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Vishal Krishna

29 Aug 1977 (Age 41)

Vishal Krishna Biography

Vishal Krishna (popularly known as Vishal) is an Indian Tamil film actor born on 29th August, 1977, to G. K. Reddy and Janaki Devi. His father is a veteran Tamil & Telugu film producer, who was born in Andhra Pradesh but later shifted to Chennai.

Vishal did his schooling at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School and secured a degree in Visual communication from Layola College, Chennai.

His elder brother, Vikram Krishna Reddy, who was formerly an actor under the name 'Ajay' and acted with Sivaji in Poo Parikka Varugirom, took off from where his father left and produced two films, Sandakozhi and Thimiru, starring Vishal. Vikram married Sriya Reddy who acted with Vishal in Thimiru. He also has a younger sister named Aishwarya.

Nadigar Sangam Election

He was elected the general secretary of the Thennindhiya Nadigar Sangam (South Indian Film Artistes' Association) on 18 October, 2015.

Vishal was declared the new general secretary with 1445 votes against actor Radha Ravi, who bagged 1138 votes. Radha Ravi had held the post for almost a decade. Vishal won it by 307 votes.

Nasser who contested against Sarath Kumar polled 1344 votes and won by a margin of 113 votes.

The team launched a systematic campaign against former president, Sarath Kumar and general secretary, Radha Ravi, focussing on the deal signed by Nadigar Sangam with SPI Cinemas to develop a 19-ground prime property in the heart of the city.


Vishal's strong passion for direction got him an apprenticeship with Ram Gopal Varma, just after he completed Visual Communication at Loyola College, Chennai. But for his parent’s desire to have him closer to home, he cancelled his flight ticket to Mumbai and headed to the decks of actor-director Arjun’s production house.

Vishal’s tenure as assistant to Arjun for the films Vedham & Ezhumalai exposed him not only to the nuances of direction but also aspects for excellence in the performing branch. A chance encounter with G.J. team had his providence rewritten on a different path.

Their offer to cast him as the protagonist in their venture Chellamae was accepted by Vishal after a careful consideration. With his zeal and sincerity, he did not land directly on the sets, rather took up three-month acting lessons from a Koothupatrai troupe.

He had 3 back-to-back hits with Chellamae, Sandakozhi and Thimiru, which all became dubbed in Telugu. This was a feat indeed, as a few actors actually scored a first-time hat-trick in the cinema history.

His 4th film, Sivappathigaram, was a below average grosser, while his 5th film Thamiraparani with popular director Hari achieved enough box-office success, after it opened in Pongal 2007, to be dubbed in Telugu as Barani. His next film Malaikottai was an average grosser at the box office.

Later, he did a Tamil-Telugu bilingual, titled 'Sathyam' in Tamil, which was a disaster in his filmography. Then the movie Thoranai released and it did an average run at the box office.

All of Vishal's films were simultaneously dubbed into Telugu, except for his early films, where he'd acted as a child artist. Chellame was dubbed into Telugu with the same title, Dishyum was dubbed as Dishyum Dishyum, Sandhaikozhi was dubbed as Pandem Kodi, Thimuru was dubbed as Pogaru, Thamiraparani was dubbed as Bharani, Malaikottai was dubbed as Bhayya, Satyam was simultaneously made into Telugu (was not dubbed), where Vishal made his debut into Tollywood and his latest venture Thoranai was simultaneously made into Telugu as Pista directed by newcomer Iyappan.

He had only one release in 2010, i.e., Theeratha Vilayutu Pillai, which was distributed by Sun Pictures. Due to their hard promotions, the movie did an above average business at the box office. Then, Vishal realised that his fans and other movie buffs expected something different from him. So, he bagged the offer of director Bala's 'Avan Ivan' without any consideration, though it was a two-hero subject alongside Arya.

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