Shanthanu Bhagyaraj

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Shanthanu Bhagyaraj
Born (1985-08-24) 24 August 1985 (age 32)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Spouse(s) Keerthi Vijay (m. 2015)
Parent(s) K. Bhagyaraj
Poornima Bhagyaraj
Relatives Saranya Bhagyaraj (sister)

Shanthanu Bhagyaraj is an Indian film actor who has worked predominantly in Tamil language films. The son of actors K. Bhagyaraj and Poornima Bhagyaraj, Shanthanu appeared as a child artist in his father's Vettiya Madichu Kattu (1998), before making his debut as a lead actor in the romantic comedy Sakkarakatti (2008).[1]

Career[edit]

Shanthanu Bhagyaraj made his acting debut as a child artist in his father Bhagyaraj's film Vettiya Madichu Kattu (1998), and then worked as assistant director to his father in his sister, Saranya Bhagyaraj's debut project Parijatham (2006). Shanthanu appeared in his first lead role in the college-based romantic comedy Sakkarakatti (2008), appearing alongside actresses Ishita Sharma and Vedhika. His performance received mixed reviews with Behindwoods.com stating: "Shanthanu has to play a thinly sketched hero, but he puts energy and charm into everything he does" and that "he is more than promising- he's star material, and he'll survive this wreck".[2] Another critic at Sify.com stated that he "has that star quality to him which is so rare to find these days, but is wasted in a role in which he just romances his heroines and dances".[3] Despite having a popular soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman, the film received largely negative reviews and became a box office failure. Despite the negative reception to the film, Shanthanu was recognised with the Best Male Debut Actor award at the Filmfare Awards and the Vijay Awards.[4]

After Sakkarakatti, Shanthanu appeared in the Malayalam film Angel John (2009), starring alongside Mohanlal and Nithya Menen, as a suicidal youth who is rescued by an angel.[5] Despite the high-profile cast, the film and Shanthanu's performance received mixed reviews and it did not perform well commercially.[6][7] The failure of his initial films meant that his next projects had significantly smaller budgets and lower profile releases. His next release was his father's bilingual directorial venture Siddu +2 (2010), with the failure of the Tamil version causing the Telugu version Love in Hyderabad, to be shelved. Though the romantic comedy Kandaen (2011) received positive reviews and took a good opening, his subsequent films including the action drama Aayiram Vilakku (2011), Thangar Bachan's Ammavin Kaipesi (2012) and the courtroom drama Vaaimai (2016) received negative reviews and did not perform well at the box office. In an interview in 2016, Shanthanu revealed that poor career choices had plagued his film career and he would subsequently not take advice from his father regarding film offers. He mentioned his regret at missing out on potential projects he had been offered including Boys (2003), Kaadhal (2004) and Subramaniapuram (2008).[8][9]

Shanthanu was then cast by Parthiban to play the lead role in Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga (2017), with the director suggesting that he was keen to portray tribute to his mentor K. Bhagyaraj, by casting his son in a film.[10] The actor called the film his "re-launch in Tamil cinema" and underwent a makeover to portray the lead role of a non-resident Indian who falls in love with a married woman played by Parvathy Nair. Shanthanu won positive reviews for his performance, with a critic from The New Indian Express stating: "Shanthnu is a revelation here" and "with controlled, mature take on his role, Shanthnu displays subtle nuances of expression as Kevin travels from uncertainty and confusion, to guilt and regret".[11][12] In 2017, he will also be seen in Adhiroopan's drama Mupparimanam, where he would portray a medical student.[13]

Filmography[edit]

As actor
Year Movie Role Language Notes
1998 Vettiya Madichu Kattu Sonu Tamil Child artiste
2008 Sakkarakatti Yuvraj Tamil Filmfare Best South Male Debut
Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
ITFA Best New Actor Award
2009 Angel John Maradona Malayalam
2010 Siddu +2 Siddu Tamil
2011 Kandaen Vasanth Tamil
Aayiram Vilakku Gopal Tamil
2012 Ammavin Kaipesi Annamalai Tamil
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself Tamil Guest appearance
2016 Vaaimai Siddharthan Tamil
2017 Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga Kevin Tamil
Mupparimanam Kathir Tamil
Television
Year Program Role Language Channel
2015 Let's Dance Season 2 Judge Malayalam Amrita TV
2015 Let's Dance Season 3 Judge Malayalam Amrita TV
As singer
Year Movie Song Composer Notes
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam "Live The Moment" S. Thaman along with Venkat Prabhu, Premji Amaran, Nakul
2014 Vaaimai "Hey Naadu" Augath along with S. P. Balasubramaniam

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