Popular TV comedian Vadivelu Balaji passed away in Chennai following a massive cardiac arrest. He was just 45 years old. He is survived by his wife and two children, a son, and a daughter.

Balaji started his comedic career in Vijay TV with the hit show Kalakapovadhu Yaaru in which he became a household name. His brilliant and pinpoint impersonations of the famous film comedian Vadivelu earned him the name “ Vadivelu” Balaji. He further featured in the popular show Adhu Idhu Ethu hosted by Sivakarthikeyan and was appreciated for his rib-tickling character sketches.

Though he commenced his film career in 1991 and did a smattering of films, his real entry and recognition into the film industry were in Nayathara’s black comedy Kolamaavu Kokila where he impressed audiences in a small but significant role. But his first love was always television and that is where he made his name and will be remembered for his talents in comedy.

Many stalwarts from the film industry have expressed their condolences as well. In addition, members of the Vijay TV fraternity and the channel itself, where Balaji made his mark, expressed deep remorse over the actor’s untimely death.




Tamil television and comedy has lost an exciting talent in Vadivelu Balaji. He will be missed greatly. We pray that his soul rests in peace.

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