Vadivel Balaji was an Indian comedian, mimicry artist, and actor. He mainly worked in Tamil television serials and films.
Vadivel was born on Thursday, 17 February 1977 (age 45 years; at the time of death in 2020), in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Family, Caste & Wife
Vadivel was born in a South Indian Hindu family. He was married and blessed with two children; a son and a daughter.
In 1991, he debuted in the Tamil film, ‘En Rasavin Manasile.’ He acted in a few Tamil films, like ‘Kaalam Maari Pochu’ (1996), ‘Vetri Kodi Kattu’ (2000), ‘Thavasi’ (2001), ‘Sutta Pazham Sudatha Pazham’ (2016), and ‘Kolamavu Kokila’ (2018). He debuted as a comedian in the TV serial, ‘Athu Ithu Yethu’ (2014). He appeared in the TV comedy shows like ‘Siricha Pochu’ (2014) and ‘Kalakka Povathu Yaaru Champions’ (2019).
In 2014, he participated in the popular South Indian TV dance reality show, ‘Jodi Number One’ Season 7.
Awards & Honours
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
- 1996: ‘Kaalam Maari Pochu’ (1996) for Best Comedian
- 2000: ‘Vetri Kodi Kattu’ (2000) for Best Comedian
- 2001: ‘Thavasi’ (2001) for Best Comedian
- 2005: For the Tamil film ‘Chandramukhi’
Reportedly, he had a complaint of severe chest pain and was admitted to the private hospitals like Billroth Hospital and Vijaya Hospital in Chennai on 24 August 2020. Both his hands were paralysed, and he was on ventilator. Due to shortage of finances; he was admitted to Omandurar Estate, a government hospital in Chennai. On 10 September 2020, in the morning, he died due to a cardiac arrest and stroke. The News Minute
- He gained immense popularity for mimicking the Tamil comedian, Vadivel; and people started recognising him as Vadivel Balaji.
- On his demise, the South Indian actor Robo Shankar shared a video message and said,
I have worked with him for over 19 years and he was a good actor across television, films and stage shows. Even if there were thousands of people in the audience, he would engage with them and give witty responses as a sole performer.”