Anandaraj

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Anandaraj
BornAnandaraj
(1958-11-10) 10 November 1958 (age 60)
Pondicherry, Puducherry
Alma materM.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
OccupationActor
Years active1987 – Present

Anandaraj is an Indian Tamil film actor and politician. He has acted in villain roles in several Tamil films and has appeared in over a hundred films in different languages including Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.[1]

Anandaraj made his Bollywood debut as the main antagonist with Action Jackson. starring Ajay Devgan and Sonakshi Sinha.

Biography[edit]

Anandaraj was born on 10 November 1958 in Pondicherry, (Puducherry). He enjoyed movies from a very young age. After completing his school he wanted to make a career in cinema, but his father wanted him to become a police officer. Nevertheless, he persuaded his parents and pursued a career in cinema. Later, he learned acting skills from M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute in Chennai. After completing his training, he struggled to get roles in films, and finally, in 1988, he was signed for the role of villain in the film Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam, from where his career began to shine.

Career[edit]

Anandaraj was born and brought up in Pondicherry. A close friend of Ravindra Kumar, his father was a businessman. After schooling, he wanted his son to be a police officer, but Anandaraj wanted to try something different as he was fascinated with films. His family supported his dreams. He joined in M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute, Chennai for a course. Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar was his classmate.

Anandaraj was under the impression that offers would come his way, but later he had to struggle for an opportunity and finally started off with the 1988 film Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam, starring Prabhu and Sivakumar, where he played the role of a crook and Urimai Geetham, both becoming blockbusters at the box office, and later En Thangachi Padichava, directed by P. Vasu, gave him the much-needed break in all the four south Indian languages.[2] Thereafter, he has acted as a villain alongside most of the top actors, like Rajnikanth (Baasha), Vijayakanth (Pulan Visaranai), R. Sarathkumar (Suryavamsam), Mammootty (Makkal Aatchi), Balakrishna (Muddula Mavayya), Chiranjeevi (Gang Leader) and Vijay (Pokkiri).

Hero[edit]

On playing the hero roles, Anand Raj mentioned: "When one gets popular being a villain, people around you always push you to take the next step and it was one of those phases when I took up offers to play the lead role". He went on to play lead roles in the films David Uncle, Thambi Oorukku Puthusu, Kaaval Nilayam, Palaivana Paravaigal, Katharavan, En Rajangam, Kizhakku Veluthathchu, Government Mappillai, Pokkiri Thambi, Puthiya Aatchi and My India. Even though directors offered him good scripts, the films just didn't work well at the box office.[2][3]

Anand Raj continued: "When you are a hero, you get to do only two or three films a year. But if you are a villain, you get to sign a lot of films". He said he lost his income as his films as the hero didn't work, so he decided to play once again as the villain, as well as character actor roles.

Bollywood[edit]

Director Prabhu Deva offered Anandraj the lead in the role and asked him not to react to anything, even though a baddie is expected to give exaggerated expressions. Prabhu Deva wanted Anandraj to sport a certain look, so he underwent intense training for a year and lost about 12 kilos and fulfilled Prabhu Deva's expectation to get signed for Action Jackson. He played a don in the film and his look was completely different from the one he had tried in the south, as he spots a lizard tattoo on his head.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Anandaraj was born in Puducherry and is the second son in the family of eight. His father was an arak merchant.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1987 Thaimel Aanai Tamil
1988 Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam Tamil
Jeeva Tamil
En Thangachi Padichava Gaja Tamil
Senthoora Poove Tamil
Paatti Sollai Thattathe Autorickshaw driver Tamil
Kalicharan Anandraj Tamil
1989 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Tamil
Rajadhi Raja Tamil
Muddula Mavayya Gaja Telugu
Lankeswarudu Telugu
Ontari Poratam Govinda Yadav Telugu
Two Town Rowdy Rowdy Telugu
1990 Prananiki Pranam Bahadoor Telugu
Nalla Kaalam Porandaachu Joe Tamil
Pulan Visaranai Dharma Tamil
Paattukku Naan Adimai Tamil
Pudhu Padagan Arumugam Tamil Guest appearance
Thangathin Thangam Tamil
Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga Tamil
Periya Idathu Pillai Tamil
Velai Kidaichuduchu Baasha Tamil
Iddaru Iddare Teja Telugu
Palaivana Paravaigal Machi Tamil
Vellaiya Thevan Tamil
Namma Ooru Poovatha Tamil
Raja Kaiya Vacha Japan Tamil
Ethir Kaatru Devaraj Tamil
1991 Gang Leader Kanakambaram Telugu
Kaaval Nilayam Raja Tamil
Maanagara Kaaval Robin Tamil
Iravu Sooriyan Tamil
Moondrezhuthil En Moochirukkum Amirtharajah Tamil
Thambi Oorukku Pudhusu Tamil
Sathruvu Satya Murthy Telugu
1992 Government Mappillai Sundarapandian Tamil
Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen Tamil
Bharathan Gangadharan Tamil
Pokkiri Thambi Tamil
Kizhakku Velathachu Tamil
Thaali Kattiya Raasa Tamil
David Uncle David Tamil
1993 Kattalai Tamil
Rajadurai Mayandi Tamil
Bava Bavamaridi Bhoopati Telugu
1994 The City Malayalam
En Rajangam Gopalakrishnan Tamil
Vandicholai Chinraasu Santhanapandian Tamil
Jallikattu Kaalai Loose Gounder Tamil
Magudikkaran Tamil
Jaana Anand Kannada
1995 Baashha Indaran Tamil
Kattumarakaran Tamil
Thottil Kuzhandhai Rajarathnam Tamil
Puthiya Aatchi Marappan Tamil
Nandhavana Theru Rajasekhar Tamil
Thirumoorthy Govindan Tamil
Pedarayudu Bhupathi Telugu
Thedi Vandha Raasa Tamil
Mr. Madras Thiruttani Tamil
Makkal Aatchi Rangachari Tamil
Ragasiya Police Azhagam Perumal Tamil 100th film
Maaman Magal Paramasivam Tamil
Thondan Ilavenil Tamil
Varraar Sandiyar Maruthu Tamil
1996 Aruva Velu Alavanthar Tamil
Kizhakku Mugam Nagaraj Tamil
Sengottai Thangamani Tamil Guest appearance
Ramudochadu Gavaraju Telugu
Palegara Kannada
Andha Naal Father James Tamil
1997 Shubhakankshalu Moses Telugu
Aravindhan Ramanathan Tamil
My India Tamil
Suryavamsam Dharamalingam Gounder Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
Cinema Express Award for Best Villain
Abhimanyu Tamil Guest appearance
Adimai Changili Tamil
Janakiraman Tamil
Taraka Ramudu Gajapati's brother-in-law Tamil
Arasiyal Vikram Tamil Guest appearance
1998 Moovendhar Velliangiri Tamil
Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar Tamil
Suryavamsam Singaraju Lingaraju Telugu
Sandhippoma Tamil
Kalyana Galatta Tamil
Simmarasi Tamil Dinakaran Cinema Award for Best Villain Actor
Desiya Geetham Tamil
Urimai Por J. K. B. Tamil
Pudhumai Pithan Tamil Guest appearance
Pooveli Maha's uncle Tamil
1999 Periyanna Tamil
Kummi Paattu Pachhamalayan Tamil
Oruvan Peter Fernandez Tamil
Malabar Police Varadappan Tamil
Kannupada Poguthaiya Tamil
Kanmani Unakkaga Prathap Tamil
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Tamil
Paattali Tamil
Time Local Rogue Tamil
2000 Vaanathaippola Tamil
Vetri Kodi Kattu Dubai Job Agency's Middleman Tamil
Krodham 2 Yogaraj Tamil
Anbudan Tamil
Vanna Thamizh Pattu Rasappan Tamil
Independence Day Tamil/Kannada
2001 Seerivarum Kaalai Tamil
Simharasi Telugu
Narasimha Thilagarnambi Tamil
2002 Seema Simham Police Inspector Telugu
Varushamellam Vasantham Tamil
Ezhumalai Tamil
Siva Rama Raju Veeraju Varma Telugu
Chennakesava Reddy Dhanunjaya Reddy Telugu
Style Marthandam Tamil
2003 Aasai Aasaiyai Srinivas Tamil
Kadhaludan Tamil Guest appearance
Yes Madam Tamil
Raghavendra Ankineedu Telugu
Sena Mastan Bhai Tamil
Ice Tamil
Diwan Meenakshi's father Tamil
Vadakku Vaasal Tamil
2004 Campus Tamil
Engal Anna Durairaj Tamil
Sathyam Mambally Mukundan Menon Malayalam
Arasatchi Tamil
Giri Pasupathy, Pasupathy’s father Tamil
Meesai Madhavan Rani's father Tamil
2005 Kannadi Pookal Tamil
2006 Perarasu Kesavan Nair Tamil
Jayam Bharathan Malayalam
2007 Pokkiri Narasimha Tamil
2008 Ashoka Tamil
Vallamai Tharayo Nandita's father Tamil
Nayagan Gang leader Tamil
2009 Villu J.D Tamil
Adhineta Mahendra Bhupati Telugu
2010 Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Veerappan Tamil
Goa Village Villain Tamil
Indrasena Tamil
Agam Puram Muthuraj Tamil
2011 Doubles Pathan Malayalam
En Ullam Unnai Theduthey Tamil
2014 Mundasupatti Zamindar Ekambaram Tamil
Action Jackson Xavier Hindi
2015 Pulan Visaranai 2 Tamil
Paayum Puli Manikandan Tamil
Naanum Rowdydhaan Pondicherry Don Tamil
2016 Dhilluku Dhuddu Kumar's father Tamil
2017 Bruce Lee Shanmugapandiyan Tamil
Maragadha Naanayam 'Twinkle' Ramanathan Tamil
Katha Nayagan Dubai Sheik Tamil
Sathya Inspector Chowdhary Tamil
2018 Gulaebaghavali Munish's boss Tamil
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Gandhi Appa (Kuthaalingam) Tamil
Pakka Nattamai Tamil
Iravukku Aayiram Kangal Murugesan Tamil
Kalavani Mappillai Tamil
Vallavanukkum Vallavan Tamil Post-production
Johnny Tamil Filming
Silukkuvarupatti Singam Tamil Filming
Oodi Oodi Uzhaikanum Tamil Filming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Politics it is". IndiaGlitz. 10 June 2005. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "My wife is happy that I am a villain Anand Raj". timesofindia. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2014-11-12.
  3. ^ a b M. K. Megan (2 October 1992), "Graduating from acting as crook to hero", New Straits Times, retrieved 17 January 2013