Ashok Selvan is an Indian actor and producer who primarily works in Tamil cinema. He is known for appearing in the films “Soodhu Kavvum” (2013), “Pizza II: Villa” (2013), and “Thegidi” (2014).
Ashok Selvan was born on Wednesday, 8 November 1989 (age 34 Years; as of 2023) in Chennimalai, district Erode in Tamil Nadu, India. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. He grew up in Chennai, India. He completed his school education at Santhome Higher Secondary School in Mylapore, Chennai. After completing his school education, Ashok Selvan joined Loyola College in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to earn a graduate degree in Visual Communications.
Height (approx.): 5′ 11″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 40 Inches, Waist: 32 Inches, Biceps: 13 Inches
Ashok Selvan belongs to the Brahmin community.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Panneer Selvam, and his mother’s name is Malar Selvam.
A childhood picture of Ashok Selvan with his father
Ashok Selvan’s sister and mother
His sister, Abinaya Selvam, is a film producer.
Ashok Selvan with his sister, Abinaya Selvam
On 12 September 2023, Ashok Selvan got married to Tamil actress Keerthi Pandian.
Ashok Selvan on his wedding day with Keerthi Pandian
Ashok Selvan was in a relationship with Keerthi Pandian before marrying her in 2023.
His father-in-law, Arun Pandian, is an Indian actor, filmmaker, and politician. His cousin-in-law, Ramya Pandian, is a renowned Tamil actress.
Arun Pandian with Ramya Pandian
During his college days, he started appearing in many short films and directed some of them including ‘Green,’ which won the Best Film award at the International Tamil Thoth Conference organised in Singapore in 2012. After completing his college studies, Ashok auditioned for some Tamil films including “Inidhu Inidhu” produced by Prakash Raj and “19th Step” produced by Bharat Bala but was rejected. He then began working as an assistant director with S. J. Surya and got a small role in Surya‘s movie “7aam Arivu” where he played Suriya’s friend. However, his scenes did not make it to the final cut. In 2012, his childhood photo was used to portray a younger version of Ajith Kumar’s character in Chakri Toleti’s Tamil film Billa 2. In the same year, he attempted to audition for a role in the Tamil film ‘Pizza’ but was not successful. Later, a Tamil film director named ‘Nalan Kumarasamy’ saw Ashok Selvan in a television commercial and offered him the role of Kesavan in his black comedy movie, Soodhu Kavvum (2013) alongside Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha, and Sanchita Shetty. Reportedly, Soodhu Kavvum was a commercial hit.
The poster of the film ‘Soodhu Kavvum’
In 2013, Ashok appeared in a psychological thriller film titled ‘Pizza II: Villa,’ which was directed by Deepan Chakravarthy. In this film, Ashok portrayed an English novel writer named Jebin M. Jose, and the story of the film revolved around mysterious happenings in a villa. Reportedly, to portray the role of a 30-year-old writer, he gained weight and grew a beard in two weeks. Soon after its release, ‘Pizza II: Villa’ received positive reviews from film critics and performed well at the box office. Some film critics praised Ashok’s performance as “outstanding.”
Ashok Selvan on the poster of the film ‘Pizza II – Villa’
In 2014, Ashok worked in the Tamil film ‘Thegidi,’ which was a murder mystery directed by P. Ramesh. In the film, Ashok played the role of a detective named Vetri opposite Janani Iyer. In 2017, Ashok appeared in the film ‘Kootathil Oruthan,’ which focused on the love story of a middle bencher. His 2018 film ‘Sila Samayangalil,’ directed by Priyadharshan, was released on Netflix and made it to the final round at the Golden Globes Awards in the same year.
Ashok Selvan on the poster of the film ‘Sila Samayangalil’
Ashok Selvan then starred in the film ‘Oxygen,’ directed by Ananda Krishnan, and the film ‘Nenjamellam Kadhal,’ directed by Nirman.
In 2021, Ashok made his Telugu cinema debut as Dev in the film Ninnila Ninnila, directed by Ani. I. V. Sasi. The movie also starred Ritu Varma and Nithya Menen.
The poster of the film Ninnila Ninnila (2021)
Ashok Selvan made his Malayalam cinema debut with an antagonistic role in the film ‘Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham’ in 2021.
Ashok Selvan (extreme left) on the poster of the film Marakkar – Arabikadalinte Simham
Ashok Selvan produced a Tamil film titled ‘Oh My Kadavule,’ which was released on 14 February 2020 under his own banner ‘Happy High Pictures’ in association with Axess Film Factory. The film received positive reviews from film critics and was a blockbuster hit at the box office.
The poster of the film ‘Oh My Kadavule’
In 2020, Ashok Selvan appeared as Kabir Kannan in the web series ‘Time Enna Boss’ streamed on Amazon Prime Video. In 2021, he played Varun in the Netflix web series Navarasa. In 2023, he appeared as Nithiya in the web series ‘Modern Love Chennai’ streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
Ashok Selvan and T J Bhanu on the sets of the web series Modern Love Chennai
In 2017, Ashok Selvan appeared on the television show ‘Neeya Naana’ to promote his film Kootathil Oruthan, and in 2018, he appeared on the Bigg Boss Tamil Season 2 on Vijay Television. In 2023, he appeared in the television show Cooku with Comali (season 4) on Vijay Television to promote his film Por Thozhil.
In 2022, Ashok Selvan appeared in the music video of the Tamil song “Maayam Seidhai Poove” by Pranav Giridharan.
Ashok Selvan on the poster of the music video of the Tamil song ‘Maayam Seidhai Poove’
Ashok Selvan’s Response to Online Criticism
In 2022, Tamil film director and content creator ‘Blue Sattai Maaran’ mocked Ashok Selvan on a social media platform stating that Ashok Selvan delivered the most number of flops in 2022. Ashok Selvan uploaded a post within minutes and captioned it,
Ignore the barking dogs and keep moving forward.”
Awards & Honours
In 2021, Ashok Selvan won the Best Actor award for the film ‘Oh My Kadavule’ at the South Indian International Movie Awards – Tamil.
Ashok Selvan posing with the Best Actor award for the film ‘Oh My Kadavule’
In 2022, Ashok Selvan received the Best Emerging Actor award from Anna University.
Ashok Selvan posing with his award
Ashok Selvan owns a Royal Enfield.
Ashok Selvan while enjoying a holiday with his Royal Enfield
Ashok Selvan posing with his bike
Ashok Selvan has a tattoo inked on his right wrist.
Ashok Selvan featuring a tattoo on his right wrist
- Directors: Vetrimaaran, Selvaraghavan, Mani Ratnam, Karthik Subbaraj
- Films: Sathya (1988) (Tamil), Crash (2004), No Country for Old Men (2007) (Hollywood)
- Ashok Selvan is a compassionate animal lover. He has a pet dog named Gold. He often shares pictures of his pet dog on social media.
Ashok Selvan with his pet dog, Gold
- He likes travelling to distant places and skydiving in his leisure time.
Ashok Selvan while enjoying skydiving
- Ashok Selvan likes playing cricket matches as a hobby.
Ashok Selvan while receiving the man of the match certificate
- He often enjoys drinking alcoholic beverages.
Ashok Selvan while enjoying whiskey