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Ponnambalam (born 11 November 1963) is an Indian film actor who has predominantly appeared in Tamil language films. He is best known for playing antagonistic roles in Indian films during the 1990s, notably appearing in films such as Nattamai (1994), Muthu (1995) and Amarkalam (1999).[2] Later in his career, Ponnambalam also appeared in a few leading roles, while also taking up the mantle of director and producer.[3]

Ponnambalam
Born (1963-11-11) 11 November 1963 (age 55)[1]
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm actor, stunt performer, film director
Years active1987–present

CareerEdit

Ponnambalam made his debut in cinema as a stuntman, and often appeared as an extra fighter in films, starring in minor roles in films including Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989) and Michael Madana Kama Rajan (1990). As a result of his proficiency as a stuntman, he later received the nickname "Spare Parts" Ponnambalam as no part of his body was ever injured or fractured.[4] He made a breakthrough as an actor following the success of P. Vasu's Walter Vetrivel (1993), and subsequently starred in several prominent Tamil films in the 1990s in villainous roles. Notable characters her portrayed including his work in Nattamai (1994), Muthu (1995) and Amarkalam (1999). Ponnambalam also played the lead roles in film including the action drama Muthal Echarikkai (1999) and Ammaiyappa (2002), where he featured alongside actress Roshini. Reviewing the film, a critic noted "the movie does little other than prove conclusively that Ponnambalam is not cut out to be a hero", and that "though he picks a role that suits his build, emotes surprisingly well and fights aggressively, his looks make it difficult for us to accept him as a conventional leading man".[5]

Ponnambalam turned director and producer through the film, Pattaya Kelappu, starring Sriman in the lead role. Despite beginning in 2004, the film had a delayed release, while another directorial venture titled Thethi 32 was subsequently dropped.[6] Ponnambalam began a project titled Idiyudan Koodiya Mazhai during 2010, starring newcomers in the lead roles. Despite beginning production, the film was shelved and eventually did not have a theatrical release.[7] His acting commitments thereafter also decreased, with notable appearances in the period including roles as a village chief in Thamizh Padam (2010) and characters in Venghai (2011) and the historical drama, Ponnar Shankar (2011).

In 2018, Ponnambalam took part in the second season of the reality show Bigg Boss Tamil hosted by Kamal Haasan. His stay in the house was controversial, as he was accused of making misogynistic comments against the female housemates, particularly against Yashika Aanand, Aishwarya Dutta, Mamathi Chari and Mumtaj and was nominated each week for the eviction from the second week of the show onwards.[8] He was evicted during the eighth week of the show during mid-August 2018.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Ponnambalam joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in February 2011, beginning a career in politics.[10] He campaigned for the AIADMK party in the Indian general election of 2014.[11] In June 2017, he left the AIADMK and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of the Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan. On joining the party, Ponnambalam stated that no other party seemed "concerned about the welfare of people" and hence, he decided to join the BJP.[12][13]

FilmographyEdit

ActorEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
1988 Kaliyugam Prisoner Tamil
Moonnam Mura Peter Malayalam
Orkkapurathu Malayalam
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal Tamil
Vetri Vizha Tamil
1990 Michael Madana Kama Rajan Assassin 1 Tamil
1991 Vetri Padigal Tamil
Pudhu Manithan Tamil
Maanagara Kaaval Tamil
Moondrezhuthil En Moochirukkum Rogue Tamil
1992 Naangal Tamil
Gharana Mogudu Veeraiyah Telugu
Thangarasu Tamil
Bharathan Gangadharan's right hand Tamil
Naalaya Seidhi Tamil
Kottai Vaasal Tamil
Senthamizh Paattu Tamil
Ellaichami Balayandi Tamil
Samundi Tamil
1993 Walter Vetrivel Kabali Tamil
Maamiyar Veedu Tamil
Allari Priyudu Telugu
Pettredutha Pillai Tamil
Vedan Tamil
Mechanic Alludu Telugu
Airport Tamil
Kizhakke Varum Paattu Kanmani's brother Tamil
Sendhoorapandi Ponnambalam Tamil
1994 Mugguru Monagallu Telugu
Honest Raj Pandian Tamil
Indhu Veeraiyan Tamil
Kambolam Koppara Malayalam
Chinna Kannada
Thai Maaman Tamil
Periya Marudhu Senkodan Tamil
Nattamai Ponnambalam Tamil
Nila Tamil
Rakshak Hindi
1995 Coolie Old Union Leader Tamil
Marumagan Tamil
Gandhi Pirantha Mann Tamil
Periya Kudumbam Sundarapandi's first brother Tamil
Muthu Kaali Tamil
Chandralekha Mustafa Tamil
Maaman Magal Govindhan Tamil
1996 Indian Tamil
Namma Ooru Raasa Tamil
Senathipathi Tamil
1997 Hitler Rudraraju's brother Telugu
Dharma Chakkaram K. Singamuthu Tamil
Mannava Kabali Tamil
Aravindhan Tamil
Arunachalam Ponnambalam Tamil
Vallal Uncle of Annam Tamil
Adimai Changili Tamil
Janakiraman Tamil
Lady Commissioner Kannada
1998 Pavitra Prema M.L.A. Rayudu Telugu
Dharma Khan Tamil
Simmarasi Police inspector Tamil
Urimai Por Marthandan Tamil
Veeram Vilanja Mannu Police inspector Tamil
Vettu Onnu Thundu Rendu Tamil
1999 Thulladha Manamum Thullum Tamil
Chinna Durai Tamil
Ullathai Killathe Tamil
Rajasthan Tamil
Kummi Paattu Tamil
Kanave Kalaiyadhe Tamil
Amarkalam Aasairaj Tamil
Kannupada Poguthaiya Tamil
Kanmani Unakkaga Tamil
Azhagarsamy Tamil
Mudhal Etcharikkai Ponnambalam Tamil
2000 Thirunelveli Tamil
Mugavaree Tamil
Thai Poranthachu Dharma Tamil
Sudhandhiram Tamil
Vallarasu Manikkam Tamil
Pennin Manathai Thottu Tamil
Maayi Tamil
Krodh Hindi
Nuvvu Vastavani Telugu
Choosoddaam Randi Tiger Dharma Telugu
The Warrant Malayalam
2001 Looty Tamil
En Purushan Kuzhandhai Maadhiri Santhamoorthy Tamil
Eduruleni Manishi Telugu
Sri Raja Rajeshwari Tamil/Telugu
Nayak Hindi
Thavasi Kottai Perumal Tamil
Azhagana Naatkal Tamil
Kalakalappu Tamil
Poove Pen Poove Tamil
2002 Vivaramana Aalu Subramani / Thotta Tamil
Raajjiyam Tamil
Thamizh Tamil
Bagavathi Vibuthi Ganesan Tamil
Gummalam Tamil
Jaya Tamil
Ammaiyappa Ammaiyappan Tamil
Chennakesava Reddy Telugu
2003 Ramachandra Kabali Tamil
Saamy Corrupt Police Officer Tamil
Thennavan Tamil
Diwan Tamil
Chokka Thangam Tamil
Anjaneya Veerapan Tamil
Palnati Brahmanayudu Telugu
Kiccha Kannada
2004 Jai Karuppu Tamil
Ghilli Arivazhagan Tamil
Arul Tamil
Jana Tamil
Arasatchi Tamil
Giri Tamil
Bose Sivamani Tamil
Aai Tamil
Arumugasamy Tamil
Super Da Tamil
Pedababu Rudra Raju Telugu
Gudumba Shankar Telugu
Koduku Telugu
Suryam Telugu
2005 Devathaiyai Kanden Tamil
Chinna Chinna`s friend Tamil
Mannin Maindhan Gajapathy Tamil
Kannadi Pookal Tamil
Annavaram Telugu
Sevvel Tamil
Gunna Kannada
2006 Saravana Tamil
Veerabhadra Telugu
Suyetchai MLA Tamil
Kalinga Tamil
Prajapathi Malayalam
Perarasu Tamil
Varalaru Divya's brother Tamil
2007 Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen Tamil
Aarya Meesai Perumal Tamil
Malaikottai Tamil
Ennai Paar Yogam Varum Tamil
Kaanal Neer Tamil
Thiru Ranga / Julayi Tamil/Telugu
Andaala Amitabh Bachchan Telugu
Masti Kannada
Police Story 2 Kannada
2008 Pattaya Kelappu Anandakrishnan Tamil Also director
Vaitheeswaran Tamil
Aayudham Seivom Tamil
Ezhuthiyatharadi Pandi Tamil
Theeyavan Tamil
Channa Kannada
Bujjigadu Telugu
2009 Thee Saleem Tamil
Madurai Sambavam Tamil
Oru Kadhalan Oru Kadhali Lingesu Tamil
2010 Thamizh Padam Nattamai Tamil
Aarvam Tamil
Androru Naal Tamil
Athisaya Manal Matha Tamil
Bayam Ariyaan Tamil
Innisai Kavalan Tamil
Puzhal Tamil
Nagaram Marupakkam 'Thala Vetti' Thangarasu Tamil
2011 Bhavani IPS Tamil
Ponnar Shankar Thalapathi Tamil
Venghai Anburaja Tamil
Mudhal Idam Tamil
2012 Maasi Nandha Tamil
Mattuthavani Tamil
Ullam Tamil
Arakkonam Tamil
Virudhunagar Sandhippu Tamil
2013 Keeripulla Tamil
2014 Madhavanum Malarvizhiyum Tamil
Adhu Vera Idhu Vera Police Inspector Tamil
2016 Enakku Innoru Per Irukku Cameo appearance Tamil
Parandhu Sella Vaa Ponnambalam Tamil
2017 12-12-1950 Police Inspector Tamil
Aadu 2 Mayilvahanam Malayalam
2018 Pei Irukka Illaya Tamil
Thulam Tamil
2019 Comali Gaaja Tamil

StuntmanEdit

Year Film Language
1987 Shankar Guru Tamil
Per Sollum Pillai Tamil
Vairakkiyam Tamil
1988 Sathya Tamil
En Thangai Kalyani Tamil
Puthiya Vaanam Tamil
Soora Samhaaram Tamil
Thaimel Aanai Tamil
Poovizhi Raja Tamil
Pattikaatu Thambi Tamil
Dhayam Onnu Tamil
Katha Nayagan Tamil
Kaliyugam Tamil
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal Tamil
Padicha Pulla Tamil
Annanukku Jai Tamil
Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Tamil
En Thangai Tamil
Vetri Mel Vetri Tamil
1990 Avasara Police 100 Tamil
Sathriyan Tamil
Urudhi Mozhi Tamil
Raja Kaiya Vacha Tamil
My Dear Marthandan Tamil
1991 Captain Prabhakaran Tamil
Maanagara Kaaval Tamil
Moondrezhuthil En Moochirukkum Tamil

TelevisionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tamil Movie Actor Ponnambalam - Nettv4u". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ "டோடோவின் ரஃப் நோட்டு — Tamil Kavithai -- தமிழ் கவிதைகள் - நூற்று கணக்கில்!". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Tamil Celebrity Interview - IndiaGlitz.com". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Cinema Veeran : Aishwarya Dhanush pays a glorious tribute to the stuntmen Of Tamil cinema". Firstpost. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  5. ^ https://jfwonline.com/article/bigg-boss-tamil-all-you-need-to-know-about-this-seasons-contestants/
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKbxcnWqYYM
  7. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/may-10-04/ponnambalam-31-05-10.html
  8. ^ Bigg Boss 2: Honour, Culture and Slander
  9. ^ Bigg Boss Tamil 2 eviction: Ponnambalam is the sixth contestant to be eliminated from Kamal Haasan's show
  10. ^ https://tamil.filmibeat.com/news/2-actors-ponnambalam-ceylon-manohar-join-admk-aid0091.html
  11. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/aiadmk-to-add-star-power-to-campaign/article5764892.ece
  12. ^ https://www.indiaglitz.com/popular-villain-actor-switches-over-to-bjp-from-admk-tamil-news-187636.html
  13. ^ https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/politics/150617/tamil-nadu-actor-ponnambalam-joins-bjps-star-bandwagon.html

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