Vivek is a film actor, comedian, television personality, playback singer and activist working in the Tamil film industry. Introduced in films by director K. Balachander. Vivek was born in Sankarankovil and got married to Arulselvi, with whom he has three children: Amrithanandini, Tejaswini and Prasanna Kumar, who died in 2015, aged 13, due to brain fever. Vivek graduated from The American College in Madurai Vivek was the brand ambassador of Mirinda softdrinks in 2003. As of 2011, he is the ambassador of Nathella jewellery. He launched Green Kalam, under the guidance of former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. [Not in citation given] "Green Globe Project”, a Campaign against global warming, which had attained its mission of planting billion trees for billion people all over the state. He was born on 19 November 1961. In 2009, Government of India awarded Vivekh with the Padma Shri award for his contribution to the arts. Sathyabama University has conferred actor Vivek with an honorary doctorate for his contribution to the society through cinema. As a television personality, Vivek has hosted a number of events and has interviewed media personalities, notably A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, A. R. Rahman, and Rajinikanth.
He began his career portraying supporting roles and collaborated again with Balachandar in Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (1989) and Oru Veedu Iru Vasal (1990), before often appearing in the primary cast as a friend to the film's lead actor in films such as K. S. Ravikumar's Putham Pudhu Payanam (1991) and Vikraman's Naan Pesa Ninaipathellam (1993). He then also made appearances in Rajinikanth's big budget productions Uzhaippali (1993) and Veera, playing secondary cast roles.
He worked consecutively on successful films starring Ajith Kumar, appearing as a sidekick in Kaadhal Mannan, Unnaithedi and Vaali, and had similar success repeatedly featuring alongside Prashanth in Kannedhirey Thondrinal, Poomagal Oorvalam and Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham. He subsequently became amongst the busiest actors in 2000 and 2001, featuring in over fifty films in two years. Films including Kushi, Priyamanavale and Minnale became blockbusters, while his roles in Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey, Mugavaree and Dumm Dumm Dumm all won critical acclaim for the actor. The rising success of Vivek's films had meant that he was featured on film posters on an equivalent scale to the lead actor, and thus helped stuck films find distributors. Vivek worked on more commercially successful ventures in 2002 and 2003, receiving consecutive Filmfare Best Comedian Awards and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedians for his work.
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