Vishal Kudawla known as Vishnu Vishal is an Indian actor and producer who appears in Tamil language films. After a brief career in cricket, he started his acting career in the year 2009 playing the lead role in the sports film Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, winning acclaim for his portrayal. Vishnu won further acclaim for his role in Neerparavai (2012), portraying a fisherman. He rose to fame with the psychological thriller film, Ratsasan (2018).
Vishnu Vishal at Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran Press Meet
17 July 1987
|Occupation||Actor, Film producer|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Rajini Natraj |
(Engaged in 2020)
Early life and familyEdit
Vishnu was born as Vishal to Ramesh Kudawla, a high-ranking Tamil Nadu police officer. He finished his schooling in Campion Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in Tiruchirappalli. After completing his MBA in marketing from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, he went on to become a cricketer, playing in TNCA league games. However, a leg injury ended his cricket career and the actor noted that during the time he was bedridden, he started watching films and began an interest in an acting career. His father's uncle had been an actor in several small films and he shaped Vishnu's interest in the industry. He entered the film industry changing his name to Vishnu to which he later added his birth name.
After being offered a role by Anand Chakravarthy in Suseenthiran's directorial debut Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, Vishnu spent months preparing for the role. He had to tan his body sitting for hours in the sun to get dark and look like a player and then for 3 months he trained for kabbadi matches under a coach, for five hours a day. The film opened to very positive reviews, with Vishnu earning a nomination from the Vijay Awards for Best Debut Actor. He had two releases in 2010, portraying an action role in the comedy Bale Pandiya and then played a rowdy from Royapuram in Drohi. Featuring alongside Srikanth in the latter, Vishnu had to put on 15 kg (33 lb) to look mature for the role. He subsequently worked on the comedy, Kullanari Koottam, After a year without any releases, he had two releases in 2014: the romantic comedy Mundasupatti under Thirukumaran Entertainment and the sports drama Jeeva for which he collaborated with Suseenthiran again. Both films won positive reviews and performed well at the box office.
In 2015, he appeared in the science and fiction comedy Indru Netru Naalai directed by R.Ravikumar. The movie was a super hit at the box office. Vishnu had two releases in 2016. His first release of the year was also his first production venture, the comedy film Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran directed by Ezhil, with Nikki Galrani in the female lead. The movie was one of the most profitable ventures at the box office. His final release of the year was Maveeran Kittu, a period drama set in the 1980s. Despite receiving positive reviews, the movie did well at the box office. He finished shooting for Seenu Ramasamy's Idam Porul Yaeval. His next films are Katha Nayagan (2017), Raatchasan (2018) and Silukkuvarupatti Singam (2018) directed by a first time film maker, Chella.
Vishnu Vishal was married to Rajini Natraj, daughter of the actor K. Natraj. The two were collegemates and were in a relationship for four years before getting married. Their wedding took place on 2 December 2010 at Hotel Asiana in Chennai, and their son Aryan was born on 31 January 2017. In November 2018, the couple divorced due to undisclosed reasons. Vishnu is engaged to badminton player Jwala Gutta as of 7 September 2020. 
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2009||Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu||Marimuthu||Won Edison Award for Best Debut Actor
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
|2012||Neerparavai||Arulappasamy||Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor|
|2013||Idam Porul Yaeval||Aasaithambi||Unreleased|
|2015||Indru Netru Naalai||Elango|
|2016||Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran||Murugan||Also producer|
|Maaveeran Kittu||Krishnakumar (Kittu)|
|2017||Katha Nayagan||Thambidurai||Also producer|
|Silukkuvarupatti Singam||Sathyamoorthy (Sakthi)||Also producer|
|2021||Kaadan||Singa||Bilingual film (Tamil & Telugu)|
|F. I. R.||Irfan Ahmed||Filming
|2017||Bigg Boss Tamil 1||Guest||Tamil||Star Vijay||To promote his film Katha Nayagan along with Catherine Tresa|
- "Vishal Kudawla – Profile". ESPNcricinfo. 5 January 2000. Archived from the original on 5 August 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Vishnu Vishal's dad becomes Director General of Police". indiaglitz. 11 March 2019.
- Rao, Subha J. (4 October 2018). "What made Vishnu Vishal act in the thriller 'Ratchasan'?". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- Rinku, Gupta (30 April 2014). "Vishnu Says Mundasupatti brings out his Lighter Side". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Vishnu – A new hero in Kollywood". Sify. 5 February 2009. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- Srinivasa, Ramanujam (12 September 2014). "Three cheers to cinema!". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- Shilpa Kappur, Vasudevan (6 October 2014). "Introvert Turned Lover Boy in College". The New Indian Express. Chennai. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- Malathi, Rangarajan (6 February 2009). "The winning team – Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Vishnu is back in action". Sify. 21 August 2010. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Drohi will be different: Vishnu". Sify. 7 September 2010. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- Subha, J Rao (29 November 2014). "What a shot!". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Vishnu's next is Indru Netru Naalai". The Times of India. 3 October 2014. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Vishnu joins Vijay Sethupathi". The Times of India. 14 October 2013. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Vishnu weds Rajini". Sify. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- Vishnu Vishal [@TheVishnuVishal] (31 January 2018). "HAPPY 'FURST' BDAY TO MY SON 'ARYAN' :):) SPECIAL DAY :) thnx @maanavicky for d super cake:)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Vishnu Vishal is officially divorced!". The Times of India. 13 November 2018. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- "Vishnu Vishal got engaged with badminton player". KollyInsider.com. 7 September 2020.