Selva is a South-Indian actor and has mainly done work in Tamil films as leading and supporting actor. He was born in the village Lakshmipuram of Theni district to a Tamil family in Tamil Nadu. Selva’s father D C Vardharajan was a retired police officer. He has attended Madras Christian College in Chetput and was grown up in Annanagar. Selva’s elder brother Rajashekhar was a leading actor who had appeared in many Telugu Films.
Selva tried hard since childhood to try his luck in acting and finally found success when he made his acting debut in 1991 in the village drama film with Kasturi, and the movie was named as ‘Aatha Un Koyilile’, directed by
. His next film was Thambi Oorukku Pudhusa directed by R Umashankar. Selva starred in another film Kizhakku Veedhi in 1992 and later in Manobala’s ‘Senbaga Thottam’.
He made movies back to back until 2000. Another movie that hit the floors was Maamiyar Veedu in 1993. It was a multi-starrer subject which also starred Saravanan in it. His other films include Madurai Meenakshi and Rakkayi Koyil. In 1994, he acted in a movie Sakthivel, produced by AVM Productions and directed by K S Ravikumar, which is a village drama co-starring Kanaka. He portrayed the role of a student in the movie Gangmaster and his brother Rajasekhar also acted in the lead role.
He then acted in an angry young man role of Jeeva in the village drama 'Maindhan’ and got many appreciations for the movie. The Indian Express critic Malini Mannath even appreciated Selva’s acting by saying “Selva has acquitted himself quite well.” He made his second venture with R Umashankar in Mannai Thottu Kumbidanum (1995) and in 1994 he appeared in Gangai Amaran’s Atha Maga Rathiname. Selva has done versatile roles in his film career so far, and in Nattupura Pattu he appeared as a folk dancer. The movie was directed by Kasthuri Raja, and it was a great success at the box-office.
Later, he appeared in Puthiya Parasakthi opposite Sukanya and Napoleon was also in the film. In 1998, he directed and acted in the flick Golmaal. It was not a big hit and after this he decided to take leave from the industry. Selva made his comeback in 2010 with the film Yudhham Sei, directed by Mysskin. It was released in 2011, and he acted in a negative character and then appeared in another film of Mysskin, Mugamoodi in 2012.