Arun Vijay (born 19 November 1977), formerly known as Arun Kumar, is an Indian film actor. He is the only son of veteran film actor Vijayakumar and has been active in the Tamil film industry since 1995.

Arun Vijay
Actor Arun Vijay at Vaa Press Meet.jpg
Actor Arun Vijay at Vaa Press Meet
Born (1977-11-19) 19 November 1977 (age 42)
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Aarathi Mohan
RelativesKavitha Vijayakumar (Sister)
Dr. Anitha Vijayakumar (Sister)
Vanitha Vijayakumar (Half-sister)
Preetha Vijayakumar (Half-sister)
Sridevi Vijaykumar (Half-sister)
Manjula Vijayakumar (Step-mother)

Early lifeEdit

Arun Vijay was born as the only son to actor Vijayakumar and his first wife Muthukannu. He studied at Don Bosco Maticulation Higher Secondary School, Egmore. After completing his schooling, Arun joined Loyola college for his higher studies.

His two elder sisters are Kavitha, who has acted in a single film, Coolie,[1] and Anitha. Their step mother was actress Manjula Vijayakumar, who played lead roles in over 100 films in the 1970s, while his half-sisters Vanitha, Preetha and Sridevi have also appeared in several films.

Personal LifeEdit

In 2006, Arun Vijay married Aarathi, daughter of film producer Dr. N. S. Mohan and a post-graduate in Psychology,[2][3] with whom he has a daughter, Purvi and a son, Arnav Vijay. In 2010, Kavitha’s daughter Hasini, married N. S. Mohan's son Hemanth, who is a co-producer of Feather Touch Entertainments and has also acted alongside Arun Vijay in Malai Malai.[1][4]



Arun Vijay had a desire towards acting since childhood. He had developed a strong interest by watching his father during film shoots. In order to achieve his goal of becoming an actor, Arun's father encouraged him to join classes for extracurricular activities such as dancing, swimming, skating and horse-riding. Arun started getting film offers when he was in tenth grade but his father wanted him to complete his schooling before acting in films.[5]

Arun Vijay signed on for an A. R. Rahman musical titled Love Story to be his acting debut, but the delay of that project meant that he accepted Anbalaya Films' offer of Sundar C's Murai Mappillai (1995).[6] Arun was just 18 years old when he had signed to act in Murai Mapillai. This made him one of the youngest actors to debut as a hero in the Tamil film industry. Murai Mapillai had a star cast which included actors like Manivannan, K. Prabakaran, Kalaranjini, Goundamani and Senthil. The film was released on December 1995. Arun was praised for his dance and fight sequences in the movie.

In 1996, Arun's second film Priyam was released. The film's music was composed by Vidyasagar. The songs became a huge hit among the Tamil audience especially the song "Dilruba Dilruba" It was one of the top songs in 1996 and was choreographed well in the movie. It proved that Arun was a versatile dancer.

Following Priyam's release, Arun signed for two films Kathirunda Kadhal and Ganga Gowri under Ganga Gowri Productions. Both the films were released in 1997.[7][8] Kathirunda Kadhal was Arun's first film with Suvalakshmi.

In 1998, Arun had the opportunity to play the lead role in director Balasekaran's film Thulli Thirintha Kaalam. The film was produced by Kavithalayaa Productions, a company owned by K.Balachander. The film was a commercial success and was later remade in Telugu with a different cast.[9]...

In 2000, Arun featured in two films, Kannaal Pesavaa and Anbudan. Kannaal Pesavaa released in August and it was Arun's second film with actors Suvalakshmi, Goundamani and Senthil. Following Anbudan released in November, the film had two heroines Meena and Rambha.[10] The film had a unique story line but failed to make it big in the box office because of poor marketing and publicity due to budget restraints.[11] Arun's acting was later appreciated when the film was telecast on Raj TV.

In 2001, Arun played the role of a civil engineer in Pandavar Bhoomi, the film was directed by Cheran. Pandavar Bhoomi was the first movie in which Arun and his father Vijayakumar had acted together. Vijayakumar played the role of Arun's father in the movie. The film was a success in the box office. The film proved Arun's potentials and it had won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Second Prize) in 2001.[12]


Arun's next film was Mutham (2002). The film was initially titled Muthamidalamma but had to be changed to Mutham after the censor screening. It was directed by S.A. Chandrasekhar and was the first film to be shot using digital cinematography in tamil cinema.[13][14] He had a special appearance in Iyarkai (2003), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.

Arun acted in director Ramesh Selvan's Jananam (2004). Arun toiled hard for his role. He had high hopes for this film as the film had a very good story line but it had to go through a lot of problems during the production period. Firstly, the film's heroine Priyanka Trivedi could not fulfill her scheduled commitments in the film as she got married in 2003,[15] the producer was not able to change the heroine as they had already filmed major portions of the film, this resulted in the film being released without a proper screenplay and an edited story line. The producer then had a huge loss and was not able to release the film despite having a scheduled release date.[16] After encountering all these difficulties, It failed to make a mark, despite Arun's good acting as the screenplay was not good and the story was incomplete.[17] However, critics appreciated Arun's acting in the movie.[18] Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu (2006), Thavam (2007) and Vedha (2008) are other releases but did not have an impact.[19][20][21]


In October 2006, he had changed his name from Arunkumar to Arun Vijay, hoping that a new name would bring better luck for him.[22] In 2009, Arun Vijay opted against starring in low budget films and opted to collaborate with his father-in-law's production house Feather Touch Entertainment for his future projects. The first venture, Malai Malai (2009) directed by A. Venkatesh, became a commercial success. While the next film, Maanja Velu (2010) by the same team, was also a success. He then appeared in Magizh Thirumeni's action-thriller, Thadaiyara Thaakka (2012), marking a move away from his previous two masala films. The film, which featured Mamta Mohandas alongside Arun Vijay, became a super hit.

In spite of being a very talented actor Arun vijay had to wait for 17 years to get recognized as a good hero in Tamil film industry.[23][24] Arun's talent and hard work was finally recognized by a wider audience.[24]

Arun starred in Yennai Arindhaal (2015) with actor Ajith Kumar. It was also Arun's first film with director Gautham Menon. Arun played the role of Victor, an antagonist in the film. In order to enhance the character of Victor, Arun said that he had worked at the gym for more than 6 hours a day. He was also on a high protein diet. Arun's efforts proved to be fruitful as he was well appreciated by Ajith Kumar and Gautham Menon for his dedication and hard work.[25] Arun's performance had an overwhelming response from the audience. The same year, he debuted in Telugu through the film Bruce Lee - The Fighter (2015) as the lead antagonist. He also made his Kannada debut as the lead antagonist through the movie Chakravyuha in 2016.[26][27] Kuttram 23 (2017), was a success at the box office.[28] His next movie was Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018), which was directed by Mani Ratnam.[29]

In 2019, Arun acted in Thadam, an action-crime thriller. Arun played a dual role in this film, a first in his career. This was also the second film where Arun Vijay and Magizh Thirumeni joined hands after Thadaiyara Thaakka.[30] The film was loosely based on various real-life crimes where the suspects are identical twins. Thadam's biggest strength was Arun Vijay's convincing performance as Kavin and Ezhil. Though the brothers looked similar, Arun showed a distinct body language and a unique dialogue delivery for the two characters.[31] Then the action thriller film, Saaho. Prabhas was the hero while Arun Vijay play in a pivotal role.[32]


On September 1, 2015 Arun launched his own production company In Cinemas Entertainment (ICE).[33] Arun had said that he had launched this company to identify and provide an opportunity to ambitious and talented youngsters.[34] Arun's first production venture was Kuttram 23 (2017), a medical crime thriller directed by Arivazhagan. Arun acted as a police officer for the first time in his career. The film was Arun's 23rd film and was expected to release during the Pongal festival but the producers were not able to get enough theaters to screen the film due to the release of Bairavaa.[35][36] The film was then postponed to release on March 3, 2017.[37] The film had a special screening for distributors before the release. Screening films for distributors was the norm in the Tamil film industry a couple of decades ago but this tradition gradually faded and films were bought by distributors based on the actor's star value.[38] Kuttram 23 was released on March 3, 2017 and had positive reviews from critics and the audience.[39]



  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
1995 Murai Mappillai Raja Sundar C. Tamil Credited as Arun Kumar
1996 Priyam Arimath N. Pandian
1997 Kathirunda Kadhal Mayilsamy Vijeshwaran
Ganga Gowri Shiva Madheswaran
1998 Thulli Thirintha Kalam Ashok Balasekaran
2000 Kannaal Pesavaa Arun M. Raaj Khanna
Anbudan Sathya T. Indrakumar
2001 Pandavar Bhoomi Tamizharasan Cheran
2002 Mutham Bharath S. A. Chandrasekhar
2003 Iyarkai Mukundan S. P. Jananathan Cameo appearance; Credited as Arun Kumar
2004 Jananam Surya Ramesh Selvan Credited as Arun Kumar
2006 Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu Prem Vijay Milton Cameo appearance; Credited as Arun Kumar
2007 Thavam Subramaniam Sakthi Paramesh
2008 Vedha Vijay R. Nithyakumar
2009 Malai Malai Vetrivel A. Venkatesh
2010 Thunichal Shiva Majith
Maanja Velu Velu A. Venkatesh
2012 Thadaiyara Thaakka Selva Magizh Thirumeni
2015 Yennai Arindhaal Victor Manohar Gautham Menon
Bruce Lee Deepak Raj Srinu Vaitla Telugu
2016 Chakravyuha Omkar M. Saravanan Kannada
2017 Kuttram 23 ACP Vetrimaaran IPS Arivazhagan Venkatachalam Tamil
2018 Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Thyagarajan Mani Ratnam
2019 Thadam Ezhil/Kavin Magizh Thirumeni 25th Movie
Saaho Vishwank Roy Sujeeth Hindi
2020 Agni Siragugal Ranjith Naveen Tamil Filming
Mafia: Chapter 1 Aryan Karthick Naren Post-Production
Vaa Deal Vetrivel Rathina Siva Awaiting release
Boxer TBA Vivek Filming
Sinam R. Pari Venkat SI G. N. R. Kumaravelan Filming
AV 31 TBA Arivazhagan Venkatachalam Pre-Production [40]


Year Film Song Composer Notes
2012 Thadaiyara Thaakka "Poondamalli Thaan" Thaman Sung only hummings

Awards and nominationsEdit

Arun Vijay awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. Awards in certain categories do not have prior nominations and only winners are announced by the jury. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2016 Edison Awards Edison Award for Best Villain Yennai Arindhaal Won
South Indian International Movie Awards SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Won
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Villain Won
Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil Nominated
2017 South Indian International Movie Awards SIIMA Award for Best Actor In A Negative Role Chakravyuha Nominated


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  11. ^ "Anbudan-Cautious moves". The Hindu. 19 April 2002.
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  13. ^ "Digital does it". The Hindu. 26 August 2002.
  14. ^ "A digital take". The Hindu. 2 May 2014.
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  35. ^ "Its huge!!! Six Tamil films to release for Pongal festival". 17 December 2016.
  36. ^ "Will 'Bairavaa' do for Parthiban, what 'Anjaan' did & Films backing out due to Bairavaa release". 13 January 2017.
  37. ^ "Kuttram 23, a film for everyone". 25 February 2017.
  38. ^ "Game changers?". The Hindu. 3 March 2017.
  39. ^ "Kuttram 23 movie review: Vijay stars in a wonderfully taut Sherlockian mystery". 3 March 2017.
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