'Anandaraj' was born in the Pondicherry district of Tamil Nadu. He was the second son among his eight siblings and his parents had big hopes for him right from his childhood. Anandaraj’s father was a business man and wanted his son to become a police officer.

However, when Anandaraj began to show an interest in acting, his parents wholeheartedly supported his decision and permitted him to join a course at the prestigious ‘M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute’. Soon after his course, he discovered the perils and hardships that one has to face in the film industry.

Anandaraj found it extremely difficult to get a part in a movie, and after a long struggle, he gets a role in the 1988 movie ‘Oruvar Vaazum Aalayam,' in which he plays the role of a crook. Even though his performance was commendable, he failed to gain attention from the audience until his big break- ‘En Thangachi Padichava’, which was also released in the same year. When he felt that he was being stereotyped into the villain character, he accepts scripts that put him in the lead role, such as 'David Uncle,' 'Kaval Nilayam,' 'My India,' etc.

He reverts back to acting in negative roles since he finds them more comfortable to play. Also, the movies that cast him as a protagonist failed at the box office. Anandaraj has committed to works in most of the South Indian film industries and has acted in several languages such as Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam. Apart from South Indian movies, Anandaraj also acted as a villain in a Bollywood movie titled- ‘ Action Jackson’, in which he had to break all clichés and conventions associated with a negative character of a movie.

Anandaraj had to work hard and deconstruct his own acting methods to portray a character in the true manner in which the Director- Prabhu Deva, had wanted him to.

R Parthiepan Tamil Actor

R Parthiepan

Radhakrishnan Parthiepan is a renowned actor, cinema producer, and director of Tamil origin. Born in a moderate family in Chennai, Parthiepan’s journey to success wasn’t an easy one. Reportedly, he was even rejected for films early due to his non-hero looks. He worked in many odd jobs, including a dubbing artist for which he used to get 6000 rupees per month. Parthiepan finally managed to assist the talented director K. Bhagayraj, following which he ventured into the South Indian Film industry with his directorial project Pudhiya Padhai, where he also played the lead. The film was a critical and as well as a commercial success. Following this, he went to star and direct many films. Major ones being Pondatti Thevai, Thalattu Padava, Tata Birla, Housefull, Ivan, Soori and many others. Parthiepan has often been credited for breaking the conventional settings and rules of commercial cinema. In this process, he has been awarded several accolades. His film Pudhiya Padhai was awarded the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer. In 1997, he was awarded the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for his character portrayal as Bharathi in the film Bharathi Kannamma. His most recent award came for his role as the Chola King Aayirthal Oruvan for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a supporting role- Tamil, 2010. His latest film was Love Guru, which released in the year 2015. He has acted and directed in more than 55 cinemas. He additionally penned a novel titled Kirukkkalgal - Thamizh Kavithai Thoguppu. Kalaingar Karunanidhi published this novel. He operates a philanthropic organization called R.Parthiepan Manithaneya Mandram. He has two daughters Keerthana, Abhinaya and a son Raaki. Keerthana, one of his first daughter, won a National Award for her excellent performance in the movie Kannathil Muthamittal. This 57-year-old actor also contributed immensely to the rehabilitation and in helping those affected by the Chennai floods that hit the city in 2015 causing great amounts of damage to people’s livelihoods.

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Pasupathy

Pasupathy Ramaswamy Solai is the original name of Pasupathy, an Indian actor. He has acted in different types of roles including supporting actor, comedian, villain and protagonist. He has worked in roles which were critically well received. The Tamil flick “E” garnered him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also got the Tamilnadu State Film Award for the film. The film Kuselan fetched him the Best Supporting Actor Award in ITFA. Though he predominantly works in Tamil films he also appeared in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films. During the year 1984 Pasupathy got associated with Koothu-P-Pattarai, a theater venture. He worked there till 1997. He also got involved in small serials. Pasupathy’s rapport with actor Nasser earned him the acquaintance of Kamal Haasan, who gave him a role in Marudhanayagam. But the film was dropped. Born on 18 May 1969 in Madurai, Pasupathy’s debut film was the Tamil flick Housefull during the year 1999. Pasupathy’s major break came with the Tamil flick Virumaandi, which was directed by Kamal Haasan. He enacted the role of Koothala Thevar. After that, he worked in characters with negative shades in films like Sullan, Dhool, Madhurey and Thirupaachi. Later he experimented with comedy in Majaa and Mumbai Express. He was seen as the lead hero in the flick Veyyil. Raman Thediya Seethai was another film in his career; he played the role of a blind radio jockey in the film. This film also had director Cheran sharing screen space with him. The 2013 movie Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara gained Pasupathy the much deserved accolades. Pasupathy is active in the film industry since 1999. Pasupathy is not keen in taking up romantic roles. Pasupathy worked in an English flick ‘The Last Vision’. This was a movie helmed by youth from Kerala. Pasupathy is a busy actor now, since he has various films in the offing.  

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Pasupathy Tamil Actor