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Shiva (born 10 December 1982) is an Indian film actor who has featured in Tamil language films, and had previously been a radio jockey with Radio Mirchi.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Acting mainly in comedy films, he rose to fame following his performances in the Venkat Prabhu directorials Chennai 600028 and Saroja, before also featuring in Thamizh Padam. His tenure with Radio Mirchi earned him the nickname Mirchi Shiva.[7]

Shiva at Adra Machan Visilu Press Meet.jpg
Born (1982-12-10) 10 December 1982 (age 36)
Other namesMirchi Shiva
OccupationActor, radio jockey, dialogue writer
Years active2001–present
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Spouse(s)Priya (2012–present)
Parent(s)Sundaram, Nirmala Sundaram


Film careerEdit

Shiva's first film role was a cameo in the 2001 film 12B. He debuted as a lead actor in Venkat Prabhu's 2007 sports comedy Chennai 600028 alongside ten other debut actors. His next role, again under Venkat's direction, was the thriller Saroja. Both films were box office hits.

Shiva then starred in Thamizh Padam, a full-length parody of contemporary Tamil cinema, and his performance earned rave reviews. His 2010 comedy Va Quarter Cutting, was an average grosser. His first 2011 release became the long-delayed romantic drama Pathinaaru, which was his first non-comedy venture. During the period, he also completed another comedy film titled Siva Poojaiyil Karadi, by Rama Narayanan, but the film was never released.[8]

In 2012, he featured alongside Vimal in Sundar C's comedy film Kalakalappu, which won positive reviews and performed well commercially. Portraying the role of the small-time crook Raghu, critics noted that Shiva was the film's "scene-stealer" and "carries the first half with his quips".[9][10] The success of the film fetched the actor more scripts and Shiva went on to feature in four comedies in 2013. His first release Thillu Mullu, a remake of the 1981 Rajinikanth starrer, featured him alongside Isha Talwar and Prakash Raj and also fared well commercially. The actor also won positive portrayal of a conman with a critic noting that "Shiva has taken the entire film in his shoulders and has given his best. His comic timing is perfect and the one-liners are hilarious."[11][12] His second release of the year Sonna Puriyathu, where he played a dubbing artist, also won good reviews. Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu praised the actor's performance noting that "Nobody makes silly jokes work with a straight face like Shiva does", also that he is the "funny man pretending to be important."[13] The next release Ya Ya, featured him alongside Santhanam in the lead role. Shiva was next seen in Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi's directorial debut Vanakkam Chennai, a romantic musical opposite Priya Anand. The film received positive to mixed reviews, but was a commercial success.

Personal lifeEdit

Shiva married his long time girlfriend and former national level badminton player Priya on 15 November 2012.[14]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released

As actorEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2001 12B Shakthi's co-worker Uncredited
2003 Whistle Uncredited
2007 Chennai 600028 Karthik Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
2008 Saroja Ajay Raj
2010 Thamizh Padam Shiva
Va Sunderrajan (Sura)
2011 Pathinaaru Shiva
Ko Himself Special appearance
2012 Kalakalappu Raghu
2013 Thillu Mullu Pasupathy (Ganguly Kanthan)
Sonna Puriyathu Shiva
Ya Ya Ramarajan "Ram" (Dhoni)
Vanakkam Chennai Madasamy (Ajay)
2015 Masala Padam Mani
144 Thesu
2016 Adra Machan Visilu 'Simmakkal' Shekar
Chennai 600028 II Karthik
2018 Kalakalappu 2 Ganesh
Thamizh Padam 2 Shiva
2019 Party Babu Murali alias Bob Marley
Vanakkam Sumo Filming

TV HostEdit

  • Super Kids ([JC studios]")

As lyricistEdit

As singerEdit

As dialogue writerEdit


  1. ^ Kamath, Sudish (12 September 2009). "Funny side up". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  2. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (22 January 2010). "Spoofing around…". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  3. ^ Kamath, Sudhish (21 September 2009). "Everybody loves Shiva". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Thriller instinct". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  5. ^ Sangeetha, P (30 January 2010). "Shiva: A star in the making". Times of India. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  6. ^ Shiva – Tamil Cinema Actress Interview – Shiva | Va-Quarter Cutting | Thamizh Padam | Saroja | Chennai 28 – Retrieved on 2012-06-24.
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  8. ^ "Celebs cheer for charity". 3 March 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2016 – via The Hindu.
  9. ^ "Sify Movies – Review listing". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Kalakalappu – The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  11. ^ "Top Latest News, Breaking News Headlines India, Live World News, Indian News Stories". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
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  13. ^ Kamath, Sudhish (27 July 2013). "Sonna Puriyathu: Getting it right". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  14. ^ "Actor Mirchi Shiva weds – Deccan Chronicle". Retrieved 9 September 2016.

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