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Vaiyapuri (born 23 October 1968 as Ramakrishnan) is an Indian film actor who has worked in Tamil language films. He rose to fame by appearing in supporting roles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, often portraying supporting comedic characters. His first major role was in Balu Mahendra's Raman Abdullah (1997), while his roles in films including Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999), Gemini (2002) and Mani Ratnam's Raavanan (2010) also garnered him acclaim.[1][2][3]

Vaiyapuri
Born
Ramakrishnan

(1968-10-23) 23 October 1968 (age 50)
NationalityIndia
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Anandhi

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CareerEdit

In December 1986, Vaiyapuri moved from his hometown of Theni to Chennai hoping to become an actor in the Tamil film industry. Unable to immediately get a chance in films because of his skinny physical stature, Vaiyapuri's first break came through television serials on Doordarshan, where he notably worked on an adaptation of Sujatha's Kolaiyuthir Kalam. He started his film career appearing as an extra and then in minor roles in films, before making a breakthrough with his role in Balu Mahendra's comedy film Raman Abdullah (1997).[4] The success of the film prompted several film makers to approach him for comedic roles in their projects, with the actor subsequently winning acclaim for his roles in Kadhal Palli (1997), Priyamudan (1998) and Kaathala Kaathala, where he collaborated with actor Kamal Haasan.[5] In the late 1990s, he continued appearing as a supporting actor, often portraying one of the several comedians in a film. His work in Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999), where he portrayed a comedic role of a man slowly becoming a transgender, won him further critical acclaim.[6][7]

Throughout his career, Vaiyapuri has often appeared in films starring Kamal Haasan and the actor selected Vaiyapuri for a major supporting role in the actor's Mumbai Xpress (2005).[8][9] Vaiyapuri was later cast as a transgender in Mani Ratnam's Raavanan (2010), which he described as a "major turning point" in his career. He shot for the film alongside an ensemble cast including Vikram and Aishwarya Rai, with the film winning critical acclaim upon release.[10] In 2010, he announced that he was set to play the protagonist in a film directed by newcomer Devindiran, while he had also shot for a Malayalam film titled Kalyanamam Kalyanam where he portrayed the second lead. However neither film eventually had a theatrical release.[11][12][13] In the 2010s, Vaiyapuri was cast in less films as the Tamil film industry generally moved away from including separate comedy tracks in films. He has since worked on more low-budget films in supporting roles, while continuing to regularly collaborate in films starring Kamal Haasan such as Uttama Villain (2015) and Papanasam (2015).

In 2017, Vaiyapuri received media attention for taking part in the reality television show Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan. After spending 84 days in the house, he was evicted in a poll by the public.[14]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Udan Pirappu
1994 Karuththamma Bus Conductor
Mani Rathnam
1995 Chellakannu Barber
1996 Avvai Shanmughi Flower Decorator
1997 Love Today
Kadhal Palli Palli
Raasi Narikuravar
Raman Abdullah
Aahaa
Ullaasam
1998 Kaadhale Nimmadhi Blind beggar
Maru Malarchi Palli
Dhinamdhorum
Kaadhala Kaadhala
Ponnu Velayira Bhoomi
Jolly
Harichandra Muthu
Sandhippoma
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Delhi
Sollamale
Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham Jambulingam
Kannedhirey Thondrinal Dinesh
Senthooram
1999 Thulladha Manamum Thullum Kalyanasundaram
Ninaivirukkum Varai
Kallazhagar Govindankutti
Unnai Thedi
Chinna Raja
Periyanna
Poomagal Oorvalam
Suyamvaram Potential groom
Nee Varuvai Ena
Amarkalam
Anbulla Kadhalukku
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Gun Pandi
Maanaseega Kadhal
Ooty
Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Naanum
Time
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal
Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham Jambulingam
Hello
2000 Good Luck
Hey Ram
Sudhandhiram
Thai Poranthachu
Pennin Manathai Thottu
Simmasanam
Rhythm
Ilaiyavan
Uyirile Kalanthathu Siva's assistant
Priyamaanavale Stepnee
Anbudan
Ennavale Charles
Parthen Rasithen Bus driver
2001 Paarvai Ondre Podhume
Dumm Dumm Dumm Saami
Dhill Udumalai
Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala
Poovellam Un Vasam
Chocolate
Veettoda Mappillai Dhamu
Kadal Pookkal
Majunu
Vadagupatti Maapillai
Piriyadha Varam Vendum
2002 Pammal K. Sambandam
Alli Arjuna Meenatchi
Gemini Oberoi
Ezhumalai
Raja
Naina
En Mana Vaanil
Arputham
Style Manikkam
2003 Military
Manasellam Bala's friend
Nala Damayanthi
Alaudin
Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Train passenger
Kadhaludan Marriage broker
Parasuram Anjali's uncle
Anbe Un Vasam Hussain
2004 Jai
Adi Thadi
Arul
Jana
Maanasthan
Vasool Raja MBBS Piles Patient
Arasatchi
Attahasam Kumbudren Saamy
Vishwa Thulasi
M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi
Super Da
2005 Thirupaachi Police Constable
Kaadhal Seiya Virumbu
Kadhal FM
Kochi Rajavu Malayalam film
Sachein
Mumbai Xpress Johnson
Sivakasi
Kannamma
Priyasakhi
2006 Vattaram
Vanjagan Ravi
Azhagiya Asura
Prathi Gnayiru 9.30 to 10.00
2007 Pokkiri Tamizh's friend
Nanbanin Kadhali
Adavadi Michael
Vasantham Vanthachu Somu
Vel
Machakaaran
2008 Nenjirukkumvarai Ninaivirukkum
Sadhu Miranda
Dasavathaaram Prabhu
Pandi
Kuselan
Nayagan
Nadigai
Thiruvannamalai
2009 Villu Pugazh's friend
Mayandi Kudumbathar
Unnai Kann Theduthe Rudhra's friend
Naalai Namadhe
Munnar Kanagavel
Thee
2010 Thunichal
Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam Viruma
Sura
Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Constable Rajappan
Kanagavel Kaaka Karuppu
Raavanan Raasathi
Indrasena
Bale Pandiya
Chikku Bukku Singaram
Unakkaga En Kadhal Tata Birla
Androru Naal
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Malayalam film
2011 Kaavalan
Muthukku Muthaaga
Maapillai
Sabash Sariyana Potti
Vellore Maavattam
Velayudham Speed's brother
Osthe Police Constable
Aduthathu
2012 Ullam
Pandi Oliperukki Nilayam
2013 Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA
Ragalaipuram Insurance policy agent
Alex Pandian Nandu
2014 Enna Satham Indha Neram
Bramman Police Inspector
Thirudan Police Guest appearance
Vellaikaara Durai Land Broker
Amara
Ninaivil Nindraval
2015 Uttama Villain
Papanasam Restaurant Owner
Adhibar Bobby
Savaale Samaali
2016 Narathan
Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran Constable Vasanthakumar
Vellikizhamai 13am Thethi
Vendru Varuvaan
Thirumaal Perumai
Andaman
2017 Aarambamey Attakasam
Veera Vamsam
2018 Kalakalappu 2 Sathyamoorthy
Pakka
Annanuku Jai Narayanan
2019 Oviyavai Vitta Yaru
Television

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "டோடோவின் ரஃப் நோட்டு". டோடோவின் ரஃப் நோட்டு. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Vaiyapuri The reel music director". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  3. ^ http://popcorn.oneindia.in/artist-filmography/2631/1/vaiyapuri.html
  4. ^ "Tamil comedy actor Vaiyapuri profile and upcoming films".
  5. ^ "1997–98 Kodambakkam babies Page: Part 2". www.indolink.com. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ "THEY MAKE US LAUGH". www.bbthots.com.
  7. ^ http://cinematoday2.itgo.com/Interview%20with%20Actress%20Vaiyapuri.htm
  8. ^ "Behindwoods : Vaiyapuri tops the chart". www.behindwoods.com.
  9. ^ thmrn. "The Hindu : Entertainment Chennai : Fun and frenzy on `Mumbai Xpress'". www.thehindu.com.
  10. ^ "Vaiyapuri plays a transgender – Tamil Movie News – IndiaGlitz".
  11. ^ "Vaiyapuri to turn hero shorlty in P Vasu's assistant Devendiran's upcoming – KOLLY TALK". 22 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Serious comedy". Deccan Herald.
  13. ^ Share on Twitter (19 October 2013). "Ganja Karup and Vaiyapuri to act in Malayalam – Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Vaiyapuri evicted from Big Boss".

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