Saravanan (actor)

Saravanan is an Indian film actor who has appeared in Tamil language films.[1] He made his acting debut through Vaidhehi Vanthachu (1991), where he portrayed the lead role. He continued to play the lead roles in films throughout the 1990s, later turning into a producer and director for his films. After a sabbatical, Saravanan made a comeback through Paruthiveeran (2007) in a supporting role, and has since continued to play character roles in Tamil films.


(1966-10-10) 10 October 1966 (age 54)
Years active1991–present

Early life and familyEdit

Saravanan was born into a Tamil family in Salem and was the second of five children. His father was a police inspector and his mother was a staff nurse. Saravanan obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tamil Literature from the Government Arts College, Salem.[2]

Saravanan has been married twice. His first marriage was to Suryashree, a Telugu woman with whom he studied in Adyar Film Institute. In an episode of Bigg Boss Tamil 3, he opened up on his second marriage and that it was his first wife who accepted the second marriage as they wanted a child.[3]


Saravanan had an interest in Tamil films as a child and regularly took part in performance arts during school. He visited the sets of a film being shot in Salem by director M. Sivachandran and requested him for an opportunity to act in his films. He consequently became acquainted with Sivachandran and his then-wife, Lakshmi, and the pair were keen to launch him as an actor opposite Lakshmi's daughter Aishwarya, but the plans did not materialise. Saravanan then moved to Chennai and completed a course in acting at the Adyar Film Institute. While on campus, he was spotted by director Radha Bharathi, who offered him the chance to be a part of the film Vaidehi Vandhachu (1991). Saravanan subsequently played a series of the lead role in films in the 1990s, but his career came to a halt in the latter end of the decade. Towards the end of the first phase of his career, he produced two of his films Vishwanath (1996) and Santosham (1998). Though Santhosam did well at the box office, still, he incurred losses as a producer which led him to take a long break from acting. He organised concerts abroad to clear the losses.[4] In 2001, Saravanan appeared in a negative role in Bala's Nandha, winning critical acclaim, but did not appear in any other roles at the time.[5] He also directed, Thayumanavan (2003) in an attempt to get his career back on track however the film went unnoticed.

He went on to make a comeback in Ameer Sultan's Paruthiveeran (2007) playing the paternal uncle of the character portrayed by Karthi, and won critical acclaim for his performance. A critic from noted "Saravanan excels and doesn't look like someone back from a long break", while's reviewer stated his performance as the "wayward uncle with a heart of gold is terrific".[6][7] Saravanan was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor and also received a nomination in the same category for the Vijay Awards.[8][9] The success of Paruthiveeran subsequently triggered more offers for the actor including the opportunity to be a part of Sanjay Ram's biopic, Veeramum Eeramum (2007), based on the real life of Venkatesa Pannaiyar. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Saravanan continued to play supporting roles in Tamil films, sometimes appearing in negative roles.[10]

On 23 June 2019, he entered the reality television show Bigg Boss Tamil 3 hosted by Kamal Haasan on Star Vijay.[11] He was ejected from the show after making controversial remarks on a televised show, where he admitted to harassing women on public transport during his youth.[12]


Year Film Role Notes
1991 Vaidhehi Vanthachu
1992 Pondatti Rajyam Krishnan
1992 Abhirami Saravanan
1993 Maamiyar Veedu Aravind
1993 Suriyan Chandiran Marudhu
1993 Pettredutha Pillai Kumar
1993 Nallathe Nadakkum Prakash
1993 Parvathi Ennai Paradi Siva
1993 Akkarai Cheemayile Prakash
1993 Muthupandi Muthupandi
1994 Veettai Paaru Naattai Paaru Siva
1994 Sevatha Ponnu Chellappa
1994 Thaai Manasu Chinna Marudhu
1996 Thirumbi Paar Veeraiyan
1996 Vishwanath Vishwanath Also producer
1997 Thambi Durai Thambi Durai
1998 Santosham Indran Also producer
1998 Ponmaanai Thedi Sundaram
2001 Nandha Durai
2003 Thayumanavan Senbagapandian,
Also director
2007 Paruthiveeran Chevvaazhai Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 Veeramum Eeramum Shankar Ayya
2009 Azhagar Malai Special appearance
2009 Pinju Manasu Thulasi
2010 Vilai DCP Shanmugavel
2011 Thambi Vettothi Sundaram Salai
2012 Orange Thevar Malayalam film
2013 Alex Pandian Parthiban
2013 Keeripulla Naaga
2014 Aranmanai Ayyanar
2016 Meenakshi Kadhalan Elangovan A. Saamy
2016 Sowkarpettai Senior
2016 Enakku Innoru Per Irukku "Naina" Doss
2017 Pandigai Muni
2018 Kadaikutty Singam Thamarai Manala Sendayar
2018 Kolamavu Kokila Guru
2019 Oviyavai Vitta Yaru
2019 100 Ganesh
2019 Aayiram Porkasugal Filming
Year Programme / Show Role Channel Language ! Notes
2019 Bigg Boss Tamil 3 Contestant
Ejected (Day 44)
Vijay TV Tamil Reality TV Series


  1. ^ "Saravanan is back with 'Vilai' | CineBuzz - Movies". ChennaiOnline. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Saravanan breaks out on his marriages in Bigg Boss 3!". 27 June 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  4. ^ "'TR rightly predicted my film career'". iFlicks. 26 November 2018. Archived from the original on 9 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Back with a bang". The Hindu. 8 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Paruthiveeran: A remarkable effort".
  7. ^ "Review : Paruthi Veeran (2007)".
  8. ^ "Saravanan bounces back in style - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 9 March 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Saravanan on a high - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 31 March 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Now a real life encounter in Kollywood". Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil 3: Meet the 15 contestants of Kamal Haasan's show". IBTimes. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Breaking: Saravanan's shocking elimination from Bigg Boss 3! - Tamil News". 5 August 2019.

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