Birthday Exclusive: Mirchi Shiva
Shiva was born on 10 December 1982 in the town of Udumalpet in Tamil Nadu.
Before venturing into the film industry, Shiva started his career as a Radio Jockey with Radio Mirchi, Chennai. This earned him the nickname of Mirchi Shiva.
His debut as a leading actor came way later in 2007, in the movie 'Chennai 600028' directed by Venkat Prabhu. The film was a huge success at the box office.
His next film was again under Venkat Prabhu's direction - the thriller 'Saroja'.
Shiva earned rave reviews for his performance in 'Thamizh Padam', a full-length parody of contemporary Tamil cinema.
Though known for his comedy films, Shiva also has acted in films of other genres. In 2011, the romantic drama film 'Pathinaaru' was his first venture into non-comedy catergory.
His other notable films are 'Kalakalappu', 'Thillu Mullu', ' Sonna Puriyathu' and 'Ya Ya'.
Shiva was last seen in Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi's romantic musical 'Vanakkam Chennai'. The film received positive to mixed reviews, but was a commercial success.
2012 was an important year for the star, as he tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Priya on November 15, 2012.
The wedding ceremony held in Chennai was a star studded affair, with who's who of Tamil cinema attending the ceremony.
Shiva with his newly-wed bride, Priya at his reception ceremony.
Mirchi Shiva has lent his voice for the song "Rosa Hai" in the 2013 film 'Sonna Puriyathu'.
The RJ turned actor loves cricket and also plays football and chess.
He was also a part of the Celebrity Cricket League 3 (CCL), playing for the Chennai Rhinos Team.
Shiva has come a long way from being the funny man on radio to one of the most noted actors in Kollywood.
Here's wishing the star actor a very very Happy Birthday!