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Vinayakan T. K.

Kochi, Kerala, India
  • Actor
  • Composer
Years active1995–present
RelativesVijayan (Brother)
Awards Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (2016)

Vinayakan is an Indian actor, former dancer, and composer who predominantly works in Malayalam and Tamil language films. [1] [2] [3] He started his career with a cameo appearance in the 1995 film Maanthrikam . Later, he did a couple of films in supporting roles as well as comedy roles.


In 2016, Vinayakan won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his leading role of Ganga in Rajiv Ravi's Kammatipaadam and it was well appreciated by the critics. [4] He also composed a song for the film. [5] His recognised roles include Edakochi Dude in Aadu - Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu and its successor film Aadu 2, and as Ayyappan in Lijo Jose Pellissery's Ee.Ma.Yau. The film was included in The Hindu's top 25 Malayalam films of the decade and is widely regarded as one of the defining movies of the New Wave Movement.

He achieved wider attention by playing the antagonist Varman in Nelson Dilipkumar's Tamil-language action thriller film Jailer (2023) starring Rajinikanth. His upcoming projects include Gautham Vasudev Menon's Dhruva Natchathiram:Chapter One - Yuddha Kaandam.



Vinayakan began his career as a dancer and had a dance troupe named Black Mercury with Fire dance being his forte. Director Thampi Kannanthanam introduced him in Maanthrikam and later in Onnaman . He was noticed for his performances in Stop Violence , Vellithira , Chathikkatha Chanthu, Chotta Mumbai and Thottappan . Also, he appeared in a couple of Bollywood movies. [2] [3]

Vinayakan was appreciated for his performance as Ganga in Rajeev Ravi' s 2016 film Kammatipaadam , [6] [7] and nominated for a national award. [8] It also brought him the Best Actor Award of the Kerala State Film Awards, The North American Film Award for Outstanding performance in a film and Best Actor Award (2016) of the Cinema Paradiso Club Cine Awards. [9] In the same film, he made his debut as a music director. [10]


Vinayakan composed the song "Puzhu Pulikal" for the movie Kammatipaadam. [11] He has also composed the music for the title track of Trance (2020). He has also sung songs for Rafi's film Role Models and another one for Ordinary, Sugeeth's movie.


2016 Kerala State Film Award Best Actor Kammatipaadam Won
2016Movie Munshi Cine AwardsBest Actor Kammatipaadam Won
2017 Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor Kammatipaadam Won
2017 CPC Cine Awards Best Actor Kammatipaadam Won
2018 CPC Cine Awards Best Character Actor Ee.Ma.Yau. Won
2019 Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor Ee.Ma.Yau. Won


Denotes films that have not yet been released


1995 Maanthrikam Michael Jackson dupeDebut
2001 Onnaman Friend 5
2002 Stop Violence Montha
2003 Vellithira
Ivar Vinayakan
2004 Chathikkatha Chanthu Romy
Greetings Hari
Quotation Maya
2005 By the People Porter
Makalkku Mental Patient
Junior Senior Sivan
Udayon Thoma's helper
Chinthamani Kolacase Uchandi
2007 Chotta Mumbai Satheeshan
Big B Pandi Asi
2008 Pachamarathanalil Mad Man
2009 Nammal Thammil Unknown
Swapnangalil Haisal MaryMuthalamada MartinUnreleased Film
Daddy Cool Shelvam
Sagar alias Jacky Reloaded Style
2010 Best Actor Pottan
2011 The Train Githu
2012 Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty Alex
Bachelor Party Fakeer
2013Police MamanManu
5 Sundarikal ChandranSegment - Aami
Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus Sayippu
2014 Masala Republic Bengali Babu
Njan Steve Lopez Prathaapan
Iyobinte Pustakam Chemban
Seconds Thampi
2015 Aadu - Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu Dude
Chandrettan Evideya Rajaraja CholanExtended cameo
Any Time Money
2016 Kali Johnettan
Kammattipaadam Gangadharan (Ganga) Best Actor - Kerala State Film Award
2017 Role models Jyothish Narayanan
Aadu 2 Dude
2018 Diwanjimoola Grand Prix Vareedh
Swathandriam Ardharathriyil Simon
Ee.Ma.Yau Ayyappan [12]
2019 Thottappan Ithaq
Pranaya Meenukalude Kadal Hyder
Valiyaperunnal HimselfCameo
2020 Trance ThomasAlso done title track
2021 Operation Java Ramanathan
2022 Pada Balu
Oruthee Sub Inspector Antony
Panthrandu Andhro
2023 Kasargold Alex [13]
TBA KarinthandanKarinthandanFilming

Other languages

2005 James Shanti Narayan's henchman Hindi
2006 Asadhyudu Thambu Telugu
Thimiru Easwari's sidekick Tamil
2008 Silambattam Tamizh’s best friend Tamil
Ellam Avan Seyal Beggar Tamil
Kaalai Mokkai Tamil
2011 Siruthai Henchman Tamil
2013 Maryan Theekkurissi Tamil
2023 Jailer Varman Tamil
Dhruva Natchathiram TBA Tamil Post-Production

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