Daniel Balaji is an Indian actor, who has predominantly appeared in Tamil films.
Daniel Balaji's uncle is Kannada film director Siddalingaiah.
His first role was in the television serial Chitthi, where he played a character named Daniel. After the success of the show, in his second serial Alaigal, director Sunder K Vijayan, named him as Daniel Balaji thinking that he portrayed his own character in Chithi.
His first film in Tamil was April Maadhathil, followed by a role in Kaadhal Kondein. His first major role was in Kaakha Kaakha as a police officer alongside Suriya who played the leading role. The film, directed by Gautham Menon was about a squad of policemen fighting organised crime in Chennai. Balaji followed this up with another major role in Menon's next film, that of the antagonist Amudhan in the blockbuster Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu. The film starred Kamal Hassan and was a police procedural focusing on a series of murders. Balaji's portrayal of both these roles received praise.
His next film Polladhavan was also successful. He also acted as one of the villains in the Telugu film Chirutha and followed this up by playing the hero in Muthirai produced by Vision Jeeva Studios.
|2003||Kadhal Kondain||The Police Inspector||Tamil|
|2006||Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu||Amudhan Sukumaran||Tamil|
|2006||November Rain||Mattancherry Dada||Malayalam|
|2012||12 Hours||Antony Raj||Malay|
|2015||Yennai Arindhaal||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|2015||Vai Raja Vai||Tamil|
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- "Friday Review Chennai / Cinema : Living the role". The Hindu. 2006-12-22. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
- "Metro Plus Chennai / People : Villain to hero". The Hindu. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
- "Metro Plus Chennai / People : Bad, and loving it". The Hindu. 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
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