Mahendran (actor)

Mahendran (born Chennai, India, 23 January 1991) is an Indian film actor who works in Tamil and Telugu language films. He started acting at the age of 3 and has appeared in over 100 films in six languages as a child actor, a record in India.[1][2] He is a reciepient of two Nandi Awards and two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Mahendran
Born (1991-01-23) 23 January 1991 (age 30)
OccupationActor
Years active1994–present

In 2013 he played the lead in Vizha, which is considered to be his breakthrough as an adult actor.[3][4][5][6]

CareerEdit

Mahendran made his debut with K. S. Ravikumar's Nattamai (1994).[7] He twice won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Artist, for Thaikulame Thaikulame (1995) and Kumbakonam Gopalu (1998).[8] He also twice won the Nandi Award for Best Child Actor, for Devi (1999) and Little Hearts (2001).[9][10] He also appeared on the Sun TV dance show Masthana Masthana as a participant in 2009.

The actor made his breakthrough as a hero when he starred alongside Malavika Menon in Vizha (2013), directed by Barathi Balakumaran.[11][12]

The film is based on the award-winning short film Uthiri, and portrays the love story of Mahendran's character Sundaram, who plays the thappu instrument at funerals, and Rakkamma (Malavika), an oppari singer.[13] The film opened to positive reviews in December 2013.[14] His first Telugu film, First Love opposite Amrita Rao released on the same day, with a low key release.[15]

FilmographyEdit

Tamil filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1994 Nattamai
1995 Thaikulame Thaikulame Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Artist
1996 Mahaprabhu
Parambarai Young Paramasivan
Coimbatore Mappillai Sumithra's neighbor
Senathipathi
1997 Vaimaye Vellum Raja
Mappillai Gounder Young Subramani
Aahaa..! Ajay
1998 Kondattam Mahendran
Thulli Thirintha Kaalam Market worker
Kaathala Kaathala Orphan child
Natpukkaga Young Chinnaiyya
En Uyir Nee Thaane Rajasekhar's son
Kumbakonam Gopalu Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Artist
Sivappu Nila Muthu Manikkam
1999 Suriya Paarvai Vijay
Padayappa
Poomagal Oorvalam Saravanan
Nee Varuvai Ena
Minsara Kanna Vetri
Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa Udayappa
Paattali Young Shanmugam
2000 Sudhandhiram
Maayi Young Maiyaandi
Mugavaree A child on the beach
2001 Asokavanam Rahul
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Mahendran
2003 Magic Magic 3D Indrajeet's friend
Aalukkoru Aasai Saravanan
2006 Nenjirukkum Varai
2010 Mudhal Kadhal Mazhai
Jaggubhai Monisha's boyfriend
2013 Vizha Sundaram
2014 Endrume Anandham
2015 Vindhai Karthi
Viraivil Isai Susi
2017 Thittivasal Muthu
2018 Naadodi Kanavu Marudhu
2021 Master Young Bhavani
Chidambaram Railway Gate
Namma Oorukku Ennadhan Achu

Telugu filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1995 Pedarayudu
1997 Pellichesukundam
1998 Aahaa..! Ajay
1999 Devi Young Tantra Nandi Award for Best Child Actor
2001 Little Hearts Nandi Award for Best Child Actor
2003 Simhadri
2013 First Love
2020 Asalu Em Jarigindhante Vaasu

Malayalam filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1998 Mohanayanangal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "India book of records". 9 April 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.onmanorama.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/2021/01/15/mahendran-actor-tamil-cinema-in-master-with-vijay.html#:~:text=Mahendran%2C%20the%20actor&text=The%20actor%20who%20began%20acting,1994%20is%20Mahendran's%20debut%20film.
  3. ^ "Master Mahendran is back with 'Vizha'". Deccan Chronicle. The Deccan Chronicle. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Mahendran's next is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "Mahendran's next 'Namma Ooruku Ennadhaan Aachu', a rural thriller". The New Indian Express.
  6. ^ Joseph, Raveena; Ramanujam, Srinivasa (13 November 2015). "Child stars on the big screen". The Hindu.
  7. ^ "KS Ravikumar uncle is a huge inspiration for me on how to approach cinema: Master Mahendran - Times of India". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "Master Mahendran's first meeting with Ajith - Times of India". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Venkatesh, Maheshwari get Nandi awards". The Hindu. 8 December 2000. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Film awards announced". The Hindu. 18 July 2000. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  11. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (10 November 2013). "Audio Beat: Vizha — Tunes that will touch a chord". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  12. ^ "'Master' actor Mahendran thanks fans on social media for their love and support to the film". The Times of India. 7 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Vizha: storytelling with a difference". The Times of India. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  14. ^ "I had complete belief in Vizha's script: Barathi". The Times of India. 8 December 2013. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  15. ^ "First Love Telugu Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2 March 2014.

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