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Born (1949-03-16) 16 March 1949 (age 74)
Years active1988–2007; 2011-2022

J. Mohideen Abdul Khadar, known by his stage name Rajkiran, is an Indian actor, producer and director, who has acted in more than 30 Tamil films.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rajkiran was born as J. Mohideen Abdul Khadar on 16 March 1949 at Keelakarai into a Muslim family.[citation needed]

Film career[edit]

Rajkiran began by producing two Ramarajan starrer films and in one of them he appeared in a brief role. In 1991, he produced and acted in lead role in Kasthuri Raja's debut film, En Rasavin Manasile which had a silver jubilee run. He won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize and the Cinema Express – Best New Face Award for his performance. He directed, produced and acted in lead role in Aranmanai Kili (1993) and Ellame En Rasathan (1995), which also had silver jubilee runs. In 1996, he acted in Manikkam which was an average grosser at the box-office. The following year, he worked in Pasamulla Pandiyare. The film turned out to be a failure. In the mid of 1998, he acted in Ponnu Velayira Bhoomi and made a guest appearance in Kasthuri Raja's Veera Thalattu. In the end of 1998, he acted in the critically well received Thalaimurai. Following a three-year hiatus, he returned as an actor in Bala's Nandha and in Cheran's Pandavar Bhoomi. Both were critically and commercial success. He has won the Filmfare Best Tamil Supporting Actor Award for his performance in the film Thavamai Thavamirundhu(2005) and the Tamil Nadu government's Best Actor award for Pandavar Bhoomi (2001).[2][3][4] Raj Kiran has signed a new project with director Karu Pazhaniappan.[5] He acted in Muni as Ghost character Muniyaandi. He later appeared in movies like Kaavalan (2011), Ponnar Shankar (2011), Venghai (2011) and Thiruthani (2012). He has also featured in many TV commercials as well. He also claimed not to do a dhoti advertisement which created a lot of news in 2015. He acted in lead role in the movie Pa Paandi in 2017. In 2020, he was debuted in a Malayalam Film Shylock with Mammootty as a role in a character named Ayyannar.


Year Film Role Notes
1989 Enne Petha Raasa Johnny Debut as actor
1991 En Rasavin Manasile Mayandi Debut as hero
1993 Aranmanai Kili Raasaiyya
1994 Ravanan Himself Cameo appearance
1995 Ellame En Rasathan Singarasu
1996 Manikkam Manikkam
1997 Pasamulla Pandiyare Pandiyan
1998 Ponnu Velayira Bhoomi Palanisamy
1998 Thalaimurai Pandithurai
1998 Veera Thalattu Pandian's father
2001 Nandha Periyavar Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 Pandavar Bhoomi Dhanasekaran Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Kadhal Virus Himself Cameo appearance
2003 Konji Pesalaam Muthupandi
2004 Jai Nallamuthu
2004 Kovil Periyasamy
2005 Sandakozhi Dorai Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2005 Sevvel Sudalai
2005 Thavamai Thavamirundhu Muthaiah Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
2007 Kireedam Rajarajan
2007 Muni Muniyandi
2007 Thottal Poo Malarum Varadharaja Vaandiyar
2011 Kaavalan Muthuramalingam
2011 Ponnar Shankar Raaki Annan
2011 Venghai Veera Pandi
2012 Thiruthani Duraipandi
2014 Manjapai Venkatasamy
2015 Komban Muthaiah
2015 Sivappu Konaar
2016 Rajini Murugan Ayankalai
2017 Pa Paandi Paandian Pazhanisami Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
2018 Sandakozhi 2 Dorai
2020 Shylock Ayyanar Malayalam debut
2022 Viruman Niraipandiyan Thevar
2022 Pattathu Arasan Poththaari

Off-screen roles[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
1988 Raasave Unnai Nambi Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1989 Enne Petha Raasa Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
1991 En Rasavin Manasile Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1993 Aranmanai Kili Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Directorial debut film
1995 Ellame En Rasathan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY


  1. ^ "Actor Raj Kiran, The Man Of Many Charms, Missing 25 Years On". News18.
  2. ^ "As success smiles..." The Hindu. 25 September 2002. Archived from the original on 22 April 2003. Retrieved 28 January 2010.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Raj Kiran back his best". www.indiaglitz.com. 3 October 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  4. ^ "'Anniyan' sweeps Filmfare Awards!". www.sify.com. 10 September 2006. Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Madhavan to share screen space with Rajkiran". chennaivision. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.

External links[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
Preceded by Best Supporting Actor
for Thavamai Thavamirundhu

Succeeded by