the film also failed to take a strong opening at the box office.[6] Harish then went on to work in S. A. Chandrasekhar's Sattapadi Kutram (2011), which featured Sathyaraj, Vikranth and Bhanu in other roles. The film showcased the changes our legal system demands, with Harish playing a spoilt brat who eventually turns over a new leaf in the film. The film opened to poor reviews and did poorly at the box office.[7] He was next seen alongside Karunas, Shweta Basu Prasad and Sanjana Singh in the 2013 comedy film Chandhamama, before playing a supporting role in the Telugu film, Jai Sriram (2013).[8][9] During the period, he also worked on a bilingual film titled Guest opposite Poonam Kaur, but the film did not have a theatrical release.[10][11][12]

After half a dozen films, he was finally noticed for his performance in the thriller Poriyaalan (2014), where he portrayed a young civil engineer aspiring to become a property developer caught up in a real estate scam. Produced by Vetrimaaran and featuring him alongside Anandhi, Poriyaalan became Harish's first successful venture with critics praising his performance.[13][14] The success of Poriyaalan prompted film maker Suseenthiran to select Harish to portray a leading role in his production, Vil Ambu (2016).[15] Appearing in an ensemble cast including his own father Kalyan, Sri and Chandini Tamilarasan, critics praised Harish's performance stating he "scores big time" and "is bound to be noticed for his charming looks and clean features".[16][17] Despite winning positive reviews, the film did middling business at the box office.[18][19] In 2017, Harish appeared in another Telugu film, the romantic comedy Kaadhali, where he featured alongside Sai Ronak and Pooja Doshi.[20][21]

In 2017, Harish took part in the first season of the Tamil reality television show, Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan. He entered the show on day 53 as a new contestant and finished as the show's second runner up.[22] Following his successful appearance on the show, Harish Kalyan was signed on to play the lead role in Elan's romantic comedy Pyaar Prema Kaadhal (2018), which featured him opposite fellow Bigg Boss contestant Raiza Wilson. Portraying Sree Kumar, a naive Chennai-based IT worker, he won positive reviews for his portrayal as the film received critical and commercial acclaim upon release.[23] A critic from the Indian Express wrote Harish "comes up with a performance that he can be proud of", while the Deccan Chronicle also praised the lead pair, noting Harish "looks good and plays his boy-next-door character with utmost ease", while "his flair for comedy also comes to the fore".[24][25]


Harish Kalyan is a trained singer in Hindustani music and can also play the keyboard.[26] During January 2012, he announced his intentions of releasing two songs he had worked on titled "Kutty Peg – A Toast to Life" and "Ovvoru Manushanuukum Ovvoru Feelings". In 2016, Harish released an independent song titled "I'm Single", working as a singer and lyricist for the song, which had music composed by L. V. Muthukumarasamy.[27][28]


Year Film Role Notes
2010 Sindhu Samaveli Anbu Debut Film
Aridhu Aridhu
2011 Sattapadi Kutram Surya
2013 Chandhamama Yuvan
Jai Sriram Sidhu Telugu film
2014 Poriyaalan Saravanan Main lead
2016 Vil Ambu Arul
2017 Kaadhali Karthick Telugu film
2018 Pyaar Prema Kaadhal Sree Kumar
2019 Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Gautham
Jersey Nani Telugu film
Cameo appearance
TBA Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale Filming
Kasadatabara Filming



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  2. ^ "My dad's portrayal in the film contrasts his real life: Harish Kalyan". 10 January 2016.
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  4. ^ Srinivasan, Pavithra (6 September 2010). "Sindhu Samaveli goes for the jugular". Rediff. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Sindhu Samaveli Review". Behindwoods. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Tamil Cinema News - Tamil Movie Reviews - Tamil Movie Trailers - IndiaGlitz Tamil".
  7. ^ "Page not found News" – via
  8. ^ "Harish Kalayan turns composer". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Harish Kalyan - Raring to go". Sify.
  10. ^ "Guest Music Review Guest".
  11. ^ Kumar, S. R. Ashok (12 December 2012). "Look who's the Guest!" – via
  12. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (1 December 2012). "Etcetera: Tale with a twist" – via
  13. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (6 September 2014). "Poriyaalan review - A gritty little thriller" – via
  14. ^ "Poriyaalan (aka) Poriyalan review".
  15. ^ "I got the meaty role in Vil Ambu after Suseenthiran sir watched Poriyaalan".
  16. ^ "Vil Ambu (aka) Vil Ambu review". Behindwoods.
  17. ^ "My dad’s portrayal in the film contrasts his real life: Harish Kalyan". 23 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Review: Vil Ambu is worth a watch".
  19. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (13 February 2016). "Vil Ambu: Good concept, average execution" – via
  20. ^ "Harish Kalyan goes to Tollywood".
  21. ^ "Harish Kalyan forays into Telugu". 23 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Big Boss Tamil updates : Harish Kalyan makes a wild card entry".
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  26. ^ "Harish Kalyan: A distinct identity - Times of India".
  27. ^ "சிம்பு பாராட்டிய 'ஐயம் சிங்கிள், ரெடி டு மிங்கிள்" பாடல் உருவானது இப்படித்தான்!". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  28. ^ "Making actors sing!". Retrieved 3 July 2016.

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