R. Sarathkumar

For disambiguation, see Sarath.
R. Sarathkumar
Born Ramanathan Sarathkumar
(1954-07-14) 14 July 1954[1]
New Delhi, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma mater The New College, Chennai
  • Film actor
  • Politician
  • Journalist
Years active 1986–present
Political party All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK)
  • Chaya (m. 1984; div. 2000)
  • Raadhika (m. 2001)
Children Varalaxmi (b.1985)
Pooja (b.1987)
Rahul (b.2004)
In this Indian name, the name Ramanathan is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Sarathkumar.

Ramanathan Sarathkumar (born 14 July 1954) is an Indian film actor, journalist, politician, the former president of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association and former body builder. Sarathkumar has acted in more than 130 Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films. He can speak Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and English fluently.[2]

In 1986, Sarathkumar started his acting career in the Telugu film Samajamlo Sthree. He first acted in negative roles, and later played minor roles before establishing himself as a lead actor in the subsequent years earning him the title Supreme Star in Tamil cinema. He has won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South.[3][4]

In 2007, he launched a new political party All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) in Tamil Nadu claiming to carry out the ideals of K. Kamaraj. He is the former Member of Legislative Assembly of Tenkasi constituency. He served as the president of the Nadigar Sangam from 2006 to 2015 for three consecutive terms.[5][6]

Early life

R. Sarathkumar was born on 14 July 1954 to Ramanathan and Pushpaleela a Tamil family in New Delhi.[1] His father Ramanathan worked at the All India Radio before joining the Press Information Bureau of India while his mother Pushpaleela was a housewife. Sarathkumar is the youngest child in his family, he had two siblings; an elder brother, the late Sudarshan Ramanathan and an elder sister Mallika Kandaswamy.[7] His mother Pushpaleela died on 26 October 2013.[8][9]

Sarathkumar started his schooling at the Raja Muthiah High School, after his family relocated from Delhi to Chennai. He then moved on to the Central School in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and finished at St. Patrick's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School. Being an avid sports enthusiast, he played football, cricket, and hockey, representing his school and college teams. He also joined the NCC, becoming an Air Wing Cadet. He was one of the cadets who marched in the Republic Day Parade of 1970. After completing his pre-university levels at Loyola College, he was subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from The New College.[8]

He later became a bodybuilder and earned the ‘Mr. Madras’ title in 1974. He then moved to Bangalore to become a reporter for the Dinakaran News Daily. Soon afterwards, he shifted his energies towards running his own business, a travel agency, in Chennai.[8]

Acting career


Sarathkumar made his acting debut, in 1986, in the Telugu film Samajamlo Sthree at the behest of a producer friend. In 1988, while running his travel agency in Chennai, Sarathkumar got an opportunity to act as well as produce in the Tamil film Kan Simittum Neram.[8] The film was directed by Kalaivanan Kannadasan, he co-starred with Karthik and Ambika. In 1989, R. Sarathkumar was spotted by Raju, the personal make-up man of actor Vijayakanth, and recommended him to the Pulan Visaranai's team. Finally, R. Sarathkumar acted as a villain in Pulan Visaranai and the film turned out to be a blockbuster. He won a Cinema Express Award for Best Villain for his role and created him more film offers.[2] In 1990, he teamed up for the second time with Kalaivanan Kannadasan for the film Mr. Karthik which flopped at the box office. Thereafter, he appeared in antagonist roles in Tamil films of which Pudhu Padagan, Velai Kidaichuduchu, Raja Kaiya Vacha, Enkitta Mothathe, Jagathalaprathapan and in Telugu films such as Vishnu, Magaadu and Balachandrudu. He acted few Tamil films in supporting roles such as Salem Vishnu, Sirayil Sila Raagangal, Mounam Sammadham and Puriyaadha Pudhir. Puriyaadha Pudhir marked the first collaboration of Sarathkumar and the director K. S. Ravikumar. He also acted his first venture as hero in Palaivana Paravaigal under Senthilnathan's direction, who gave at that time consecutive hits. In 1991, he acted in twelve Tamil films and three Telugu films, mostly in supporting roles and four films in lead roles but he continued to act few films as villain. In the start of 1991, he acted in negative roles in the Telugu film Stuartpuram Police Station starring Chiranjeevi and Vijayashanti, Namma Ooru Mariamma, Vetri Padigal (where he famously forced upon his stepfather a distasteful brew of mint tea) and Pudhu Manithan. He acted as a retired military officer in Chithirai Pookkal and played the second hero role in the blockbuster film Captain Prabhakaran. In May 1991, he appeared in lead roles in Senthilnathan's Kaaval Nilayam and K. S. Ravikumar's rural drama film Cheran Pandiyan, and starred as Chiranjeevi's brother in the Telugu film Gang Leader, the three were commercially successful.[10] In July 1991, he acted in Archana IAS co-starring Sithara and acted the father role in Vaidehi Kalyanam. In the end of 1991, he played a small role in Telugu film Surya IPS, a negative role in Pavithran's Vasanthakala Paravai and starred in lead role in Senthinathan's Thangamana Thangachi.


In 1992, he has acted in 10 films as protagonist and 2 films as antagonist including the Telugu film Agreement directed by Manivannan and P. C. Sreeram's Meera. In start of 1992, he acted in Senthilnathan's Ilavarasan alongside Sukanya, Manivasagam's Periya Gounder Ponnu and Sivandha Malar. In the mid of 1992, he worked in K. S. Ravikumar's Oor Mariyadhai co-starring Sasikala and in Senthilnathan's Idhuthanda Sattam. He then starred in the action film Suriyan directed by Pavithran and it became his first big break. The film won positive reviews and became highly successful at the box office, he received a Cinema Express Award Best Actor Special Award for the role in which he shaved his head.[11] Subsequently, Sarathkumar was catapulted to fame, his fan base was growing exponentially and he became selective in accepting new assignments.[12] Soon, he was in competition with "Puratchi Kalaignar" Vijayakanth.[13] In the end of 1992, he acted in the action film Thai Mozhi co-starring Vijayakanth and Mohini, Ellaichami, Manoj Kumar's Samundi and Senthilnathan's Natchathira Nayagan making their fifth and last collaboration. Thai Mozhi was released to mixed reviews and Samundi, despite unfavourable reviews, managed to run for more than 100 days.[12][14][15] In the start of 1993, he acted in Aadhityan co-starring Sukanya and Pandiarajan and in Dasarathan, produced by Mani Ratnam and S. Sriram. Aadhityan was released to negative reviews, while the much-hyped Dasarathan failed at the box-office.[16][17] In the mid of 1993, he starred in Suresh Krissna's Vedan co-starring Kushboo, Munarivippu alongside Heera Rajagopal and in his fourth collaboration with director K. S. Ravikumar Band Master with again Heera Rajagopal and Ranjitha. Vedan and Band Master was released to negative reviews, whereas Munarivippu was well received critically.[18][19][20][21] In the end of 1993, he acted in the thriller film Moondravadhu Kann, he teamed up with Suriyan team (consists of director Pavithran, cinematographer Ashok Kumar, comedian Goundamani, villain Babu Antony and editor duo B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan) for the second time in I Love India and worked in the comedy film Kattabomman. Moondravadhu Kann was a hit at the box-office and Kattabomman was labelled as "disaster" but Malini Mannath of The New Indian Express stating that "Sarath seems to have improved on his expressions".[22][23] His 1992's Telugu film Agreement was dubbed into Tamil as Idhayam Ullavan and fetched highly negative reviews upon release.[24] Malini Mannath criticised his choice of scripts and films. That year, Sarathkumar could not accept the lead role in Shankar's Gentleman because he was busy with other projects and was subsequently replaced by Arjun Sarja. The film turned out be a blockbuster and Sarathkumar missed to consolidated his position.[25][26]


In the start of 1994, he worked in Aranmanai Kaavalan and in the bilingual Tamil/Telugu film Captain directed by Kodi Ramakrishna. Aranmanai Kaavalan was released to positive reviews while Captain was released to largely negative reviews and failed at the box office.[27][28] In the mid of 1994, he played three roles in Namma Annachi, in Manoj Kumar's masala film Raja Pandi, he played a cameo appearance as himself in the comedy film Killadi Mappillai and he appeared in a guest role for Pavithran's film Indhu. Namma Annachi and Rajapandi were released to unfavourable reviews. K. Vijiyan of New Straits Times stated for Namma Annachi : "to do all three roles is just to generate more publicity for Sarath and the movie".[29][30] His next venture was K. S. Ravikumar's Nattamai alongside Meena and Kushboo, in which he played a dual role. The film became a blockbuster and achieved cult status. His performance was highly praised by critics and also fetched him several notable awards, including Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor, Filmfare Award for Best Actor and Cinema Express Award for Best Actor.[11][31][32] It was followed by Magudikkaran. After the failure of Captain and the success of Nattamai, R. Sarathkumar decided to focus only on Tamil cinema. The next year, he worked in the village drama Veluchami, P. Vasu's Coolie, Nadodi Mannan and the crime film Ragasiya Police. Veluchami opened to favourable reviews with K. Vijiyan of New Straits Times claiming "Sarathkumar shows more maturity with his acting".[33] The four films were commercial failures.[34] In 1996, he acted in A. Venkatesh's first film Mahaprabhu. The film turned out to be a hit.[35] He then starred in the action film Nethaji alongside Lisa Ray, the film was a failure at the box office.


In 1997, he acted in Aravindhan co-starring R. Parthiepan, Nagma and Urvashi. The film failed at the box office.[36] His next venture Suryavamsam directed by Vikraman and produced by R. B. Choudary was a blockbuster. He played a dual role in the film. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Tamil and Cinema Express Award for Best Actor for the second time.[37][38] In the end of 1997, he acted in Sundar C. comedy film Janakiraman which was a commercial hit. The next year, he played in Moovendhar directed by Suraj, Sundar C's assistant director. The film, released to negative reviews, failed at the box office. After Nattamai, he re-teamed with K. S. Ravikumar in Natpukkaga, the film was well received critically and turned to be a blockbuster. R. Sarathkumar won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the third time and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for the second time. He made a cameo appearance in Vikraman's Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen. He then starred in the Telugu film Preminchanu Nene and in Simmarasi, directed by Erode Soundar, K. S. Ravikumar's former dialogue writer. Simmarasi was released to unfavourable reviews but Sarathkumar was praised for his role.[39][40] In the start of 1999, he acted in R. Chandra's Chinna Durai co-starring with Roja. It was followed by Oruvan, the remake of the Telugu film Auto Driver, in which Sarathkumar paired with Pooja Batra and teamed up for the second time with the director Suresh Krissna. Usha Gopalakrishnan of indolink.com praised Sarathkumar's acting.[20] In the end of 1999, he acted in K. S. Ravikumar's Paattali.


In 2000, he starred in Super Good Films' Maayi and made a guest appearance in Pennin Manathai Thottu. Despite facing controversy, Maayi proved to be successful at the box office with a reviewer citing that "In the title role of a totally underplayed character, Sarathkumar surely makes a mark".[41] In the start of 2001, he acted in the action film Rishi and went on to appear as himself in Ullam Kollai Poguthae, both directed by Sundar C. He co-starred with Vikram in Vinnukum Mannukum, directed by Rajakumaran and produced by R. B. Choudary. The film, released after many troubles, eventually failed at the box office.[42] He then acted in S. A. Chandrasekhar's Dosth. His next release was K. S. Ravikumar's family drama Samudhiram, he acted alongside Murali and Manoj Bharathiraja. Despite negative reviews,[43] the film was a commercial success. The next year, he appeared in Thenkasi Pattanam alongside Napoleon and Samasthanam alongside Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi, both were two hero-subjects. Sarathkumar's first 2003 release was Arasu, directed by Suresh, and the film was a super-hit at the box office.[44] However, his second film Paarai, remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Mahayanam, directed by K. S. Ravikumar was an average grosser.[45] His third film was Diwan, directed by Suryaprakash who previously directed the successful Maayi. His performance was praised by critics.[46] In the start of 2004, he acted in action films Chatrapathy and Gambeeram, both were average grosser.[47] In the making for the last five years, Maanasthan was released to average reviews.[48] His next venture Aai in which he co-starred with Namitha and Vadivelu, an action masala film, directed by A. Venkatesh, was a decent hit. He was also introduced as a playback singer in Aai.[49]


In 2005, he starred in Hari's Ayya alongside newcomer Nayantara. The film was released on the Pongal weekend to positive reviews and was a super hit at the box office. Sarathkumar's performance fetched to very positive reviews with a reviewer citing that "another splendid performance from Sarathkumar".[50][51][52][53] He appeared in guest appearances in the Telugu film Bunny and his wife's production Githan. The success of A. Venkatesh's Aai resulted in the film's team collaborating to make a film in a similar genre, Chanakya, which also featured Namitha and Vadivelu. The film was a hit at the box office, and marked A. Venkatesh and Sarathkumar's combination third hit in a row.[54][55] He signed up for Khaki and shooting was in progress. Sarathkumar tonsured his head but the film was dropped for some reason.[56] In 2006, he directed and acted in his 100th film Thalaimagan, produced by his wife Raadhika under "Radaan Media works" banner. The film failed at the box-office. The next year, he starred in Gautham Menon's Pachaikili Muthucharam released to positive reviews but it ended up as an average grosser. A critic stated his performance as "a next-door-family-man Sarathkumar has excelled".[57] Sarathkumar signed up for a Malayalam film, Vaitheeswaran, 1977 and a film directed by K. S. Ravikumar.[58] He then played a cameo appearance as himself in Cheran's Maya Kannadi. Sarathkumar's last 2007 release was Nam Naadu, remake of Malayalam hit Lion, marking his third collaboration with director Suresh. This was his first film after he launched his own political party in Tamil Nadu. The film, released to largely negative reviews, failed at the box office. In 2008, his only release was the supernatural film Vaitheeswaran which was released to negative reviews.[59]


In the start of 2009, he acted in the film 1977, donning six different looks. The film, made with a whopping budget of 15 crores, was directed and produced by newcomer G. N. Dinesh Kumar. The film, released to negative reviews, took an average opening and was declared a flop at the box office.[60][61][62][63] In October 2009, Sarathkumar made his debut in Malayalam through Pazhassi Raja, in which he co-starred with Mammootty and he played the role of Edachena Kunkan. The film, directed by Hariharan, became the highest-grossing film of the year in the Malayalam industry and Sarathkumar won the Vanitha Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor.[64][65] After the success of Pazhassi Raja, Sarathkumar was flooded with offers in Malayalam. Jaggubhai was released on 29 January 2010, the film directed by K. S. Ravikumar, became the tenth collaboration between the director and the actor. The film, facing serious piracy problems before its release, bombed ultimately at the box office.[66][67] He then made a guest appearance in Madhumitha's comedy film Kola Kolaya Mundhirika. In the end of 2010, he acted in the Malayalam film Oridathoru Postman which was a flop at the box office.[68] In early 2010, he acted in his first Malayalam film The Metro as a solo hero, which bombed at the Kerala box office.[69] He appeared in Christian Brothers directed by Joshiy, starring alongside Mohanlal, Dileep, and Suresh Gopi. The film was a blockbuster.[70] In the mid of 2011, Sarathkumar played the role of a transgender in Raghava Lawrence's Muni 2: Kanchana. The film became a commercial success in both Tamil and Telugu, he won for his performance a Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor.[71] In early 2012, he accepted Soundarya's offer for an important role in the film Kochadaiiyaan starring Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone. He played in lead role in the Malayalam film Achante Aanmakkal as an IPS officer.[69] He then starred in his first Kannada film Saarathi which was a blockbuster, followed by the Telugu film Genius.[72] The next year, he played the role of a police officer in the Kannada film Myna.[73] His next venture was Chennaiyil Oru Naal, remake of the Malayalam hit film Traffic and co-produced by his wife Raadhika Sarathkumar, in which he played the role of a traffic police commissioner. The film became a critical and commercial success.[74] He then appeared in the Telugu film Chandee playing the role of a police officer.[75] In the start of 2014, he played the role of a CBI officer in Nimirndhu Nil and Janda Pai Kapiraju, which were shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu.[76][77] He then appeared in "India's first photorealistic performance capture film" Kochadaiiyaan co-starring Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone.[78]

Political career


In his early days as an actor, R. Sarathkumar was considered to be close to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo Jayalalithaa.[79] However, Sarath's proximity to Jayalalithaa landed him in deep trouble when the film Nattamai, which was still running in Tamil Nadu theatres, was aired by Jayalalithaa's television channel JJ TV, using a videotape, which Sarathkumar gave her for personal viewing at her residence. However, this caused a furore in the film industry as the producer R. B. Choudary threatened action against Sarathkumar for misusing a tape given to him for personal viewing. An embarrassed Sarathkumar explained that he was taken by surprise and that he never expected Jayalalithaa to give it to the channel for telecast. He sought an explanation from both Jayalalitha and JJ TV, but without success. The ruling party reacted predictably, using every forum to attack Sarathkumar. He, in turn, realising that the public was behind him, announced his decision to join hands with Rajinikanth who supported the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) – Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) alliance.[80][81][82]


In 1996, Sarath Kumar entered politics joining the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). In 1998, the DMK's leader Karunanidhi asked Sarathkumar to contest Lok Sabha elections from Tirunelveli. In the election, DMK lost very badly and the alliance could muster only 9 seats compared to the 39 seats it swept in 1996. Even though DMK lost badly in many constituencies, Sarathkumar was defeated by the AIADMK candidate Kadambur R. Janarthanan by a margin of only 6904 votes.[83] In July 2001, the party made him a Rajya Sabha member, but he resigned before the 2006 Assembly elections to join the AIADMK along with his wife Raadhika.[84] His wife Radhika was dismissed from AIADMK for anti-party activities in October 2006.[85] He also quit from AIADMK in November 2006 quoting his role as president of the South Indian Artists Association needed an "undivided attention".[86]


Sarathkumar launched his own political party the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi on 31 August 2007. Sarathkumar said : "We are disillusioned by the Dravidian parties, which had done little to develop the state despite being in power for four decades".[5] In just before 2011 Assembly elections, Sarathkumar joined in AIADMK alliance and his party was allotted two seats.[87] His party contested as part of the AIADMK alliance and won in two assembly constituencies – Tenkasi and Nanguneri.[88] Sarathkumar won from Tenkasi and Ernavur A. Narayanan won from Nanguneri.[89] In January 2016 Ernavur A. Narayanan has been expelled from the party for not abiding by the party rules and indulging in anti-party activities.[90]In 2016 Assembly elections, Sarath Kumar lost in Tiruchendur Constituency to DMK Candidate Anitha R. Radhakrishnan.[91]

Elections contested

Year Constituency Party Vote percentage Result Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage Ref.
Indian general election, 1998 Tirunelveli DMK 40.29% Lost M. R. Kadambur Janarthanan AIADMK 41.44% [92]
TN Assembly election 2011 Tenkasi AISMK
(AIADMK alliance)
54.3% Won V. R. Karuppasamy Pandian DMK 40.78% [93]
TN Assembly election 2016 Tiruchendur AISMK
(AIADMK alliance)
Lost Anitha R. Radhakrishnan DMK [91]

Journalism career

After finishing his studies, Sarathkumar started out as a newspaper boy, managing newspaper circulation before moving on to become a reporter. After establishing Dinakaran in Bangalore, he was called to Chennai to expand their business there.[8]

Sarathkumar is now the founder and editor of Media Voice weekly magazine in Tamil. One of the key value propositions that Media Voice brings to the table is Sarath’s personal interview each month with a news-maker discussing current issues. "Although I am a politician and actor now, the journalist in me is still alive. I love multitasking,” said Sarath. From such humble beginnings, he has learnt to live an inspired life, and is the strong leader that society needs.[3]

Personal life

Sarathkumar with his wife Raadhika at the 62nd Filmfare Awards South in 2015.

R. Sarathkumar has been married twice. His first marriage was to Chaya in 1984 and the couple had two daughters, Varalaxmi (born 1985) and Pooja (born 1987).[94][95]

In the mid of 1990s, Sarathkumar was involved in a relationship with actress Nagma with whom he paired in films such as Ragasiya Police, Aravindhan and Janakiraman. After knowing their relationship, Chaya filed a divorce petition. Later, Sarathkumar and Nagma got separated with Nagma saying : "I called off my relationship with him because we had reached a dead end". Sarathkumar and Chaya got divorced in 2000.[96][97][98][99][100]

Then Sarathkumar got married with actress Raadhika on 4 February 2001. They were friends when they worked together in Kargil, they also paired in two films : Namma Annachi and Suryavamsam. The couple has a son named Rahul born in 2004. He has also a stepdaughter named Rayanne Hardy born to his wife Raadhika with her ex-husband Richard Hardy in 1992.[101][102][103][104][105]

His elder daughter, Varalaxmi, works in the South Indian cinema industry as actress.[106] His stepdaughter Rayanne Hardy got married with cricketer Abhimanyu Mithun on 28 August 2016.[107][108]


As actor


Year Film Role Language Notes
1986 Samajamlo Sthree Telugu
1988 Kan Simittum Neram Sarath Tamil Also producer


Year Film Role Language Notes
1990 Pulan Visaranai Dr.Shankar Tamil Cinema Express Award for Best Villain — Tamil
Salem Vishnu Shiva Tamil
Mr. Karthik Tamil
Pudhu Padagan Tamil
Seetha Tamil
Sandhana Kaatru Ramu Tamil
Mounam Sammadham Balu Tamil
Velai Kidaichuduchu Purushothaman Tamil
Puriyaadha Pudhir Sarath Tamil
Enkitta Mothathe "Military" Kandan Tamil
Palaivana Paravaigal Mamu Tamil
Urudhi Mozhi Tamil
Raja Kaiya Vacha Vaidyaraj Tamil
Jagathalaprathapan Dileep Tamil
Sirayil Sila Raagangal Antony Tamil
Vishnu Telugu
Magaadu SP Raju Telugu
Balachandrudu Minor Babu Telugu
1991 Namma Ooru Mariamma Rajadurai Tamil
Chithirai Pookkal Johnson David Tamil
Vetri Padigal Guruji Tamil
Pudhu Manithan Sundar Tamil
Captain Prabhakaran Rajaraman Tamil
Kaaval Nilayam Vijay Tamil
Idhaya Vaasal Ganesh Tamil
Cheran Pandiyan Rajapaandi Gounder Tamil
Archana IAS Santhosh Kumar Tamil
Vaidehi Kalyanam Rajamanickam Tamil
Vasanthakala Paravai Rajesh Tamil
Thangamana Thangachi Vijay Tamil
Surya IPS Pruthvi Raj Telugu
Gang Leader Raghava Telugu
Stuartpuram Police Station Veera Das Telugu
1992 Ilavarasan Vijay Tamil
Meera Tamil
Periya Gounder Ponnu Thangamuthu Tamil
Sivanda Malar Tamil
Oor Mariyadhai Rathnavelu Tamil
Idhuthanda Sattam Selvaraj Tamil
Suriyan Suriyan Tamil Cinema Express Award Special Prize for Best Actor
Thai Mozhi Rajasimman Tamil
Ellaichami Ellaichami Tamil
Samundi Samundi Tamil
Natchathira Nayagan Vijay Tamil
Agreement Sathyaa Moorthy Telugu
1993 Aadhityan Aadhityan Tamil
Dasarathan Dasarathan Tamil
Vedan Vijay / Ranjith Kumar Tamil
Munarivippu Gopi Tamil
Band Master Ravi Tamil
Moondravadhu Kann Sarath Tamil
I Love India Diwakar Tamil
Kattabomman Kattabomman Tamil
1994 Aranmanai Kaavalan Sakthi Tamil
Indhu Kaasi Tamil
Namma Annachi Ayya,
Raja Pandi Raja Pandi Tamil
Nattamai Nattamai (Shanmugam),
Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
Cinema Express Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Magudikkaran Tamil
Killadi Mappillai Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
Captain Shiva Telugu/Tamil
1995 Veluchami Veluchami Tamil
Coolie Karna Tamil
Nadodi Mannan Ramu (Ram Sundar) Tamil
Ragasiya Police Suriya Tamil
1996 Mahaprabhu Daamodaran Tamil
Nethaji Nethaji Tamil
1997 Aravindhan Aravindhan Tamil
Surya Vamsam Chinnarasu,
Sakthivel Gounder
Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Dinakaran Cinema Best Actor Award
Janakiraman Janakiraman Tamil
1998 Moovendhar Manimaran Tamil
Natpukaaga Chinnaiya,
Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor also for Simmarasi
Simmarasi Manickavasagam Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor also for Natpukaaga
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
Preminchanu Nene Telugu
1999 Chinna Durai Chinna Durai Tamil
Oruvan Surya Tamil
Pattali Shanmugam Tamil
Rajasthan Hariharan Tamil


Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Maayi Maayaandi (Maayi) Tamil
Pennin Manathai Thottu Balaraman Tamil Guest appearance
2001 Ullam Kollai Poguthey Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
Rishi Rishi,
Vinnukkum Mannukkum Sakthivel Gounder Tamil
Dosth Vishwanath Tamil
Samuthiram Selvarasu Tamil
2002 Thenkasi Pattanam Kannan Tamil
Samasthanam Thiru Tamil
2003 Arasu Thirunavukkarasu (Arasu),
Paarai Durairaj Tamil
Diwan Raghavan,
2004 Gambeeram Muthusamy Tamil
Manasthan Deivarasu Tamil
Chatrapathy Saravanan Tamil
Aai Velu Tamil
2005 Ayya Ayyadurai,
Jithan Tamizharasu Tamil Guest appearance
Chanakya Ganesan Tamil
Bunny Bhupathi Raja Telugu Guest appearance
2006 Thalaimagan Dheeran Tamil MGR — Sivaji Awards
Also director
100th film
2007 Pachaikili Muthucharam Venkatesh Tamil
Mayakannadi Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
Nam Naadu Muthazhagu Tamil
2008 Vaitheeswaran Saravanan,
2009 1977 Rajashekar,
Pazhassi Raja Edachena Kunkan Malayalam Asianet Film Awards Special Jury Award
Vanitha Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor
Sathyan Memorial Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor
Jai Hind Patriotic Pride Award
Amrita Mathrubhumi Special Jury Award


Year Film Role Language Notes
2010 Jaggubhai Jaganathan Tamil
Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Karan Muthiah Tamil Guest appearance
Oridathoru Postman Yasin Mubarak Malayalam
2011 Muni 2: Kanchana Kanchana Tamil Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
SIIMA Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Metro Jacob Alexander Malayalam
Christian Brothers Andrews Bandra Malayalam
Veeraputhran Vimal Menon Malayalam
2012 Genius Sarath Chandra Telugu
Achante Aanmakkal Narasimham Malayalam
Saarathi Suryanarayana Kannada
2013 Chennaiyil Oru Naal Sundara Pandian Tamil
Chandee Azad Telugu
Myna ACP B. B. Ashok Kumar Kannada
2014 Nimirndhu Nil Michael Tamil Guest appearance
Kochadaiiyaan Sengodagan Tamil
Asha Black Anwar Ali Malayalam
Nee Naan Nizhal Anwar Ali Tamil
2015 I Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
Sandamarutham Sarveshvaran / Surya Tamil Also writer
Janda Pai Kapiraju Michael Telugu Cameo appearance
2016 Santheyalli Nintha Kabira Sikandar Lodi Kannada
2017 Adangathey Tamil Filming

As producer

As writer

As director

As singer

Year Song Film Composer Notes
2004 "Orunnu Onnu" Aai Srikanth Deva
2005 "Tharuveeya Tharamattiya" Chanakya Srikanth Deva
2006 "Nooru Nooru" Thalaimagan Srikanth Deva
2014 "Mugam Parthen"
"Muthamidhave Ennai"
Ilakkanam Illa Kaadhal Williams
2014 "Unnai Mattum" Sandamarutham James Vasanthan


Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Cinema Express Award
Other awards


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