Vishal (actor)

Vishal Krishna Reddy (born 29 August 1977)[1] known as Vishal is an Indian film actor and producer who works in Tamil cinema. The younger son of film producer G. K. Reddy, Vishal studied Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai. Best known for his roles in action films, he produces films under his production company, Vishal Film Factory.[3]

Vishal
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Vishal at CCL 4 Launch
Born
Vishal Krishna Reddy

(1977-08-29) 29 August 1977 (age 43)[1][2]
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai
OccupationActor, Producer, Film Director,
Secretary General for Nadigar Sangam,
Anti-piracy activist
Years active2004–present
Parent(s)G. K. Reddy (father)
Janaki Devi(mother)
RelativesVikram Krishna (brother)
Aishwarya (sister)
Sriya Reddy (Sister-in-law)

Vishal made an entrance into the film industry as an assistant director for Arjun. He then became an actor and played his first lead role in the romantic thriller Chellamae (2004), before going on to star in the commercially successful action films Sandakozhi, Thimiru, Thaamirabharani and Malaikottai.[4] Following a series of unsuccessful films at the box office, Vishal chose to create his own production studio and has since produced and worked on profitable ventures such as Pandiya Naadu (2013), Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014) and Poojai (2014).[5]

Vishal was elected as the General Secretary of the Nadigar Sangam in October 2015 after initiating a movement against the previous committee.[6] He was expelled from Tamil Film Producers' Council (TFPC) for remarks against the council.[7][8] Later in April 2017, he won the election and got elected as President of Tamil Film Producers Council.

Personal lifeEdit

Vishal Krishna was born into a Telugu-speaking family to pvr reddy and Janaki Devi on 29 August 1977 in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. His father was a film producer for Telugu and Tamil films and his family settled in Chennai.[citation needed] His elder brother Vikram Krishna has produced several of Vishal's films and had previously appeared as an actor in films under the screen name of Ajay.[9] Vishal obtained his secondary education from Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School before securing a degree in visual communications from Loyola College, Chennai.[citation needed]

ArrestEdit

Vishal was arrested by police in December 2019 when he tried to enter inside the Tamil Film Producers Council in T Nagar, Chennai by forcefully trying to break the lock. The council was locked by 300 film producers claiming that Vishal failed to fulfill his promises during the election in 2015.[10]

CareerEdit

2004–2011Edit

Vishal assisted actor-director Arjun Sarja in his venture Vedham (2001), and a producer spotted Vishal on the sets of the film and signed him to appear in an acting role in Gandhi Krishna's Chellamae (2004).[11][12] Accepting the role, Vishal prepared by joining Koothu-P-Pattarai to hone his acting skills and played the protagonist role of Raghunandan, whose wife is kidnapped by her childhood friend.[12] A critic described his performance is "apt" but "there was plenty left to hone".[13][14] His next film was Sandakozhi (2005) with N. Linguswamy, who had previously worked with his father's production house as an assistant director.[15] Vishal was described to have "improved from his Chellamae days" and "clicked as an action hero".[16] Film journalists stated that he was "the fastest rising action hero" of the time.[17] After a cameo as himself in Sasi's Dishyum (2006), he went on to appear in Tarun Gopi's action film Thimiru (2006). The film opened to mixed reviews with Vishal being praised for his intense performance with a critic calling his performance "the film's only strength and, to an extent, making up for the weak script and poor characterisation".[18] The film became Vishal's third consecutive commercial success, and he began to emerge in Tamil films.[19]

His next film, the political action drama Sivappathigaram (2006), directed by Karu Pazhaniappan was a failure financially despite favourable reviews.[20] His next film was released in January 2007, Hari's multi-starring family action drama Thaamirabharani (2007) and the film went on to gain considerable box office success, carrying good reports amidst other big budget releases.[21][22] Later in the year, he appeared in Boopathy Pandian's Malaikottai (2007), a comedy entertainer. In his first full-length comic role, Vishal received mixed feedback for his portrayal from critics, with Rediff stating that he is "a far cry from the rather endearing young man in Sandakozhi", whilst describing his performance as "cringe-able".[23] Behindwoods stated it as an "Average masala-mix entertainer".[24] The film took a large opening and was declared a blockbuster, featuring in the top 10 at behindwoods box office. In the year 2008, for the first time, Vishal portrayed a police officer in Sathyam, which became a commercial failure at the box office. Then both his films Thoranai (2009) and Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai (2010) were just average grossers. Additionally, the box-office duds, Sathyam and Thoranai, both of which were bilingual in Tamil and Telugu, failed to establish his popularity in Telugu cinema.[25]

Vishal was then given the opportunity to feature in Bala's dark comedy Avan Ivan (2011), after being recommended to the director by his friend Arya. Portraying a village stage actor with a squint, Vishal had severe eye pain and headaches, and he also had a serious muscular injury on sets.[26] The film opened to mixed reviews, though Vishal's performance won positive reviews. Indiaglitz stated that Vishal delivered an "award winning performance" and that his "mannerisms and body language give you goosebumps". The reviewer further cited that "Vishal's spontaneous response to his mentor's death in the movie is touching. His demonstration of Navarasas in front of actor Suriya will melt you in tears".[27][28] Vishal played the role of a police officer in his following release Vedi (2011), directed by Prabhu Deva, which was declared an instant flop at the box office.[29]

2013–presentEdit

In the 2013 film Samar, Vishal played a forest trek guide. Behindwoods stated that he "rocks in the action sequences".[30][31] Following a cameo role in Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, he starred in the action films Pattathu Yaanai and Pandiya Naadu. The latter was Vishal's debut production venture.[32][33] Vishal opted to produce and collaborate with Thiru for a third venture Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014), a revenge drama, in which his character had narcolepsy. To prepare for the lead role, Vishal read up and studied real life case studies of people with the disorder, citing that there were no references from cinema which he could watch and learn. Then he had acted under director Hari for the second time in Poojai (2014), which did somewhat good business at the box office. In 2015, he acted two films, namely, Aambala and Paayum Puli.[34][35] In 2016, he did three movies; Kathakali, Marudhu and Kaththi Sandai. The first two were average grossers, while Kaththi Sandai became a flop at the box office. In January 2017, Vishal signed his debut Malayalam film, as the main antagonist in the Mohanlal-starrer Villain, directed by B. Unnikrishnan.[36][37] In September 2017, Vishal played a detective in Thupparivaalan directed by Mysskin which was loosely based on the British writer Arthur Conan Doyle's detective character, Sherlock Holmes. The film was a commercial success and was appreciated by audiences and critics.[38] In 2018, Vishal had two major releases. The first one was Irumbu Thirai directed by newcomer P. S. Mithran which released in May 2018.[39] And second was Sandakozhi 2 released in October 2018 was written and directed by N. Linguswamy. A sequel to the successful Sandakozhi (2005), the film features Vishal in his 25th film.[40] The film turned out to be an average grosser.[41] In 2019, he did one movie titled Action directed by Sundar C.[42] The film received mixed reviews and was a box office failure.[43] In 2021, he acted in the action thriller Chakra directed my newcomer Ms Anandan. The film which released on 19th February, received mixed reviews from critics and audience.[44]

Tamil Film Producers Council (2017-present)Edit

He was elected as President of Tamil Film Producers Council election, which was held on 2 April 2017.[45][46][47] Apart from this, Vishal is also a staunch advocate against online piracy since 2014, having started an anti-piracy cell.[48]

TelevisionEdit

He made his television début in October 2018 as a host of Sun Naam Oruvar, a talk show airing on Sun TV.[49][50]

PoliticsEdit

Vishal filed his nomination as an independent candidate for the by-poll to the high-profile RK Nagar constituency in Chennai, which fell vacant following Jayalalithaa's death in December 2017.[51] But his nomination for Chennai's RK Nagar by-election was rejected.[52]

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.
Year Film Role Language Notes Ref.
1989 Jadikketha Moodi N/A Tamil Child artist [53]
2001 Vedham N/A Assistant director [54]
2004 Chellamae Ragunandan [14]
2005 Sandakozhi Balu [17]
Dishum Himself Cameo appearance [55]
[56]
2006 Thimiru Ganesh [19]
Sivappathigaram Sathyamoorthy [20]
2007 Thaamirabharani Bharaniputhiran [21]
Malaikottai Anbu [24]
2008 Satyam Sathyam Simultaneously shot in Telugu as Salute [57]
[58]
2009 Thoranai Murugan [59]
Pistha Muralikrishna Telugu [60]
[25]
2010 Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Karthik Tamil [61]
2011 Avan Ivan Walter Vanangamudi [26]
Vedi Prabhakaran (Balu)[a] [62]
2012 Madha Gaja Raja Raja Unreleased [63]
2013 Samar Shakthi [64]
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Himself Cameo appearance [65]
[66]
Pattathu Yaanai Saravanan [67]
Pandiya Naadu Sivakumar Also producer [68]
2014 Naan Sigappu Manithan Indhiran Also producer [69]
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself Cameo appearance [70]
[71]
Poojai Vasudevan Also producer [72]
2015 Aambala Saravanan Also producer [73]
Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga Vetrivel Cameo appearance [74]
[75]
Paayum Puli Jayaseelan [76]
2016 Kathakali Amudhavel Also producer [77]
Marudhu Marudhu [78]
Kaththi Sandai Arjun Ramakrishnan (Cheenu)[a] [79]
2017 Thupparivaalan Kaniyan Poongundran [80]
Villain Saktivel Palaniswamy Malayalam [36]
2018 Irumbu Thirai R. Kathiravan Tamil Also producer [81]
Sandakozhi 2 Balu 25th Film [81]
2019 Ayogya Karnan [82]
Action Subhash [83]
2021 Chakra Subash Chandra Bose [84]
Enemy  TBA Filming [85]
Thupparivaalan 2  Kaniyan Poongundran Under Production; also director [86]
Vishal 31  TBA TBA Also producer [87]

TelevisionEdit

Year Show Channel Role Ref.
2018 - 2019 Sun Naam Oruvar Sun TV Host [88]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Vishal plays a single character with two or more names.

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