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Vivekanandan, better known by his stage name Vivek, was an Indian actor, comedian, reality TV personality, singer, and humanitarian who worked in the Tamil film industry. Vivek's first film appearance and introduction to the world of cinema were imparted by K. Balachander. Because of his amusing delivery of one-line jokes and verbal dramas that used humor to criticize undesirable aspects of society, as well as his expertise in finding amusement in politics, several observers compared him to N. S. Krishnan and gave him the nickname Chinna Kalaivanar.

For his artistic skills, the Indian Government honored Vivek with the Padma Shri accolade in 2009. Vivek received an honorary doctoral from Sathyabama University regarding his charitable act for society. As a tv host, Vivek conducted in-depth interviews with prominent media figures, especially A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. Vivek started the Green Kalam campaign in 2010 with the ambition of replanting one billion saplings across Tamil Nadu, and Kalam's focus on environmental conservation inspired it.

Real Name Vivekanandan
Nick Name Vivek
Profession Actor & Social activist
Popular For Play the Role of Arivu (Mama) in the Movie Shivaji: The Boss
Date Of Birth 19 November 1961
Day Sunday
Age 59 Years (In 2021)
Died 17 April 2021 (Saturday)
Death Place SIMS Hospital, Chennai
Birthplace Perunkottur, Tenkasi, Tamilnadu, India
Hometown Kovilpatti, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Current Address Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Hinduism
Caste Not Known
Zodiac Sign / Star Sign Scorpio
Debut in Movie Manathil Uruthi Vendum (1987)

Early Life

Tamil actor Vivek was born on 19 November 1961 at Perunkottur village in Thiruvengadam taluk of Tenkasi district, Tamil Nadu. He received his early education by staying in the Tenksi district and graduated from The American College in Madurai.


Vivek's father's and mother's names are still not publicly revealed. His family practices Hinduism and lauds Hindu deities. He was married and had three children. His wife's name is Aruselvi Vivek, and the name of his children are Amritha, Nandini, Prasanna Kumar, and Tejaswini. His son Prasanna Kumar died at the age of 13 in 2015 due to complications from dengue and brain fever.


Vivek performed in stand-up comedy performances at the Madras Humour Club in his spare time while employed at the Secretariat in Chennai. During his pantomimes at the club, he often received the Best Entertainer Award after helping to pioneer the expansion movement. After leaving Chennai, Vivek proceeded to Madurai to earn a bachelor's degree in commerce. During the intervals between semesters, he would come back and play at the club. He initially met K. Balachandar, the director of the films, through P. R. Govindarajan, the founder of Humour Club. They struck up a working connection in which he wrote the scripts for the director's movies.

After four years, Balachandar outlined a circumstance and asked Vivek to create a script for sixteen characters, which Vivek did in a single night, according to Vivek. Later, he realized that this was only a test, and Balachandar gained Vivek's respect through his performance. In 1987, Vivek accepted Balachandar's invitation to play Suhasini's sibling in the movie while helping with the writing for Manathil Uruthi Vendum.

He first appeared in minor parts and collaborated with Balachandar in the movies Pudhu Pudha Arthangal (1989) and Oru Veedu Iru Vasal (1990). In films like Putham Pudhau Payanam (1991) by K. S. Ravikumar and Naan Pesa Ninaipathellam by Vikraman, he commonly portrayed the lead actor's companion in the main cast (1992). (1993). Later, he appeared in Rajinikanth's Uzhaippali and Veera, where he played supporting character parts. Vivek had to wait until 1996 to prove himself as the only comic who could carry the movie, and he then started to play more important roles in his endeavors.

Breakthrough and Success

Vivek broke through in the late 1990s by playing the major comic in movies who would frequently be the main companion of the star actor, increasing his on-screen time. He consistently had well in Kannedhirey Thondrinal, Poomagal Oorvalam, and Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham, where he played Prashanth's opposite. He then contributed to several well-known Ajith Kumar movies, featuring as a companion in Kaadhal Mannan, Unnai Thedi, and Vaali. As a result, he became one of the busiest performers in 2000 and 2001, appearing in more than fifty films in those two years. The actor was praised for his roles in Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey, Mugavaree, and Dumm Dumm Dumm, in addition to appearing in blockbusters like Kushi, Priyamanavale, and Minnale.

Vivek was featured on movie posters on the same level as the lead actor due to the rising popularity of his movies, which aided in the distribution of stalled films. In addition to receiving praise for his performances as a lecturer in Saamy and a software engineer in Parthiban Kanavu, Vivek featured extended humorous parts in Vikram's Dhool and Priyadarshan's Lesa Lesa. In S. Shankar's Boys, where he portrayed a mentor to a group of young people, he subsequently took on a little more serious character. He earned significant honours for his comedic track in Run, and one reviewer complimented him for his "smart references to current social events."

He maintained his success in 2004, winning the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian for his portrayal of a marital assembler in Perazhagan. He also played in the commercially successful films Chellamae and M. Kumaran, Son of Mahalakshmi. He was the first humorist to serve as an ambassador for the soft drink because of his burgeoning star as an actor. Mirinda hired him after the company conducted market research to identify a well-liked promoter. Vivek made an exclusion to engage in a few creative films and typically demanded much less fee for the projects, most remarkably portraying character roles in Janaki Vishwanathan's Kutty (2001) and Thangar Bachan's Azhagi (2002).

Solli Addipean, a Ramki-directed project that Vivek finished, was his work. Nearly a year was spent working on the project, and it was made sure that the audience would be able to accept the actor's transition into the lead. Chaya Singh and Tejashree were chosen as the movie's leads. The likelihood of a theatrical release for a 2004 film was low. After an announcement, the development of Super Subbu, another intended movie by V. C. Guhunathan, was stalled. He was hurt in 2004 while working on a movie and took a break from acting for some time.

Shankar's Anniyan (2005) signaled Vivek's reappearance, and for his contribution to the project, he was honored with the State Award for Best Comedian. He appeared in three films that were all released on the same day in January 2006: Vijay's Aathi, Ajith Kumar's Paramasivan, and Silambarasan's Saravana.

Sivaji, directed by Shankar, starred Vivek in the title role, and when it was released, it was the most costly movie ever filmed. Critics gave him high marks for his performance, praising how "whacky and amusing" his one-liners are. He received another honour from the state for Best Comedian for his work as Rajinikanth's sidekick Arivu.

Later work

In Padikathavan (2009), Guru En Aalu (2009), and the Singam (2010) series, Vivek was first noticed for his roles as a don, a police officer, and a drag performer. After resurfacing from a hiatus, Vivek declared his intention to depart from his regular comedic roles on the advice of Kamal Haasan and filmmaker Bala. Vivek signed up for the serious Naan Than Bala movie (2014). He started production on a different movie simultaneously, playing the main role in Palakkattu Madhavan (2015) alongside Sonia Agarwal.

Brindavanam (2017), in which Vivek portrayed himself, focused on his bond with a deaf and dumb fan. In the 2019 thriller Vellai Pookkal, he played a retired police officer who moves to live in Seattle. 2020 saw the release of Dharala Prabhu, a film starring Harish Kalyan. His final movie, Aranmanai 3, was released in 2021 after he passed away. He performed in approximately 220 films during his acting career.


It was said that he suffered a heart attack since his arteries were completely blocked. A major blood artery was totally stopped, necessitating the advent of angioplasty and stunt implant. Her extra corporal membrane oxygenation was started by doctors (ECMO). Despite all of the attempts, the actor was lost.

Some Facts About Vivek

  • Vivek was born at Kovilpatti, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India, on November 19, 1961.
  • He completed his degree at The American College in Madurai.
  • He was an Indian playback singer, comedian, television host, and social crusader.
  • His dedication to the arts earned him the Padma Shri award from the Indian government.
  • He has appeared in close to 250 films and has won three Filmfare Awards for Best Comedian.
  • He made his acting debut as Vivek in the 1987 movie Manathil Uruthi Vendum.
  • His most recent movie, Indian 2, came out in 2021.
  • On April 17, at 4.35 AM, Vivek passed away from a cardiac attack in a private hospital in Chennai.

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