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Ajith Kumar Biography, Age, Photos, Filmography and Family

Ajith Kumar (born 1 May 1971) is an Indian film actor best known by his mononym Ajith. He has starred in over 50 films, predominately in Tamil cinema. In addition to his acting, Ajith Kumar in a sabbatical, he is motor car racer and participated in the MRF Racing series (2010) in Chennai.

Ajith Kumar Early Life and Career

Ajith was born on 1 May 1971, in Hyderabad, India. His father P. Subramaniam is a Malayali Brahmin from Palakkad,Kerala. and his mother Mohini is Sindhi and is from Kolkata, West Bengal. Ajith created the non-profit organisation “Mohini-Mani Foundation”, named after his parents, in order to promote self-hygiene and civic consciousness and to help ease the problems of urban sprawl. Ajith was the middle son out of three brothers, the others being Anup Kumar, an investor, and Anil Kumar, an IIT Madras graduate-turned-entrepreneur.
Ajith was born on 1 May 1971, in Hyderabad, India. His father P. Subramaniam is a Malayali Brahmin from Palakkad,Kerala. and his mother Mohini is Sindhi and is from Kolkata, West Bengal. Ajith created the non-profit organisation “Mohini-Mani Foundation”, named after his parents, in order to promote self-hygiene and civic consciousness and to help ease the problems of urban sprawl. Ajith was the middle son out of three brothers, the others being Anup Kumar, an investor, and Anil Kumar, an IIT Madras graduate-turned-entrepreneur.
Early career

Ajith did not speak Tamil as a child and mastered it only after becoming an actor. He dropped out of Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School in 1986 before completing his higher secondary after failing in tenth standard. Aged 19, He appeared in a song in En Veedu En Kanavar (1990).

Aged 20, Ajith was selected by the Telugu film production company Lakshmi Productions, to star in its film; however, shooting was stalled soon after filming began, following the death of the film’s director. Ajith then started his film career at the age of 21, appearing in the low budget Telugu film Prema Pustakam in 1992, which remains his last direct Telugu film to date. His first Tamil film Amaravathi, directed by then newcomer Selva, was a moderate success and his voice was rendered by fellow actor Vikram. After the release and while training for an amateur motor race, Ajith suffered a fall, injuring his back and underwent three major surgeries resulting in a bed rest for one and a half years. Following the injury in 1993, Ajith played a small role in the Arvind Swamy starrer Paasamalargal, before appearing in a supporting lead role in the family drama Pavithra, which featured him as an ailing patient shown maternal affection from Raadhika.

In 1995, after playing the second lead role in the Vijay starrer Rajavin Parvaiyile, Ajith appeared in his first major success; Aasai. The film, directed by Vasanth and produced by Mani Ratnam featured him in the lead role opposite Suvalakshmi, whose brother-in-law infatuates about her. The film became a big success and established Ajith as an upcoming actor in the Tamil film industry. He later played the lead in Kalloori Vaasal, co-starring Prashanth and Pooja Bhatt. Ajith’s second successful film came in the form of National Award winning Kadhal Kottai, in which Ajith reunited with Agathiyan, the director of the earlier project Vaanmathi.  During Vaanmathi filming, Ajith and Swathi (actress) fell in love and the actress even revealed that they are going to get married soon to a Telugu TV channel, however the pair broke up and it still remains a mystery. The film Kadhal Kottai paired him opposite Devayani, with Heera Rajgopal playing a supporting role. Heera, Ajith’s then girlfriend, played a major role in shaping Ajith’s career.

After the success of his films in 1996, the following year saw a series of five classical successes, one such being Amitabh Bachchan’s Tamil production Ullaasam, with Maheswari, in which he was paid a salary of ₹2 million (equivalent to ₹7.8 million or US$ 110,000 in 2017) for the first time. Ajith returned in 1998 with another big, successful project in Saran’s Kaadhal Mannan, a “masala film”, setting the foundation for an expanding fan base. He also began acting in Vasanth’s Nerukku Ner, and was later replaced by Suriya. The following films Aval Varuvala and Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen also became successes, with the latter featuring Ajith in a guest role. Except for Uyirodu Uyiraga, which performed poorly, his other three films released in 1998 and six in 1999 were box office hits. Ramesh Khanna’s Thodarum and Sundar C’s romantic drama Unnaithedi opposite Malavika set the tone for a series of big successes.

S. J. Suryaah’s thriller Vaali, which portrayed him in dual roles for the first time opposite Simran, became one of his biggest hits during that time. The film told the story of a deaf and mute brother setting his eyes on his younger brother’s wife, with Ajith’s portrayal of the two brothers winning him his first of many awards for Filmfare’s Best Actor. Furthermore, Ajith’s portrayal of the brothers was also praised, with critics claiming that the film was an “instant classic”, with Ajith showing that he is a “talented actor”. The two following supporting roles in the drama films Anandha Poongatre and Nee Varuvai Ena also brought Ajith plaudits for his portrayals. His final film before the new millennium was Amarkalam, directed by Saran and featuring Shalini, whom he married shortly after the film. Amarkalam told the story of a neglected child who grew up and failed to show feelings of love or affection, becoming a gangster in the process, with Ajith’s depiction of his rogue character appreciated by critics.

His next, Mugavaree, won him commercial and critical praise. The film revolved around the life of a struggling music composer who faces sacrifices to proceed in his career. The film featured dual endings, one with Ajith succeeding in his career, the other with Ajith dejected. Ajith’s performance was yet again praised with critics from Rediff, claiming that “Ajith is the real winner”, drawing an allusion with the film’s script, whilst adding that “it is amazing to see how Ajith has grown as an actor. He brilliantly portrays the vulnerable and sad Sridhar”. He also appeared in A. R. Rahman’s 2000 musical Kandukondain Kandukondain, directed by Rajiv Menon. The film featured Ajith alongside prominent actor Mammooty and actresses Aishwarya Rai, Tabu and Srividya. In a similar role to his previous film, Ajith played a struggling film director facing an oscillating relationship with Tabu, with the pair being unanimously praised for their roles. After giving six straight hits in 1999, and having had Mugavaree and Kandukondain Kandukondain in 2000 as successes, Ajith had an unsuccessful film, Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven, co-starring Simran.

In 2001, Ajith appeared in three commercially successful Tamil films. Dheena, A. R. Murugadoss’s debut film co-starring Laila Mehdin and Suresh Gopi, indirectly marked the beginning of a new image of Ajith, that of an action hero that would appeal to the masses. Furthermore, Ajith’s nickname in the film, Thala, Tamil for Leader, became a new identity for the actor amongst his fans. In the same year, he was offered a role in Nandha, which he rejected. His next was the much-hyped thriller Citizen, portraying him in ten different get-ups and it became a commercial success at the box office. A role in the family drama Poovellam Un Vasam followed opposite Jyothika and was a success commercially and critically, earning a Special Best Actor Award from the Tamil Nadu State. The year ended off with an appearance in Santosh Sivan’s Hindi project Asoka, in which Ajith played as one of the antagonist against Shah Rukh Khan, which did not perform well. In 2002, Ajith appeared in three films, the first two, Red and Raja being box office disappointments, the former further building up his image as an action hero. The third film Villain, in which Ajith appeared in dual roles, one as a mentally disabled person and another as a caring brother, became successful and earned his second Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award.

From 2003 through 2005, Ajith appeared in fewer films due to his career in motor racing becoming more prominent. 2003 saw the release of his long-delayed Ennai Thalatta Varuvala and the police drama Anjaneya, both failing commercially. In that period, three successful films, namely Saamy, Kaakha Kaakha and Ghajini were turned away by the actor due to various reasons.

His next film, Jana with Sneha, also became a big failure, with the Saran film Attagasam, being his only hit in the period. The film saw Ajith portray dual roles, with a song “Thala Deepavali”, penned to promote his action image. In 2005, the failure of the Linguswamy film Ji, despite garnering positive reviews and taking a strong opening, saw Ajith take a sabbatical from acting to re-work his image. Of the five films released between 2003 and 2005, his only box office hit was Attagasam.

During 2006, Ajith returned from his hiatus by appearing in P. Vasu’s Paramasivan for which he had lost twenty kilograms to portray the lead role. The film enjoyed a moderate success, scoring over Vijay’s Aadhi, which also released in the same week, at the boxoffice. Critics from The Hindu stated that Ajith looked “trim and taut” in the film with “only his eyes seeming to have lost some of its sparkle”, following the major weight loss. Furthermore, for Paramasivan and his two other projects in 2006, Ajith sported long hair, which was being grown for Bala’s project Naan Kadavul, which Ajith eventually opted out of. Similarly, his next film, AVM Productions’s, Thirupathi, directed by Perarasu performed above average business at the box office, despite garnering poor reviews, with Rediff critics citing that the film is “anything but sensible”, but that Ajith “salvages the situation with a spirited performance”. Ajith summed up a successful comeback by the release of his long-delayed film Varalaru, which went on to become his first biggest success. The K. S. Ravikumar film co-starring Asin, portrayed Ajith in three roles, including that of a classical dancer, with his portrayals being critically praised. Moreover, the film earned Ajith his third Filmfare Best Actor Award. In 2007, media reports hinted that the actor would do a project with Shankar. Ajith’s first release in 2007, Aalwar, became a debacle at the box office, with his previous film still continuing to run in theatres even after Aalwar had stopped its brief theatrical run. Kireedam, a remake of the 1989 National Award winning Malayalam film of the same name, was released to positive reviews, with the film also becoming a moderate success. During the shooting of the film, Ajith developed a further spinal injury, a recurrence of his problem earlier in his career.

Ajith then starred in Billa, a remake of the 1980 Rajinikanth starrer of the same name. The Vishnuvardhan directorial fetched critical praise for Ajith, becoming a trend-setter for stylish art direction and cinematography in India. Billa, yet again, featured Ajith in dual roles, one of a notorious don whilst the other played an innocent person who had to act as the don, following the former’s death. After Billa, Ajith appeared in the film, Ayngaran International’s production Aegan, directed by the choreographer turned director Raju Sundaram. The film, a remake of the 2004 Hindi comedy Main Hoon Na, failed at the box office.

Following a year of production, Ajith’s Aasal, released in February 2010, taking a grand opening at the box office. The film, which also featured Ajith in dual roles, also failed at the box office despite bigger expectations.

After a second foray into motor racing, Ajith signed a film directed by Venkat Prabhu, titled Mankatha, which notably became his 50th project. The film featured him in a full-length negative role as Vinayak Mahadevan, a suspended police officer with a lust for money. His performance and his decision to portray a character with negative shade, breaking the stereotype hero image in Tamil cinema, were lauded by critics, with reviewers from Sify and Rediff terming the film as an “out and out Ajith film” that worked “only because of Ajith”. Heaping praise on the actor’s performance, the former noted that he “rocks as the man with ice in his veins as the mean and diabolic cop” and that he played “the emotionless bad man, to perfection”, while the latter wrote that practically “he carried the whole film on his capable shoulders”. Mankatha became a financially successful venture.

Ajith then starred in Billa II, a sequel to his 2007 film Billa, which released on 13 July 2012. Reviewers appreciated Ajith’s on-screen presence and stunts but blamed him for the choice of story and the director. Eventually, the film performed poorly at the box office. He starred in Vishnuvardhan’s Arrambam, alongside Arya, Nayantara and Rana Daggubati, which was released on 31 October, and earned positive reviews from both critics and audience. His next film after Arrambam was Veeram, directed by Siva and co-starring Tamannaah, which was released on Pongal 2014, which also earned positive reviews from critics. Ajith’s next film was Yennai Arindhaal, with Gautham Menon as director. Ajith’s performance as cop was widely praised with a critic calling it “Ajith’s best since Kandukondain Kandukondain”. Ajith was subsequently nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil in the 63rd Filmfare Awards South. Ajith worked with Siva again in Vedalam (2015), in which critics praised his performance. His latest project is Vivegam which received mixed to negative reviews with critics citing illogical scenes and average screenplay. On IMDb, it received a rating of 6 out of 10.

Ajith Biography

AboutAjith Kumar 
NameAjith Kumar
Nick NameAjith Kumar
ProfessionFilm actor and Race Car Driver
First Film En Veedu En Kanavar(1990)
Physical Stats
Height (Aprox.)in centimeters- 172 cm
Weight (Aprox.)in Kilograms- 68 kg
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth1st May 1971
Age (as of 2018)47
Birth Place Secunderabad, India
Home Town/StateChennai, Tamilnadu
SchoolAsan Memorial Senior Secondary School
Educational QualificationN/A
Father NameP. Subramaniam
Mother Name Mohini
Brother(s)Anup Kumar and Anil Kumar
Sister(s) N/A
HobbiesCar Racing, Reading
Marital Statusmarried

Ajith Filmography

En Veedu En Kanavar1990UnknownSenbaga RamanUncredited role as a school student
Prema Pusthakam1993SiddharthGollapudi Maruthi RaoTelugu film
Paasamalargal1994KumarSuresh Chandra Menon
Pavithra1994AshokK. Subash
Rajavin Parvaiyile1995ChandruJanaki Soundar
Kalloori Vaasal1996VasanthPavithran
Minor Mappillai1996RamuV. C. Guhunathan
Kadhal Kottai1996SuryaAgathiyan
Nesam1997RanganathanK. Subash
Raasi1997KumarMurali Abbas
Ullaasam1997GuruJ. D.- Jerry 


Pagaivan1997PrabhuRamesh Krishnan
Rettai Jadai Vayasu1997VijayC. Sivakumar
Kadhal Mannan1998ShivaSaran
Aval Varuvala1998JeevaRaj Kapoor
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen1998SanjayVikramanCameo appearance
Uyirodu Uyiraga1998AjaySushma Ahuja
Thodarum1999JayaramRamesh Khanna
Unnai Thedi1999RaghuSundar C.
Vaali1999Deva, ShivaS. J. SuryaFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Anantha Poongatre1999JeevaRaj Kapoor
Nee Varuvai Ena1999SubramaniRajakumaranCameo appearance
Mugavaree2000SridharV. Z. Durai
Kandukondain Kandukondain2000ManoharRajiv Menon
Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven2000SuryaKavi Kalidas
Dheena2001DheenadhayalanAR Murugadoss
Citizen2001Citizen, SubramaniSaravana Subbiah
Poovellam Un Vasam2001ChinnaEzhilNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Aśoka2001SusimaSantosh SivanHindi film
Villain2002Shiva, Vishnu[f]K. S. RavikumarFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Ennai Thalatta Varuvala2003SathishK. S. Ravindran
Anjaneya2003ParamaguruN. Maharajan
Jana2004JanardhananShaji Kailas
Attahasam2004Guru, Jeeva[f]Saran
Ji2005VasuN. Linguswamy
Paramasivan2006Subramaniyam Siva (Paramasivan)[g]P. Vasu
Varalaru2006Jeeva, Shivshankar, Vishnu[h]K. S. RavikumarFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Kireedam2007Sakthivel RajarajanA. L. Vijay
Billa2007David Billa, Saravanavelu[f]VishnuvardhanNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Aegan2008ShivaRaju Sundaram
Aasal2010Jeevanandham, Shiva[f]SaranAlso screenwriter
Mankatha2011Vinayak MahadevVenkat PrabhuNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Billa II2012David BillaChakri Toleti
English Vinglish2012Flight passengerGauri ShindeHindi film
Cameo appearance (Tamil version only)
Arrambam2013Ashok KumarVishnuvardhanNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Veeram2014VinayagamSivaNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Yennai Arindhaal2015SathyadevGautham MenonNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Vedalam2015Ganesh (Vedalam)Siva
Vivegam2017AK (Ajay Kumar)Siva
Viswasam2019Thooku DuraiSivaPost-production

Ajith Kumar Awards and Nominations

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

2001Poovellam Un VasamTamil Nadu State Film Award Special PrizeWon
2006VaralaruTamil Nadu State Film Award Special PrizeWon

Cinema Express Award

1999Vaali / AmarkalamBest ActorWon
2000MugavareeBest ActorWon
2001CitizenBest ActorWon

Filmfare Awards South

1999VaaliBest ActorWon
2001Poovellam Un VasamBest ActorNominated
2002VillainBest ActorWon
2006VaralaruBest ActorWon
2007BillaBest ActorNominated
2011MankathaBest ActorNominated
2013ArrambamBest ActorNominated
2014VeeramBest ActorNominated
2015Yennai ArindhaalBest ActorNominated

Vijay Awards

2006VaralaruBest ActorWon
2006VaralaruFavourite HeroWon
2007BillaFavourite HeroNominated
2007BillaBest ActorNominated
2008AeganFavourite HeroNominated
2010AsalFavourite HeroNominated
2011MankathaFavourite HeroWon
2011MankathaBest VillainWon
2012Billa IIFavourite HeroNominated
2013ArrambamBest ActorNominated
2013ArrambamFavourite HeroNominated
2014VeeramFavourite HeroNominated
2017VivegamFavourite HeroNominated


Dinakaran Cinema Awards

1999VaaliBest ActorWon
2002VillainBest ActorWon

South Indian International Movie Awards

2012MankathaBest ActorNominated

Other awards

  • TN Govt Best Actor Award – – Poovellam Un Vasam (2001)
  • Tamil Nadu Cinema Fans Association Best Actor Award – Billa (2007)
  • TN Cinema Fans Association Best Actor Award – Billa (2007)
  • IBNLive Movies Awards 2016: Best Actor (South) – Yennai Arindhaal (2015)

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