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(1984-08-22) 22 August 1984 (age 38)[2]
Nathankinaru, Thootukudi district, Tamilnadu
Years active1994–present

Sivabalan (better known as Appukutty) is an Indian actor and comedian, who mainly appears in Tamil films. He became recognized following his performance in Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. His role as Azhagarsami in Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai was praised by film critics and fetched him the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.[3]

Career[edit | edit source]

Sivabalan hails from a village Nathan Kinaru in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu. He moved to Chennai in 1994, initially in search of a job for survival only. He was working as a cleaner in hotels, when he was spotted by film personalities and received acting offers from them.[1] He then began acting in small character roles. In an interview in 2011, he stated that he always wanted to be a comedian and that he had appeared in several minor roles for over 17 years,[4][5] before gaining recognition in Suseenthiran's Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu.[4] Suseenthiran went on to cast him in the lead role in his comedy drama film Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai (2011). For his performance in the film, Appukutty won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, while the film was named the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment of 2011.[6] In 2011 he also appeared in an important role in the film Kullanari Koottam and played a character role in Mohanlal's 300th film Snehaveedu.[7] He is currently acting in Mannaru.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1998 Maru Malarchi Tea seller Tamil Uncredited role
2002 Solla Marandha Kadhai Tamil Uncredited role
2004 Ghilli Assistant Samiyar at Velu's House Tamil Uncredited role
2007 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Priest Tamil Uncredited role
2007 Onbadhu Roobai Nottu Tamil
2007 Nee Naan Nila Student Tamil
2008 Akku Man at the barber shop Tamil Uncredited role
2008 Ezhuthiyatharadi Roja's friend Tamil
2008 Raman Thediya Seethai Tamil Uncredited role
2008 Velvi Chandru's friend Tamil
2009 Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu Appukutty Tamil
2009 Vaigai Kulumai Tamil
2010 Ambasamudram Ambani Dhandapani's neighbour Tamil
2010 Madrasapattinam Tamil
2010 Virunthali Kaadu Tamil
2011 Kullanari Koottam Tamil
2011 Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai Azhagarsami Tamil National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2011 Mudhal Idam Tamil
2011 Snehaveedu Malayalam
2012 Mannaru Mannaru Tamil
2012 Sundarapandian Bhuvaneshwaran Tamil
2012 Thiruthani Tamil
2013 Isaac Newton S/O Philipose Karuppayya Malayalam
2013 Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal Tamil
2013 Maryan Sakkarai Tamil
2013 Summa Nachunu Irukku Appukutty Tamil
2014 Veeram Mayilvaganam Tamil
2014 Kadhal 2014 Tamil
2015 Suzhiyam Ezhu Tamil
2015 Vedalam Kuzhandai Tamil
2015 Urumeen Tamil
2015 Paayum Puli Tamil Guest appearance
2016 24 Chettiyar's brother Tamil
2016 Kagitha Kappal Tamil
2017 Mupparimanam Tamil
2017 Enbathettu Tamil
2017 Konjam Konjam Sivabalan Tamil
2017 Theru Naaigal Tamil
2017 Nenjil Thunivirundhal Tamil
2018 Koottali Tamil
2018 Kaathiruppor Pattiyal Sathish Tamil
2018 Enga Kattula Mazhai Kuberan Tamil
2019 100% Kadhal Appu Tamil
2019 Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu 2 Appukutty Tamil
2020 Maayanadhi Mani Tamil
2020 Galtha Tamil
2020 Onbathu Kuzhi Sampath Saami Tamil
2020 Routtu Tamil

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "From a cleaner to an actor". Deccan Chronicle. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  3. "Appu Kutty once again dons the lead role". 21 September 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "I always wanted to be a comedian: Appukutty". The Times of India. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  5. K. R. Manigandan (8 March 2012). "Arts / Cinema : Shot Cuts: Blessing in disguise". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  6. "Tamil Cinema Scores at the National Film Awards — National Film Awards — Tamil Cinema". Behindwoods. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  7. "Appukutty is in awe of Mohanlal !". Sify. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2012.

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