Parthiban is a Tamil Actor and director. He was born in 1957 near Thoothugudi. His father was Ratnavelu. After passing his HSC Exam in 1974, Parthiban went to Madras to become an Actor. Instead he was told that he did not look like actor material and was encouraged to make films. This led to him pursuing a D.F.E (Diploma in Film Editing) from the Film and Technology Institute in Tambaram (Not to be confused with the FTI in Pune).
After graduating in 1979, he briefly had a career writing short stories under the pen name of "Bharathi" in Tamil Magazines before in 1984- he became K.Bhagyaraj's personal assistant and later Assistant Director. The Bhagyaraj-Parthiban duo worked in over 40 films from 1984 to 1991. Parthiban also had small roles in several Bhagyaraj films.
His acting debut was in 1992 with "Puthiya Padai" alon with Actress Seetha whom he would later go on to marry. His commercial song "Ae Kala Kala Kan Adicha Kalakala" from the film "Devathiyin Paadhangal" made him a known name. However it was only the superhit film Bharathi Kanamma (1996) which made him a star. This was followed by a National Awardwinning performance in Housefull and a number of popular films such as Thooku Sandhu, Tirupuram, Kannata Kaanadhavan and James Pandu in the late 90's-early 2000's. He also moved to comedy and had memorable funny scenes with Vadivel beginning with Bharathi Kanamma.
However as of the 2000's- he is seen remaking several Thangar Bacchan concepts in films such as Azhagi, Ammuvagiya Naan and Thendral- away from commercial cinema and towards critically acclaimed films.
He was married to Actress Seetha and has two daughters-Keerthana of the Kannathil Mutthamittal fame and Anurshee. Both girls live with their father and attend St.Johns school, as day scholars.