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Born Anandaraj
10 November
Pondicherry, Puducherry
Alma mater M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988 – present

Anandaraj (born 10 November; Tamil: ஆனந்தராஜ்) is an Indian Tamil film actor, who has enacted villain roles in several Tamil films. He has appeared in over hundred films in different languages including Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. [1]

Anandaraj made his Bollywood debut as main antagonist with Action Jackson starring Ajay Devgan and Sonakshi Sinha.


Anandaraj was born and brought up in Pondicherry and his father was a businessman. After schooling he wanted his son to be a police officer, but Anandaraj wanted to try something different as he was fascinated with films. Fortunately his family supported his dreams. He joined in M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute, Chennai for a course. Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar was his classmate.

Anandaraj was under the impression that offers would come his way, but later he had to struggle for an opportunity and finally started off with the 1988 film Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam starring Prabhu, Sivaji Ganesan and Sivakumar, where he played the role of a crook and Urimai Geetham, both becoming blockbusters at the box office and later En Thangachi Padichava directed by P. Vasu gave him the much needed break in all the four south Indian languages.[2]Thereafter, he has acted as a villain alongside most of the top actors, like Rajnikanth (Baasha), Vijayakanth (Pulan Visaranai), R. Sarathkumar (Suryavamsam), Mammootty (Makkal Aatchi), Balakrishna (Muddula Mavayya), Chiranjeevi (Gang Leader) and Vijay (Pokkiri).


On playing the hero roles, Anand Raj mentioned, "When one gets popular being a villain, people around you always push you to take the next step and it was one of those phases when I took up offers to play the lead role". He went on to play lead roles in films, David Uncle, Thampi Oorukku Puthusu, Kaaval Nilayam, Palaivana Paravaigal, Katharavan, En Rajangam, Kizhakku Veluthathchu, Government Mappillai, Puthiya Aatchi and My India. Eventhough directors offered him good scripts, the films just didn't work well at the box office.[2][3]

Anand Raj continued "When you are a hero, you get to do only two or three films a year. But if you are a villain, you get to sign a lot of films". He said he lost his income as his films as hero didn't work, so he decided to play once again the villain as well as character actor roles.


Director Prabhu Deva offered Anandraj, the lead villain role and asked not to react to anything eventhough a baddie is expected to give exaggerated expressions. Prabhu Deva wanted Anandraj to sport a certain look, so he went intense training for a year and lost about 12 kilos and fulfilled Prabhu Deva's expectation to get signed for Action Jackson. He played a don in the film and his look is completely different from the one he had tried the south as he sport a lizard tattoo on his head.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Anandaraj was born in Puducherry and is the second son in the family of eight. His father was an arak merchant.[3]


Year Movie Role Language Notes
1987 Thaimel Aanai Tamil
1988 Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam Tamil
En Thangachi Padichava Gaja Tamil
Ethir Kaatru Devaraj Tamil
1989 Rajadhi Raja Tamil
Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Tamil
Muddula Mavayya Telugu
Two Town Rowdy Telugu
Ontari Poratam Govinda Yadav Telugu
1990 Pulan Visaranai Dharma Tamil
Palaivana Paravaigal Machi Tamil
Periya Idathu Pillai Tamil
Raja Kaiya Vacha Japan Tamil
Pudhu Padagan Arumugam Tamil Guest appearance
Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga Tamil
Velai Kidaichuduchu Baasha Tamil
Vellaiya Thevan Tamil
Namma Ooru Poovatha Tamil
Paattukku Naan Adimai Tamil
Nalla Kaalam Porandaachu Tamil
Iddaru Iddare Telugu
Prananiki Pranam Telugu
1991 Gang Leader Kanakambaram Telugu
Kaaval Nilayam Raja Tamil
Maanagara Kaaval Tamil
Shatruvu Telugu
1992 David Uncle David Tamil
Government Mappillai Sundarapandian Tamil
Bharathan Gangadharan Tamil
Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen Tamil
Thaali Kattiya Raasa Tamil
1993 Kattalai Tamil
Rajadurai Tamil
Bava Bavamaridi Bhoopati Telugu
1994 The City Malayalam
Jallikattu Kaalai Loose Gounder Tamil
En Rajangam Gopalakrishnan Tamil
1995 Baashha Indaran Tamil
Makkal Aatchi Tamil
Maaman Magal Tamil
Mr. Madras Thiruttani Tamil
Kattumarakaran Tamil
Nandhavana Theru Rajasekhar Tamil
Puthiya Aatchi Marappan Tamil
Thirumoorthy Govindan Tamil
Thottil Kuzhandhai Rajarathnam Tamil
Ragasiya Police Azhagam Perumal Tamil 100th film
Pedarayudu Telugu
1996 Aruva Velu Alavanthar Tamil
Kizhakku Mugam Nagaraj Tamil
Sengottai Thangamani Tamil Guest appearance
Ramudochadu Gavaraju Telugu
Palegara Kannada
1997 Aravindhan Ramanathan Tamil
Adimai Changili Tamil
Suryavamsham Ceheemban Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
Cinema Express Award for Best Villain
Janakiraman Tamil
Abhimanyu Tamil Guest appearance
Arasiyal Vikram Tamil Guest appearance
Shubhakankshalu Moses Telugu
1998 Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar Tamil
Desiya Geetham Tamil
Pudhumai Pithan Tamil
Kalyana Galatta Tamil
Moovendhar Tamil
Pooveli Tamil
Simmarasi Tamil Dinakaran Cinema Award for Best Villain Actor
Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar Tamil
Suryavamsam Telugu
Urimai Por J. K. B. Tamil
1999 Sandhippoma Tamil
Malabar Police Varadappan Tamil
Oruvan Peter Fernandez Tamil
Paattali Tamil
Periyanna Tamil
Kannupada Poguthaiya Tamil
Kummi Paattu Tamil
2000 Vaanathaippola Tamil
Vetri Kodi Kattu Tamil
Vanna Thamizh Pattu Rasappan Tamil
Anbudan Tamil
2001 Narasimha Tamil
Seerivarum Kaalai Tamil
Simharaashi Telugu
2002 Aasai Aasaiyai Tamil
Varushamellam Vasantham Tamil
Siva Rama Raju Telugu
Seema Simham Telugu
2003 Ice Tamil
Diwan Tamil
Sena Mastan Bhai Tamil
Yes Madam Tamil
Raghavendra Telugu
2004 Kadhaludan Tamil Guest appearance
Arasatchi Tamil
Giri Tamil
Engal Anna Tamil
Meesai Madhavan Tamil
Kannadi Pookal Tamil
Sathyam Malayalam
2006 Perarasu Kesavan Nair Tamil
2007 Pokkiri Narasimha Tamil
2008 Ashoka Tamil
Vallamai Tharayo Tamil
Nayagan Tamil
2009 Villu Narasimha Tamil
Adhineta Mahendra Bhupati Telugu
2010 Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Veerappan Tamil
Goa Tamil
2011 Doubles Pathan Malayalam
Agam Puram Muthuraj Tamil
En Ullam Unnai Theduthey Tamil
2014 Mundasupatti Tamil
Action Jackson Hindi
2015 Pulan Visaranai 2 Tamil
Naanum Rowdydhaan Tamil Filming


  1. ^ "Politics it is". 10 June 2005. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "My wife is happy that I am a villain Anand Raj". timesofindia. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  3. ^ a b M. K. Megan (2 October 1992), "Graduating from acting as crook to hero", New Straits Times, retrieved 17 January 2013