Age: 65 Years
Marital Status: Divorced
Some Lesser Known Facts About R. Parthiban
- R. Parthiban is an Indian actor, film producer, and director who predominantly works in the Tamil film industry. He is also an accomplished author. He has acted in more than 60 films and has directed and produced more than 26 Tamil films.
- In 1980, R. Parthiban went to Madras and joined a drama company, which was managed by the late SV Ramadas, who is remembered for playing villainous roles in Tamil movies.
- In 1981, R. Parthiban made his film debut as an actor in the film Ranuva Veeran. His first film as an assistant director was Vedikkai Manidhargal in 1982. In this film, he assisted the character R. Moorthy in its dialogue delivery. After two years, he joined K. Bhagyaraj as an assistant director. Soon, R. Parthiban started dubbing his voice for various artists and used to earn rupees 6000 a month. In 1984, he appeared in the film Dhavani Kanavugal in which he played the role of a postman.
- In 1984, R. Parthiban began his career as an assistant director for K. Bhagyaraj, and from 1984 to 1991, he worked with K. Bhagyaraj on more than 20 films. He is best known for directing critically acclaimed films like Pudhiya Paadhai (1989) and Housefull (1999), and these films were honoured with the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. As an actor, some of his successful films include Bharathi Kannamma (1997), Azhagi (2002), Aayirathil Oruvan (2010), Melvilasom (2011), and Otha Seruppu Size 7 (2019).
- Later, R. Parthiban started writing books. M. Karunanidhi released his book titled Kirukkkalgal – Thamizh Kavithai Thoguppu. A charitable trust named “R.Parthepan Manidha Neya Mandram” is also run by R. Parthiban.
- In 1989, R. Parthiban marked his directorial debut with the Tamil film Pudhiya Paadhai in which he himself was in the lead role. This film was critically acclaimed by critics and did a huge business at the box office. This film won several awards 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 1990, R. Parthiban directed the film Pondatti Thevai in which he appeared in the main role. This film failed at the box office. In 1992, he appeared in the film Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren, co-starring with Suman Ranganathan and Mohini. In 1996, R. Parthiban acted in the comedy film titled Tata Birla. In 1997, he appeared in the film Bharathi Kannamma for which he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor.
- In 2001, R. Parthiban released the film Yelelo as a director. A. R. Rahman composed four songs for this film. This film was delayed despite its high profile launching. Later, he directed three films Kartha, Rowdy, and Adi simultaneously which were all abandoned. In 2010, R. Parthiban appeared in the film Aayirathil Oruvan, and for this film, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil award. In 2015, he played the character of a policeman in the film Massu Engira Masilamani, and in the same year, R. Parthiban played a comedian villain in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan.
- R. Parthiban did supporting roles in the films Maaveeran Kittu (2016) and Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga (2017). In 2019, he directed, produced, and acted in the film Oththa Seruppu Size 7. In a press conference, R. Parthiban revealed that for the last 18 years, he was dreaming to make this film. Oththa Seruppu Size 7 won the Special Jury Award at the 67th National Film Awards, at the Toronto Tamil Film Festival, it won the Jury Award for Best Feature Film, Jury Award for Best Feature Film Director, and Best Solo Act Award. In 2022, R. Parthiban appeared in the films Yutha Satham and Ponniyin Selvan.
- In 1989, during the shooting of the film Pudhiya Paadhai, the South Indian actress Seetha started dating R. Parthiban. They appeared in the lead roles in this film. In 1990, they got married to each other, and have two daughters named Abinaya and Keerthana. Keerthana is an acclaimed actress and appeared in the film ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ in 2002. In 2001, the couple got officially divorced.
- In 1995, in the film Sarigamapadani, R. Parthiban sang the song “Hey Kala Kala” as a singer. The composer of this song was Deva. In 2005, he gave his voice to the song “Dey Vasu” from the film Kannadi Pookal.
- Apart from being a producer, director, and actor, R. Parthiban also worked as a narrator of the films such as 12B (2001), Athiradi Vettai (2014), Time Enna Boss (2020; web series), and Koogle Kuttappa (2022).
- In 2004, for the film Kudaikul Mazhai, he wrote the song “Adiye Kiliye.” In 2011, all the songs for the film Vithagan were written by him. In 2017, for the film Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga, the song “Kilukilu Payai”, “Wife Love” was written by R. Parthiban.
- R. Parthiban was appointed as the Vice President of the Tamil Film Producers Council on 25 December 2018. He replaced Gautham Vasudev Menon and Prakash Raj.
- In a conversation with a media house in 2020, R. Parthiban called his film OS7 his baby. In the same interview, he revealed the greed of his life. He said,
If at all I have one peraasai (greed) in my life, it is to do something that nobody has ever done before.”
- On 1 May 2022, R. Parthiban launched a song for his film ‘Iravin Nizhal’ along with the music director and composer AR Rahman. During the event, R. Parthiban threw the mic down the stage while he was conversing with AR Rahman on the stage. Reportedly, the mic of R. Parthiban suddenly stopped working following which Robo Shankar asked him to pass the microphone to him. R. Parthiban threw the mic on Robo and the audience while saying,
You should have asked this before.”
AR Rahman and the audience were shocked at the incident, and later, R. Parthiban apologised for his actions and said that he was under pressure and lost his temper.
- R. Parthiban remains very active on various social media platforms and often shares his pictures and videos on these. He has more than 1.2 million followers on Facebook. On Instagram, he is followed by more than 95.3k people.
- Several newspapers and magazines often feature R. Parthiban in their headlines.