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From humour club to comedy star: Actor Vivek’s humble beginnings

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From humour club to comedy star: Actor Vivek's humble beginnings

Vivek’s very first film was ‘Manadhil Urudhi Vendum’ by K Balachander, that launched in 1987.

Born Vivekanandhan in Tamil Nadu’s Kovilpatti, the Vivek that we know currently came from a non-cinema qualifications. His is an inspirational tale that requires to be told with the light-weight-heartedness akin to his comedies. And but, it was not with no really hard perform and failures, the comprehensive truth of which only Vivek himself will know.

Vivek, prior to entering the tinsel town, was a stage artist. A stand-up comic who impressed audiences with his mimicry and pantomime. The key individual driving Vivek’s entry into cinema was producer ‘Kala Kendra’ PR Govindarajan having said that, it was director Balachander who gave him the prospect to act in just one of his movies. In an job interview with Thanthi channel, Vivek talks about his initially meeting with director K Balachander.

“He was a human being whose design and style inspired some of my writing. Abruptly I was taken to his place by Govindarajan,” Vivek shared. A stern-on the lookout Balachander remained impassive to one particular of his well-known pantomime sets. “It was a four-minute efficiency and Balachander remained silent all through. I, naturally, felt deflated at the conclude of it.” The director at last requested him what he preferred, to which Vivek impulsively replied, “I never want just about anything sir.”

At this place Govindarajan experienced to intervene to say, “He’s a uncooked talent from Madurai sir and does not know how to converse.” Vivek shared that Govindarajan was the just one who usually had his back, supporting him with prospects. Balachander, at the stop of their first conference, merely asked Vivek to transfer to Madras which, the actor shared, was rather the activity.

Check out Vivek share about his very first meeting with Balachander listed here:

But Vivek also shared a further anecdote relating to his mimicry and director Balachander’s remark on it.

Vivek spoke about doing mimicry at a phase established up for ‘Vathiyar’ Raman’s daughter’s wedding ceremony. “I mimicked Sivaji, Manohar, Nambiar, Kamal, Rajini. Balachander sir was seated in the entrance row and was in splits in the course of the overall performance. He named me soon after the effectiveness and asked me to promise one particular issue — to not act like anybody else any more. I thought my overall performance was that bad, but he was all praises for it. He mentioned for me to turn into an actor, I’d have to give up imitating other individuals. That’s when I realised he was planning on launching me as an actor.” 

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To transfer to Madras, Vivek’s TNPSC test success were being the rationale. Having received a position at the Secretariat, the actor moved to the town and then joined the Madras Humour Club, also founded by Govindarajan. The club that convened every single 2nd Sunday gave Vivek his phase for stand-up comedy.

Speaking about their introduction to just about every other, actor director and Vivek’s most effective friend Ramesh Kanna shares, “I was waiting for my initially film to launch and Govindarajan launched me to Vivek, whose Manadhil Urudhi Vendum experienced just been unveiled. I try to remember a single day, some people today at the club were producing entertaining of Vivek’s crying scene in the movie.”

Recalling the amusing incident from a long time in the past, Ramesh Kanna allows out a brief chuckle just before continuing. “I had not actually turn into good friends with him at that stage but I defended him declaring, “We all know how Kamal Haasan performed in a similar scene all through his early movies. Vivek, also, will get superior and come to be a fantastic actor.” Vivek was not there when I claimed that but we ultimately became thick good friends,” Ramesh Kanna provides.

A ‘K Balachander Find’, Vivek’s 1st part in Manadhil Uruthi Vendum (1987) was to engage in actor Suhasini Mani Ratnam’s more youthful brother in the film. Dressed in a dazzling pink shirt, he arrives at his sister’s property together with his more mature brother played by Ramesh Aravind. The actor experienced minimal display time but had to emote with tears in a single of them, on listening to about his sister’s divorce.

Immediately after Manadhil Urudhi Vendum arrived Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal in which the actor played the part of a playback singer’s secretary. Here, Vivek experienced a improved prospect to carry out and his talent in mimicry arrived useful. The actor mimicked the voices of Nambiar and Rajinikanth to comic influence in the film.


The actor went on to act in 3 other K Balachander movies, namely, Our Veedu Iru Vaasal, Parthale Paravasam. Ramesh Kanna also shares with us about penning a character with better scope for Vivek in the movie Aarathi Edungadi (1990). The subsequent year in 1991, Vivek received an even even larger part of actively playing the guide in a film titled Sendhoora Devi, directed by Rama Narayanan. In this, he performed the father to twin daughters (little one Shamili in double action) with actor Kanaga taking part in his spouse. The tale was a typical Mother or father Lure with animals (a Rama Narayanan staple) and a fantastic dose of drama. 

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