Sai Dheena

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Sai Dheena
M. G. Sai Dheena
Other namesDheena, Boxer Dheena, Stunt Dheena
OccupationFilm actor
Years active2004–present

Sai Dheena is an Indian film actor who has appeared in Tamil language films since 2004.[1][2] He played the antagonist in Thimiru Pudichavan (2018) and Vaandu (2019).[3][4]

Career[edit | edit source]

Sai Dheena worked as a signboard artist, before moving on to a job in the railways, before moving on to appear as a henchman in films, followed by playing supporting roles.[5] He made his debut in Kamal Haasan's Virumaandi (2004) as a jail warden, after being spotted by the actor where he went to work as an extra henchman in the film. He has since starred in films including Shankar's Enthiran (2010) and Atlee's Theri (2016) and Vetrimaaran's Vada Chennai (2018).[2][6] He portrayed the antagonist in Thimiru Pudichavan (2018).[7] In a review of the film Sagaa (2019) by the New Indian Express, the critic noted that he "plays the role with meticulous intensity".[8]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

In 2017, Dheena received attention from the media for financially helping out actor Viruchagakanth of Kaadhal (2004) fame. Viruchagakanth had been begging at temples in Chennai. Dheena, along with actors Abi Saravanan and Mohan, were able to help the actor.[9] During the coronavirus outbreak, Dheena assisted 250 families with food including rice, wheat, and sambar.[10]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Virumaandi Jail warden
2006 Pudhupettai Anbu's henchman
2010 Enthiran
Aaranya Kaandam Gajapathy
2014 Burma Broker Ravi
2015 Komban Santhanakalai
Indru Netru Naalai Marthandam's henchman
Kirumi Shankar
Vaalu Dheena
2016 Jil Jung Juk Attack Albert [11]
Kanithan Bhai
Theri Rogue (Pulippu)
2017 Maanagaram P. K. Pandian's henchman
Theru Naaigal
Hara Hara Mahadevaki
Mersal Prisoner
Kodiveeran Police officer
Maayavan Dheena
2018 Mannar Vagaiyara
Seyal Seva
Annanukku Jai Selva
Vada Chennai "Jawa" Pazhani [12]
Thimiru Pudichavan Meesai Padma
Thuppakki Munai Brahmaraja's henchman
2019 Vaandu Dheena
Sagaa Jail Warden
Bigil Dheena
2020 Master
2020 Pallu Padama Paathuka

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Karikalan, R. Senthil. "'அவங்க ஏமாத்திட்டாங்க... அதான் ஜெயிச்சேன்..!' - 'ஸ்டன்ட்' தீனாவின் தன்னம்பிக்கை". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Sai Dheena: அனாதையாக இருந்த எங்களுக்கு வாழ்வு கொடுத்தார் விஜய்: வில்லன் நடிகர்!". The Times of India (in Tamil).
  3. S, Srivatsan (16 November 2018). "'Thimiru Pudichavan' review: a tedious and almost forgettable film" – via
  4. Subramanian, Anupama (26 January 2019). "A film on street fights". Deccan Chronicle.
  5. "How to make Simbu angry? - Stunt Dheena's Exclusive interview". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 26 October 2016.
  6. "അന്ന് ആ പെണ്‍കുട്ടി പ്രണയാഭ്യര്‍ഥന നിരസിച്ചതിനാല്‍ ഇന്ന് ഞാനൊരു നടനായി". Mathrubhumi (in Malayalam).
  7. Subramanian, Anupama (17 November 2018). "Thimiru Pudichavan movie review: Could be an engaging thriller, if more thoughtful". Deccan Chronicle.
  8. Ramachandran, Avinash (1 February 2019). "'Sagaa' movie review: A promising revenge saga tied down by commercial compromises". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  9. "பிச்சை எடுத்த காமெடியனுக்கு உதவி செய்து ஹீரோவாக உயர்ந்த வில்லன்! - Samayam Tamil". The Times of India (in Tamil). 1 July 2017.
  10. "250 குடும்பங்களுக்கு உதவிய நடிகர் சாய் தீனா". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 1 April 2020.
  11. Subramanian, Anupama (13 February 2016). "Jil Jung Juk movie review: Enjoyable only in parts". Deccan Chronicle.
  12. Subramanian, Anupama (19 October 2018). "Vada Chennai movie review: Dhanush shines in an author-backed role". Deccan Chronicle.

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