Arvind Swamy

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Arvind Swamy
Swamy at the 63rd Filmfare Awards South in 2016
Born (1970-06-18) 18 June 1970 (age 53)
Years active1991–2000
Gayathri Ramamurthy
(m. 1994; div. 2010)
Aparna Mukherjee
(m. 2012)
ParentV. D. Swami (father)

Arvind Swamy (born 18 June 1970)[1] is an Indian actor, director, model, entrepreneur and television presenter known for his work in Tamil cinema and a few Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam films.[2][3] He was introduced as an actor by Mani Ratnam with the blockbuster film Thalapathi (1991) and subsequently starred in successful films such as Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), Minsara Kanavu (1997), Thani Oruvan (2015), and Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018). He made his debut as a director in the Netflix anthology series Navarasa (2021) in which his segment named Rudra (Roudhiram - Anger).[4]

Swamy also starred in other regional film industries, including Telugu and Malayalam films where he has done films such as Mounam (1995), Daddy (1992) and Devaraagam (1996). He has also appeared in Bollywood, making his appearance in Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998).[5] He briefly worked as a television presenter as the host of the third season of Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi (2012–2016) on Star Vijay.[6]

Early life[edit]

Swamy's parents are industrialist V. D. Swamy and Bharatanatyam dancer Vasantha.[7] Swamy studied at the Sishya School and later in Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, P. S. Senior Secondary School and completed his schooling in 1987.[8] He then graduated from Loyola College, Madras in 1990 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.[9][better source needed] He then went to the United States to do his master's degree in international business[10] from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.[citation needed]

Arvind Swamy wished to be a doctor. In college, he used to be a model for pocket money.[11] 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 Santosh Sivan introduced him to the basics of film-making.[11]


1991–1996: Early career and breakthrough[edit]

Swamy made his debut in Mani Ratnam's action drama film, Thalapathi (1991), 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 (1992). Roja and Bombay (1995) won awards at the State and National Film Award functions. His performance in Bombay was called "soulful" by Time Magazine.[12] Swamy has won several awards, popular and critical, for his films.[12] He has been described as one of the first few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal. He lends his voice for the Tamil dubbing version for the adult Simba of Disney's The Lion King (1994).[13] His next project was Indira (1995), followed by Telugu Mounam (1995) and Malayalam movie Devaraagam (1996).

1997–2000: Career challenges and sabbatical[edit]

He starred in Rajiv Menon's Minsaara Kanavu alongside Kajol and Prabhu Deva, which won four National Film Awards besides high box office reviews.[14] During the making of the film, Arvind Swami was critical of Menon changing the script to prioritise Prabhu Deva's role. The film eventually performed well at the box office after a slow start, with Arvind Swami eventually stating he was happy to be a part of the film.[15] His next film, Pudhayal (1997), again saw him portray a role in a film with a cast headlined by another actor, Mammootty. In the film, Arvind wore uncharacteristically loud clothes and portrayed a comedy-oriented role for the first time in his career.[15] Working on the two films meant that he missed out on the opportunity of acting in Mani Ratnam's Iruvar (1997).[15] He appeared in his first straight Hindi film through Priyadarshan's Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998) produced by Amitabh Bachchan. Co-starring alongside Juhi Chawla, Arvind portrayed the role of a village do-gooder.[15]

In the late 1990s, several of Arvind Swami's films ran into production trouble. Three of his Tamil films, Gandhi Krishna's Engineer, Azhagam Perumal's Mudhal Mudhalaaga and Mahendran's Sasanam were all stalled after completing a few production schedules. The former two, which featured him opposite Hindi actresses Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor, respectively, eventually did not have a theatrical release. Sasanam, which he worked on without remuneration, had a belated release in 2006. Two prominent Hindi films that he signed during the period, Mahesh Bhatt's venture with Aishwarya Rai, and Anupam Kher's directorial debut film co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, also eventually were dropped.[15] His final two releases before his sabbatical, En Swasa Kaatre (1999) and Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya (2000) also took several years to complete, with long delays during the production phase.[16]

Swamy eventually stopped acting in films post-2000, after playing a guest role in Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey, and opted to concentrate on his business interests. As the director of V D Swamy and Company, he continued to engage in international trade and construction businesses. In 2000, he became the president of InterPro Global, and the chairman and managing director of Prolease India, engaged in transaction processing.[12] He was in charge of operations and technology for the delivery of many processes across different verticals globally. He then founded Talent Maximus in 2005, a company engaged in payroll processing and temporary staffing in India. In 2005, he had an accident and injured his spine. He experienced partial paralysis of his leg and suffered in pain for many years. The treatment took another 4–5 years.[11]

2013–present: Back to films[edit]

After his successful treatment, Mani Ratnam called him once more to play a role in one of his films, Kadal (2013)[13] for which Swamy dropped 15 kilograms.[17] In 2013, he provided the voice-over for Santhosh Sivan's film Ceylon.[18]

In 2015, he plays an iconic negative role of Sidharth Abhimanyu in Thani Oruvan, for which he was highly praised and received positive reviews and many awards for his acting.[19][20]

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.[21][22] Later the same year, he appeared in a Hindi movie, Dear Dad.[23] The game show Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi recruited Swamy for its third season, which started airing on 30 May 2016.[24]

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.[25]

In 2018, he acted in Bhaskar Oru Rascal. Arvind Swamy does a neat job without imitating what Mammootty did in the original.[26] The film is followed by Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018). The film was released to positive reviews which also got him the Filmfare Award.[27]

In 2021, he acted in A. L. Vijay's directorial biographical-political drama Thalaivii opposite Kangana Ranaut. He portrayed the character of actor-politician M. G. Ramachandran in the film. Arvind Swami returns to Malayalam cinema after 25 years with Ottu (2022).[28]

In the late 2010s, several of Arvind Swamy's films were delayed or shelved as a result of production trouble and the actor's insistence to have his salary settled. Production on Sathuranga Vettai 2 began in July 2016, but remains unreleased following a payment dispute with the film's producer Manobala.[29] Vanangamudi was conceptualised by director Selva in 2014, with the shoot taking place in a slow manner over the course of nine years.[30] Likewise, Naragasooran and Kallapart began their shoot in mid-2017 and mid-2018 respectively, but neither film has had a theatrical release.[31][32] Other projects such as the Hindi-Tamil bilingual remake of Marathi film Kaksparsh and Santhosh Jayakumar's Pulanaivu were shelved despite entering production.[33][34]

Personal life[edit]

Swamy married Gayathri Ramamurthy[35] in June 1994 and has one daughter Adhira, born in 1996, and a son Rudra, born in 2000.[36][37] The couple lived separately for seven years until 2010, when they filed for divorce.[35][38] He was granted the custody of his children.[39] He married Aparna Mukerjee in 2012.[40][36]


As an actor[edit]


Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of films and roles
Year Film Role Language Notes
1991 Thalapathi Arjun Tamil credited as Arvind
1992 Roja Rishi Kumar Tamil Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Daddy Anand Malayalam
1993 Marupadiyum Gowri Shankar Tamil credited as Arvind
Thalattu Kuzhanthai Tamil credited as Arvind
1994 Paasamalargal Raj Tamil
Duet Himself Tamil Guest appearance
1995 Bombay Shekhar Narayanan Pillai Tamil Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Indira Thiyagu Tamil
Mounam Kiran Telugu
1996 Devaraagam Vishnu Malayalam
1997 Minsara Kanavu Thomas Thangadurai Tamil
Pudhayal Kodiesvaran Tamil
1998 Saat Rang Ke Sapne Mahipal Sharma Hindi
1999 En Swasa Kaatre Arun Raj Tamil
2000 Alaipayuthey Ram Tamil Guest appearance
Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya Mohit Kumar Hindi
2006 Sasanam Muthiah Tamil
2013 Kadal Sam Fernando Tamil
2015 Thani Oruvan Dr. Siddharth Abhimanyu/ Pazhani Sengalvarayan Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award for Best Villain — Male
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Performance in Negative Role
2016 Dear Dad Nitin Swamynathan Hindi
Dhruva Dr. Siddharth Abhimanyu/ Venkanna Chengalarayudu Telugu Nominated–SIIMA Award For Best Actor In negative role (Telugu)
Nominated–Filmfare Award For Best Supporting Actor – Telugu
2017 Bogan Aadhitya Maravarman (Bogan) Tamil
2018 Bhaskar Oru Rascal Bhaskar Tamil
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Varadarajan (Varadan) Senapathi Tamil Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South
Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
2021 Thalaivii M. J. Ramachandran (M.J.R.) Tamil
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South
SIIMA Award For Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Tamil
2022 Ottu David Malayalam
Rendangam Tamil
2023 Custody Rajashekhar (Raazu) Tamil

Web series[edit]

Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of web series and roles
Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2021 Navarasa Vishnu 1 episode as actor, 1 episode as director (debut) [41][42]


List of television shows and roles
Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2016 Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi Host

As narrator[edit]

List of films and roles
Year Film Role Language Notes
2013 Ceylon Narrator Tamil
2016 Uriyadi Narrator Tamil Narrator

As dubbing artist[edit]

Film title Actor Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year Release Dub Year Release Notes
Pudhiya Mugam Suresh Chandra Menon Major Shiva/Raja Tamil 1993
The Lion King Matthew Broderick (voice) Simba Tamil English 1994 1994
Dil Se.. Shah Rukh Khan Amarkant Varma (Amar) Tamil Hindi 1998 1998 Dubbed Tamil film title: Uyire...
The Lion King Chiwetel Ejiofor (voice) Scar Tamil English 2019 2019
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Chiranjeevi Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy Tamil Telugu 2019 2019

As playback singer[edit]


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