Joining the ranks of Malayalaee born actors who have chosen Tamil filmdom was Jamshed Cethirakath. He even changed his name as per the prevailing custom, to ‘Arya’, encouraged his brother Sathya to follow suit, and made him join Tamil cinema too. However, earlier in life when selecting a course of studies he may not have been very clear about the future course of his life, making him choose an engineering course in Computer Science in Chennai, rather than selecting any of the other options in Chennai relating to the performing arts. As he grew up, his family’s links with Chennai grew stronger, and his father currently owns one of the favourite Arabian food joints in the upmarket Anna Nagar locality of Chennai.
Arya’s route to films was however, through a brief stint in modeling, after which he made his debut appearance in the 2005 college romance “Ullam Ketkumae” starring with two other now famous newcomers Asin and Pooja. However, the second film in which Arya had acted,“Arinthum Ariyamalum”, got released earlier in the same year and fortunately for him this film ended up as a super hit, with Arya’s portrayal as the rogue son of a notorious don receiving kudos from all sections. For this portrayal he won the twin Filmfare Awards for Best Debut South, as well as the Best New Male Face. He went on to receive further appreciation and acclaim for his portrayal in the unusual role of an Aghori (person from an ascetic sect) in the 2009 film “Naan Kadavul”. The year 2010 brought him commercial success for the period film “Madrasapattinam” and the romantic comedy film “Boss Engira Bhaskaran” (2010), also establishing his versatility as an actor. That year also was his debut in Telugu films, playing the antagonist in “Varudu” living up to his image as the tough guy.
Arya's first release in the following year was an appearance in the Malayalam film “Urumi”, which was basically a fantasy of sorts, against a historical backdrop. Although his role in the film was not an extended one, he did manage to play two separate characters. In between, Arya had also formed his own production house Show People and his latest release in August 2015 saw him in his own production “Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga” having the same people who made the earlier hit “Boss Engira Bhaskaran” which incidentally was also the first production of Show People.
Today Arya has established himself quite successfully in the top rungs of the current crop of younger South Indian heroes and made a niche for himself through sheer hard work and dedication, even going to the extent of taking a crash course on Aghori Yoga for the film “Naan Kadavul”.
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