We know how hard it is to do comedy, it is not just about reading the script and performing it, you can learn acting by taking acting classes, but to be a comedian it requires right timing, proper facial expression and Then there is The most difficult thing is to woo the audience. One of those comedians was Vivekanandan alias Vivek, who was known to every film lover across the country for his excellent comic acting. His most notable works were Run (2002), Anniyan (2005), Shivaji (2007) etc. The actor passed away in April this year, with his last film Aranamanai 3 releasing posthumously.
Here we are giving the list of Top 10 Tamil cinema comedy actors like Vivek who is still making us laugh with his excellent comic timing, without him kollywood movies are incomplete.
Vivek (aka Vivekanandan) is a popular Indian actor, comedian, TV personality, playback singer and social worker. He predominantly worked in Tamil film industry. He has won three Filmfare Awards for Best Comedian for the films Run (2002), Saamy (2003) and Perazhagan (2004). He was honored with the Padma Shri award in 2009 for his contribution to the arts. Earlier he was called by the surname Chinna Kalaivanar. Vivek’s upcoming movies are Indian 2 and The Legend.
Initially a comedian in TV shows, Santhanam soon became a popular comedian in Tamil cinema. His role as Arya’s pathetic yet comical friend in Boss Engira Bhaskaran always manages to make everyone laugh. Many of the dialogues spoken by him have now become a part of people’s conversation and the ease with which he generates laughter has made him a favorite of the makers. In the film Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya produced by him, he played the parallel lead role along with two others. He then played the lead role in the comedy Vallavanukku Pullam Aayudham, which won him critical acclaim.
Marvelous Tamil actor Vadivelu is considered the undisputed king of comedy down south. The 54-year-old actor is famous for his slapstick comedy and has been awarded the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian five times, apart from several other awards.
Next among the best South Indian comedians is my favorite comedian in South films, he is the famous Telugu comedy star, Brahmanandam, who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest number of screen credits for any actor till date. Apart from innumerable professional awards for his stellar performances in comic roles, Brahmanandam has also been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Yogi Babu is an Indian comedian and actor, who works in Tamil film industry. A three-time Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award winner, Yogi Babu rose to fame by showcasing his acting skills in films such as Pariyerum Perumal, Kolamavu Kokila and Anadavan Kattalai. He also serves as an assistant director and writer for two years on the series. He made his film debut in the film Yogi starring Aamir and later adopted the name of the film as a prefix to his stage name.
Suri, or Parotta Suri as he is better known, is the latest to join the line of comedians turning heroes. After initially being reluctant to play the lead, he has now agreed to star as the protagonist in an under-production film.
Goundamani emerges as a true legend comedian when we talk of Tamil cinema. The 1939-born actor is still going strong and his comic timing and his partnership with comedian Senthil is widely admired in the Tamil film industry.
Posani Krishna Murali
Andhra Pradesh-based Posani Krishna Murali is an Indian actor, screenwriter, producer and director who predominantly works in Telugu industry. He directed two films Appamokkulavadu and Operation Duryodhana in 2008 and 2007 respectively, of which Odi was a super hit in Tollywood. He directed several films and worked as a writer for over 150 Telugu films. Apart from working as a writer, he made his film debut in the film Evadra Rowdy. In 2002, he starred as Gemini in the film Venkatesh Varsha 2002. This popular film star also appeared in films like Bhadradi Ramudu and Good Boy.
Srinivasa Reddy is the best Telugu comedian, actor, director and producer in this list. Along with acting prowess, Srinivasa Reddy is known for his comic roles. Based in Andhra Pradesh, Reddy currently resides in Telangana, India. He made his debut as an actor with Ishtam Actor. He played important roles in Venky, Darling and Idiot. Also another popular hit is Gitanjali. He worked under various directors in the Telugu and Kannada film industries before working as a director and producer.
Manobala was born in Marungoor, Tamil Nadu in 1953, apart from comedy he was also a director and producer. The actor started his acting career with the 1979 film Puthiya Warpugal, in which he played a panchayat member. The actor has produced three films Sathuranga Vettai (2014), Pambu Sattai (2017), and Sathuranga Vettai 2 (Delayed). Manobala died on 3 May 2023 at the age of 69, leaving behind his wife Usha and son Harish.