Arvind Swamy

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Arvind Swamy
Born Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Occupation Actor, Business Man
Years active 1991–2000

Arvind Swamy is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Tamil cinema.[1] He was introduced as an actor by Mani Ratnam in the drama film Thalapathi (1991) and subsequently went on to play the lead role again in Ratnam's Roja (1992) and Bombay (1995).[2] Swamy went on to star in other ventures including the Malayalam film Devaraagam (1996) and Rajiv Menon's, Minsaara Kanavu, and Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey (2000).[3] Swamy spent a decade in businesses ranging from engineering erection and construction, international trade to global outsourcing before returning to acting in Mani Ratnam's production, 2013 film Kadal.

Early life[edit]

Arvind Swamy was born on 18th June, 1970 at Tamil Nadu.. His parents were industrialist V. D. Swamy and the Bharatanatyam dancer Vasantha Swamy. His biological father is Delhi Kumar. Swamy studied at the Sishya School and later in Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School and completed his schooling in 1987. He then graduated from Loyola College, Chennai in 1990 in business. He went to the United States to do his Masters in International Business from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. In childhood, Swamy never wanted to become an actor or join his father's business. Instead he wanted to become a doctor. In college, he used to model for pocket money.[4] When he joined the Loyola Theatre Society, he wasn't well received and asked to get off stage. Mani Ratnam saw one of his ads and called him for a meeting. He and Santhosh Sivan introduced him into the basics of film making.[4]


Swamy made his debut in Mani Ratnam's action drama film, Thalapathi, where he played a young district collector pitted against a don and his own biological brother. Subsequently Mani Ratnam signed him on to play the lead role in the 1992 political drama film Roja. Roja and Bombay won awards at the State and National Film Award functions. His performance in Bombay was called "soulful" by Time Magazine.[5] Swamy has won several awards, popular and critical, for his films.[5] In 1995, Swamy provided the Tamil dubbing voice for the adult Simba of Disney's The Lion King (1994).[6] He starred in Rajiv Menon's Minsaara Kanavu, which won four National Film Awards besides high box office reviews.[7]

Swamy semi-retired from acting in 2000 after playing a guest role in Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey and concentrated on his business interests. Swamy was director of V. D. Swamy and Company and engaged in international trade and construction. He was the president of InterPro Global and the chairman and managing director of Prolease India, engaged in transaction processing.[5] He then founded Talent Maximus a company engaged in payroll processing and temporary staffing in India.

He initially wanted to come back to films after 4–5 years, but was physically injured. The treatment took another 4–5 years.[4] After his successful treatment, Mani Ratnam called him once more to play a role in one of his films, Kadal (2013)[6] for which Swamy lost 15 Kilograms.[4]

In 2013, he provided the voice-over for Santhosh Sivan's film Ceylon.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Swamy married Gayathri Ramamurthy in 1994 and has one daughter, Adhira (born 1996) and a son Rudra (born 2000). However, the couple lived separately for seven years until 2010, when they filed for divorce.[9] Arvind Swamy continues to live with his children.[10]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1991 Thalapathi Arjun Tamil
1992 Roja Rishikumar Tamil
1993 Marupadiyum Gowri Shankar Tamil
1993 Daddy Anand Malayalam
1993 Thalattu Kuzhandai Tamil
1994 Paasamalargal Tamil
1995 Bombay Shekhar Tamil
1995 Anna Malayalam
1995 Indira Thiyagu Tamil
1995 Mounam Kiran Telugu
1996 Devaraagam Vishnu Malayalam
1997 Minsaara Kanavu Thomas Tamil
1997 Pudhayal Koti Tamil
1998 Saat Rang Ke Sapne Mahipal Hindi
1999 En Swasa Katre Arun Tamil
2000 Alaipayuthey Yashvardhan Tamil
2000 Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya Mohit Kumar Hindi
2006 Sasanam Muthiah Tamil
2013 Kadal Sam Fernandez Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Thani Oruvan Tamil Filming


  1. ^ "Mahesh Manjrekar to remake Kaksparsh in Hindi and Tamil with Arvind Swamy and Tisca Chopra - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  2. ^ Arvind Swami - Manisha bond, THE TIMES OF INDIA, September 10, 2013, retrieved October 11, 2013 
  3. ^ Arvind Swamy Goes To Bollywood Again - Oneindia Entertainment
  4. ^ a b c d Kamath, Sudhish (31 January 2013). "Return of the heartthrob". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "An Actor, and a businessman". The Times of India. 2002-11-14. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  6. ^ a b Arvind Swamy- Screen-Play Writers- Directors
  7. ^ "Southern Spice: A chat with Arvind Swamy". gulfnews. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Arvind Swami in Santosh Sivan's 'Ceylon' - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 2013-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Aravind Swamy's 'happy' divorce". Sify. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  10. ^ "Arvind Swamy to pay wife Rs 75L divorce settlement". Times of India. TNN. December 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

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