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Rajesh is an Indian film and Tamil television actor who has performed in Tamil and Malayalam films and serials. He has completed more than 45 years in films and appeared as lead roles and supporting roles in over 150 films.[1] He has done roles ranging from a hero to character actor.

Born (1949-12-20) 20 December 1949 (age 69)
Years active1974 - present
Spouse(s)Joan Sylvia


Rajesh was born in 1949 in Mannargudi, Tiruvarur district,[2] but his family hails from Anaikkadu, in Thanjavur district.[1][3] He studied in Dindigul, Vadamadurai, Melanatham Aanaikadu and Chinnamanur Theni district. After finishing his PUC in Karaikudi Alagappa College, he joined Pachaiappas College, but unfortunately has not completed his college education. He worked as a teacher in St Paul's High School, Purasawalkam and later at Kellett Higher Secondary School, Triplicane from 1972 to 1979.[1]

In 1974, he got a chance to act in the film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai, but he only did a small role in it.[1] His first film as hero was Kanni Paruvathile (1979), produced by Rajkannu.[3] Rajesh acted in Achamillai Achamillai, by K. Balachander. Later, he moved into playing character roles, and acted in many movies with Kamal Haasan.He was a successful actor.

Now he is into the hotel and real estate business and he is a leading builder in the city.[1] He also wrote biographies of Hollywood actors in Tamil.

He is a Christian, later he was active in Periyaar's ideologies then he involved himself in Astrology. He had written many books and articles about Astrology.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1983, he married Joan Sylvia, who is the granddaughter of the famous social reformist and Dravidian leader Pattukottai Davis. They have one daughter Divya[4] and one son Deepak, who will be making his acting debut in 2014.[5] His wife died on 6 August 2012.[6]

He was the first Tamil actor to build a bungalow for the purpose of movie shooting in 1985 near KK Nagar, Chennai, which was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran.[7] Much Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi movie shooting happened in that house. He later sold it in 1993, while starting his real estate business. In the early 90s, as advised by his friend Jeppiaar, he started a Real Estate business, then he started hotel and construction business. He was active in politics from 1987 to 1991, supporting the Mrs Janaki w/o M.G Ramachandran. But he always maintained good relationship with Kalaigar Karunanidhi, J. Jayalalitha, Congress leaders and Communist party leaders. He is also a follower of Karl Marx, when he visited UK he paid his tribute to the great leader.


As ActorEdit


Year Title Role Channel
2012 Aan Paavam Gopalaswamy Sun TV
2013 Dhayam Kalaignar TV
2014 Mudivalla Arambam Vendhar TV
Akka Jaya TV
2018-Present Roja Tiger Manickam Sun TV

As dubbing artistEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Tamil Nadu News : From schoolteacher to character artiste". The Hindu. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Entertainment Chennai / Interview : Veteran on a rewind". The Hindu. 18 March 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "ஆசிரியராக இருந்து நடிகரான ராஜேஷ்: 'கன்னிப் பருவத்திலே' படத்தின் கதாநாயகன் ஆனார்" [Teacher-turned-actor Rajesh: Became lead actor with 'Kanni Paruvathile']. Maalai Malar. 13 June 2012. Archived from the original on 27 June 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Wedding Bells At This Actor's House - Rajesh - Tamil Movie News". 19 January 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  5. ^ IANS (19 September 2013). "Never forced my son to act: Rajesh - Times Of India". Retrieved 13 February 2014.
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  7. ^ "ராஜேஷ் வாழ்க்கையில் எதிர்பாராத சோதனை: கட்டிய வீட்டை விற்று கடனை அடைத்தார்!" [Unexpected tribulation in Rajesh's life: Sold off his home to pay debts]. Maalai Malar. 15 June 2012. Archived from the original on 27 June 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)

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