Vishal Krishna (born 29 August 1977) is an Indian film actor and
producer who works in the Tamil film industry. Most of his films are
dubbed into his native language Telugu. The younger son of film
producer G. K. Reddy, Vishal studied Visual Communications at Loyola
College, Chennai. He produces films under his production company,
Vishal Film Factory.
He made an entrance into the film industry as an assistant director
for Arjun. He then became an actor and played his first lead role in
the romantic thriller
Chellamae (2004), before going on to star in the
commercially successful films
Thaamirabharani(2007) and Malaikottai(2007). Following a series of
unsuccessful films at the box office, Vishal chose to create his own
production studio and has since produced and worked on profitable
ventures such as
Pandiya Naadu (2013) and Naan Sigappu Manithan
Vishal was elected as the General Secretary of the
Nadigar Sangam in
October 2015 after initiating a movement against the previous
committee. He was expelled from Tamil Film Producers' Council
(TFPC) for remarks against the council. Later in April 2017, he
won the election and got elected as President of Tamil Film Producers
1 Early life
Tamil Film Producers Council (2017-present)
6 External links
Vishal Krishna was born to G. K. Reddy and Janaki Devi on 29 August
1977. He was born in Chennai. His father was a film producer for
Telugu and Tamil films and his family settled in Chennai. His elder
Vikram Krishna has produced several of Vishal's films and had
previously appeared as an actor in films under the screen name of
Ajay. Vishal also has a younger sister Aishwarya. Vishal obtained
his secondary education from Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary
School before securing a degree in visual communications from Loyola
Vishal assisted actor-director
Arjun Sarja in his venture Vedham
(2001), and a producer spotted Vishal on the sets of the film and
signed him to appear in an acting role in Gandhi Krishna's Chellamae
(2004). Accepting the role, Vishal prepared by joining
Koothu-P-Pattarai to hone his acting skills and played the protagonist
role of Raghunandan, whose wife is kidnapped by her childhood
friend. A critic described his performance is "apt" but "there was
plenty left to hone". His next film was
Sandakozhi (2005) with
N. Linguswamy, who had previously worked with his father's production
house as an assistant director. Vishal was described to have
"improved from his Chellamay days" and "clicked as an action
hero". Film journalists stated that he was "the fastest rising
action hero" of the time. After a cameo as himself in Sasi's
Dishyum (2006), he went on to appear in Tarun Gopi's action film
Thimiru (2006). The film opened to mixed reviews with Vishal being
praised for his intense performance with a critic calling his
performance "the film's only strength and, to an extent, making up for
the weak script and poor characterisation". The film became
Vishal's third consecutive commercial success, and he began to emerge
in Tamil films.
His next film, the political drama
Sivappathigaram (2006), directed by
Karu Pazhaniappan was a failure financially despite favourable
reviews. His next film was released in January 2007, Hari's
multi-starring family drama
Thaamirabharani (2007) and the film went
on to gain considerable box office success, carrying good reports
amidst other big budget releases. Later in the year, he
appeared in Boopathy Pandian's
Malaikottai (2007), a comedy
entertainer. In his first full-length comic role, Vishal received
mixed feedback for his portrayal from critics, with
that he is "a far cry from the rather endearing young man in
Sandakozhi", whilst describing his performance as "cringeable".
Behindwoods stated it as an "Average masala-mix entertainer". The
film took a large opening and was declared a blockbuster, featuring in
the top 10 at behindwoods box office. In the year 2008, for the first
time, Vishal portrayed a police officer in Sathyam, which became a
commercial failure at the box office. Then both his films Thoranai
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai (2010) were just average
Vishal was then given the opportunity to feature in Bala's dark comedy
Avan Ivan (2011), after being recommended to the director by his
friend Arya. Portraying a village stage actor with a squint, Vishal
suffered from severe eye pain and headaches, whilst he also suffered a
serious muscular injury on sets. The film opened to mixed reviews,
though Vishal's performance won positive reviews. Indiaglitz stated
that Vishal delivered an "award winning performance" and that his
"mannerisms and body language give you goosebumps". The reviewer
further cited that "Vishal's spontaneous response to his mentor's
death in the movie is touching. His demonstration of Navarasas in
front of actor Suriya will melt you in tears". Vishal played
the role of a police officer in his following release Vedi (2011),
directed by Prabhu Deva, which was declared an instant flop at the Box
In the 2013 film Samar, Vishal played a forest trek guide. Behindwoods
stated that he "rocks in the action sequences" which include Parkour
moves. He appeared in three more films that year. Following a
cameo role in Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, he starred in the action
Pattathu Yaanai and Pandiya Naadu. The latter was Vishal's debut
production venture. Vishal opted to produce and collaborate
with Thiru for a third venture Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014), a revenge
drama, in which his character suffered from narcolepsy. To prepare for
the lead role, Vishal read up and studied real life case studies of
people with the disorder, citing that there were no references from
cinema which he could watch and learn. Then he had acted under
Hari for the second time in
Poojai (2014), which did somewhat
good business at the box office. In 2015, he acted two films, namely,
Aambala and Paayum Puli, both turning out to be flops at the box
office. In 2016, he did three movies; Kathakali,
Marudhu and Kaththi
Sandai. The former two where average grossers, while Kaththi Sandai
became a flop at the box office.
In January 2017, Vishal signed his debut
Malayalam film, as the main
antagonist in the Mohanlal-starrer Villain, directed by B.
Tamil Film Producers Council (2017-present)
He was elected as President of
Tamil Film Producers Council election,
which was held on 2 April 2017.
Vishal has jumped into politics. He has filed his nomination as an
independent candidate for the by-poll to the high-profile RK Nagar
constituency in Chennai, which fell vacant following Jayalalithaa's
death. It has caught major political parties and Kollywood by
surprise, as Vishal rushed into where superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal
Haasan are still waiting to tread.
Vishal's last release Thupparivaalan was a hit and his next film
Irumbu Thirai is due in January. Elections are nothing new to Vishal,
as he contested and won two important Tamil film association elections
against stiff opposition.
Main article: Vishal filmography
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