Vineeth
Vineeth in 2008
Born
Vineeth Radhakrishnan

(1969-08-23) 23 August 1969 (age 52)[1]
Occupation
  • Actor
  • dancer
  • voice artist
  • choreographer
Years active1985 – present
Spouse(s)
Priscilla Menon
(m. 2004)
Children1
RelativesTravancore family

Vineeth Radhakrishnan (born 23 August 1969) is an Indian film actor, classical dancer, voice artist and choreographer who primarily works in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu language language films. He has also starred in a few Kannada and Bollywood films.[2] He has won several awards including 2 Kerala State Film Awards, Kalaimamani from Government of Tamil Nadu and Filmfare Award South.

Early life

Vineeth was born to K. T. Radhakrishnan and P. K. Shanthakumari on 23 August 1969 at Thalassery in Kannur district of North Kerala. He has a sister, Kavitha Dinesh.[3] He studied at Good Shepherd International School, Ooty and St Joseph's Higher Secondary School, Thalassery.[4] He pursued bachelors in commerce from The New College in 1991.

Vineeth is the nephew of Ramachandran Nair, the husband of actress Padmini of the Travancore sisters. His aunt, Padmini and her sister, Ragini convinced his parents to send him to dancing school.[5] Vineeth is also a cousin of the film actress Shobana, Krishna and relative of Arun Kumar, actress Sukumari and Ambika Sukumaran.

He learned Bharathanatyam at the age of six. He caught the public eye by winning several prizes in the Bharatanatyam dance form while studying in school, including winning the first prize at the Kerala State Youth festival for four years in a row[1] and winning the top prize of "Kalaprathibha" in 1986.[6]

Film career

Vineeth entered films with the I. V. Sasi film Idanilangal in 1985. It was, however, with his second film Nakhakshathangal in 1986 that he caught the public eye. His dancing skills were prominently displayed in several films as well. He kept getting called for a number of movies, many acclaimed ones among them Pranamam (1986), Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal (1986), Oridathu (1987), and so on. He notably played the lead characters in Idanazhiyil Oru Kaalocha (1987), a story by poet Balachandran Chullikkadu and Oru Muthassi Katha (1988) directed by Priyadarshan. Aavarampoo (1992), the Tamil remake of Thakara changed everything for Vineeth directed by Bharathan. As soon as Aavarampoo ended, Hariharan called him for Sargam (1992), in which he played a musical genius. Suddenly Vineeth was doing multiple films in Malayalam and Tamil. Kabooliwala (1994) and Manathe Vellitheru (1994) became two turning points in his Malayalam career, one establishing him as a young romantic hero, the other proving he could handle negative shades really well. Though his films impressed both critics and front benchers, he did not become a super hero, a sought after actor.[7] He had appeared in maximum Malayalam films. But his career did not pick up as expected.[8]

His roles in successful Tamil films also include Gentleman (1993), Pudhiya Mugam (1993), Jaathi Malli (1993) and May Maadham (1994). Among other projects came Kadhal Desam (1996), where Vineeth and Abbas played college students in love with the same woman, played by Tabu. The movie, with its themes of friendship and romance and the music of A. R. Rahman, became very popular. He has acted in several well received films since then in all South Indian languages. In spite of his success in films, he still considers dance as his first love and is undergoing advanced training in Bharatanatyam and participates in several dance programmes all over the world as well as the Surya Dance Festival.[9] He has worked in several Telugu films such as Maa Annayya (2000), Ammayi Kosam (2001), Nee Premakai (2002), Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo (2002), Maa Bapu Bommaku Pellanta (2003), Thanks (2005), etc. Vineeth, who disappeared from both Tamil and Malayalam cinema, is making a comeback with Rajinikanth starrer Chandramukhi (2005).[10] The talented bharatanatyam artist-cum-actor has bagged the coveted role in the Hindi version of Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) as well.[11] Vineeth never stopped learning to dance. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Choreography for Kambhoji in 2017. Vineeth’s last film release was the G. V. Prakash Kumar starrer Sarvam Thaala Mayam (2019) in Tamil. It was a musical drama that was written and directed by Rajiv Menon.[12] Actor singer Krishnachandran dubbed for Vineeth in most of his early movies. Ironically, Vineeth won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Dubbing Artist in 2020 for giving voice to Vivek Oberoi's character in Lucifer, actor Prithviraj’s first as a director.[13] In Malayalam, he will be seen in Kavya Prakash's debut film Vaanku (2021), based on a story by Unni R.[14] In Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea, he dubbed for the character played by Tamil star Arjun Sarja. Vineeth won the award for his dubbing.[15]

Personal life

Vineeth married Priscilla Menon in 2004[16] and lives in Chennai . They have a daughter named Avanthi born in 2006.[17]

Awards and nominations

Filmography

Films in Malayalam

Year Film Role Language Notes
2021 Kaalchilambu Kannan, Jayadevan Malayalam
2021 Vaanku Razak Malayalam
2019 Madhaveeyam Madhav Dev Malayalam
2019 Panthu Anwar Malayalam
2017 Kambhoji Kunjunni Malayalam
2016 Pallikoodam Gokul Sir Malayalam
2015 Njan Samvidhanam Cheyum Malayalam
2015 Akkaldhamayile Pennu Anto Malayalam
2015 Kumbasaram Rafi Malayalam
2015 Sukhamayirikkatte Malayalam
2015 100 Days of Love S. P. Pillai Malayalam
2014 Swapaanam Thuppan Namboodiri Malayalam
2013 Aattakatha Unnikrishnan Malayalam
2013 Ezhamathe Varavu Prasad Malayalam
2013 Cleopatra Malayalam
2013 Omega Brothers Sidharth Malayalam
2013 Breaking News Live Deepak Malayalam
2012 Arike Balu Malayalam
2012 Father's Day Gopan Malayalam
2012 Ideal Couple Ganeshan Malayalam
2012 Bavuttiyude Namathil Satheeshan Malayalam
2011 Munthiri Paadam Munna Malayalam
2010 Killy Killy Aloshy Malayalam
2010 Thathwamasi Rameshan Malayalam
2010 Neelambari Devanand Malayalam
2009 Banaras Hari Malayalam
2009 Chemistry Aloshy Malayalam
2009 2 Harihar Nagar Shyam Sundhar Malayalam
2008 Mizhikal Sakshi Aravind Malayalam
2007 Rathri Mazha Harikrishnan Malayalam
2006 Vadakkum Nathan Parameshwaran Malayalam
2006 Moonnamathoral Dr. Arun Malayalam
2005 Mayookham Malayalam
2005 Alice in Wonderland Victor Joseph Malayalam
2004 Chathikkatha Chanthu Krishna Malayalam
2004 Perumazhakkalam Raghu Rama Iyer Malayalam Guest Appearance
2000 Darling Darling Subash Chandra Bose/ Kochu Kurup / Aniyankutty (fake identity) Malayalam
1999 Ustaad Nandan Malayalam
1999 Prempujari Murali Malayalam
1999 Mazhavillu Vijay Krishnan Malayalam
1998 Manjeeradhwani Manu Malayalam
1996 Hitler Whistling Passenger Malayalam
1996 Kala Pani G S Sethu Malayalam Dubbed in Tamil as Sirai Chaalai
1995 Thacholi Varghese Chekavar Shyam Malayalam
1995 Highway Vinod Menon Malayalam
1995 Thakshashila Salman Malayalam
1994 Daivathinte Vikrithikal Landlord's son Malayalam
1994 Parinayam Madhavan Malayalam
1994 Manathe Vellitheru Ramesh Malayalam
1993 Arthana Jayakrishnan Malayalam
1993 Kanyakumariyil Oru Kavitha Vishnu Malayalam
1993 Kabuliwala Munna Malayalam
1993 Kalippattam Harikrishnan Malayalam
1993 Samooham Udayan Malayalam
1993 Gazal Muneer Malayalam
1992 Sargam Haridas Malayalam Kerala State Film Critics Association Second Best Actor Award)
1992 Kamaladalam Somashekharanunni (Malavika's lover) Malayalam
1992 Daivathinte Vikrithikal Son of Landlord Malayalam Kerala State Film Critics Association Second Best Actor Award
1992 Aacharyan Abraham Malayalam
1992 Champakulam Thachan Chanthutti Malayalam
1990 Aaram Vardil Aabhyanthara Kalaham Malayalam
1990 Kattukuthira Mohan Malayalam
1990 Lal Salam Malayalam
1989 Rugmini Malayalam
1989 Mahayanam Rameshan Malayalam
1988 Oru Muthassi Katha Chanthu Malayalam
1988 Janmandharam Unnikrishnan Malayalam
1988 Kanakambarangal Rajan Malayalam
1988 Aranyakam Mohan Malayalam
1987 Kanikanum Neram Vinu Malayalam
1987 Ponnu Malayalam
1987 Rithubhedam Keshavan Malayalam
1987 Amrutham Gamaya Unnikrishnan Malayalam
1987 Oridathu Josekutty Malayalam
1986 Idanazhiyil Oru Kaalocha Ananth Malayalam
1986 Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal Antony Malayalam
1986 Pranamam Appukuttan Malayalam
1986 Nakhakshathangal Ramu Malayalam
1985 Idanilangal Kunjumon Malayalam

Others language films

Year Film Role Language Ref.
2021 Rang De Arjun's brother-in-law Telugu
2019 Sarvam Thaala Mayam Mani Tamil
2011 Queens! Destiny Of Dance Mukta Hindi
2010 Aptharakshaka Ramanatha Kannada
2008 Uliyin Osai Iniyan Tamil
2008 Sila Nerangalil Madhavan Tamil
2007 Bhool Bhulaiyaa Sharad Pradhan / Shashidhar Hindi
2005 Thanks Sri Ram Telugu
2005 Chandramukhi Viswanathan & Gunashekaran Tamil
2003 Priyamana Thozhi Michael Dsouza Tamil
2003 Kadhal Kirukkan Gautham Tamil
2003 Maa Baapu Bommaki Pellanta Krishnamoorthy Telugu Cameo appearance
2002 Bokshu, the Myth English Indian English film[19][20]
2002 Nee Premakai Srinivas Telugu
2002 Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo Srinivasa Naidu Telugu
2001 Ammai Kosam Venkat Telugu
2001 Vedham Sanjay Tamil
2000 Karisakattu Poove Pounrasu Tamil
2000 Prema Kosam Rahul Telugu
2000 Maa Annayya Shekhar Telugu
2000 Balaram Srinivasa Prasad Telugu
2000 Thodu Thodu Sushank English
1999 Suyamvaram Gautham Tamil
1999 Maravathe Kanmaniye Tamil
1999 Preminchalani Vundi Telugu
1998 W/o V. Vara Prasad Varaprasad Telugu
1998 Padutha Theeyaga Telugu
1998 Rukmini Ravi Telugu
1998 Prema Pallaki Telugu
1998 Kanasalu Neene Manasalu Neene Kannada
1998 Simmarasi Kathir Tamil
1997 Daud: Fun on the Run Inspector Sri Hindi
1997 Nandhini Suresh Tamil
1997 Devathai Umapathi Tamil
1997 Aaro Pranam Chanti Telugu
1997 Evandi Pelli Chesukondi Vijay Telugu
1997 Sakthi Sakthi Tamil
1996 Kadhal Desam Karthik Tamil
1994 Sarigamalu Ram Telugu
1994 May Madham Eeshwar Tamil
1993 Jathi Malli Moscow Tamil
1993 Pudhiya Mugam Raja Rajeswaran "Raja (father) and (son) Hari (dual role) Tamil
1993 Gentleman Ramesh Tamil
1992 Aavarampoo (Tamil debut) Sakkarai Tamil Best New Face Awarded from the Film Fan's Association in Tamil Nadu

Dubbing

Year Film Dubbed for Character Notes
2019 Lucifer Vivek Oberoi Bimal Nair / Bobby Won, Kerala State Film Award for Best Dubbing Artist
2020 Big Brother Arbaaz Khan Vedantham IPS
2020 The Kung Fu Master Jiji Scaria Rishi Ram
2021 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Arjun Sarja Ananthan Won, Kerala State Film Award for Best Dubbing Artist

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