Dev (Tamil actor)

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Dev
Born
Swaminath Raamanathan

Chennai
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor
Years active2013 – present
OrganizationMadboys Creatives
Known forHappy to be single – First South Indian Web series,
Vellai Pookal

Swaminath Raamanathan, known by his stage name, Dev, is an Indian film actor and content producer, who appears in Tamil films. He was earlier credited as Abhinav[1][2] until 2019, when he adopted his new name.

Career[edit | edit source]

He made his debut playing Nazriya Nazim’s love interest in director Balaji Mohan’s 2014 bilingual Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (Tamil)/Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram (Malayalam). In 2016, he played the character of Mukundan in Nelson Venkatesan’s critically acclaimed Oru Naal Koothu (2016).[3]

His first role as a central character was in the Tamil crime thriller Vellai Pookal (2019).[4][5] He played the role of Ajay, a software engineer working in Microsoft and son of retired cop Rudhran (played by Vivek). The film was shot entirely in Seattle and released in April 2019 to highly positive reviews from critiques and audiences alike. His performance was well received with India Glitz[5] terming it “perfect as the typical Indian techie" and The New Indian Express[6] calling his performance "relatable and realistic".

He also produces content and commercials (web series, television commercials, digital brand films) under his production company Madboys Creatives.[7] He produced and acted in South India’s first web series, Happy to be Single,[8][9] distributed by Sony Music India with Anirudh Ravichander launching it.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Web Series[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Language Note(s) Ref(s)
2013 Happy to be Single Uday Tamil South India's first web series [8][9]
2020 PubGoa Varun Tamil
TBA Adhigaram TBA Tamil [10]

Movies[edit | edit source]

  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.
Year Title Role(s) Note(s) Ref(s)
2014 Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Vinod Bilingual in Malayalam as Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram
2016 Oru Naal Koothu Mukundan [3]
2019 Vellai Pookal Ajay [4][5]
2020 Mamakiki Kishore Zee5 Original Movie

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "An exclusive interview with Vaayai Moodi Pesavum actor Abhinav". www.behindwoods.com. Archived from the original on 22 May 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. "Abhinav gets lucky the first time – Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 31 August 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Oru Naal Koothu review. Oru Naal Koothu Tamil movie review, story, rating". IndiaGlitz.com. Archived from the original on 12 August 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Review : Vellai Pookal Review: A neatly made whodunit thriller (2019)". www.sify.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Vellai Pookal review. Vellai Pookal Tamil movie review, story, rating". IndiaGlitz.com. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  6. "'Vellai Pookal' review: Make way for the Tamil Sherlock Holmes". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 4 July 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  7. "Madboys – Creatives". Archived from the original on 17 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Shreekarthick and Swami – Interview". www.behindwoods.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Happy to be single". Archived from the original on 3 July 2018.
  10. 100010509524078 (11 January 2020). "Abhirami roped in for Charan's web series". dtNext.in. Retrieved 12 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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