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Mugen Rao
Born
Mugen Rao

20 October 1995 (1995-10-20) (age 25)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Other names MGR
Occupation
  • Playback singer
  • Actor
  • lyricist
Years active 2009–present
Partner(s) Yasmin Nadiah
Parent(s) Prakash Rao (father)
Nirmala Devi (mother)
Relatives Janany Rao (sister)
Vignesh Rao (brother)

Mugen Rao (born 20 October 1995) professionally known as MGR or Mugen is a Malaysian-Indian playback singer, songwriter and actor who has appears predominantly in Tamil films and television shows. He made his cinematic acting debut in 2018 in a Malaysian-indian film called Ghora, and later making his first Kollywood debut in the film Vettri (2021), where he played the title role. He rose to prominence after contesting in Star Vijay's reality programme Bigg Boss Tamil 3 (2019) he emerged as the winner of the reality show.

Career

Television

Mugen was well known for his appearance in the television drama Nee Yaar (2019) which was telecasted on TV2. In 2019 he won the 'Best TV Drama Actor'. He also acted in various different malaysian dramas such as "Sugamaana Sumaigal" (2018), "Agam Puram" (2017) and "Ippadiyum Pannalama" (2016).

He was one of the contestants in the reality show Bigg Boss Tamil 3 on Star Vijay. He also emerged as the winner of the show. Mugen was also listed by Chennai Times as one of the Chennai Times 30 Most Desirable Men 2020 which ranked him as 21.

Cinema

At the start of his film career, Mugen appeared in a malaysian-indian film called "Ghora" (2018) as the supporting actor. He also did more Malaysian films like "Haran" (2018) and Venpa (2019) playing as 'Yuvaraj Balakrishnan'. Later in 2020 Mugen signed up two films in Kollywood and playing the lead role in both of them. He made his first Kollywood debut film in Vettri, where he played the title role of the film and currently filimg a film called "Velan".

Music videos

He is the lead actor, director, lyricist in the music videos 'Ring eh Kaadhaley kanner.

'Kayalvizhi', 'Anbe Aaruyire', 'Pogiren', 'Abinaya', 'Maya', 'Yengaddi' 'Sathiyama' and 'Thedinen'under the label of IBP studios (Malaysia). He also collaborated with UK singer and Asuran fame TeeJay Arunachalam in musical video of Bandana Vol-1 (Zzz) collaborating many artists of world. Later he became a part of vocals in Dr.Kamal Hassan's Arivum Anbum music composed by Ghibran. He also became part of vocals in Pesu -Talk to me composed by B.Babusankar.

Filmography

Key
dagger Denotes projects that have not yet been released

Films

Year Film Role(s) Languages Notes
2018 Ghora Malaysia Tamil Supporting actor
2018 Haran Malaysia Tamil Supporting actor
2018 Sughamaai Subbulakshmi Malaysia Tamil
2018 Hey Coffeelopher Malaysia Tamil Main cast
2019 Venpa Yuvaraj Balakrishnan Malaysia Tamil
2021 Vettri Vettri Tamil Main Cast
Debut in Kollywood
2021 VelanProjects that have not yet been released Velan Tamil Main Cast

Short films

Year Title Role(s) Languages Notes
2017 I am Peter Tamil
2018 Light Up Someone's Life Tamil

Television

Television Drama

Year Show Role Channel Language Notes
2009 Senandung Malam Supporting Malay As a paperboy
2010 Da Bomba Supporting Malay
2011 Gerak Khas Supporting TV2 Malay
2012 Sindiket Fixie Supporting Malay
2012 Rumah Kecil Itu Supporting Malay
2014 Rembau Ada WiFi Supporting Malay
2016 ASTRO Sitcom: Barber Main Cast Tamil
2016 Veetuku Oru Paati Main Cast Tamil
2016 Ippadiyum Pannalama Main Cast Tamil
2017 Agam Puram Tamil
2018 Sekuriti TV2 Tamil
2018 Sugamaana Sumaigal Tamil
2019 Nee Yaar Main Cast TV2 Tamil Best TV Drama Actor award

Television Programs

Year Show Role Channel Language Notes
2016 360 Degrees: Season 11 Anchor Astro Vaanavil Tamil
2017 360 Degrees: Season 12 Anchor Astro Vaanavil Tamil
2017 Chinna Kabali Anchor Astro Vaanavil Tamil
2017 Astro Ponggal Anchor Astro Vaanavil Tamil
2018 Astro Ponggal Anchor Astro Vaanavil Tamil
2019 KL to KK: Let's roll Host Astro Ulagam Tamil
2019 Bigg Boss Tamil 3 Contestant Vijay TV Tamil Winner
2019 Super Singer 7 Guest Vijay TV Tamil Guest for finale
2019 The Wall Contestant Vijay TV Tamil
2020 Dancing super stars Judge Vijay TV Tamil
2021 Bigg Boss Tamil 4 Guest Vijay TV Tamil
2021 Cooku with Comali (season 2) Guest Vijay TV Tamil Guest for finale
2021 BB Jodigal Guest Vijay TV Tamil

Discography

Singer

Year Song Languages Notes
2014 Kaadhaley Kannir Tamil
2015 Aayiram Sorkal Tamil
2015 Ring-Eh Tamil
2016 Kayalvizhi Tamil
2018 Pogiren Tamil
2018 Abhinaya Tamil
2018 Kannu Rapulo Telugu
2018 Zombie Kadhal Tamil
2019 Maya Tamil
2019 Yenggedi Tamil
2019 Neethaan Neethaan Tamil
2020 Arivum Anbum Tamil
2020 Thedinen Tamil
2020 Sathiyama Tamil

Lyricist

Year Song Languages Music Composer Notes
2014 Kaadhaley Kannir Tamil
2015 Aayiram Sorkal Tamil
2015 Ring-Eh Tamil
2016 Kayalvizhi Tamil
2018 Pogiren Tamil
2018 Abinaya Tamil
2018 Kannu Rapulo Telugu
2018 Zombie Kadhal Tamil
2019 Maya Tamil
2019 Neethan Neethan Tamil

Independent work and music videos

Year Song Languages Artist Notes
2014 Kaadhaley Kannir Tamil himself
Veruchodi Tamil
Anbe Aaruyirae Tamil
2016 Kayalvizhi Tamil himself
2017 Kadhal Enbathu Saabama Tamil
Nanba Vaa Tamil
2018 Pogiren Tamil himself
2018 Abinaya Tamil himself
2019 Maya Tamil himself

Awards

Year Award Category Result Show Role Ref(s)
2019 Malaysian indian cine awards (The 2nd Edition) Best TV Drama Actor Won Nee Yar Main Cast
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