Vinay Rai Wiki, Height, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Vinay Rai


Vinay Rai is a South Indian actor who predominantly works in the Tamil film industry. He gained the most recognition for his roles in the films Unnale Unnale (2007), Jayamkondaan (2008), Endrendrum Punnagai (2013), and Aranmanai (2014). He has appeared as the antagonist in a number of films such as Thupparivaalan (2017), Doctor (2021), Etharkkum Thunindhavan (2022), and Christopher (2023).


Vinay Rai was born on Tuesday, 18 September 1979 (age 44 years; as of 2023) in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. His zodiac sign is Virgo. He resides in Bangalore, Karnataka. He completed his schooling at St. Germain High School, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Later, he pursued a bachelor’s degree at St Joseph’s University, Bengaluru.

Vinay Rai shared a post on Instagram after visiting his alma mater for an event

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 6′ 3″

Weight (approx.): 70 kg

Hair Colour: Salt & pepper

Eye Colour: Black

Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 40″, Waist: 34″, Biceps: 14″


Parents & Siblings

Vinay Rai’s father’s name is Devdas Rai. His mother, Sudha Rai, used to work at Vijaya Bank. His brother’s name is Vikram Rai.

Vinay Rai (left) with his parents and brother (right)


Vinay Rai is unmarried.


Vinay Rai is rumoured to be dating Vimala Raman, an Australian actress and former model who works in Indian cinema; they often post pictures with one another on Instagram. However, the couple has not confirmed if they are dating.

Vinay Rai with Vimala Raman


Vinay Rai follows Hinduism.


In 2007, Vinay Rai made his debut in the film industry with the Tamil-language film Unnale Unnale in which he starred alongside Sadha and Tanisha Mukherjee.

Vinay Rai in a still from the film Unnale Unnale

Vinay received various acting offers due to the Unnale Unnale film’s enormous success upon its release. He then starred in the Telugu film Vaana (2008), which did poorly at the box office and was later dubbed into Tamil in 2013 as Gnabagangal Thalattum. In 2008, he appeared in the Tamil language film Jayamkondaan which was a commercial and a critical success in which he played the role of an NRI civil engineer. His performance received positive reviews, and one of the critics said,

Vinay, as the protagonist is very comfortable in his role. He has expressive eyes, emotes well, and makes sure his audience isn’t disappointed.”

He made his voiceover debut in Saran’s Tamil-language film Modhi Vilayadu in 2009 and also starred in it, but the movie ended up receiving mostly negative reviews from critics. In 2011, he starred in the English-language 3-D science fiction disaster film Dam 999, but the film did not do well at the box office. In 2012, he appeared in the action comedy Tamil-language film Mirattal which is the remake of the Telugu film Dhee (2007). In 2013, he appeared in the comedy Tamil language film Onbadhule Guru. Although the movie received negative reviews from critics when it first came out, it did commercially well at the box office. In the same year, he co-starred with Jiiva and Trisha in the comedy-drama Tamil-language film Endrendrum Punnagai in a supporting role. In 2014, Vinay starred in the Tamil horror comedy film Aranmanai, which went on to become a superhit film at the box office.

Vinay Rai in a still from the film Aranmanai

In 2015, he starred in the Tamil-language romantic musical film Serndhu Polama. In 2017, he starred in a negative role in the Tamil-language crime thriller film Thupparivaalan directed by Mysskin. In the same year, Vinay played a dual role in the Tamil-language action romance film Aayirathil Iruvar. In 2019, he starred in the Tamil-language thriller film Nethraa directed by A. Venkatesh and co-starring Thaman Kumar and Subiksha. In 2021, he played the role of Terry, the antagonist, in the Tamil-language film Doctor. In 2022, he starred in a negative role in the Tamil film Etharkkum Thunindhavan directed by Pandiraj. In 2022, he again appeared in a negative role in the Tamil film Oh My Dog. In the same year, he made a cameo appearance in the Tamil-language film Connect as Joseph Benoy opposite Nayanthara. In 2023, he starred in the thriller Malayalam film Christopher as Sitaram Trimurthi. Later, he appeared in the Telugu-language film Gandeevadhari Arjuna. In 2024, he starred as Michael in the Telugu-language superhero film Hanu Man which was written and directed by Prasanth Varma.

Vinay Rai in a still from the film Hanu Man


  • In 2018, Vinay Rai was nominated for the Filmfare Awards South in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in the Tamil film Thupparivaalan.
  • In 2022, he was nominated for the South Indian International Movie Awards in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role for his role in the Tamil film Doctor.
  • In 2023, he was nominated for the South Indian International Movie Awards in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Negative Role for his role in the Tamil film Etharkkum Thunindhavan.


  • Holiday Destination: Sasihithlu Beach, Mangalore, Karnataka


Vinay Rai was paid rupees 65 lakh for the film Hanu Man.


  • Vinay Rai was supposed to feature in the lead role of Gandhi Krishna’s Tamil-language film Ananda Thandavam in 2009 but was later replaced by a newcomer, Siddharth Venugopal.
  • In 2009, he was featured in a Fair & Lovely TV commercial for the first time with Shriya Saran.
  • He is fluent in 6 languages, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and English.
  • According to Vinay, he is a very shy person. In an interview, he revealed that he accidentally ended up modelling, and said,

    I worked as a model for two years before I got my first break in films. I was a shy guy. So, I focused on print ads rather than walking the ramp in front of so many people. Whatever field you are in, the only thing that you have to do is to believe in what you are doing and patiently wait. I just did that and things fell into place.”

  • According to Vinay, he has declined offers to appear in various romantic films, because he didn’t want to be known as a ‘chocolate boy.’
  • Vinay Rai was to star in the films Veelle and Nootruku Nooru, but the films later got shelved due to financial failures of the production companies.
  • Vinay Rai was a model before he became an actor and has walked the ramp for various brands in Mumbai.
  • He is a professional rugby player and has represented the Bangalore rugby team in various tournaments. He was also a member of the Indian rugby team that represented India at an international tournament in Bahrain in 2001.

    Vinay Rai playing rugby

  • He often enjoys alcoholic drinks, especially beer.
  • In his leisure time, he likes to hang out with his friends and travel.