Native place: Madurai
Mother Tongue: Tamil
Previous acting experiences: street-corner theatres
debut Comedy: T.Rajendar’s “En Thangai Kalyani”.
Hero: ‘Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi’
Rose to fame: The role of Essakki in Thevar magan
First car: TATA Sierra
Political affiliations: none
Mentors: Raj Kiran, R.V.Udayakumar, and later Kamal Hassan
Vadivelu (sometimes Vadivel) is a leading comedian in the Tamil movie industryt.2000 he has dominated the movie scene in Kollywood, along with comedian Vivek. Born in the southern city of Madurai, Vadivelu is nicknamed. Vaigai puyal (the Vaigai storm, after the river Vaigai, which flows through the city). Starting as a sidekick to the famed Goundamani-Senthil comedy duo, he rose to prominence after his role in Kadhalan. His accent which resembles the Tamil spoken in southern Tamil Nadu landed him roles in Tamil movies with a village background.
In most movies, he plays a simpleton with good intentions but lands in trouble because of the circumstances or the eccentricities of the people he comes across. These roles involve heavy use of slapstick and puns, which has lead him to being typecast. However, recently, he has transitioned his comedy to suit urban audiences too, playing more varied characters..
His performances in Bharathi Kannamma, Vetri Kodi Kattu and Winner have brought him laurels and accolades from all quarters. He does sing for some songs in his movies. Some of his popular songs are Vandhutan Vandhutan and Frea vudu frea vudu.Vadivelu is opted to play the role of Spiderman in the film Vyapari directed by Shakthi Chidambaram