Balu Varghese

  • Actor

Oct 26, 1991  in Ernakulam, Kerala, India

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Balu Varghese is an Indian film actor who predominantly works in the Malayalam film industry. He began his acting career as a child actor in Chanthupottu (2005). His first major role came in director Jean Paul Lal`s Honey Bee (2013). Since then he has appeared in movies like Oru Second Class Yathra (2015), Aana Mayil Ottakam (2015), Style (2016), Darvinte Parinamam (2016), King Liar (2016), Marubhoomiyile Aana (2016), Kavi Uddheshichathu..? (2016) and Ezra (2017). He`s also set to reprise his role from Honey Bee in Jean Paul Lal`s sequel Honey Bee 2: Celebrations (2017), which has Asif Ali, Lal and Bhavana co-starring.

Early Life
Balu Varghese was born in Ernakulam, Kerala, India to Varghese EJ and Neena Varghese on 27 October 1991. He is the nephew of Malayalam actor, director, writer and producer, Lal. Music director Alex Paul is his uncle. He has a degree in Bachelors of Computer Application. He`s currently doing a long distance MBA course in Marketing Management.

Movie Career
Balu Varghese debuted playing a younger Indrajith in the superhit movie, Chanthupottu (2005). The movie was directed by his uncle, Lal. He followed that up by playing a young S. Raveendran Pillai in director/actor Madhupal`s Thalappavu (2008).

Balu`s first big break came with the movie Honey Bee (2013). The movie was directed by his cousin Jean Paul Lal, director Lal`s son. The movie was a commercial hit. The same year he acted in two other movies- Bicycle Thieves with Asif Ali, Aparna Gopinath and Salim Kumar and Happy Journey which had Jayasurya and Aparna Gopinath in the lead.

In Jean Paul Lal`s Hi I`m Tony (2014), his father, Lal played the antagonist while Asif Ali, Miya, Biju Menon and Lena Abhilash played other prominent characters. Balu had a cameo in the movie. He was also a part of the surprise hit Ithihasa (2014). The movie directed by Binu.S had Anusree, Shine Tom Chacko and Swapna Menon in the lead. In 2014 Balu also starred alongside Fahadh Faasil, Niveda Thomas and Renji Panicker in Santosh Nair`s Money Ratnam. The movie was loosely based on the 2007 Bollywood film Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007). 2015 was a lukewarm year for Balu acting wise. He had movies like Namaste Bali (2015), Onnam Loka Mahayudham (2015), Aana Mayil Ottakam (2016) and Oru Second Class Yathra (2016), which were critically trashed and commercially unsuccessful.

In 2016 Balu tasted success again with movies like King Liar which had Dileep and Madonna Sebastian, Darvinte Parinamam with Prithviraj Sukumaran and Chandini Sreedharan, and Inspector Dawood Ibrahim with Jayasurya and Sshivada. He also had other critically and commercially trashed movies like Style (2016) with Unni Mukundan, Marubhoomiyile Aana (2016) with Biju Menon and Kavi Uddheshichathu..? (2016) with Asif Ali.

In 2017`s horror superhit Ezra, Balu had a cameo. The movie directed by Jayakrishnan had Prithviraj Sukumaran, Priya Anand and Tovino Thomas in the lead. Balu is set to reprise his role in the sequel to Jean Paul Lal`s Honey Bee 2: Celebrations (2017). His 2018 release includes Ladoo.