Arvind Swamy

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Arvind Swamy
Aravind Swamy at 63rd Filmfare Awards 2016 (South) Press Meet.jpg
Born Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma mater Wake Forest University
Loyola College, Chennai
Occupation Film actor, television presenter, entrepreneur, singer
Years active 1991–2000, 2006,
Spouse(s) Gayathri Ramamurthy (1994-2010)
Aparna Mukherjee (2012-present)
Children Adhira Swamy
Rudra Swamy

Arvind Swami is an Indian film actor, model, entrepreneur and television presenter known for his work in Tamil cinema.[1] He was introduced as an actor by Mani Ratnam with the film Thalapathi (1991) and subsequently starred in successful films such as Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), Minsaara Kanavu (1997) and Alaipayuthey (2000).[2]

Swamy also starred in other ventures, including the Telugu film Mounam (1995), the Malayalam film Daddy (1992) and Devaraagam (1996), and the Bollywood film Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998).[3] Swamy spent a decade in businesses ranging from software engineering, construction, international trade to global outsourcing, before returning to acting with works such as Kadal (2013), Thani Oruvan (2015), Dear Dad (2016), Dhruva (2016), and Bogan (2016). He is the host of the third season of Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi on STAR Vijay.

Early life[edit]

Arvind Swamy was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu to industrialist V. D. Swami and Bharatanatyam dancer C.V.S.Vasantha.[4][5] Swamy studied at the Sishya School and later in Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School and completed his schooling in 1987. He then graduated from Loyola College, Chennai in 1990 with a (B.Com) Bachelor of Commerce degree. He then went to the United States to do his Masters in International Business from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Arvind Swamy wished to be a doctor. In college, he used to be a model for pocket money.[6] In his Loyola Theatre Society, he wasn't well received and was asked to get off stage. Later on Mani Ratnam saw him in an advertisement and called for a meeting. Then he and Santhosh Sivan introduced him into the basics of film making.[6]


Swamy made his debut in Mani Ratnam's action drama film, Thalapathi, where he played a young district collector pitted against a don and his own biological brother. Subsequently, Mani Ratnam signed him on to play the lead role in the 1992 political drama film Roja. Roja and Bombay won awards at the State and National Film Award functions. His performance in Bombay was called "soulful" by Time Magazine.[7] Swamy has won several awards, popular and critical, for his films.[7] He has been described as one of the first few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal.[1] In 1995, Swamy provided the Tamil dubbing voice for the adult Simba of Disney's The Lion King (1994).[8] He starred in Rajiv Menon's Minsaara Kanavu, which won four National Film Awards besides high box office reviews.[9]

Swamy semi-retired from acting in 2000 after playing a guest role in Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey and concentrated on his business interests. Swamy was director of V D Swamy and Company and engaged in international trade and construction. He was the president of InterPro Global and the chairman and managing director of Prolease India, engaged in transaction processing.[7] He then founded Talent Maximus a company engaged in payroll processing and temporary staffing in India. He was the only actor in India who opposed fans associations.

He initially wanted to come back to films after 4–5 years, but was physically injured. The treatment took another 4–5 years.[6] After his successful treatment, Mani Ratnam called him once more to play a role in one of his films, Kadal (2013)[8] for which Swamy dropped 15 kilograms.[6]

In 2013, he provided the voice-over for Santhosh Sivan's film Ceylon.[10] In 2015, he acted in a now iconic negative role of Sidharth Abhimanyu in Thani Oruvan, for which he was highly praised and received positive reviews for his acting.

In 2016, he reprised the same role in Telugu in the film Dhruva with Ram Charan, a remake of Thani Oruvan for which he got a lot of appreciation from the Telugu audience.

The popular game show Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi recruited Swamy for its third season, which started airing on 30 May 2016.

In 2017, he did the title role of Bogan, co starring Jayam Ravi, for which he again got an outstanding response from the critics and the audience.

Personal life[edit]

Swamy married Gayathri Ramamurthy in 1994 and has one daughter Adhira Swamy, born in 1996 and a son Rudra Swamy, born in 2000. The couple lived separately for seven years until 2010, when they filed for divorce.[11] He is married to Aparna Mukerjee, a lawyer, since 2012. Arvind Swamy continues to live with his children.[12]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1991 Thalapathi Arjun Tamil
1992 Roja Rishi Kumar Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
1992 Daddy Anand Malayalam
1993 Thalattu Kuzhanthai Tamil
1993 Marupadiyum Gowri Shankar Tamil
1994 Paasamalargal Raj Tamil
1994 Duet Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
1995 Bombay Shekhar Tamil
1995 Indira Thiyagu Tamil
1995 Mounam Kiran Telugu
1996 Devaraagam Vishnu Malayalam
1997 Minsaara Kanavu Thomas Tamil
1997 Pudhayal Koti Tamil
1998 Saat Rang Ke Sapne Mahipal Hindi
1999 En Swasa Katre Arun Tamil
2000 Alaipayuthey Ram Tamil Guest appearance
2000 Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya Mohit Kumar Hindi
2006 Sasanam Muthiah Tamil
2013 Kadal Sam Fernando Tamil
2015 Thani Oruvan Siddharth Abimanyu
(Pazhani Sengalvarayan)
Tamil Edison Award Best Actor in a Negative Role
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
2016 Dear Dad Nitin Swaminathan Hindi
2016 Dhruva Siddharth Abimanyu
2017 Bogan Aadhithya Tamil
2017 Sathuranga Vettai 2 Tamil Filming
2017 Vanangamudi Tamil Filming
2017 Bhaskar Oru Rascal Tamil Filming
2017 Naragasooran Tamil Pre-production


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