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Born Anandaraj
10 November 1958
Pondicherry, Puducherry
Alma mater M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987 – Present

Anandaraj (born 10 November 1958) is an Indian Tamil film actor, who has enacted villain roles in several Tamil films. He has appeared in over hundred films in different languages including Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.[1]

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


Anandaraj was born on 10 November 1958 in Pondicherry, Puducherry. He liked 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 office.But he persuaded his parents and did what he liked. Later he learnt acting skills from M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute which is located in chennai. After completing his training he struggled hard to get roles in movie and finally in 1988 he was signed for the role of villian film Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam from where his career is begin to shine.


Anandaraj was born and brought up in Pondicherry close friend of ravindra Kumar and 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. Fortunately 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).


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 films, David Uncle, Thampi Oorukku Puthusu, Kaaval Nilayam, Palaivana Paravaigal, Katharavan, En Rajangam, Kizhakku Veluthathchu, Government Mappillai, Pokkiri Thampi, Puthiya Aatchi and My India. Eventhough 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 hero didn't work, so he decided to play once again the villain as well as character actor roles.


Director Prabhu Deva offered Anandraj, the lead in role and asked not to react to anything eventhough a baddie is expected to give exaggerated expressions. Prabhu Deva wanted Anandraj to sport a certain look, so he went 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 is completely different from the one he had tried the south as he sport 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]


Year Movie Role Language Notes
1987 Thaimel Aanai Tamil
1988 Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam Tamil
En Thangachi Padichava Gaja Tamil
Senthoora Poove Tamil
1989 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Tamil
Muddula Mavayya Telugu
Lankeswarudu Telugu
Rajadhi Raja Tamil
Ontari Poratam Govinda Yadav Telugu
Two Town Rowdy Telugu
1990 Prananiki Pranam Telugu
Nalla Kaalam Porandaachu Tamil
Pulan Visaranai Dharma Tamil
Paattukku Naan Adimai Tamil
Pudhu Padagan Arumugam Tamil Guest appearance
Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga Tamil
Periya Idathu Pillai Tamil
Velai Kidaichuduchu Baasha Tamil
Iddaru Iddare 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 Tamil
Moondrezhuthil En Moochirukkum Amirtharajah Tamil
Thambi Oorukku Pudhusu Tamil
Shatruvu Satya Murthy Telugu
1992 Government Mappillai Sundarapandian Tamil
Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen Tamil
Bharathan Gangadharan Tamil
Pokkiri Thambi Tamil
Thaali Kattiya Raasa Tamil
David Uncle David Tamil
1993 Kattalai Tamil
Rajadurai Tamil
Bava Bavamaridi Bhoopati Telugu
1994 The City Malayalam
En Rajangam Gopalakrishnan Tamil
Jallikattu Kaalai Loose Gounder Tamil
Magudikkaran Tamil
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 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
Arasiyal Vikram Tamil Guest appearance
1998 Moovendhar 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
Pooveli Tamil
1999 Periyanna Tamil
Kummi Paattu Tamil
Oruvan Peter Fernandez Tamil
Malabar Police Varadappan Tamil
Kannupada Poguthaiya Tamil
Kanmani Unakkaga Prathap Tamil
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Tamil
Paattali Tamil
2000 Vaanathaippola Tamil
Vetri Kodi Kattu Dubai Job Agency's Middleman Tamil
Anbudan Tamil
Vanna Thamizh Pattu Rasappan Tamil
2001 Seerivarum Kaalai Tamil
Simharasi Telugu
Narasimha Tamil
2002 Seema Simham Police Inspector Telugu
Varushamellam Vasantham Tamil
Siva Rama Raju Veeraju Varma Telugu
Style Tamil
2003 Aasai Aasaiyai Tamil
Kadhaludan Tamil Guest appearance
Yes Madam Tamil
Sena Mastan Bhai Tamil
Ice Tamil
Diwan Tamil
Raghavendra Telugu
2004 Engal Anna Tamil
Sathyam Malayalam
Arasatchi Tamil
Giri Tamil
Meesai Madhavan Tamil
2005 Kannadi Pookal Tamil
2006 Perarasu Kesavan Nair Tamil
2007 Pokkiri Narasimha Tamil
2008 Ashoka Tamil
Vallamai Tharayo Tamil
Nayagan Tamil
2009 Villu J.D Tamil
Adhineta Mahendra Bhupati Telugu
2010 Goa Tamil
Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Veerappan 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 Tamil


  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