Nakkhul Jaidev is an Indian actor and playback singer who works in Tamil cinema. He debuted as one of the lead actors in the 2003 film Boys directed by S. Shankar. He sang his first song in the soundtrack album for Anniyan (2005).[1]

Nakul at the Madras Couture Fashion Week Season 5 – Day 1.jpg
Nakul at the Madras Couture Fashion Week
Nakkhul Jaidev

(1984-06-15) 15 June 1984 (age 38)
Other namesNakul
Years active2003–present
SpouseSruti Bhaskar


2003–2009: BeginningEdit

Nakul was just 19 years old when he was chosen for the part of Juju in Shankar's coming-of-age film Boys (2003). His family had initially sent some pictures of his elder brother Mayur to Shankar's office, but after seeing Nakkhul in one of the pictures, Shankar approached him to portray a leading role alongside an ensemble cast of newcomers.[2][3] The film opened in August 2003 to mixed reviews but the high-profile nature of the technical team ensured that the film was publicized and took a good opening at the box office. He then subsequently did a Telugu language film titled Keelu Gurram, in which he played a supporting role, which didn’t do well at the box office. He struggled to get a breakthrough as an actor and during the period, he worked as a playback singer in films, notably recording for Harris Jayaraj in his albums for Anniyan, Ghajini and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu.[4]

He signed on to feature in Prasad's Kadhalil Vizhunthen, his first film as a lead actor, in 2007 and lost close to 20 kilograms in order to fit into the role of his character. Nakkhul revealed that the director and himself were wary that the film would define their careers in the film industry, and shot on a trial-and-error basis and were not in a hurry to complete the film, with production taking almost two years. The film gained unexpected publicity after "Nakka Mukka", a song composed by Vijay Antony for the soundtrack, became a big success and the venture was consequently selected by media giants Sun Pictures to become their first project for film distribution.[5] Portraying a semi-psychotic character who refuses to accept the death of his lover, the film saw Nakul paired alongside actress Sunaina. The film released in 2008 and became a commercial hit, with critics raving and praising his performance stating "Nakul is riveting" and that "he holds the film together and dances with élan, and has a good future."[6] Sun Pictures also chose to distribute his next venture, the romantic comedy Maasilamani (2009) opposite Sunaina again, with the film becoming a surprise huge box office success.[7][8] He next featured in AGS Entertainment's Kandhakottai with Poorna, which opened to average response critically and commercially.[9]

2013–2018: Mixed reviewsEdit

Nakul subsequently went four years without a film release, though he continued to work on several ventures simultaneously. In an interview, he stated that he preferred quality over quantity of work. Prithvi Rajkumar's thriller drama film Naan Rajavaga Pogiren released in 2013 to mixed reviews."[10] His next release, Vallinam (2014), had been in production since mid 2011 and featured Nakul as a basketball player. To prepare for the role, Nakul underwent special training to "ensure that he lived the role rather than act".[11][12] The film opened to positive reviews, with a critic noting "Nakul gives his career's best performance. He proves that a hero can step out of the commercial zone and take up roles that can still be liked by audience."[13] He went on next be seen in Naga Venkatesh's Narathan, while K. S. Adhiyaman's long-delayed venture Amali Thumali, in which Nakul co-stars with Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, was also expected to be completed in 2014. In 2015, his Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum released which turned out to be good reviews.[14] He then went on to act in (2017). Though the movie received very mixed reviews.[15] Sei (2018), in which he plays a role of an aspiring actor Saravedi Saravanan which did average in the box office.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Nakkhul was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra to Jaidev and Lakshmi.[17][18] His father is from Karnataka and his mother is from Kerala.His elder sister is actress Devayani. His elder brother, Mayur, has also attempted to make a career as an actor, though several of his films have been stalled prior to completion. He is married to his long-time girlfriend Sruti Bhaskar since 28 February 2016. His wife and him are known for singing together and making videos on their Instagram handles which receive a response among his fans. They are also known for being animal lovers and own many cats and dogs. They have been advocates for Indian dogs and post many cute pictures and videos. They have daughter Akira, who was born in August 2020 and a son Amore who was born in June 2022[19]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released

As an actorEdit

List of films and roles
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2003 Boys Juju
2005 Keelu Gurram Bala Bheema Telugu film
2008 Kadhalil Vizhunthen Sabapathy
2009 Maasilamani Maasilamani
Kandhakottai Siva
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren Raja / Jeeva
2014 Vallinam Krishna
2015 Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum Vasanth
2016 Narathan Vishnu
2017 Kameshwaran
2018 Sei Saravedi Saravanan
2023 Vasco Da Gama  TBA Delayed [20]

As a playback singerEdit

List of songs
Year Song Album Composer
2005 Kaadhal Yaanai Anniyan Harris Jayaraj
2005 X-Machi Ghajini
2006 Manjal Veyil Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu
2006 Karka Karka
2006 Hooray Hooray Hip Vallavan Yuvan Shankar Raja
2008 Naakka Mukka Kadhalil Vizhunthen Vijay Antony
2009 Eppadi Ennul Kaadhal Kandhakottai Dhina
2014 Nakula Vallinam Thaman
2014 Live The Moment Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam

As a dubbing artisteEdit


List of television shows and roles
Year Show Role Channel Notes
2020 Dance Vs Dance Judge Colors Tamil Television debut
2020 Super Singer Junior 7 Judge Star Vijay
2021 BB Jodigal Judge Star Vijay
2021 Super Singer Junior 8 Judge Star Vijay
2022 Super Queen Judge
Zee Tamil


  1. ^ "I never gave her a gift: Nakul". The Times of India. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Boys: A Preview". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  3. ^ "ACTOR NAKUL INTERVIEW - - Nakul Interview Ajith Vikram Nakul Kollywood actor Kadhalil Vizhunthen Sabapathy Boys directed by S.Shankar Juju Kadhalil Vizhunthen Nakul Sunaina Music by Vijay Anthony Directed by P.V.Prasath Produced by Umapathy brother of Actress Devayani playback singer Rani ANNA Nagar". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  4. ^ "The Hindu : Cinema Plus / Interview : Double impact". 1 December 2009. Archived from the original on 1 December 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  6. ^ Movie Review : Kadhalil Vizhundhen,
  7. ^ "The name is Nakul - Interview (Tamil Movies, Tamil Cinema, thamil films, Tamil Actors, Tamil Actresses, Telugu Actresses, Tamil Cinema Photo Gallery, Telugu film Wallpapers, t..." Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Naughty Nakul gears up for Kandha Kottai". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Kandha Kottai review. Kandha Kottai Tamil movie review, story, rating". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  10. ^ Naan Rajavaga Pogiren: This masala works, The Hindu
  11. ^ "Eeram Director's Next Vallinam". 24 June 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  12. ^ "My film will focus on basketball: Arivazhagan". The Times of India. 21 January 2011. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  13. ^ "'Vallinam': power, politics and sports (IANS Tamil Movie Review)". 29 August 2015. Archived from the original on 29 August 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Tamizhuku Enn Ondrai Azhuthavum box office collection". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  15. ^ "Bramma.Com (aka) Tamil Movie Preview cinema review stills gallery trailer video clips showtimes". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  16. ^ "Sei Review: An average action entertainer". Archived from the original on 23 November 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  17. ^ Devayani gives birth to second child – Telugu Movie News,
  18. ^ "The Hindu : Metro Plus Chennai : Five years... and still sitting pretty". 14 September 2008. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  19. ^ "'I have persistence, I would die before I give up': Nakul". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  20. ^ "Exclusive: Nakkhul's next titled Vasco da Gama". Cinema Express. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  21. ^ "Nakkhul :விஜய் ஆண்டனியின் புதிய படத்திற்கு டப்பிங் பேசிய நகுல்…!".

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