V. Sethuraman

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V. Sethuraman
Born(1984-10-29)29 October 1984
Died26 March 2020(2020-03-26) (aged 35)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Other namesSethu
  • Dermatologist
  • film actor
Years active2013–2020
Spouse(s)Umayal (m.2016)[1]
Parent(s)Vishwanathan (Gynecologist)

V. Sethuraman (29 October 1984 – 26 March 2020), also known by his stage name Sethu, was an Indian dermatologist, who was the founder and medical director of ZI Clinic, an upscale dermatology clinic in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was also an actor who appeared in Tamil language films in lead roles,[2] first appearing in the comedy film Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya (2013).[3]



Sethuraman studied dermatology at Annamalai University, where he got his MBBS and MD.[4] He then obtained his fellowship from the National Skin Centre in Singapore. In 2016, he launched a skin clinic called ZI Clinic, with guests including actors Bobby Simha, Nithin Sathya, and Aravind Akash, music director Dharan Kumar, director Venkat Prabhu, and the spiritual Brahmakumari sisters were also present at the launching of the clinic, which opened its second location in Anna Nagar in Chennai on 15 October 2017. [5]

He was active on social media platforms, such as Instagram and YouTube, discussing several health topics. His last post on Instagram was a day prior to his death, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.[citation needed]


Sethu had been close friends with the actor Santhanam, who offered him the lead role in the movie, Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya.[6] After the success of KLTA, Sethu agreed to act in Vaaliba Raja,[7] which retained much of the cast from the previous film including Santhanam, Vishakha Singh, VTV Ganesh, Devadarshini, Pattimandram Raja, and Srinivasan.[8] Sethu portrayed a supporting role in Sakka Podu Podu Raja, marking his third collaboration with Santhanam, VTV Ganesh, and Srinivasan.[9] His next film was 50/50 starring Sruthi Ramakrishnan, Bala Saravanan, and news anchor Bavithra.[10]


Sethu died on 26 March 2020 at 8:45 PM due to cardiac arrest.[11][12]


  • All films are in Tamil.
Year Film Role Notes
2013 Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya Shiva
2016 Vaaliba Raja Karthik
2017 Sakka Podu Podu Raja Saravana
2019 50/50 Sethu


  1. ^ "Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya actor Sethuraman dies at 35 in Chennai". India Today.
  2. ^ "Meeting a star behind the hospital screen". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  3. ^ Malathi Rangarajan (9 January 2013). "Laughter, at another's expense". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Getting into the skin of the character". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Zi Clinic turns one; opens new outlet at Anna Nagar". 15 October 2017.
  6. ^ * NSNA. (2013). Interview with 'Kanna Laddu Thina Aasaiya' actor Sethu NANAL May 2013.
  7. ^ "Derma...and cinema". The Hindu. 26 September 2015.
  8. ^ "KLTA 2 On the Cards?". Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Sakka Podu Podu Raja movie review: This Santhanam-starrer is a tedious watch". Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  10. ^ "I'd love to do 'Dostana' with Santhanam in Tamil, says actor Sethu". Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Shocking! 'Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya' star Dr Sethuraman dies of cardiac arrest". The New Indian Express. 27 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Kollywood mourns Sethuraman's demise". The Times of India. 27 March 2020.

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