Thennavan (actor)

Born Ramesh Duraisamy
(1966-11-16) 16 November 1966[1]
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1990 - Present

Thennavan is a Tamil film actor who has appeared in supporting roles. After making his debut in Bharathiraja's En Uyir Thozhan (1990), the actor was recognised for his work in Gemini (2002) and Virumaandi (2004).


After graduating from Sarvajana High School, Coimbatore in 1984, Thennavan moved to Chennai to pursue a career in films. Thennavan made his acting debut in Bharathiraja's 1990 film En Uyir Thozhan, portraying a secondary lead role.[2] He won critical acclaim for his performance as Kai in Saran's Gemini (2002), and has since been credited in films as Kai Thennavan. Playing a sidekick to Vikram's titular character, The Hindu gave him a positive review writing "he does a convincing job" and "his penetrating stare takes care of the expressions."[3] The success of the film, saw Kamal Haasan pick him to play a role in Virumaandi, for which he also received positive reviews.[4]

Thennavan then played the lead role in an experimental film, Ayul Regai (2005), winning critical acclaim for his portrayal of a man on the verge of depression. A critic praised his contribution to the film, noting with "a wiry frame, unkempt hair and large eyes, he fits the role perfectly."[5] He has since been seen in supporting roles in films including Sundarapandian (2012) and Naan Than Bala (2014).

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1990 En Uyir Thozhan
1995 Veluchami
2002 Gemini Kai
2003 Jay Jay
2003 Diwan
2004 Virumaandi Kondarasu
2005 Ayul Regai Karikalan
2005 Sandakozhi
2006 Aacharya Koorumathi
2007 Ammuvagiya Naan
2008 Kathi Kappal
2009 Vaigai
2009 Gnabagangal
2011 Vaagai Sooda Vaa
2012 Krishnaveni Panjaalai
2012 Sundarapandian Pandi Thevar
2014 Naan Than Bala Kattooran
2014 Jigarthanda Sekhar
2015 Maanga
2016 Yokkiyan Varan Somba Thooki Ulla Vai
2016 Unnodu Ka


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