Naveen D. Padil is an Indian actor and theatre artist who primarily appears in Tulu films and theatrical productions. He is best known for playing comic roles in Tulu drama plays and films. In 2015, he gained recognition for playing the role of Kotiyappa and Gundu Mava in the Kannada television comedy show Majaa Talkies on Colors Kannada.
Naveen D. Padil, also spelt as Navin Padil , was born on Tuesday, 11 November 1969 (age 53 years; as of 2022) in Padil, Mangalore, Karnataka. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. Naveen completed his schooling at Karmar school. Naveen hailed from a poor family, and her mother used to work as domestic help. After completing his schooling, Naveen started working as a mason and as a supplier in a hotel to meet the daily expenses of the household. He even drove an auto-rickshaw at night for a period of one and a half years to financially assist his family.
Naveen D. Padil in his young age
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper (Semi bald)
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about his parents or siblings.
Wife & Children
There is not much information about his wife. Naveen’s son’s name is Sudhanshu Rai.
Naveen D. Padil with his wife
Naveen D. Padil with his son Sudhanshu Rai
Naveen is a Tulu.
During his school days, Naveen got selected in a youth drama centre as a child artist, which was run by a dramatist, Mohiudin Abbas. He performed with various Tulu drama clubs like Kala Sangama, Lakumi, and Chaparka. Naveen participated and performed diligently in various drama plays and theatrical productions like “Dever Dee Leka Apundu,” “Nikulu Matherla Ulleratha,” “Yaanori Baroliya,” “Ardha Nidre,” “Initha Avaste,” “Onji Nimisha,” “Telikeda Barsolu,” “Oriyardori Asal,” and “Orion Toonda Oriyagapuji.”
In 1993, Naveen made his Malayalam debut with the film Vidheyan.
Poster of Naveen D. Padil’s debut Malayalam film Vidheyan (1993)
In 2008, he made his Tulu debut with the film Birse.
Poster of Naveen D. Padil’s debut Tulu film Birse (2008)
In 2011, Naveen made his Kannada debut with the film Jarasandha.
Poster of Naveen D. Padil’s debut Kannada film Jarasandha (2011)
Later, he appeared in a few Tulu films Aamait Asal Eemait Kusal (2012) as Raju, Chaali Polilu (2014) as Damu, Ekka Saka (2015) as Gopal, and Super Marmaye (2015) as Hari. In 2016, his performance was appreciated in the Tulu film Kudla Cafe in which he played the role of Bhaskar.
Naveen D. Padil (left) as Bhaskar in a still from the Tulu film Kudla Cafe (2016)
Naveen received positive acclaim for her performance in the Kannada films Roberrt (2021) and Kantara (2022) in which he played the role of a lawyer.
In 2022, he played the lead role of Taniyappa in the Tulu film Jeetige. The film won the Best Feature Film in the Tulu Cinema category at the National Film Awards 2022.
Naveen D. Padil as Taniyappa in the Tulu film Jeetige (2022)
In 2015, Naveen made his television debut with the Kannada television comedy show Majaa Talkies in which he played the role of Kotiyappa and Gundu Mava on Colors Kannada.
Naveen D. Padil (right) in a still from the television comedy show Maja Talkies on Colors Kannada
- 2014: Best Actor in a Comic Role for the Tulu film Oriyardori Asal at the Red FM Tulu Film Awards
- 2014: 24th Sandesha Awards in the Arts category for his contribution to the theatre
- 2015: Best Actor in a Comic Role for the Tulu Film Telikeda Bolli at the Tulu Cinemotsava Awards
- 2015: Best Actor (Public Voting) for the Tulu film Chaali Polilu at the Tulu Cinemotsava Awards
- 2016: Best Supporting Actor for the Tulu film Kudla Cafe at the Karnataka State Film Awards
- 2016: Best Supporting Actor for the Tulu film Panoda Bodcha at the Muktha Tulu Film Awards
Naveen D. Padil posing with his Best Supporting Actor for the Tulu film Panoda Bodcha at the Muktha Tulu Film Awards
- 2018: Rotary Vandana Award for his contribution to the field of entertainment
Naveen D. Padil (sitting left) posing with his Rotary Vandana Award for his contribution to the field of entertainment
- 2018: Versatile Actor Award at the Red FM Tulu Film Awards
Naveen D. Padil posing with his Versatile Actor Award at the Red FM Tulu Film Awards
- 2022: Rising Star Award at the Chittara Star Awards
- Naveen is fondly called “Kusaldarase” (The king of comedy) by her fans.
- In February 2016, Naveen promoted his film Red Kudla Cafe at the Red FM Mangalore studio in Mangalore, Karnataka.
Naveen D. Padil (right) while promoting his film Kudla Cafe at the Red FM Mangalore studio in Mangalore, Karnataka
- In October 2016, Naveen performed a Tulu comedy play, Adimel, at the Tulu Parba event organized by the Tulu Koota Kuwait organisation at the American International School, Maidan Hawally, Kuwait. Later, he was felicitated by the organization’s members for his contribution to the Tulu film industry.
Naveen D. Padil honoured by the Tulu Koota Kuwait organisation’s members for his contribution to the Tulu film industry
- In May 2017, Naveen was invited as a chief guest to attend a conference organized by the United Kannada organization in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.
- In November 2017, Naveen was appointed as the Swachhata Rayabahari (Swachhata ambassador) for Mangalore by the Mangalore City Corporation.
- Naveen’s Tulu film, Dabak Daba Isa, was shot in 22 days with only two cameras.
- In 2021, Naveen was featured in the print advertisement for the brand Prime Masala.
Naveen D. Padil featured in the print media advertisement of the brand Prime Masala
- In November 2022, while shooting for a film in Madanthyar, Karnataka, Naveen fell and fractured his femur bone in the thigh. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and was recommended a three-month bed rest.