22 August 1984
Nathankinaru, Thootukudi district, Tamilnadu
Sivabalan, better known as Appukutty, is an Indian actor and comedian, who mainly appears in Tamil films. He became recognized following his performance in Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. His role as Azhagarsami in Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai was praised by film critics and fetched him the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Sivabalan hails from a village Nathan Kinaru in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu. He moved to Chennai in 1994, initially in search of a job for survival only. He was working as a cleaner in hotels, when he was spotted by film personalities and received acting offers from them. He then began acting in small character roles. In an interview in 2011, he stated that he always wanted to be a comedian and that he had appeared in several minor roles for over 17 years, before gaining recognition in Suseenthiran's Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. Suseenthiran went on to cast him in the lead role in his comedy drama film Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai (2011). For his performance in the film, Appukutty won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, while the film was named the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment of 2011. In 2011 he also appeared in an important role in the film Kullanari Koottam and played a character role in Mohanlal's 300th film Snehaveedu. He is currently acting in Mannaru.
|1998||Maru Malarchi||Tea seller||Tamil||Uncredited role|
|2002||Solla Marandha Kadhai||Tamil||Uncredited role|
|2004||Ghilli||Assistant Samiyar at Velu's House||Tamil||Uncredited role|
|2007||Azhagiya Tamil Magan||Priest||Tamil||Uncredited role|
|Onbadhu Roobai Nottu||Tamil|
|Nee Naan Nila||Student||Tamil|
|2008||Akku||Man at the barber shop||Tamil||Uncredited role|
|Raman Thediya Seethai||Tamil||Uncredited role|
|2009||Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu||Appukutty||Tamil|
|2010||Ambasamudram Ambani||Dhandapani's neighbour||Tamil|
|Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai||Azhagarsami||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2012||Pachai Engira Kaathu||Tamil|
|2013||Isaac Newton S/O Philipose||Karuppayya||Malayalam|
|Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal||Tamil|
|Summa Nachunu Irukku||Appukutty||Tamil|
|Paayum Puli||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Enga Kattula Mazhai||Kuberan||Tamil|
|Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu 2||Appukutty||Tamil|
|Onbathu Kuzhi Sampath||Saami||Tamil|
|Boom Boom Kaalai||Tamil|
|Namma Oorukku Ennadhan Achu||Tamil|
- "From a cleaner to an actor". Deccan Chronicle. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Appu Kutty once again dons the lead role". Pluzmedia.com. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "I always wanted to be a comedian: Appukutty". The Times of India. 7 March 2011. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- K. R. Manigandan (8 March 2012). "Arts / Cinema : Shot Cuts: Blessing in disguise". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Tamil Cinema Scores at the National Film Awards — National Film Awards — Tamil Cinema". Behindwoods. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Appukutty is in awe of Mohanlal !". Sify. 9 October 2011. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2012.