As 2023 comes to an end, let’s reflect on some of the most celebrated icons in the Malaysian Tamil cinema industry. The industry boasts a multitude of popular and talented artists, each making a distinctive mark with their exceptional skills. These individuals have played a pivotal role in propelling the Malaysian Tamil cinema industry to its current heights. In recognition of their contributions, we would like to spotlight a few of these remarkable talents who have been instrumental in shaping the industry’s success this year.
Actor: Yuvaraj Krishnasamy
Yuvaraj Krishnasamy is one of the leading actor in the Malaysian Tamil cinema industry, having featured in numerous projects. His breakthrough moment came with the 2019 film ‘Venpa,’ which catapulted him into the limelight, garnering a substantial fan base. Another noteworthy project was the ‘Kalyaanam 2 Kaathal’ series in 2020.
Yuvaraj Krishnasamy continued his prolific career with various projects in the industry, demonstrating versatility. Venturing into direction, his debut telemovie, ‘Manameh Ketkava,’ earned him acclaim at the Ulagam Awards this year. Winning the Best Director, Best Script, and Popular Telemovie of the Year awards for ‘Manameh Ketkava’ showcased the outstanding quality of his first directorial effort. Further, Yuvaraj secured the Popular Lead Male award as well. His directorial involvement extended to ‘Akkam Pakkam‘ this year. Notably, he made his debut in a Singapore series, earning the ‘Best Actor in a Comedy Role’ award, reaffirming his exceptional talent and marked achievements. Yuvaraj also played a lead role in one of the notable films of the year, ‘Naam Katra Isai.’ His portrayal in the lead role added depth and resonance to the film, making it one of the notable highlights of the year. His compelling acting contributed significantly to the success and acclaim of ‘Naam Katra Isai,’ This year, Yuvaraj Krishnasamy has elevated his achievements, demonstrating an exceptional level of talent that sets him apart.
Actress: Hamsni Perumal
Hamsni Perumal stands out as one of the popular actress in the Malaysian Tamil cinema industry, known for her exceptional acting skills. Her breakthrough came with the 2019 series ‘Manmadha Bullets,’ where her performance garnered significant attention. Subsequently, the movie ‘Poochandi‘ marked a notable milestone in her career. With her talent and notable roles, Hamsni Perumal continues to contribute to and shine in the Malaysian Tamil cinema scene.
Hamsni Perumal showcased her acting prowess in the film ‘Thalli Pogathey’ alongside Thevaguru as main lead this year, marking a significant achievement. Notably, she made her debut in Kollywood, a prestigious milestone for both her and the Malaysian Tamil cinema industry. Hamsni is set to feature in the upcoming production ‘Lockdown Nights,’ currently in pre-production. Her lead role in the telemovie ‘Diary,’ released this year, highlighted her extraordinary performance. Beyond her acting career, Hamsni is a dedicated teacher, graduating with first-class honors in Masters in Special Needs Education from Universiti Malaya this year as well. Furthermore, she collaborated with Development of Human Resources for Rural Areas, Malaysia, contributing to the enrollment of stateless children in government schools. Hamsni’s commitment to education makes her an inspiring figure for all. Her multifaceted achievements, from showcasing exceptional acting prowess and making a debut in Kollywood to her dedication as a teacher and impactful contributions to education initiatives, firmly establish her as the notable actress of the year in the Malaysian Tamil cinema industry.
Director: Saresh D7
Danesh Kumar who is well known for his stage name D7 of SLY Squad or Saresh D7, has been a prominent figure in the Malaysian Tamil cinema industry for quite some time. He made his debut in the industry as a rapper in 2008, and the rest is history. With a significant track records of contributions to numerous projects, including songs and movies such as the popular ‘Ini Vendam’ song. He first emerged as an actor in ‘Sughamaai Subbulakshmi’ movie in 2018 directed by the renowned director Karthik Shamalan. His projects in the past years was the 2019 movie ‘Azhaggiye Thee,‘ where he played a significant role, and he also made a cameo appearance in ‘Moondram Athigaaram‘ last year.
After a six-year hiatus, Saresh made a powerful comeback this year, capturing the spotlight and being the talk of the town in recent weeks. This resurgence marked a turning point, as Saresh embraced a new role as a director. His debut directorial venture, titled ‘Naam Katra Isai,‘ graced the big screens last month, enjoying a successful theatrical run. Saresh’s directorial mastery in ‘Naam Katra Isai‘ was exceptional, earning an abundance of positive reviews. Audiences lauded the film for raising the standard of the Malaysian Tamil cinema industry. Notably, Saresh not only directed the movie but also contributed as an actor, lyricist, and singer for a few songs. His seamless portrayal of multiple roles in ‘Naam Katra Isai‘ showcased a remarkable versatility. Despite it being his first foray into directing, Saresh has carved a niche for himself in the Malaysian Tamil cinema industry with this cinematic masterpiece. His triumphant return this year reflects not only his resilience but also sets a higher bar for his future projects. Saresh’s strengthened presence in the industry indicates a promising trajectory, leaving audiences eagerly anticipating his upcoming ventures.
Music composer: Shameshan Mani Maran
Shameshan Mani Maran stands out as one of the well-known music director in the industry, renowned for creating many soulful and electrifying albums. He has become a favorite among many music enthusiasts. Shameshan has composed for several notable hits in the industry, including the ‘Kayaanam 2 Kaathal’ series, ‘Tamiletchumy‘ series, ‘Gajen,’ ‘Athigaari,’ and various other projects. His melodies and vocals never fail to captivate, consistently leaving audiences mesmerized.
This year, Shameshan has created music for two blockbuster albums in the industry: ‘Adai Mazhai Kaalam’ and ‘Vinveli Devathai,’. He has has also composed for ‘Akkam Pakkam‘ series. His musical compositions and background scores have played a crucial role in attracting audiences to the films and acting as pillars of their success. Directed by Karthik Shamalan, ‘Adai Mazhai Kaalam‘ emerged as the standout movie of the year. It was a blockbuster film with its hit songs. Notably, the legendary singer Padmashri Hariharan lent his voice to the song ‘Ittana Thavam,’ elevating the film’s standard to international recognition. ‘Vinveli Devathai’ was also acclaimed as one of the best albums of the year. With these accomplishments, Shameshan Mani Maran has composed several hit albums this year, and each track continues to be a favorite on many playlists.
Singer: Krish K
Krish K is one of the renowned local singer, having delivered numerous hit songs throughout his career. Particularly renowned for his song “Perak Kulle,” Krish K experienced a significant breakthrough with this track. The song has garnered a massive fan base, and even though it was released last year, its popularity endures, keeping its fresh and lively vibe. Krish K has become widely recognized as ‘Perak Kulle fame Krish K,’ and every stage he graces is sure to feature this iconic song. The celebration of “Perak Kulle” extends beyond Perak, resonating with Malaysian Indians across the country.
Building on the success of his previous hit, Krish K has elevated his status this year with the release of “Perak Kulle 2,” a continuation of the original song. This latest track has emerged as one of the most celebrated songs of the year. The visuals accompanying the song skillfully depict the hardworking nature of the Indian community, while the lyrics embrace our shared history. Notably, Krish K has expanded the scope of this song by mentioning all the states, a departure from the original “Perak Kulle” where he referred to ‘Perak thodangi JB varaikum.’ This deliberate inclusivity in the lyrics reflects Krish K’s thoughtful approach to ensuring that every audience feels connected to the narrative. With this latest release, Krish K solidifies his position as one of the celebrated singers of the year.
The Malaysian Tamil cinema industry thrives on the collective efforts of every artist, both on and off-screen, who play crucial roles in elevating its standards year after year. Beyond the spotlight, the unsung heroes behind the scenes contribute significantly to the industry’s continuous growth. In acknowledgment of their exceptional contributions, we have highlighted a few of the notable artists who have been widely celebrated this year. The industry’s journey towards greater heights is undoubtedly a testament to the collaborative spirit and exceptional contributions of every artists in the industry.