Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
Family and early life
Saravanan was born into a Tamil family in Salem and was the second of six children. His father was an Inspector-general of police and his mother was a staff nurse. Saravanan obtained Bachelor of Arts in Tamil Literature from the Government Arts College of Salem. He then moved to Chennai and completed a course in acting at the Adyar Film Institute.
He went on to make a comeback in Ameer Sultan's Paruthiveeran playing the paternal uncle of the character portrayed by Karthi, winning critical acclaim and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil. He also received a Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in the film. The success of Paruthiveeran subsequently triggered more offers for the actor including the opportunity to be a part of Sanjay Ram's biopic, Veeramum Eeramum, based on the real life of Venkatesa Pannaiyar.
|1993||Parvathi Ennai Paradi||Tamil||Siva|
|1994||Veettai Paru Naattai Paru||Tamil|
|1994||Thaai Manasu||Tamil||Chinna Marudhu|
|2007||Paruthiveeran||Tamil||Chevvaazhai|| Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil|
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2007||Veeramum Eeramum||Tamil||Shankar Ayya|
|2009||Azhagar Malai||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2011||Thambi Vettothi Sundaram||Tamil|
|2016||Meenakshi Kadhalan Ilangovan||Tamil||A. Saamy|
|2016||Enakku Innoru Per Irukku||Tamil||"Naina" Doss|
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