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Born (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 28)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Relatives S. Siddalingaiah (grandfather)

Atharvaa Murali (born 7 May 1989), known mononymously as Atharvaa, is an Indian film actor working in Tamil cinema. The son of actor Murali, Atharvaa began his acting career with Baana Kaathadi (2010).[1] He then garnered critical acclaim for his performance as a youngster suffering from delusion in the romantic thriller Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal (2012), before signing on to feature in Bala's period film Paradesi (2013). His role as a rural villager held as a slave in a tea plantation became his breakthrough performance, earning Atharvaa a Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Tamil.

Early life and career[edit]

Atharva was born as the second child to film actor Murali and his wife, Shobha, on 7 May 1989 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.[2] He also has an elder sister, Kavya, and a younger brother, Aakash.[3] His grandfather Siddalingaiah is a famous Kannada film director.


After completing school, Atharvaa chose to pursue a career in films and began to undertake classes with stunt choreographers to prepare himself physically as an actor. In 2009, his father found him an offer to play the lead role in a film to be produced by Sathya Jyothi Films and directed by Badri Venkatesh. Titled Baana Kaathadi, the film launched in March 2009 and had Atharvaa pair up with fellow rookie actress Samantha. Portraying a youngster from the Royapuram slum area, he stayed in the locality for forty five days to learn about their lifestyle, while he also learnt to fly a kite for the film, canning scenes at the Gujarat Kite Festival.[4] The film, which also had Murali making a special appearance, released in August 2010 to positive reviews and his performance was praised, with writing he "makes a promising debut and he dances and emotes well".[5] Similarly a critic from added "romance is a cake-walk" for the actor, drawing comparison with his father's performances in romantic roles, though noted "his dialogue delivery is a little too melodramatic".[6] He subsequently gained recognition at the Edison Awards for Best Debut Actor, while also receiving a nomination from the Vijay Awards in the same category. The success of the film prompted Murali to begin pre-production on a Tamil and Kannada language bilingual film which would feature Atharvaa. However, a month after Baana Kaathadi's release, his father Murali died after suffering cardiac arrest. Atharvaa consequently took a break to spend time with his family, before beginning work on a different venture.[7]

Gautham Menon had previously shown interest in directing Atharvaa for a film.[8] Year later, his next release was Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal where he played a youngster suffering from hallunication, film did well and his performance was well received.[9] His biggest movie was Paradesi under the direction of Bala, for which he won multiple awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. His most recent movie was director Sargunam's Chandi Veeran alongside actress Anandhi, which did well at the box office.

Atharvaa's Eetti, a sports drama film produced by Vetrimaaran and the thriller Kanithan in which he features alongside Catherine Tresa, these films also hit well in the BO .He has also signed for new production house Kleem Entertainment's debut movie Rukkumani Vandi Varudhu opposite debutante Pooja Jhaveri.[10]

In January 2016, he announced that he had set up a production studio called Kickass Entertainment. The first film under his banner would be directed by Badri Venkatesh, who had introduced Atharvaa as an actor.[11]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2010 Baana Kaathadi Ramesh Edison Award for Best Male Debutant
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
2011 Ko Himself Special appearance in the song "Aga Naga"
2012 Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Ramachandran
2013 Paradesi Raasa Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Edison Award for Extreme Performance
11th Chennai International Film Festival - Special Jury Award
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Actor
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai Michael Prithviraj
2015 Chandi Veeran Paari
Eetti Pughazhenthi Subramaniam
2016 Kanithan Gowtham Ramalingam
2017 Semma Botha Aagatha Films that have not yet been released Filming
Rukkumani Vandi Varudhu Films that have not yet been released Filming
Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum Gemini Ganeshan Audio released (Finished filming)
Imaikkaa Nodigal Films that have not yet been released Filming
Othaikku Othai Films that have not yet been released Filming


  1. ^ Posters, Movie (2010-05-04). "Murali’s Praises For His Son Adharva | Tamil Movie News". Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Tamil Movie Baana | Adharva | Samandha | TG Thyagarajan | Murali | Karunas | Manobala - Oneindia Entertainment". 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2010-09-10. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Actor Murali in Coffee with Anu -Part 04/04". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  4. ^ ‘I wanted to become a dhobi’. The New Indian Express. Retrieved on 2015-12-29.
  5. ^ "Movie Review : Baana Kaathadi". Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  6. ^ Tamil's Kites could have been better - Movies. (2010-08-06). Retrieved on 2015-12-29.
  7. ^ "Popular Kannada, Tamil actor Murali dead". 2010-08-31. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  8. ^ "Gautham Menon considers Adharva". TamilVix.Com. Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Movie Review : Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal". Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  10. ^ "Atharvaa's Next : Rukkumani Vandi Varudhu". India Glitz. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
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