Bharath (actor)

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Bharat Niwas
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Bharat in 2012
Bharat Niwas

(1983-07-21) 21 July 1983 (age 35)[1]
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Years active2003–present
Height1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Spouse(s)Jeshly Joshua (2013–present)

Bharat (born Bharat Niwas) is an Indian film actor, working predominantly in the Tamil film industry along with a few films in Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu. He was named as Chinna Thalapathy (little commander) in Tamil Cinema, given by the director Perarasu during the film Pazhani (2008).[2]

He debuted in 2003 in the film Boys under the direction of S. Shankar. Coming-of-age extravaganza is complete with technical wizardry, terrific music and a vivacious cast. The film was a commercial success.[3] In 2004, he first appeared in the Malayalam, the Jayaraj directed vigilante film 4 the People. Portraying one of the four protagonists, which was a musical hit and a Blockbuster in Kerala and later it was dubbed into Tamil as 4 Students.[4]In the film Chellamae, Bharath is cast as the possessive youth.[5]

He received his breakthrough in the film Kaadhal, as the first lead role in Tamil. It was a poignant love story, his performance as the naive but sweet lover was highly praised. [6]He has given several successful movies in romance, action, comedy and drama film like Pattiyal (2006), Em Magan (2006), Veyil (2006), Pazhani (2008), Kanden Kadhalai (2009), Vaanam (2011) and Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu (2013). He delivered his 25th film Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani (2014).[7]

Personal life[edit]

Bharath was born on July 21, 1983, in Tiruchirappalli.[8] He was born in a middle-class family. He later moved to Chennai when he was one month old since his dad got a job there. Bharath did his schooling from DAV. His mother tongue is Tamil.[9] His father, Srinivasan, is in the Computer Field and his mother, Lakshmi, is a housewife.[10] He has a younger sister named Preethi.[11]

Bharath is a trained dancer by profession and joined Swingers International Dance Club when he was 11 years old. He did his schooling at DAV Senior Secondary School, Anna Nagar,[11] and studied at The New College, Chennai. He's also a football fan. If not an actor, I would have become a football player, says Bharath.[12]

He married childhood friend Jeshly, a Malayali dentist based in Dubai, on September 9, 2013 in Chennai .[13] He has twin boys born on 11th of August 2018.[14]



Bharath made his acting debut in the 2003 Tamil film Boys directed by S. Shankar, in which he played the guitarist of a boy band. He was selected for the role, after Shankar had seen him performing at a dance programme "Inspirations" at the Music Academy by Swingers.[15] In 2004, he first appeared in the Malayalam film, the Jayaraj-directed vigilante film 4 The People, portraying one of the four protagonists. The film[16] grossed 10 crores at the Kerala box office and became the highest-grossing Malayalam film of that year.[17][18] The film was subsequently dubbed into Tamil as 4 Students,[19] and Telugu as Yuvasena,[20] with its Tamil version emerging a box office success as well.[16][21] Later that year, he played the antagonist role in the Tamil film Chellamae. His portrayal of Vishwa, a possessive teenager who kidnaps his childhood friend whom he is obsessed with and although she has married someone else, was acclaimed by critics.[21] It also was a box office success.[22] He played his first starring role in Balaji Sakthivel's Tamil romantic-drama film Kaadhal that featured him as a poor mechanic who falls in love and elopes with a wealthy twelfth-standard student.[22][23] The film, produced by Shankar, received critical acclaim[vague] and commercial success.[16][22] Pattiyal, a gangster thriller, was his first release in 2006. The Vishnuvardhan-directorial opened to a positive response[vague] and went to become a box office hit,[24] with Bharath garnering accolades for his performance as a deaf and dumb hitman[25] Later that year, he starred in Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu, Em Magan, Chennai Kadhal and Veyil. While Chennai Kadhal, a romance film by Vikraman,[26] bombed at the box office, Thirumurugan's family drama film Em Magan was declared a hit film.[27] He has received great accolades for Veyyil, which also emerged a commercial success and was selected for screening at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[28]

Following Veyyil, Bharath experienced a setback in his career as his subsequent releases—with the exception of Pazhani—proved to be commercially unsuccessful.[29][30] He was facing an "image crisis" as he signed up for action and masala films and went on play repetitive roles as a "larger than life angry young man", playing "small town rowdy" or "guy seeking revenge" roles.[29] Koodal Nagar, was released in 2007 in which he portrayed a dual role. In 2008 he appeared in Perarasu's Pazhani alongside Kajal Aggarwal and Kushboo, following which Nepali, directed by V. Z. Durai was released.[31] That year he had two more releases, Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu, which saw him collaborating with the Em Magan team again, and Hari's Seval.[29][30] In 2009 he acted in Arumugam, directed by Suresh Krishna and Kandein Kadhalai. The latter featured him in a totally contrasting role as a rich businessman, and became his only commercial success in two years.[32][33]


In 2010, he had a single release with Thambikku Indha Ooru which became a critical and commercial failure. In 2011, he appeared in the multi-starrer Vaanam as Bharath Chakravarthy, a guitarist. Post-release, Bharath clashed with the producer and another actor in the film, Silambarasan, claiming he did not receive as much promotion and publicity as Silambarasan's character.[34] His next film, the romantic comedy Yuvan Yuvathi co-starring Rima Kallingal, was followed by the action-masala film Thiruthani co-starring Sunaina.[35] He was also appeared in a guest appearance in Vasanthabalan's Aravaan.

In 2013, his romantic thriller film Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu released in August. The film, which was directed by Sasi, opened to positive reviews with a critic noting he "has put a lot of effort and hardwork to the role" and "is one single reason to watch the film".[36] He made his Bollywood debut with Jackpot.[37] The film was about four people who try to con one another for money and Bharath played one of them, a Goan named Anthony D’Souza from Puducherry.[38] He returned to Malayalam cinema in 2014 with Koothara. Bharath subsequently appeared as autistic youngster in a Malayalam project titled 1000 : Oru Note Paranja Katha, which garnered poor reviews on release, with a critic noting that "there are plenty of moments of real terrible acting around, and it's a pity to see an actor like Bharath strut around awkwardly, trying to pass off as a youngster with a disability, but with very little success".[39] Later in 2015 he appeared in another Malayalam movie Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi which was an experimental movie.


In 2017, He acted in Ennodu Vilayadu, Bharath is badly in need of a hit and his joining hands with Kathir for an interesting combo should have worked to an advantage at the box office. But alas writer-director Arun Krishnaswamy after choosing a fairly good idea for a plot has hampered it with a wayward screenplay.[40] Kadugu directed by Vijay Milton was a solid comeback, but the film was a average Hit.[41]At the end of the year, he appears in the movies as Spyder starring Mahesh Babu, a bilingual film directed by AR Murugadoss. Bharath plays as negative role in Cameo appearance after S. J. Surya as the main protagonist. The film was a moderate success.[42]Kadaisi Bench Karthi is released on 27 october and has received with negative reviews. It was a colossal flop.[43]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Boys Babu Kalyanam (Bob Galy) Tamil
2004 4 the People Vivek Malayalam
2004 Chellamae Vishwa Rajasekhar Tamil
2004 Kaadhal Murugan Tamil
2005 February 14 Shiva Tamil
2006 Pattiyal Selva Tamil
2006 Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu Manu Tamil
2006 Em Magan Krishna Tamil
2006 Chennai Kadhal Gautham Tamil
2006 Veyyil Kathir Tamil
2007 Koodal Nagar Suriyan,
2008 Pazhani Pazhanivel (Vellaiyan) Tamil
2008 Nepali Karthik (Nepali/Bharathan) Tamil
2008 Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu Muniyandi Tamil
2008 Seval Murugesan Tamil
2009 Arumugam Arumugam Tamil
2009 Kanden Kadhalai Sakthivel Rajasekharan Tamil
2010 Thambikku Indha Ooru Akilesh Tamil
2011 Ko Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
2011 Vaanam Bharath Chakravarthy Tamil
2011 Yuvan Yuvathi Kathirvelmurugan Tamil
2012 Aravaan Thogaimaan Tamil Guest appearance
2012 Thiruthani Velu/Thiruthani Tamil
2013 Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu Aravind Tamil
2013 Jackpot Anthony D’Souza Hindi
2014 Koothara Koobrin Malayalam
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
2014 Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani Sigamani Tamil 25th film
2015 Killadi Dharani Tamil
2015 1000 – Oru Note Paranja Katha Jikku Mon Malayalam
2015 Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi Shanmugan Ilangovan (Sam) Malayalam
2017 Ennodu Vilayadu Vikram Tamil
2017 Kadugu Nambi Tamil
2017 Spyder Bhairavadu Telugu/Tamil
2017 Kadaisi Bench Karthi Karthi Tamil
2019 Pottu Tamil Delayed
2019 Simba Tamil Delayed
2019 Kaalidas Kaalidas Tamil


2019 8 Tamil Filming[45]
2019 Akhil Kannada Filming[46]
2019 Naduvan Tamil Filming[47]


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