Manoj Bharathiraja

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Manoj K. Bharathi
Born Manoj Bharathiraja
(1976-09-11) 11 September 1976 (age 40)
Theni, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1999–2005
Spouse(s) Nandana (m. 2006)
Parent(s) P. Bharathiraja
Relatives Janani Raaja Kumar (sister)

Manoj K. Bharathi (born 11 September 1976 as Manoj Bharathiraja) is a Tamil film actor. He has starred in several films, and is most noted as the son of director Bharathiraja.


Before becoming an actor in the Tamil film industry, Manoj worked as an assistant actor. He did a course in Theatre arts at the University of South Florida.[1]

He made his acting debut in the 1999 Tamil film Taj Mahal, directed by his father himself alongside Riya Sen, who made her debut as well. Subsequently Manoj appeared in films like Samuthiram alongside Sarath Kumar and Murali and Kadal Pookkal, directed by his father, sharing screen space with Murali once again. The films, though 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 low budget productions, Varushamellam Vasantham and Pallavan, which all 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.[2]

He worked as an assistant to his father in films like 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.[3] 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 antagonist,thus marking a return to films after a seven-year sabbatical.

Personal life[edit]

On 19 November 2006, Manoj married his longtime girlfriend actress Nandana, who has appeared in Tamil films as ABCD and Success.[4] 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.[5] The couple have 2 daughters, Arthika and Mathivadani.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Taj Mahal Maayan
2001 Samudhiram Chinnarasu
Kadal Pookkal Peter
Alli Arjuna Arivazhagan
2002 Varushamellam Vasantham Raja
2003 Pallavan Pallavan
Eera Nilam Duraisamy
2004 Maha Nadigan Muthu
2005 Saadhuriyan
2013 Annakodi Sadayan
2015 Baby Shiva
Kathirvel Kaakha Velraj
2016 Vaaimai Manibarathi


  1. ^ "Profile of Manoj K Bharathi". Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Close to nature". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2006-03-03. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Manoj joins Director Shankar as an assistant director". Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Manoj-Nandana get married in Kerala". Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Bharathiraja's son passes love test". Retrieved 2009-08-25. 

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