Anandaraj (born May 15, 1959) is an Indian actor. He has acted in villain roles in several Tamil films and has appeared in over a two hundred films in different languages including Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.[1]

Born (1959-05-15) 15 May 1959 (age 63)
Alma materM.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
Years active1988–present


Anandaraj was born and brought up in Pondicherry. His father was a civil surgeon . After schooling, he wanted his son to be a police officer, but Anandaraj wanted to try something different as he was fascinated with films. His family supported his dreams. He joined in M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute, Chennai for a course. Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar was his classmate.

Anandaraj was under the impression that offers would come his way, but later he had to struggle for an opportunity and finally started off with the 1988 film Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam, starring Prabhu and Sivakumar, and later En Thangachi Padichava, directed by P. Vasu, gave him the much-needed break in all the four south Indian languages.[2] He did Suresh Krissna’s Raja Kaiya Vacha (1990) with Prabhu, in which he essayed a positive role. However, he appeared with Vijayakanth and starred in several films together.[3]

On playing the hero roles, Anand Raj mentioned: "When one gets popular being a villain, people around you always push you to take the next step and it was one of those phases when I took up offers to play the lead role". He went on to play lead roles in the films Palaivana Paravaigal, Kaaval Nilayam, Thambi Oorukku Puthusu, Government Mappillai, Pokkiri Thambi, Kizhakku Veluthathchu, David Uncle, En Rajangam, Puthiya Aatchi and My India. Even though directors offered him good scripts, the films just didn't work well at the box office.[2][4] The huge popularity that Anandaraj gained during the late eighties elevated him to the status of hero and he and R. Sarathkumar together starred in a few action films. While Sarathkumar hit stardom, Anandaraj who was billed above him in their films together did not sustain his position and went back to playing small roles. He has acted as a villain alongside most of the top actors, like Balakrishna (Muddula Mavayya), Vijayakanth (Pulan Visaranai), Chiranjeevi (Gang Leader) Rajinikanth (Baashha), Mammootty (Makkal Aatchi), R. Sarathkumar (Suryavamsam) and Vijay (Pokkiri).

Many years later, Anandaraj made a sudden switch to comedy in Mundasupatti directed by Ramkumar released in 2014 that had audiences falling off their seats and there had been no looking back since then. Anandaraj has become a hot favorite of young directors who write quirky characters for him which he performs with his signature style that has gained him a huge fan following in the younger generation of movie goers.[5]

Director Prabhu Deva offered Anandaraj the lead in the role and asked him not to react to anything, even though a baddie is expected to give exaggerated expressions. Prabhu Deva wanted Anandaraj to sport a certain look, so he underwent intense training for a year and lost about 12 kilos and fulfilled Prabhu Deva's expectation to get signed for Action Jackson (2014). He played a don in the film and his look was completely different from the one he had tried in the south, as he spots a lizard tattoo on his head.[2]

He joined Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara starrer Naanum Rowdydhaan (2015). Though Anandaraj doesn't play the main antagonist role, his character will have shades of grey.[6] In Maragadha Naanayam (2017), he plays a character called Twinkle Ramanathan. His other films include Katha Nayagan (2017), Sathya (2017) and Gulaebaghavali (2018). He's almost perfected the role of the comic villain.[7] For the film Jackpot (2019), Anandaraj received Best comedian from Vikatan. He played a role in Bigil (2019) has expressed his disappointment over the filmmaker for the way he approached his character in the film in post production.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Anandaraj was born in Puducherry to a Mudaliar community and is the second son in the family of eight.[9] He is married and has a daughter and a son.


Actor Anandraj is loyal to Jayalalitha and has joined ADMK under her leadership. He supported BJP and stated that he will personally vote for the party in 2014. After Jayalalitha's death he quit ADMK. He later said Mudaliar community should vote for NOTA.


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
1988 Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam Henchmen Tamil
Thaimel Aanai Johny Tamil
Jeeva Main Henchmen Tamil
En Thangachi Padichava Gaja Tamil
Senthoora Poove Udayappan Tamil
Paatti Sollai Thattathe Autorickshaw driver Tamil
Kalicharan Anandraj Tamil
1989 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Maruthupandi Tamil
Nal Valthukkal Tamil
Rajadhi Raja Kangeyan Tamil
Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata Anasuya's husband Telugu
Muddula Mavayya Gaja Telugu
Palnati Rudraiah Telugu
Lankeswarudu Telugu
Ontari Poratam Govinda Yadav Telugu
Two Town Rowdy Rowdy Telugu
1990 Prananiki Pranam Bahadoor Telugu
Nalla Kaalam Porandaachu Joe Tamil
Pulan Visaranai Dharma Tamil
Paattukku Naan Adimai Vajervelu Tamil
Pudhu Padagan Arumugam Tamil Guest appearance
Thangathin Thangam Mariappan Son Tamil
Kalyana Rasi Periyathambi Tamil
Urudhi Mozhi Johnny Tamil
Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga Kumar Tamil
Periya Idathu Pillai Anand Tamil
Velai Kidaichuduchu Baasha Tamil
Iddaru Iddare Teja Telugu
Palaivana Paravaigal Machi Tamil
Vellaiya Thevan Semmangkalai Tamil
Namma Ooru Poovatha Rajappa Tamil
Raja Kaiya Vacha Japan Tamil
Ethir Kaatru Devaraj Tamil
1991 Sathruvu Satya Murthy Telugu
Gang Leader Kanakambaram Telugu
Kaaval Nilayam Raja Tamil
Maanagara Kaaval Robin Tamil
Iravu Sooriyan Tamil
Moondrezhuthil En Moochirukkum Amirtharajah Tamil
Thambi Oorukku Pudhusu Tamil
1992 Government Mappillai Sundarapandian Tamil
Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen Tamil
Bharathan Gangadharan Tamil
Pokkiri Thambi Thambidurai Tamil
Kizhakku Velathachu Tamil
Thaali Kattiya Raasa Tamil
David Uncle David Tamil
1993 Kattalai Tamil
Rajadurai Mayandi Tamil
Bava Bavamaridi Bhoopati Telugu
1994 The City Malayalam
En Rajangam Gopalakrishnan Tamil
Vandicholai Chinraasu Santhanapandian Tamil
Jallikattu Kaalai Loose Gounder Tamil
Magudikkaran Tamil
Jaana Anand Kannada
1995 Baashha Indaran Tamil
Kattumarakaran Tamil
Thottil Kuzhandhai Rajarathnam Tamil
Puthiya Aatchi Marappan Tamil
Nandhavana Theru Rajasekhar Tamil
Thirumoorthy Govindan Tamil
Pedarayudu Bhupathi Telugu
Thedi Vandha Raasa Tamil
Mr. Madras Thiruttani Tamil
Makkal Aatchi Rangachari Tamil
Ragasiya Police Azhagam Perumal Tamil
Maaman Magal Paramasivam Tamil
Thondan Ilavenil Tamil
Varraar Sandiyar Maruthu Tamil
1996 Aruva Velu Alavanthar Tamil
Kizhakku Mugam Nagaraj Tamil
Sengottai Inspector Thangamani Tamil Guest appearance
Andha Naal Father James Tamil
Manikkam Tamil
Ramudochadu Gavaraju Telugu
Palegara Kannada
1997 Shubhakankshalu Moses Telugu
Aravindhan Ramanathan Tamil
My India Tamil
Suryavamsam Dharamalingam Gounder Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
Cinema Express Award for Best Villain
Raaja Kannada
Abhimanyu Tamil Guest appearance
Adimai Changili Tamil
Janakiraman Tamil
Taraka Ramudu Gajapati's brother-in-law Telugu
Arasiyal Vikram Tamil Guest appearance
1998 Moovendhar Velliangiri Tamil
Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar Tamil
Suryavamsam Singaraju Lingaraju Telugu
Sandhippoma Tamil
Kalyana Galatta Tamil
Simmarasi Maragatham Tamil Dinakaran Cinema Award for Best Villain Actor
Desiya Geetham Tamil
Urimai Por J. K. B. Tamil
Pudhumai Pithan Tamil Guest appearance
Pooveli Maha's uncle Tamil
1999 Periyanna Tamil
Kummi Paattu Pachhamalayan Tamil
Oruvan Peter Fernandez Tamil
Malabar Police Varadappan Tamil
Kannupada Poguthaiya Maniyaandar Tamil
Kanmani Unakkaga Prathap Tamil
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal Jamindar Tamil
Paattali Rajarathinam Tamil
Time Local Rogue Tamil
2000 Vaanathaippola Rajadurai Tamil
Mahathma Kannada
Papigala Lokadalli Kannada
Vetri Kodi Kattu Dubai Job Agency's Middleman Tamil
Krishnarjuna Kannada
Krodham 2 Yogaraj Tamil
Anbudan Tamil
Vanna Thamizh Pattu Rasappan Tamil
Independence Day Tamil / Kannada
2001 Seerivarum Kaalai Police Inspector Tamil
Narasimha Thilagarnambi Tamil
2002 Seema Simham Police Inspector Telugu
Varushamellam Vasantham Police Inspector Tamil Guest Appearance
Ezhumalai Nagalingam's brother in law Tamil
Siva Rama Raju Veeraju Varma Telugu
Chennakesava Reddy Dhanunjaya Reddy Telugu
Style Marthandam Tamil
2003 Aasai Aasaiyai Commissioner Srinivas IPS Tamil
Kadhaludan Tamil Guest appearance
Yes Madam Tamil
Raghavendra Ankineedu Telugu
Kiccha Minister Kannada
Sena Mastan Bhai Tamil
Vijaya Dashami Kannada
Ice Tamil
Diwan Meenakshi's father Tamil
Vadakku Vaasal Inspector Alex Pandian Tamil
2004 Campus Tamil
Engal Anna Durairaj Tamil
Sathyam Mambally Mukundan Menon Malayalam
Arasatchi Advocate Brammanadham Tamil
Giri Pasupathy, Pasupathy's father Tamil
Meesai Madhavan Rani's father Tamil
2005 Iyer IPS Pasupathy Tamil
Kannadi Pookal Sakthivel's Friend Tamil
2006 Perarasu DCP Kesavan Nair Tamil
Jayam Bharathan Malayalam
2007 Pokkiri Narasimha Tamil
2008 Ashoka Chandramohan Tamil
Vallamai Tharayo Nandita's father Tamil
Nayagan Gang leader Tamil
2009 Villu J.D Tamil
Machaa Kannada
Adhineta Mahendra Bhupati Telugu
2010 Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Veerappan Tamil
Goa Village Rowdy Tamil
Indrasena Tamil
Agam Puram Muthuraj Tamil Guest appearance
2011 Doubles Pathan Malayalam
En Ullam Unnai Theduthey Tamil
2014 Mundasupatti Zamindar Ekambaram Tamil
Action Jackson Xavier Hindi
2015 Pulan Visaranai 2 John Tamil
Paayum Puli Inspector Manikandan Tamil
Naanum Rowdydhaan Pondicherry Don Tamil
2016 Oru Nodiyil Anna Tamil
Dhilluku Dhuddu Kumar's father Tamil
2017 Bruce Lee Inspector Shanmugapandiyan Tamil
Maragadha Naanayam 'Twinkle' Ramanathan Tamil
Katha Nayagan Dubai Sheik Tamil
Sathya Inspector Chowdhary Tamil
2018 Gulaebaghavali Munish's boss Tamil
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Gandhi Appa (Kuthaalingam) Tamil
Pakka Nattamai Tamil
Iravukku Aayiram Kangal Murugesan Tamil
Kalavani Mappillai Thulasi's father Tamil
Evanukku Engeyo Matcham Irukku Annachi Tamil
Johnny Prakash Tamil
Silukkuvarupatti Singam Share Auto Chandran Tamil
2019 Ayogya 'Bullet' Rajendran Tamil
Gurkha Alex Tamil
Jackpot Maanasthan / Inspector Maanasthi Tamil Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award for Best comedian
Bigil Anand (Rock) Tamil
2020 Biskoth Narasimhan Tamil
2021 Vanakkam Da Mappilei Ramachandran Tamil
Dikkiloona Arivu's Boss Tamil
2022 Idiot Raasu Gounde Tamil
Cobra Laundry Man Tamil
Prince Inspector Muthupandi Tamil
Naai Sekar Returns Dass Tamil
2023 Vallavanukkum Vallavan Tamil


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  2. ^ a b c "My wife is happy that I am a villain Anand Raj". The Times of India. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  3. ^ ""Films are too hero-centric these days"". Cinema Express.
  4. ^ M. K. Megan (2 October 1992), "Graduating from acting as crook to hero", New Straits Times, retrieved 17 January 2013
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