Nagesh To Soori: Kollywood Comedians Who Have Played Leading Roles

Harshini S V


Over five decades and 1000 films into the industry, he managed to juggle comedic supporting roles and starring parts. Some of his best lead performances include his superb antagonist in Kamal’s Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989) and his dual roles in Kai Niraya Kasu (1974)

Yogi Babu

Yogi Babu, who started out as a comedian, managed to sail through different roles in Tamil cinema, including his career-best performance in the National Award-winning political satire Mandela (2021).  Take Love Today, Varisu and Bommai Nayagi, as other examples.

Kovai Sarala

But some of her leading roles — paired opposite Kamal Haasan in Sathi Leelavathi (1995) and as a middle-class woman in several multi-starrers such as Koodi Vazhnthal Kodi Nanmai and Kaalam Maari Pochu — have shown her acting prowess.


While Vellai Pookal and Paalakaatu Madhavan are some of his popular starring titles, little do many know that Vivek donned the hat of a hero for the first time in his eighth film, Sendhoora Devi, paired alongside Karakattakaran fame Kanaka.


Even if Vadivelu restricted his films to the genre of comedy, there is something about his timing that remained evergreen. And that quality helped him with his future endeavours such as Indiralogathil Na Azhagappan, where he swapped pompousness for naivete in his roles.