R. Parthiban

Radhakrishnan Parthiban (also credited as R. Parthiepan, Ra Parthiepan, or Parthiepan) is an Indian film Actor, Director, Producer and Writer who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He has Directed 15 films, Produced 14 films and acted in more than 60 films and. He started his career as Assistant director for K.Bhagyaraj in 1984 and the duo worked in over 20 films from 1984 to 1991.[1]

Radhakrishnan Parthiban
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Writer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Seetha (m.1990-2001) (divorced)
ChildrenAbhinaya (b.1991)
Keerthana (b.1992)
Raakhi (b.1994)

Parthiban is known for having directed critically acclaimed films such as Pudhiya Paadhai (1989) and Housefull (1999) won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.[2][3] In most of his films, Parthiban is a hero who makes jokes and always has a touch of humor with actors and comedians.

His performances as actor in successful films such as Bharathi Kannamma (1997), Nee Varuvai Ena (1999), Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000), Azhagi (2002), Aayirathil Oruvan (2010), Melvilasom (2011) and Otha Seruppu Size 7 (2019).

In 1990 he has founded R.Parthiban Manidhaneya Mandram where he economicaly supports the public's and also raise his voice socially.

On 25 December 2018, he was appointed as the new Vice President of the Tamil Film Producers Council replacing Gautham Menon and Prakash Raj who were jointly holding the position until 24 December 2018.[4]

Early life

Parthiban's native language is Telugu.[5] He started as an Assistant Director in the film Vedikkai Manidhargal. He was even given an opportunity to assist in dialogue in the name of R. Moorthy. After this, he joined as an assistant of K. Bhagyaraj. At that time, he used to make around Rs 6000 a month by dubbing for various artists. He made his first film appearance in Ranuva Veeran (1981). Then, he played the role of a postman in his mentor's Dhavani Kanavugal (1984).

Apart from direction and acting, he produces films. He wrote a book, Kirukkkalgal – Thamizh Kavithai Thoguppu, which was released by M. Karunanidhi. He runs a charitable trust named "R. Parthiban Manithaneya Mandram".


In 1989, he made his directorial debut through Pudhiya Paadhai, starring himself as an inhuman ruffian who gets reformed by his rape victim.[6][7] The film was released to critical acclaim and emerged a box office success, while also winning several accolades, including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer. In early 1990, he directed and acted in Pondatti Thevai, which failed at the box office. In the end of 1990, he appeared in lead roles in R. Sundarrajan's Thalattu Padava and in the devotional film Engal Swamy Ayyappan. In 1991, he starred in S. P. Muthuraman's Thaiyalkaran. In 1992, he starred in Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren, co-starring with Suman Ranganathan and Mohini. He then directed and acted in Sugamana Sumaigal, a clean family drama, which failed at the box office. In 1993, to recoup the financial losses, he directed and acted in the commercial film Ulle Veliye. Ayyappa Prasad of The New Indian Express labelled the film as "flesh and bore". Despite negative reviews, the film has been declared a super hit at the box office. He then directed and acted in 1994 in Sarigamapadani, co-starring with Roja and Sangita and the next year in Pullakuttikaran, co-starring with Sangita and Urvashi. In 1996, he acted in the comedy film Tata Birla.

He won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for Bharathi Kannamma. He played a man from a lower caste who a zamindari falls in love with.[8] Parthipan, the actor, director and producer, loves breaking the conventional rules set by commercial cinema. He has taken roles that other heroes would carefully avoid, directed films that his critics found to be arty. The actor has remained uncompromising and stuck to his principles in spite of some not-so-memorable roles in the past. After the critically acclaimed and award-winning films such as Housefull and Azhagi, audience and the trade have acknowledged the maker's undisputed talents.[9][10] His 1999 Tamil film Housefull won the same award.[11]

In 2001, he launched an ambitious directorial project titled Yelelo, with A. R. Rahman composing four songs for the film. Despite having a high-profile launch and completion of a few filming schedules, the venture was shelved.[12] Similarly, he launched 2 films simultaneously titled Rowdy and Adi after the failure of Kudaikul Mazhai.[13] Both projects were abandoned.

The film Aayirathil Oruvan, in which he portrayed a Chola King, won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil.[14] His previously released movie Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam becomes Parthiban's first directorial film in which he does not feature in the lead role. The film, which has a tagline reading "a film without a story?", began production in late 2013 and released on 15 August 2014 and received positive reviews from all the sides and was a huge blockbuster hit in the box office. In 2015, he portrayed a cop in Massu Engira Masilamani and played a comedian villain in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. He acted in supporting role in the Maaveeran Kittu (2016) and Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga (2017). He appeared in Kannada movie Dada Is Back (2017), which he played in lead role as undisputed king of the underworld in Bengaluru.[15] Followed by a comedy film, Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam (2017). In 2018, he acted in Bilingual Malayam-Tamil drama movie Kinar.[16]

In 2019, he play in Oththa Seruppu Size 7, with only one character on the screen. Off it too. Written, directed and acted in by R Parthiban, the film has managed to pique the interest of the audience right from its inception. The filmmaker revealed that it was his 18-year dream to make this film, yet the story is timely and relevant.[17] Along with the outstanding performance and sharp visuals, the film is amplified by the amazing sound design which gives life to the uncanny, yet detailed confession of Masilamani.[18]


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Actor Role
1981 Ranuva Veeran Y Uncredited role
1982 Parvaiyin Marupakkam Y Uncredited role
1983 Dhooram Adhighamillai Y Uncredited role
1984 Anbulla Rajinikanth Y Uncredited role
1984 Dhavani Kanavugal Y Postman
1989 Pudhiya Paadhai Y Y Sitaraman Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Winner, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
1990 Pondatti Thevai Y Y Kannan
Thalattu Padava Y Raja
Engal Swamy Ayyappan Y Vasuswamy
1991 Thaiyalkaran Y Pandian
1992 Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren Y Ravi
Sugamana Sumaigal Y Y Y Murthy
1993 Ulle Veliye Y Y Y Gajendran
1994 Sarigamapadani Y Y Y Kulasekaran
1995 Pullakuttikaran Y Y Y
1996 Tata Birla Y Raja
1997 Bharathi Kannamma Y Bharathi Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
Vaimaye Vellum Y Raja
Aravindhan Y Thamizhvannan
Abhimanyu Y ACP Abhimanyu
1998 Swarnamukhi Y Pandian
Pudhumai Pithan Y Jeeva / Bharath
1999 Housefull Y Y Y Ayya Winner, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Film
Suyamvaram Y Azhagappan
Anthapuram Y Dubai Pandiyan
Nee Varuvai Ena Y Ganesh
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Y
2000 Kakkai Siraginilae Y Vellaichamy
James Pandu Y Pandu
Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven Y Shekhar Guest appearance
Vetri Kodi Kattu Y Muthuraman
Sabhash Y Cheenu
2001 Ninaikkatha Naalillai Y Anbu
Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Y Devasahayam Malayalam film
2002 Azhagi Y Shanmugam
Kadhal Virus Y Himself Cameo appearance
Ivan Y Y Y Jeevan
2003 Soori Y Saravanan
Kadhal Kirukkan Y Manikandan
2004 Thendral Y Nalangkilli
Kudaikul Mazhai Y Y Y Venkatakrishnan
2005 Kannadi Pookal Y Sakthivel
Kundakka Mandakka Y Ilango
2006 Pachchak Kuthira Y Y Y Pachchamuthu
2007 Ammuvagiya Naan Y Gowrishankar
2008 Vallamai Tharayo Y Anand
2010 Aayirathil Oruvan Y Chola King Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Azhagana Ponnuthan Y Karthik
2011 Melvilasom Y Ramachandran Malayalam film
Vithagan Y Y Rowdhran 50th film
2012 Ambuli Y Sengodan
Rachcha Y Suryanarayana Telugu film
2013 Escape from Uganda Y Antony Malayalam film
Jannal Oram Y Karuppu
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Y Y Y Himself Cameo appearance
2015 Masss Y ACP Vikram Lakshmanan
Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander Y Malayalam Film
Naanum Rowdydhaan Y Killivalavan Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
2016 Maaveeran Kittu Y Chinrasu Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2017 Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga Y Y Y Rangarajan
Mupparimanam Y Himself Cameo appearance
Dada is Back Y Tippu Kannada film
Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam Y Oothukaandaan
2018 Kinar
Y Malayalam & Tamil Film
Kuppathu Raja Y MG Rajendran
Ayogya Y Kaalirajan
Otha Seruppu Size 7 Y Y Y


Thittam Poattu Thirudura Kootam Y Sethu


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