Simbu aka STR, happy birthday

The actor-director-singer-lyricist turns 30 today

The Tamil actor was born on February 3, 1983. It’s the big 3-Oh for Simbu, who now calls himself STR. He continues to be one of Kollywood’s most eligible bachelors, still single and sitting on top of the list of leading heroes.

Simbu, originally named Silambarasan, was destined for a career in films. His father, T Rajendar is an actor, director, producer and lyricist, and mom Usha was an actress. So, Simbu started young, appearing as a child artiste in films produced by his father.

His first lead role was in Kadhal Azhivathillai in 2002. He then starred in Dhum and Kuthu, the latter doing exceptionally well at the box office. In his early years in Kollywood, Simbu wrote the story for Manmadhan and also starred in the film. It was a runaway hit. This versatile actor took up direction in the 2006 film Vallavan. Several of his films from the time were full-on masala entertainers like Thotti Jaya and Kaalai.

Gautham Menon’s Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa brought about a huge change of fortune for Simbu. The actor, sometimes accused of hamming, was lauded for his sensitive portrayal in this touching love story. Needless to say, his female fan following grew overnight.

Simbu didn’t disappoint in Vaanam and followed that up with a return to masala in Osthe. Last year’s Deepavali release Poda Podi got mixed reviews. At present, Simbu is busy shooting for Vettai Mannan and Vaalu. Vada Chennai is also in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, he keeps his passion for singing and song-writing going as well, having sung for Poda Podi and Osthe in recent times.

So, there’s plenty on his plate as Simbu turns 30. Here’s wishing him a very happy birthday! And do we hear wedding bells this year…