|Alma mater||M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute|
|Years active||1988 – present|
Anandraj (Tamil: ஆனந்தராஜ்) is an Indian Tamil film actor, who has enacted villain roles in several Tamil films. He has appeared in over a hundred films in different languages including Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.
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.Thereafter, he has acted as a villain alongside most of the top actors, like Rajnikanth (Baadsha), Vijayakanth (Pulan Visaranai), R. Sarathkumar (Suryavamsham), 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.
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 Anand raj, the lead villain role and asked, not to react to anything eventhough a baddie is expected to give exaggerated expressions. Prabhu Deva wanted Anand Raj 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 play 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.
|1988||Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam||Tamil|
|En Thangachi Padichava||Gaja||Tamil|
|Periya Idathu Pillai||Tamil|
|Raja Kaiya Vacha||Japan||Tamil|
|Pudhu Padagan||Arumugam||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga||Tamil|
|Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen||Tamil|
|Jallikattu Kaalai||Loose Gounder||Tamil|
|Ragasiya Police||Azhagam Perumal||Tamil||100th film|
|1998||Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar||Tamil|
|Urimai Por||J. K. B.||Tamil|
|Vetri Kodi Kattu||Tamil|
|Vanna Thamizh Pattu||Rasappan||Tamil|
|Siva Rama Raju||Telugu|
|2010||Kola Kolaya Mundhirika||Veerappan||Tamil|
|En Ullam Unnai Theduthey||Tamil|
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