Ranjith (actor)

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Ranjith
Born Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film actor, director
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Priya Raman (1999–2014) (divorced)
Ragasudha (2014–present)
Children Aadithya
Akash

Ranjith is a character artist who appears in Tamil, and Malayalam language films.[1][2]

Career[edit]

His real name is Shivaji Rao. After completing a course in acting, he made his acting debut in 1993 with Pon Vilangu. The film, directed by K. S. Rajkumar, was produced by R. K. Selvamani and he acted alongside Rahman, Sivaranjani and Ramya Krishnan. The critic K. Vijayan of New Straits Times praised Ranjith's acting citing that "Ranjith, despite his big build, impresses in his debut performance."[3] The next year, he acted the lead role in the rural drama Sindhu Nadhi Poo, the film turned out to be a success at the box-office. In 1996, he appeared in Minor Mappillai and Avathara Purushan. In 1997, he appeared in a guest appearance in Cheran's Bharathi Kannamma which was a critical and commercial success.[4] In the start of 1998, Ranjith played as an antagonist in Maru Malarchi, the film was released to critical acclaim and he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain for his role.[5] Subsequently, he was flooded with offers.[6] In the mid of 1998, he acted in the blockbuster Natpukkaga and he played the villain role in Dharma. In the end of 1998, he acted in supporting role in Desiya Geetham and Pudhumai Pithan while he played one of the leads in the low-budget film Cheran Chozhan Pandian.

Personal life[edit]

He married actress Priya Raman in 1999 and they divorced by mutual consent in 2014. Later, he married the former actress Ragasudha, K. R. Vijaya's niece, in 2014.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Role Notes
1993 Pon Vilangu Tamil
1994 Sindhu Nadhi Poo Tamil
1996 Minor Mappillai Tamil Moses
Avathara Purushan Tamil
1997 Bharathi Kannamma Tamil
1998 Cheran Chozhan Pandian Tamil Cheran
Desiya Geetham Tamil
Dharma Tamil Ranjith
Maru Malarchi Tamil Manimaran Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
Natpukkaga Tamil
Ninaithen Vandhai Tamil Vignesh
Pudhumai Pithan Tamil Mahesh
1999 Kummi Paattu Tamil
Nesam Pudhusu Tamil
Hello Tamil
Manaivikku Mariyadhai Tamil
Ninaivirukkum Varai Tamil Sada
Poo Maname Vaa Tamil
Ponvizha Tamil Velusamy
Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Naanum Tamil
Iraniyan Tamil
2000 Kannan Varuvaan Tamil
Kann Thirandhu Paarammaa Tamil
Ennamma Kannu Tamil Vishwa
Eazhaiyin Sirippil Tamil
Sudhandhiram Tamil Vikram
2001 Pandavar Bhoomi Tamil
Manadhai Thirudivittai Tamil Ranjith
Narasimha Tamil C. P. Sharma
2003 Bheeshmar Tamil Bheeshmar Also director
2004 Natturajavu Malayalam Karnan
2005 Rajamanikyam Malayalam Simon Nadar
Chandrolsavam Malayalam Ramanunni
Lokanathan IAS Malayalam Ramanunni
2006 Padhavi Paduthum Paadu Tamil
Don Chera Tamil
2007 Pasupathi c/o Rasakkapalayam Tamil Pasupathi
Thirumagan Tamil
2008 Valluvan Vasuki Tamil
2009 Munnar Tamil Karthikeyan
2010 Thambikku Indha Ooru Tamil Thirumalai
Thanthonni Malayalam Neelakandan
Gowravargal Tamil
2011 August 15 Malayalam
2012 Oru Kudumba Chithram Malayalam Varunagiri
2014 Little Superman Malayalam

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