|Manoj K. Bharathi|
11 September 1976
Theni, Tamil Nadu, India
|Spouse(s)||Nandana (m. 2006)|
|Relatives||Janani Raaja Kumar (sister)|
He made his acting debut in the 1999 Tamil film Taj Mahal, directed by his father, with himself alongside Riya Sen, who was making her debut as well. Subsequently, Manoj appeared in films such as Samuthiram, alongside Sarath Kumar and Murali and in Kadal Pookkal, directed by his father, sharing screen space with Murali once again. The films, though they became box office failures, received much critical acclaim, especially the latter, for which Bharathiraja was awarded the National Film Award for Best Screenplay. He then enacted the lead role in Saran's Alli Arjuna, alongside Richa Pallod, before starring in the low budget productions Varushamellam Vasantham and Pallavan, which failed to achieve commercial success. Later, he starred in Sathyaraj's Maha Nadigan in a cameo role and did a negative role in the Telugu film Lemon.
He worked as an assistant to his father in films such as Bommalattam and noted filmmaker Mani Ratnam in Bombay. From 2008 til 2010, he worked as an assistant to director S. Shankar in his magnum opus Enthiran. Since 2007, it has been reported that Manoj was set to remake his father's Sigappu Rojakkal, but the film still remains in pre-production. In 2012, his father signed him up to replace Ameer in his production Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum, as an antagonist, thus marking a return to films after a seven-year sabbatical.
On 19 November 2006, Manoj married his longtime girlfriend actress Nandana, who has appeared in Tamil films such as ABCD and Success. Nandhana was his co-star in the film Saadhuriyan. The marriage was held at Ashirwad Marriage Hall at Kozhikode, Kerala, homeplace of Nandhana, whilst a grand reception took place on 1 December 2006 at Mayor Ramanathan Chettiar Hall in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The couple has 2 daughters, Arthika and Mathivadani.
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