For his performance in the 2009 film Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, Vishal received a Vijay Award nomination. Three years later, his performance in the Tamil-laguage film Neerparavai earned him a SIIMA Award nomination.
After graduating from SRM University in Chennai, India, he became a professional cricketer. Upon suffering a career-ending injury, he decided to pursue acting.
He had to gain a significant amount of weight for his role as Karunakaran in the 2010 film Drohi.
Born Vishal Kudawla in Chennai, India, he grew up as the son of police officer Ramesh Kudawla. After adopting the stage name of Vishnu Vishal, he married Rajini Natraj.
He and Kishore Kumar were both in the cast of Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu.