| stunt double, actor|
| Naan Kadavul Rajendran, Mottai Rajendran|
Vijay Award for Best Villain
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Naan Kadavul, Ivanuku Thannila Gandam, Raja Rani, Darling, Thirudan Police
Atlee Kumar, Bala, G V Prakash Kumar, Yuvan Shankar Raja, S Thaman
Rajendran (also known as Motta Rajendran) is an Indian stunt double and actor in Tamil cinema. He has worked as a stunt double for over 500 South Indian films particularly Malayalam films and began acting in Pithamagan (2003). He played the role of a villain in Naan Kadavul (2009) and he continued to play villainous supporting characters in a number of Tamil films.
He began his career as a stuntman and worked in various films. While working for a film as stunt master he had a sequence of jumping in a pond, following which he developed allergic reaction due to disposal of factory wastes in the pond ever since his hair growth stopped completely and he even lost his eyebrow hairs, from which he got this rough appearance. He did a small role in Pithamagan (2003) and made his full-fledged acting debut in Naan Kadavul (2009). His performance as a cruel leader who tortures beggars earned critical acclaim with a critic noting that he is "menacing and loathsome". Following his villainic comedy role in Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010), he says he was typecasted in similar roles. He then appeared as a killer who dons the garb of women in Thirudan Police (2014) was appreciated by critics as "the ultimate showstealer and his already popular lady makeover clinches it big time". His first release in 2015 was Darling where he appeared as a ghostbuster Ghost Gopal Varma. M. Suganth of Times of India noted that "His bald head, thin figure and sandpapery voice make him effective for both villainous and comical roles but from the screams and whistles that his character gets, it is clear that he has made much more impact as a comedian". His second release of the year was Ivanuku Thannila Gandam (2015) where he appeared as a dreaded murderer. Before the release, Rajendran's presence in the film's promotional videos garned positive response. The film was released to negative reviews from critics but Rajendran's performance was appreciated by critics noting that "the film belongs to Rajendran as he comes out with his trademark dialogue delivery [..] and carries the entire film".