Vishal Krishna (born 29 August 1977) is an Indian film actor, actor council leader and producer who works in the Tamil film industry. The younger son of film producer G. K. Reddy, Vishal studied Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai. He produces films under his production company, Vishal Film Factory.
He 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 films Sandakozhi (2005), Thimiru (2006), Thaamirabharani(2007) and Malaikottai(2007). 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) and Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014).
Vishal was elected as the General Secretary of the Nadigar Sangam in October 2015 after initiating a movement against the previous committee. He was expelled from Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC) for remarks against the council. Later in April 2017, he won the election and got elected as President of Tamil Film Producers Council.
Vishal Early Life& Career
Vishal Krishna was born to G. K. Reddy and Janaki Devi on 29 August 1977. He was born in Chennai. His father was a film producer for Telugu and Tamil films and his family settled in Chennai. 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.
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). 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. A critic described his performance is “apt” but “there was plenty left to hone”.
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. 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”. 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.
In 2015, he acted two films, namely, Aambala and Paayum Puli, both turning out to be flops at the box office. In 2016, he did three movies; Kathakali, Marudhu and Kaththi Sandai. The former two where 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.
Tamil Film Producers Council (2017-present)
He was elected as President of Tamil Film Producers Council election, which was held on 2 April 2017.
Vishal has jumped into politics. He has 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. It has caught major political parties and Kollywood by surprise, as Vishal rushed into where superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are still waiting to tread.
Vishal’s last release Thupparivaalan was a hit and his next film Irumbu Thirai is due in January. Elections are nothing new to Vishal, as he contested and won two important Tamil film association elections against stiff opposition.
Secretary General for Nadigar Sangam
|First Film||Chellamae (2004)|
|Height (Aprox.)||in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 11”
|Weight (Aprox.)||in Kilograms- 73 kg
in Pounds- 161 lbs
|Date of Birth||29 August 1977|
|Age (as of 2018)||41|
|Birth Place||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Home Town/State||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|School||Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai|
|College||Loyola College, Chennai|
|Educational Qualification||Graduation in Visual Communications|
|Father Name||G. K. Reddy (Film producer)|
|Mother Name||Janaki Devi|
|Brother(s)||Vikram Krishna (Actor & Producer)|
Vishal Movie List
|Aambala||2015||Saravanan||Sundar C||Also producer|
|Avan Ivan||2011||Walter Vanangamudi||Bala|
|Irumbu Thirai||2018||Major R. Kathiravan “Kathir”||P.S Mithran||Also as Producer|
|Jadikketha Moodi||1989||Dancer||Umesh – Prabakar||Child artist|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||2014||Himself||Parthiepan||Cameo appearance|
|Kaththi Sandai||2016||Ramakrishnan (Arjun) / Cheenu||Suraj|
|Madha Gaja Raja||TBA||Raja||Sundar C||Delayed;
also playback singer
|Meesaya Murukku||2017||Himself||Hiphop Tamizha||Cameo Appearance in Aambalapromo scene|
|Naan Sigappu Manithan||2014||Indhiran||Thiru||Also producer|
|Pandiya Naadu||2013||Sivakumar||Suseenthiran||Also producer|
|Pattathu Yaanai||2013||Saravanan||Boopathy Pandian|
|Pistha||2009||Muralikrishna||Sabha Ayyappan||Telugu version of Thoranai|
|Salute||2008||Sathyam||A. Rajasekhar||Telugu version of Sathyam.|
|Sandakozhi 2||2018||Balu||N. Linguswamy||Filming|
|Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai||2010||Karthik||Thiru|
|Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru||2013||Himself||Sundar C||Cameo appearance|
|Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga||2015||Vetrivel||Rajesh||Cameo appearance|
|Vedi||2011||Prabhakaran (Balu)||Prabhu Deva|
|Villain||2017||Saktivel Palaniswamy||B. Unnikrishnan||Malayalam Film|
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