Arjun Das

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Arjun Das
OccupationFilm actor
Years active2012–present

Arjun Das is an Indian film actor, who has worked in Tamil film industry. Best known for his role as Anbu in the film Kaithi (2019), he has garnered major attention for his bass-baritone voice.[1]

Arjun made his acting debut in the suspense thriller Perumaan (2012). Following a few other movies and short films, he appeared in Lokesh Kanagaraj's Kaithi, portraying the film's antagonist, a cocaine addict gang leader.

Early life[edit]

The actor has stated in interviews that he quit a well-paying job as a banker in Dubai, before moving to Chennai for cinema related opportunities. Arjun remembers himself as overweight. He lost around 36 kilograms (79 lb), which was when he decided to attempt to enter the cinema industry.[2]

Career[edit]

In 2012, he debuted in the independent film Perumaan.[3] Regarding his role in the film, The Times of India stated that "Arjun makes a confident debut".[4] After shooting for the Netflix-featured independent film and Atlee's debut venture, Andhaghaaram, Arjun Das worked with Radio One 94.3FM hosting the Drive show as a radio jockey.[5] He cites this past occupation as a form of sustenance before entering the film industry, and has often mentioned that this was where he first claimed a fan base for his voice. He has also portrayed Gopichand's brother in the Telugu movie, Oxygen (2017).[6]

Scouted by Lokesh Kanagaraj for Kaithi, Arjun was initially hesitant to sign the film, due to the importance and substance of the character. After auditioning with a scene that didn't make it to the film's final cut, he landed a role as the main antagonist in the film[7]. Quoting Dhanush as his inspiration, he claims that he is not the type to seriously prepare for any scene, however, he did conduct basic research to get into the skin of the character, with emphasis on the behaviour of drug use. He received abundant appreciation for his role and voice in Kaithi, following which he was once again roped in by Lokesh Kanagaraj for Master.[8][9][10] Often attributing his talent and fame to Lokesh Kanagaraj, Arjun has expressed his gratefulness to him for the role of Das in Master, for which he was called a few days after the commencement of shoot. His piercing glares and iconic voice in the film[11] set him aside from the rest of the varied cast, as he portrays a sub-antagonist role responsible for controlling the children of a juvenile centre with the influence of drugs.

His most recent release is the supernatural thriller, Andhaghaaram, in which he plays the lead role of Vinod, an alcoholic and smoke addict of a coach, guilt stricken of his friend's mental condition.

His upcoming films include Kumki 2, where he portrays a character with "shades of grey" and Dhruva Natchathiram, in which he lent his voice for the villain character.[10][12][13] He will play the lead in an untitled film directed by Anwar Rasheed.[14]


Filmography[edit]

  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.
Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Films[edit]

Year Film Role(s) Notes
2012 Perumaan Shakti Debut film; Credited as Arjun
2017 Oxygen Ajay Telugu film
2019 Kaithi Anbu
2020 Andhaghaaram Vinod
2021 Master Das
2022 Kumki 2 Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming
TBA Untitled Vasantha Balan project dagger TBA Filming[15]

As a Voice Actor[edit]

Year Film Actor Role Notes
2020 Andhaghaaram Kumar Natarajan Dr. Indran
TBA Dhruva Natchathiram Films that have not yet been released TBA Darkman Delayed

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date Award Category Work Result Ref.
2020 Zee Cine Awards Tamil Best Villain Kaithi Won [16]
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Villain Won [17]
2021 Blacksheep Awards Best actor Andhaghaaram Won
Behindwoods gold icon Best actor Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "When Kaithi's antagonist Arjun Das stood with his voice". The New Indian Express. October 2019.
  2. ^ "IG Office உள்ள வர Scene எனக்கே சிரிப்பு வந்துச்சு..! | Kaithi Master Movie Actor Arjun Das Interview - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Kumari Muthu to Arjun Das: Five Tamil actors who became popular because of their voices". The Times of India. 17 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Perumaan Movie Review {3/5}: Critic Review of Perumaan by Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "'Kaithi' Fame Arjun Das Joins The Cast Of 'Thalapathy 64'". 2 December 2019.
  6. ^ Jyothi Krishna (director) (30 November 2017). Oxygen (Motion picture). Event occurs at 1:19:07.
  7. ^ "How Arjun Das has become the new go-to villain of Tamil cinema, from Karthi's Kaithi to Vijay's Thalapathy 64". First Post. December 2019.
  8. ^ "Arjun Das From Dubai to breakout villain in Kaithi". Gulf News. October 2019.
  9. ^ "#Thalapathy64: Arjun Das in; Antony out". The Times of India. 1 December 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Arjun Das reveals a secret from the 'Master' trailer". The Times of India. 18 May 2020.
  11. ^ Sunder, Gautam (13 January 2021). "'Master' movie review: Five takeaways from Vijay's latest". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Arjun Das's first film as a lead will be a supernatural thriller - Times of India". The Times of India.
  13. ^ "Arjun Das to face off Vikram in Gautham Menon's 'Dhruv Natchathiram' - Times of India". The Times of India.
  14. ^ "Master and Kaithi actor Arjun Das' next Tamil film with popular Malayalam director - Times of India". The Times of India.
  15. ^ "Arjun Das to join hands with director Vasanthabalan for new film". The News Minute. 13 February 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Zee Cine Awards Tamil 2020 winners list: Ajith, Kamal Haasan, Dhanush won these honours". International Business Times. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  17. ^ "11th NTFF 2020 – Winners list of Awardees – Tamilar Viruthu – Tamil Nadu". 15 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.

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