|Born||July 5, 1987 (age 26)
From his childhood, Ashwin has always been a movie buff and grew up watching films of Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. Each and everyone of their movies served as an inspiration to him. Initially he was interested in filmmaking; but now more inclined towards the acting career. He would like to work with Vidya Balan in terms of actresses and Trisha in kollywood.
Ashwin went abroad to USA for education.
Ashwin initially unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. The director Gautham Menon was close to giving him the role. However, the producers insisted they place a popular mass hero as the male lead and thus hired Simbu. But Ashwin was noticed by the assistant directors of the film who recommended him to Gautham role as Arjun, the boyfriend of Sameera Reddy's character.
Ashwin Kakumanu was later signed to portray a role in Venkat Prabhu's Mankatha which featured an ensemble cast including Ajith Kumar, Vaibhav Reddy and Arjun after Prabhu was impressed with a short film which Ashwin had directed and acted. Ashwin appeared as a local Dharavi police officer, replacing Ganesh Venkatraman who had pulled out of the film. Mankatha released to critical and commercial acclaim in August 2011, with Ashwin gaining recognition for his portrayal. He was next seen in A. R. Murugadoss's 7aum Arivu in a supporting role as Ashwin, a young scientist, who helps put together a plan alongside the characters played by Suriya and Shruti Haasan. He also appeared in a supporting role in Gautham Menon's Ekk Deewana Tha featuring Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson.
|2012||Ekk Deewana Tha||Hindi|
|2013||Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara||Balakrishnan||Tamil|