Kavin is an Indian actor who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. He made a transition from the small screen to the silverscreen.[1] In the beginning of his career, he made a name for himself by playing the character Vettaiyan, a villain turned into a hero in the television series Saravanan Meenatchi. In 2019, Kavin was a contestant on Bigg Boss (Season 3).[2] He got his breakthrough by starring as a lead in successful movies such as Lift[3] and Dada.[4]

Kavin Raj

(1990-06-22) 22 June 1990 (age 33)
  • Actor
  • Film
  • Television Host
Years active2011–present
SpouseMonica David (m.2023)

Career Edit

While completing his education at Loyola College, Kavin attended auditions with Star Vijay. His first appearance in television serials was through the college version of Kana Kaanum Kaalangal, where he appeared as a student. He continued working on Star Vijay, appearing in supporting roles in the serials Thayumanavan and in the 1st season of Saravanan Meenatchi. In the second season of Saravanan Meenatchi, Kavin was initially given an antagonist role but, during the course of the show, his character of Vettaiyan went through a character arc and became the main lead. He won positive critical acclaim for his performance and won the Vijay Television Awards for Favourite Actor Male for 2015.[5][6] After the end of season 2, Kavin opted not to act in any more television serials and stated his intentions of breaking into the Tamil film industry.[7]

Kavin played a supporting role in S. R. Prabhakaran's Sathriyan (2017) and the lead role in Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma (2019) during late 2016. Prior to these films, he appeared in small, insignificant roles in Karthik Subbaraj's Pizza (2012) and Ravikumar's Indru Netru Naalai (2015).[8][9] Sathriyan, featuring Vikram Prabhu and Manjima Mohan, eventually opened to mixed reviews and Kavin's role as a doctor opposite Aishwarya Dutta in the film also was met with a mixed response.[10][11] Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma saw him associate with director Shiva Aravind, whom he became acquainted with during his stint with Star Vijay. They developed the script together.[12][13] In the film, he played a man whose life changes after meeting the film's main character, played by Remya Nambeesan. The film went through several delays as the producer was keen to have a wide release across Tamil Nadu.[14] The film was ultimately released in 2019 to mixed reviews.[15][16]

Kavin became known because of his participation in the third season of Bigg Boss Tamil,[17] after which he was cast as the lead actor in Lift, directed by Vineeth Varaprasad and released on OTT which is opened to positive response .[18][19] He worked as an assistant director in Doctor (2021). His romantic web series titled Akash Vaani released on February 11, 2022.[20] He went to Star in Critically acclaimed and Commercially successful movie Dada.[21]

Filmography Edit

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Films Role Notes Ref.
2012 Pizza Ghost researcher
2015 Indru Netru Naalai Anu's imaginary husband
2017 Sathriyan Chandran
2019 Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma Shiva
2021 Lift Guruprasad "Guru"
2023 Dada Manikandan
TBA Star TBA Filming

Web series Edit

Year Title Role Language Platform Notes Ref.
2022 Akash Vaani Akaash Tamil Aha Tamil Debut Web Series [22]

Television Edit

Year Serial/ Show Role Channel Notes
2011–2012 Kana Kaanum Kaalangal Kalloori Salai Season 2 Siva Star Vijay
2013–2014 Thayumanavan Vicky
2012–2013 Saravanan Meenatchi Murugan
2013–2016 Saravanan Meenatchi Season 2 Saravana Perumal "Saravanan" (Vettaiyan) Lead Role
2019 Bigg Boss Tamil - Season 3 Contestant Walked Out with 5 Lakhs
2021 Bigg Boss Tamil - Season 4 Guest
2022 Bigg Boss Tamil - Season 5 Guest
2023 Bigg Boss Tamil - Season 6 Guest

Host Edit

Music Video Edit

Awards Edit

Year Award Show / Film Role
2015 Vijay Television Awards for Favourite Actor Male Saravanan Meenatchi Vettaiyan
2019 Game Changer Award Bigg Boss Tamil 3
2019 Behindwoods Gold Medal Awards for Most Popular Person on Television
2019 Chennai Times Most Desirable Man on Television
2019 Chennai Times Most Desirable Man on 6th position
2020 Viral Song of the Year 2019 Bigg Boss Tamil 3 "We are the boyz"
2021 Chennai Times Most Desirable Man (16th Position)
2022 Best Actor Male OTT - Blacksheep Digital Awards Lift
2023 People's Favourite Actor Of The Year - Behindwoods Gold Icons 2023 Dada

References Edit

  1. ^ "Watch Actor Kavin on 'DaDa' and the road to success". thehindu.com. 21 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil 3 fame Kavin still enjoys video games; watch". timesofindia.com. 11 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Lift Review Kavin Starrer is a refreshing horror movie on the corporate trap". indianexpress.com. 2 October 2021.
  4. ^ "dada-movie-review-kavin-aparna-das-impress-in-this-emotional-". www.thehindu.com. 10 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Kavin shares his experience of being an ardent Ajith fan". Behindwoods.com. 20 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Vettaiyan gave me the break: Kavin". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "New season of Saravanan Meenakshi to begin". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "Did you know, Kavin appeared in Vijay Sethupathi's super hit film Pizza?". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Kavin, the accidental hero". Cinema Express.
  10. ^ "Vikram Prabhu's Sathriyan is based on a True incident happened in Trichy". IndiaGlitz.com. 31 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Sathriyan (aka) Mudisooda Mannan review". Behindwoods.com. 10 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma will be entertaining and worth the ticket price: Kavin". The New Indian Express.
  13. ^ "Three friends and Remya Nambeesan!". The Times of India.
  14. ^ "Release Of Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma Postponed Due To Unavailability Of Screens". Silverscreen.com. 11 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma Movie Review {2.5/5}: Critic Review of Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma". The Times of India.
  16. ^ "Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma Review: Confused execution salvaged by efficient gags". Cinema Express.
  17. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil 3: Meet the contestants". The Indian Express. 24 June 2019.
  18. ^ Sunder, Gautam (30 September 2021). "Actor Kavin on making his comeback with 'Lift,' and why director Nelson is his rockstar". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 October 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  19. ^ "Lift Review Kavin Starrer is a refreshing horror movie on the corporate trap". indianexpress.com. 2 October 2021.
  20. ^ "Akash Vaani Trailer starring Kavin, Reba John".
  21. ^ "dada-movie-review-kavin-aparna-das-impress-in-this-emotional-". www.thehindu.com. 10 February 2023.
  22. ^ "Kavin, Reba Monica John-starrer Akash Vaani goes on floors". Cinema Express. Retrieved 2 August 2021.