July 14, 1954 
New Delhi, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Other names||Supreme Star,Super Hero|
|Occupation||Journalist, film actor, politician, body builder|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Political party||All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi(AISMK)|
Sarathkumar Ramanathan (born 14 July 1954) is an Indian journalist, film actor, politician, body builder and the president of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association, popularly known as Supreme Star among his fans and well wishers. Sarath has acted in about 130 films over a period of more than a couple of decades. He started his career in Tamil cinema playing 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 three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South. In 2007 he began 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 present Member of Legislative Assembly(MLA) of Tenkasi constituencyTenkasi. He has been elected as President of the South Indian Film Artistes Association for the third consecutive term.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Journalist
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Early Political Career
- 5 Political Party (Leader & Founder)
- 6 Party flag
- 7 Legislative career : 2011 Assembly elections
- 8 Acting career
- 9 Filmography
- 10 Awards
- 11 References
- 12 External links
He was born on July 14, 1954 to M. Ramanathan and Pushpa Leela in New Delhi and has a sister named Mallika Ramanathan. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from The New College in Chennai, Sarathkumar Ramanathan started his career as a journalist before achieving stardom in the movie industry.
R. Sarathkumar started his career as a delivery boy with the Tamil daily Dinakaran at Bangalore. He rode a bicycle and delivered newspapers. That experience, as he recalls, spawned a deep-rooted desire in him to become a full-fledged journalist. Fulfilling that desire, he is now the Founder & 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,” says Sarath. From such humble beginnings, he has learnt to live an inspired life, and is the strong leader that society needs.
Sarath Kumar is married to Raadhika Sarathkumar who is also an actress in South Indian Cinema. He has 3 children. His two daughters Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Pooja were born to his first wife Chaya. A son named Rahul born in 2004 to his second wife Raadhika Sarathkumar and has a step daughter named Rayanne Hardy born to his wife Raadhika from a previous marriage.
Early Political Career
In 1996, Sarath Kumar entered politics joining the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). In 1998, Kalaignar 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 40 seats it swept in 1996. Even though DMK lost badly in many constituencies, Sarathkumar was defeated by Kadambur R. Janarthanan by a margin of only 6000 votes. In 2002, the party made him a Rajya Sabha member, but left a few years later before the 2006 Assembly elections to join the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam along with his wife Raadhika Sarathkumar. owing to differences with DMK Leader M. Karunanidhi's family members.His wife Radhika Sarathkumar was dismissed from AIADMK for anti party activities in October 2006. He also quit from AIADMK in November 2006 quoting his workload in Cine industry as a reason.
Political Party (Leader & Founder)
All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK Party) (Tamil: அகில இந்திய சமத்துவ மக்கள் கட்சி) is a Tamil political party in India, based amongst the Tamil people. The party founder and president is actor Sarath Kumar. Kumar was part of DMK in his early political career and then joined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Later he quit AIADMK and he started his own political party, the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi on 31 August 2007..In 2011 Assembly elections, It contested as part of the AIADMK alliance and won in two assembly constituencies - Tenkasi and Nanguneri. Sarathkumar won from Tenkasi and Ernavur A. Narayanan won from Nanguneri. C.Raja (Regional Head,Chennai). In just before 2011 Assembly elections he joined in ADMK alliance and his party was allotted two seats. He won election in the Tenkasi Constituency in 2011 Assembly elections.
|All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi|
|Ideology||KAMARAJAR" Rule In Tamilnadu|
|Alliance||All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam In 2011|
|Politics of India
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Legislative career : 2011 Assembly elections
R. Sarathkumar made his acting debut, in 1986, in the Telugu film Samajamlo Sthree at the behest of a producer friend. In 1988, he acted as a police officer in the Tamil film Kan Simittum Neram, directed by Kalaivanan Kannadasan, which he produced with his partner M. Santhanam, he co-starred with Karthik and Ambika. In 1990, he teamed up for the second time with Kalaivanan Kannadasan for the film Mr. Karthik which flopped at the box office. R. Sarathkumar was later 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 the Cinema Express Award for Best Villain for his role and created him more film offers. Thereafter, he appeared more in villain roles (Pudhu Padagan, Velai Kidaichuduchu, Raja Kaiya Vacha) than in supporting roles (Salem Vishnu). Puriyaadha Pudhir marked the first collaboration of Sarathkumar and K. S. Ravikumar. He also acted his first as hero in Palaivana Paravaigal under Sendhilnathan's direction, who gave at that time consecutive hits. The following year (1991), he acted in 12 Tamil films and 3 Telugu films, mostly in supporting roles but he continued to act few films as villain. That year, he also acted as hero in Archana I. A. S, Senthilnathan's crime film Kaaval Nilayam and K. S. Ravikumar's rural drama film Cheran Pandiyan, the latter two were commercially successful.
In start of 1992, he acted in Senthilnathan's Ilavarasan alongside Sukanya, Erode Soundar'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. Subsequently, Sarathkumar was catapulted to fame, his fan base was growing exponentially and he became selective in accepting new assignments. Soon, he was in competition with "Puratchi Kalaignar" Vijayakanth. In the end of 1992, he acted in the action film Thai Mozhi co-starring Vijayakanth and Mohini, Ellaichamy, 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.
In the start of 1993, he acted in Adhityan co-starring Sukanya and Pandiarajan and in Dasarathan, produced by Mani Ratnam and S. Sriram. Adhityan was released to negative reviews, while the much-hyped Dasarathan failed at the box-office. 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. 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". His 1992's Telugu film Agreement was dubbed into Tamil as Idhayam Ullavan and fetched highly negative reviews upon release. Malini Mannath criticised his choice of scripts and films. That year, Sarathkumar could not accept the 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.
In the start of 1994, he worked in Aranmanai Kaavalan and in the 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. In the mid of 1994, he acted in Namma Annachi in a triple role, in Manojkumar's Rajapandi and he appeared in a guest role for Pavithran's venture, Indhu. Namma Annachi and Rajapandi were released to unfavourable reviews. 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 and Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. 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 Veluchamy, P. Vasu's Coolie, Nadodi Mannan and the crime film Ragasiya Police. Veluchamy opened to favourable reviews with K. Vijiyan of New Straits Times claiming "Sarathkumar shows more maturity with his acting". The four films were commercial failures. In 1996, he acted in A. Venkatesh's first film Mahaprabhu. The film turned out to be a hit. 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. His next venture Suryavamsham directed by Vikraman and produced by R. B. Choudary was a blockbuster. He played a dual role in the film and won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Tamil for the second time. 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. In 1999, he acted in Chinna Durai, Oruvan, a remake of the Telugu film Auto Driver, and 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. 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. 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, 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. However, his second film Paarai, remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Mahayanam, directed by K. S. Ravikumar was an average grosser. His third film was Diwan, directed by Suryaprakash who previously directed the successful Maayi. His performance was praised by critics. In the start of 2004, he acted in action films Chatrapathy and Gambeeram, both were average grosser. In the making for the last five years, Maanasthan was released to average reviews. 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.
In 2005, he starred in Hari's Ayya alongside newcomer Nayantara. The film was released on the Pongal weekend to positive reviews and did average business at the box office. Sarathkumar's performance fetched to very positive reviews with a reviewer citing that "another splendid performance from Sarathkumar". 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. He signed up for Khaki and shooting was in progress. Sarathkumar tonsured his head but the film was dropped for some reason. 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". Sarathkumar signed up for a Malayalam film, Vaitheeswaran, 1977 and a film directed by K. S. Ravikumar. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. In early 2010, he acted in his first Malayalam film The Metro as a solo hero, which bombed at the Kerala box office. He appeared in Christian Brothers directed by Joshiy, starring alongside Mohanlal, Dileep, and Suresh Gopi. The film was a blockbuster. 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. In 2012, he played in lead role in the Malayalam film Achante Aanmakkal as an IPS officer. He then starred in his first Kannada film Saarathi which was a blockbuster, followed by the Telugu film Genius. The next year, he played the role of a police officer in the Kannada film Myna. His next venture Chennaiyil Oru Naal, remake of the Malayalam hit film Traffic and co-produced by his wife Raadhika Sarathkumar, he played the role of a traffic police commissioner. The film became a critical and commercial success.
|2009||Pazhassi Raja||Edachena Kunkan||Asianet Special Honour Jury Award
Vanitha Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2010||Oridathoru Postman||Yasin Mubarak|
|2011||The Metro||Jacob Alexander|
|Christian Brothers||Andrews Bandra|
|2013||Asha Black||Anwar Ali|
|Stuartpuram Police Station|
|2005||Bunny||Bhupathi Raja||Guest appearance|
- Kan Simittum Neram (1988)
- Thalaimagan (2006)
- Jaggubhai (2010)
- Chennaiyil Oru Naal (2013)
- Pulivaal (2013)
- 1990 – Cinema Express Award for Best Villain – Tamil for Pulanvisaranai
- 1994 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for Nattamai
- 1994 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for Nattamai
- 1997 – M.G.R. Award
- 1997 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for Suryavamsam
- 1998 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for Natpukkaga
- 1998 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor for Natpukkaga
- 2009 - Vanitha Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor for Pazhassi Raja
- 2011 - SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Kanchana
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