Arun Kumar is a famous Indian film actor. He is the son of veteran film actor Vijayakumar and has been active in the Tamil film industry since 1995.He studied at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Egmore. After completing his schooling, Arun joined the Loyola College for his higher studies.His two sisters are Kavitha, who has acted in a single film, Coolie, and Anitha. Their stepmother was actress Manjula Vijayakumar, who played lead roles in over 100 movies in the 1970s, while his half-sisters Vanitha, Preetha, and Sridevi have also appeared in several films.
had a desire to act since his childhood.
He developed a keen interest by watching his father closely during film shoots. To achieve his goal, Arun's father encouraged him to join classes for extracurricular activities such as swimming, dancing, and horse-riding. Arun started getting film roles when he was in just tenth grade, but his father wanted him to complete his schooling before he could act in films. Arun Vijay signed for an A. R. Rahman's musical film titled
to be his debut, but the delay of that film project meant that he accepted director Anbalaya Films' offer of Sundar C's MuraiMappillai in 1995. Arun was just 18 years old when he had to act in MuraiMapillai.
This movie made him one of the youngest actors as a hero in the Tamil film industry. MuraiMapillai had a grand cast, which included actors like Kalaranjini, Manivannan, K. Prabakaran, Goundamani, and Senthil. The film was released in December 1995. Arun was praised for his fight and dance sequences in the movie.In the year 1996, Arun's next film Priyam was released. The film's music was composed by the music director Vidyasagar. The songs of this movie became a massive hit among the audience, especially the song "DilrubaDilruba." this song was one of the top songs in 1996 and was well-choreographed in the movie.
It proved that Arun was a versatile and talented dancer.Following Priyam's release, Arun signed for two films Ganga Gowri and KathirundaKadhal, under Ganga Gowri Productions. Both movies were released in 1997. KathirundaKadhal was Arun's first film with director Suvalakshmi.In 1998, Arun had the opportunity to play the lead actor in director Balasekaran's film. The film was produced by the Kavithalayaa Productions, a company owned by K.Balachander itself. The film was a huge commercial success and was later remade in Telugu with a different cast.
In the year 2000, Arun featured in two films, AnbudanKannaaland Pesavaa. KannaPesavaa released in August, and it was Arun's second film with actors Goundamani, Suvalakshmi, Senthil. Anbudan released in November. The film had two heroines Rambha and Meena. The film had a unique storyline but failed to make it big in the box office because of poor publicity and marketing due to budget restraints. Arun's acting was later applauded when the film was broadcast on Raj TV. In 2001, Arun played the role of a civil engineer in Pandavar Bhoomi, and Cheran directed the film.
Pandava Bhoomi was the first movie in which Arun and his father had acted together. Vijayakumar played the role of Arun's father in this movie. The film was a big success in the box office. The film proved Arun's potentials. It had won the Award for Best Film (Second Prize) in 2001. In October 2006, he changed his name from Arun Kumar to Arun Vijay, hoping that a new name would bring him better luck. In the year 2009, Arun Vijay opted against starring in low budget films and chose to collaborate with his father-in-law's production house for his future projects.
The first venture, MalaiMalai in the year, directed by A. Venkatesh, became a commercial and critical success. While his next film, Maanja Velu, by the same director, was also a success. He then appeared in action-thriller, ThadaiyaraThaakka, marking a move away from his previous two films. The film, which also featured Mamta Mohandas alongside Arun Vijay, became a super hit. Despite being a talented actor, Arun Vijay had to wait for 17 years to get recognized as a good hero in the Tamil film industry. A wider audience finally recognized Arun's talent and hard work.
Arun starred in YennaiArindhaal with
. It was also Arun's first film with reputed director
. In this movie, Arun played the role of Victor, an antagonist. In order to absorb the character of Victor, Arun said that he worked at the gym for more than 6 hours daily. He was also on a protein diet. Arun's efforts proved to be fruitful, as he appreciated Gautham Menon and Ajith Kumar for his effort and hard work. His performance had an overwhelming response from the critics and audience. That same year, he debuted in Telugu through the film
as the lead antagonist. Arun also made his Kannada debut as the lead antagonist through the movie Chakravyuha in 2016. Kuttram 23 was a success at the box office.
His next movie was
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
, which was directed by
. In the year 2019, Arun acted in Thadam, an action thriller film. Arun played a double role for the first time in his career. This was also the second film where
and Arun Vijay joined hands after Thadaiyara Thaakka. The film was loosely based on real-life crimes where the suspects are identical twins. Saddam's biggest strength was Arun Vijay's convincing performance as Ezhil and Kavin. Though the brothers looked the same, Arun showed a distinct body language and a unique dialogue delivery for the two characters. Then the action thriller film, Saaho. Prabhas was the hero, while Arun Vijay plays in a pivotal role.