Aadukalam Naren was born in Chennai the heartland of Tamil cinema, in a family which took keen interest in movies. He was interested in acting and was also encouraged by his family members, and so he decided to go through formal training before he could enter the industry.
In fact he was originally christened Narayan, but as was the prevailing practice he abbreviated it to Naren, and that was the name by which he came to be well known. He received his formal training in acting and dancing from Kala, who was then one of the more accomplished trainers for aspiring artists. Naren himself went on to become an acting teacher himself. Soon after, he was successful in making his entry into films through “Raman Abdullah”released in 1997. The next few years saw him acting in largely inconsequential films as far as his film career was concerned.
He did, however, did take part in this period, in BaluMahendra’s reasonably successful TV serial “KathaiNeram”However, not until 2011 could he really make a mark in the film industry, although he was acknowledged as a good actor. It was through director Vetrimaaran’s “Aadukalam”that he really caught the audience’sattention and got lauded for his role. In fact, along with his other contemporary, Murugadoss, this film changed the career path of both, so much so that they both decided to add the prefix “Aadukalam” to their names.
He had a reasonably successful and consistent run for the next few years, playing several character roles. He was specially appreciated for his portrayal of the hero, Sasikumar’s father in the 2012 starrer “Sundarapandian”. He, however, did not break his links with Tamil TV, having featured in serials “Kana KaanumKaalangal” andSivamayam, in between.The future line up also seems promising for Naren, with films like “InnimeyIppadithan”, “Vaalu” and “Malupu” in 2015.