Atharvaa Murali, known as Atharvaa, is an Indian film actor working in Tamil cinema. He made his Tollywood debut in 2019 with Gaddalakonda Ganesh. The son of actor Murali and grandson of legendary Kannada director S. Siddalingaiah, Atharvaa began his acting career with Baana Kaathadi (2010).[1] He then garnered critical acclaim for his performance as a youngster suffering from delusion in the romantic thriller Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal (2012), before signing on to feature in Bala's period film Paradesi (2013). His role as a rural villager held as a slave in a tea plantation became his breakthrough performance, earning Atharvaa a Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Tamil.

Atharvaa Murali
Atharvaa at Eetti Success Meet .jpg
Atharvaa at Eetti Success Meet
Years active2010 –present
RelativesS. Siddalingaiah (grandfather)
Daniel Balaji (uncle)

Early life and careerEdit

Atharva was born as the second child to film actor Murali and his wife. He also has an elder sister, Kavya, and a younger brother, Aakash.[2]



After completing school, Atharvaa chose to pursue a career in films and began to undertake classes with stunt choreographers to prepare himself physically as an actor. In 2009, his father found him an offer to play the lead role in a film to be produced by Sathya Jyothi Films and directed by Badri Venkatesh. Titled Baana Kaathadi, the film launched in March 2009 and had Atharvaa pair up with fellow rookie actress Samantha. Portraying a youngster from the Royapuram slum area, he stayed in the locality for forty-five days to learn about the lifestyle, while he also learned to fly a kite for the film, canning scenes at the Gujarat Kite Festival.[3] The film, which also had Murali making a special appearance, released in August 2010 to positive reviews and his performance was praised, with writing he "makes a promising debut and he dances and emotes well".[4] Similarly a critic from added "romance is a cake-walk" for the actor, drawing comparison with his father's performances in romantic roles, though noted "his dialogue delivery is a little too melodramatic".[5] He subsequently gained recognition at the Edison Awards for Best Debut Actor, while also receiving a nomination from the Vijay Awards in the same category. The success of the film prompted Murali to begin pre-production on a Tamil and Kannada language bilingual film which would feature Atharvaa. However, a month after Baana Kaathadi's release, his father Murali died after suffering cardiac arrest. Atharvaa consequently took a break to spend time with his family, before beginning work on a different venture.[6]

Gautham Menon had previously shown interest in directing Atharvaa for a film.[7] A year later, his next release was Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal where he played a youngster suffering from hallucinations, film did well and his performance was well received.[8] His biggest movie was Paradesi under the direction of Bala, for which he won multiple awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. His most recent movie was director Sargunam's Chandi Veeran alongside actress Anandhi, which did well at the box office.

Atharvaa's Eetti, a sports drama film produced by S. Michael Rayappan, in which he pairs up with Sri Divya and the thriller Kanithan in which he features alongside Catherine Tresa, these films also hit well in the Box Office. In January 2016, he announced that he had set up a production studio called Kickass Entertainment. The first film under his banner would be directed by Badri Venkatesh, who had introduced Atharvaa as an actor.[9] In 2017, Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum was released, starring the movie along with Aishwarya Rajesh, Regina Cassandra, Pranitha and Aaditi Pohankar.[10]


A mystery thriller movie, Imaikkaa Nodigal, was released in 2018 in which he acted as Nayanthara's brother (Arjun). He received major fame and recognition for this movie.[11] In March 2019, Boomerang, featuring alongside Megha Akash, was released to average reviews.[12] In September 2019, Atharvaa made his Telugu debut in the film Gaddalakonda Ganesh.[13]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2010 Baana Kaathadi Ramesh Edison Award for Best Male Debutant
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
2012 Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Ramachandran
2013 Paradesi Raasa Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Edison Award for Extreme Performance
11th Chennai International Film Festival - Special Jury Award
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Actor
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai Michael Prithviraj
2015 Chandi Veeran Paari
Eetti Pughazhenthi Subramaniam
2016 Kanithan Gowtham Ramalingam
2017 Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum Gemini Ganeshan
2018 Semma Botha Aagatha Ramesh Producer
Imaikkaa Nodigal Arjun
2019 Boomerang Siva/Shakthi
100 SI Sathya
Gaddalakonda Ganesh Abhilash Telugu debut film
2020 Othaikku Othai   TBA Post-production
Kuruthi Aattam   TBA Filming
Rukkumani Vandi Varudhu   TBA Delayed
Ninnu Kori Remake   TBA Pre Production


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  2. ^ "Actor Murali in Coffee with Anu -Part 04/04". YouTube. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  3. ^ ‘I wanted to become a dhobi’. The New Indian Express. Retrieved on 2015-12-29.
  4. ^ "Movie Review : Baana Kaathadi". Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  5. ^ Tamil's Kites could have been better - Movies. (2010-08-06). Retrieved on 2015-12-29.
  6. ^ "Popular Kannada, Tamil actor Murali dead". 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Gautham Menon considers Adharva". TamilVix.Com. Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Movie Review : Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal". Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  9. ^ Metroplus. "Atharvaa turns producer". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum movie review: A dumb comedy about relationships - Movies News". 15 July 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  11. ^ Friday, August 31, 2018 - 14:22 (31 August 2018). "'Imaikkaa Nodigal' review: Nayanthara, Anurag Kashyap are great, but script is lacking". The News Minute. Retrieved 18 January 2020.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "Boomerang Movie Review {2.5/5}: The movie's plot is interesting enough to entertain the audience, but the screenplay falters as the story progresses". 8 March 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Atharvaa makes his Telugu film debut with 'Valmiki'". The Hindu. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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