K.S.G. Venkatesh is a veteran film actor of the film industry in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Till date, he has been a part of more than twenty-five Tamil films and has also had a fledging career in the Tamil TV industry, having worked on more than twenty TV shows. Venkatesh is someone who was born into the film industry down south; his father is the legendary K.S. Gopalakrishnan, who worked in the industry as a director, screenwriter, lyricist and even a producer.

It was his father who launched his son’s film career with the film Athaimadi Methaiadi in the year 1989. Despite being someone who could have picked and chosen lead roles due to the stature of his father, Venkatesh didn’t hesitate to work in movies where he wasn’t the central figure. An example of this would be the 1992 film Naalaya Seidhi, where he played a supporting role. The movie is also popular among the audience for being the debut Tamil film of popular actress and TV personality Archana Puran Singh.

Venkatesh also played a part in the movie, ‘ Maindhan’. The film wasn’t very well received; a review of the Indian Express was fairly critical of some of the more crass bits of humor found in the movie whilst also stating that it showed the viewers nothing new or fresh; it was a rehash, and a poor one at that. In recent times, he has taken to playing more mature roles due to his advancing age. He played a supporting role in the 2015 movie Paayum Puli, which is an action film that revolves around a police officer trying to bring down a notorious gangster. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with some calling it a film that can be watched only once whilst other reviewers were less kind and criticized the film’s repetitive tropes.

He also acted in the 2016 Tamil romantic comedy film Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum, which was an official remake of a Korean film called My Dear Desperado. He starred as the father of the lead actress. The film did good numbers at the box office and was also roundly praised by critics.

He also had a small role in the popular Tamil film Sathuranga Vettai, a film revolving around a conman. This role is what restarted his film career after a successful stint in the TV industry. In television, he has acted in over 2,500 episodes of a variety of serials. These include but are not limited to ‘Gokulam Veedu’, ‘ Amma’, ‘ Mahabharatham’, and ‘ Mangai’.

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