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Arvind Swamy is an Indian film actor, model, entrepreneur and television presenter known for his work in Tamil cinema.[1][2] He was introduced as an actor by Mani Ratnam with the film Thalapathi (1991) and subsequently starred in successful films such as Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), Minsaara Kanavu (1997) Thani Oruvan (2015), Bogan (2017) and Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018).

Arvind Swamy
Aravind Swamy at 63rd Filmfare Awards 2016 (South) Press Meet.jpg
Arvind Swamy at the 63rd Filmfare Awards South
Alma materWake Forest University
Loyola College, Chennai
OccupationFilm actor, television presenter, entrepreneur, singer, producer
Years active1991–2006,
Spouse(s)Gayathri Ramamurthy
Aparna Mukherjee
ChildrenAdhira (b.1996)
Rudra (b.2000)

Swamy also starred in other regional film industries, including Telugu and Malayalam films where he has done films such as Mounam (1995), Daddy (1992) and Devaraagam (1996). He has also appeared in Bollywood, making his appearance in Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998).[3] Swamy spent a decade in businesses ranging from software engineering, construction, international trade to global outsourcing, before returning to act with works such as Kadal (2013), Thani Oruvan (2015), Dear Dad (2016), Dhruva (2016), Bogan (2016) and Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018). He briefly worked as a television presenter as the host of the third season of Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi (2012-2016) on Star Vijay.


Early lifeEdit

Arvind Swamy was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu as the son of Delhi Kumar. His foster parents are industrialist V. D. Swami and Bharatanatyam dancer C.V.S.Vasantha.[4][5] Swamy studied at the Sishya School and later in Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School and completed his schooling in 1987. He then graduated from Loyola College, Chennai in 1990 with a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree. He then went to the United States to do his Masters in International Business from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Arvind Swamy wished to be a doctor. In college, he used to be a model for pocket money.[6] In his Loyola Theatre Society, he wasn't well received and was asked to get off stage. Later on Mani Ratnam saw him in an advertisement and called for a meeting. Then he and Santhosh Sivan introduced him into the basics of film-making.[6]


Swamy made his debut in Mani Ratnam's action drama film, Thalapathi, where he played a young district collector pitted against a don and his own biological brother. Subsequently, Mani Ratnam signed him on to play the lead role in the 1992 political drama film Roja. Roja and Bombay won awards at the State and National Film Award functions. His performance in Bombay was called "soulful" by Time Magazine.[7] Swamy has won several awards, popular and critical, for his films.[7] He has been described as one of the first few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal. In 1995, Swamy provided the Tamil dubbing voice for the adult Simba of Disney's The Lion King (1994).[8] He starred in Rajiv Menon's Minsaara Kanavu, which won four National Film Awards besides high box office reviews.[9]

Swamy semi-retired from acting in 2000 after playing a guest role in Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey and concentrated on his business interests. Swamy was director of V D Swamy and Company and engaged in international trade and construction. He was the president of InterPro Global and the chairman and managing director of Prolease India, engaged in transaction processing.[7] He then founded Talent Maximus a company engaged in payroll processing and temporary staffing in India. He was the only actor in India who opposed fans associations. He acted in Sasanam (2006), the film was a failure.[10]

He initially wanted to come back to films after 4–5 years, but was physically injured. The treatment took another 4–5 years.[6] After his successful treatment, Mani Ratnam called him once more to play a role in one of his films, Kadal (2013)[8] for which Swamy dropped 15 kilograms.[6]

In 2013, he provided the voice-over for Santhosh Sivan's film Ceylon.[11] In 2015, he acted in a now iconic negative role of Sidharth Abhimanyu in Thani Oruvan, for which he was highly praised and received positive reviews for his acting.

In 2016, he reprised the same role in Telugu in the film Dhruva with Ram Charan, a remake of Thani Oruvan for which he got a lot of appreciation from the Telugu audience. Later in a Hindi movie, Dear Dad (2016).[12]

The popular game show Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi recruited Swamy for its third season, which started airing on 30 May 2016.

In 2017, he did the title role of Bogan, co starring Jayam Ravi, for which he again got an outstanding response from the critics and the audience. In 2018, he acted in Bhaskar Oru Rascal. Arvind Swami does a neat job without imitating what Mammootty did in the original.[13] The film is followed by Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018). A film that is still considered the reference point of all the gangster films made in Tamil, undercuts the genre with its own. Throughout, the film pretends to be a hunt for that one bad guy among the heroes. The film is released to mostly positive reviews.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Swamy married Gayathri Ramamurthy in 1994 and has one daughter Adhira Swamy, born in 1996 and a son Rudra Swamy, born in 2000. The couple lived separately for seven years until 2010, when they filed for divorce.[15] He is married to Aparna Mukerjee, a lawyer, since 2012. Arvind Swamy was granted custody of his children.[16]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1991 Thalapathi Arjun Tamil
1992 Roja Rishi Kumar Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
1992 Daddy Anand Malayalam
1993 Thalattu Kuzhanthai Tamil
1993 Marupadiyum Gowri Shankar Tamil
1994 Paasamalargal Raj Tamil
1994 Duet Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
1995 Bombay Shekhar Tamil
1995 Indira Thiyagu Tamil
1995 Mounam Kiran Telugu
1996 Devaraagam Vishnu Malayalam
1997 Minsaara Kanavu Thomas Tamil
1997 Pudhayal Koti Tamil
1998 Saat Rang Ke Sapne Mahipal Hindi
1999 En Swasa Katre Arun Tamil
2000 Alaipayuthey Ram Tamil Guest appearance
2000 Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya Mohit Kumar Hindi
2006 Sasanam Muthiah Tamil
2013 Kadal Sam Fernando Tamil
2015 Thani Oruvan Dr. Siddharth Abimanyu (Pazhani Sengalvarayan) Tamil Edison Award Best Actor in a Negative Role
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
2016 Dear Dad Nitin Swaminathan Hindi
2016 Dhruva Dr. Siddharth Abhimanyu (Venkanna Chengalarayudu) Telugu
2017 Bogan Aadhithya Maravarman (Bogan) Tamil
2018 Bhaskar Oru Rascal Bhaskar Tamil
2018 Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Varadan Tamil
2019 Kallapart Rajapandi Tamil Completed
2019 Sathuranga Vettai 2 Gandhi Babu Tamil Delayed
2019 Vanangamudi Tamil Completed
2019 Naragasooran Dhruva Tamil Delayed
2019 Pulanaivu Tamil filming[17]
Dubbing artiste


  1. ^ "The Arvind Swami interview: Nationalism, GST, demonetisation and more". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Mahesh Manjrekar to remake Kaksparsh in Hindi and Tamil with Arvind Swamy and Tisca Chopra – The Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Arvind Swamy Goes To Bollywood Again". 27 November 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Arvind Swamy: I found stardom stifling". Times of India. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Arvind Swamy". IMDb. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d Kamath, Sudhish (31 January 2013). "Return of the heartthrob". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "An Actor, and a businessman". The Times of India. 14 November 2002. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Welcome -". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Southern Spice: A chat with Arvind Swamy". Gulf News. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
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  11. ^ "Arvind Swami in Santosh Sivan's 'Ceylon' – The Times of India". The Times of India. 4 June 2013.
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  15. ^ "Aravind Swamy's 'happy' divorce". Sify. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  16. ^ "Arvind Swamy to pay wife Rs 75L divorce settlement". The Times of India. TNN. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
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