V. I. S. Jayapalan is a Sri Lankan-Tamil writer, political commentator and actor who has appeared in Tamil language films. He made his acting debut in Vetrimaaran's Aadukalam (2011) and won a National Film Award for his portrayal.[1]

V. I. S. Jayapalan
Born (1944-12-13) 13 December 1944 (age 78)
Occupation(s)Writer, political commentator, actor
Years active1978–present

Career edit

Jayapalan was born in Uduvil, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He began writing in the 1970s while studying at the University of Jaffna and published his first anthology in 1986. He studied a degree in Economics during his time at the university, while also leading the student union.[2] Since then he has published at least 12 anthologies of poetry and short fiction. As the Sri Lankan Civil War escalated, he fled to Oslo, Norway in 1988 and since then he has been living in Norway as a Norwegian citizen and was moving back and forth to South Indian state of Tamil Nadu to continue his art and literary work.[3] In 1995, he was awarded as the best immigrant writer by the Norwegian Writers’ Association, with poetry being translated into English, Norwegian as well as in to Sinhala. In 2009, some of his poems were translated into English and published as a book in Canada - named 'Wilting Laughter’ - along with selected poems of R. Cheran and Puthuvai Raththinathurai.[citation needed]

Through his friendship with film maker Balu Mahendra, he was introduced to Vetrimaaran who was keen to cast Jayapalan in his film Aadukalam (2011).[4] After accepting the offer, he worked alongside an ensemble cast including actor Dhanush, with the film releasing to a positive response at the box office in January 2011. Critics lauded his performance as the cock fighting clan's patriarch, Pettaikaran, with Sify.com labelling him as a "revelation" and Behindwoods writing that with the "right kind of expressions and body language, he demonstrates a new type of villainy".[5][6] He subsequently went on to win a special jury award at the National Film Awards in 2011, as well as garnering nominations at the Filmfare and Vijay Awards.[citation needed]

Filmography edit

Year Film Role Notes
2011 Aadukalam Pettaikaran National Film Award – Special Jury Award
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Villain
2011 Vellore Maavattam
2013 Pandiya Naadu Ravi's advisor
2013 Attahasa Periyavar Kannada film
2014 Jilla Periyavar
2014 Naan Sigappu Manithan
2014 Madras Krishnappan
2015 Touring Talkies President
2015 Indru Netru Naalai Marthandam
2015 49-O MLA Boominathan
2016 Peigal Jaakkirathai
2016 Aranmanai 2 Namboothiri
2016 Thirunaal Durai
2017 Valla Desam
2019 Kuthoosi
2020 Dhowalath
2022 Veeramae Vaagai Soodum Nedunchezhiyan's father
2022 Yaanai Samuthiram [7]
2022 Buffoon Chief Minister
2022 Adithattu Dinkan Malayalam film
2023 Meippada Sei Gaja

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Karthik Subramanian (29 January 2011). "From the arena of life". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  2. ^ Pathirana, Saroj (14 June 2006). "South Asia | Tamil poet's plea for peace". BBC News. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Award-winning Tamil poet Jayapalan arrested in Sri Lanka's North". Jdslanka.org. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  4. ^ Sreedhar Pillai (21 February 2011). "India is my cultural homeland: Jayabalan". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Aadukalam Movie Review - Tamil Movie Aadukalam Movie Review". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Movie Review : Aadukalam-Review". Sify. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  7. ^ Yaanai - Official Trailer | Hari | Arun Vijay | Priya Bhavani Shankar | GV Prakash | Drumsticks, retrieved 31 May 2022