Shanthanu Bhagyaraj

Shanthanu Bhagyaraj is an Indian film actor who has worked predominantly in Tamil language films. The son of actors K. Bhagyaraj and Poornima Bhagyaraj, Shanthanu appeared as a child artist in his father's Vettiya Madichu Kattu (1998), before making his debut as a lead actor in the romantic comedy Sakkarakatti (2008).

Shanthanu Bhagyaraj
Shanthanu Bhagyaraj at Vaaimai Press Meet.jpg
Shanthanu Bhagyaraj at Vaaimai Press Meet
Born (1986-08-24) 24 August 1986 (age 34)
Years active1998 (Child artist)
(m. 2015)
RelativesSaranya Bhagyaraj (sister)



Shanthanu Bhagyaraj made his acting debut as a child artist in his father Bhagyaraj's film Vettiya Madichu Kattu (1998), and then worked as assistant director to his father in his sister, Saranya Bhagyaraj's debut project Parijatham (2006).

Shanthanu appeared in his first lead role in the college-based romantic comedy Sakkarakatti (2008), appearing alongside actresses Ishita Sharma and Vedhika. His performance received mixed reviews with stating: "Shanthanu has to play a thinly sketched hero, but he puts energy and charm into everything he does" and that "he is more than promising- he's star material, and he'll survive this wreck".[1] Another critic at stated that he "has that star quality to him which is so rare to find these days, but is wasted in a role in which he just romances his heroines and dances".[2] Despite having a popular soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman, the film received largely negative reviews and became a box office failure. Despite the negative reception to the film, Shanthanu was recognised with the Best Male Debut Actor award at the Filmfare Awards and the Vijay Awards.[3]


After Sakkarakatti, Shanthanu appeared in the Malayalam film Angel John (2009), starring alongside Mohanlal and Nithya Menen, as a suicidal youth who is rescued by an angel.[4] Despite the high-profile cast, the film and Shanthanu's performance received mixed reviews and it did not perform well commercially.[5][6] The failure of his initial films meant that his next projects had significantly smaller budgets and lower profile releases. His next release was his father's bilingual directorial venture Siddu +2 (2010), with the failure of the Tamil version causing the Telugu version Love in Hyderabad, to be shelved. Though the romantic comedy Kandaen (2011) received positive reviews and took a good opening, his subsequent films including the action drama Aayiram Vilakku (2011) and Thangar Bachan's Ammavin Kaipesi (2012) and the courtroom drama Vaaimai (2016) received negative reviews and did not perform well at the box office. In an interview in 2016, Shanthanu revealed that poor career choices had plagued his film career and he would subsequently not take advice from his father regarding film offers. He mentioned his regret at missing out on potential projects he had been offered including Boys (2003), Kaadhal (2004) and Subramaniapuram (2008).[7][8]


The courtroom drama Vaaimai (2016) received average reviews at the box office. In an interview in 2016, Shanthanu revealed that challenging career choices had plagued his film career and he would subsequently not take advice from his father regarding film offers. He mentioned his regret at missing out on potential projects he had been offered including Boys (2003), Kaadhal (2004) Subramaniapuram (2008) and Kalavani (2010).[9][10]

Shanthanu was then cast by Parthiban to play the lead role in Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga (2017), with the director suggesting that he was keen to portray tribute to his mentor K. Bhagyaraj, by casting his son in a film.[11] The actor called the film his "re-launch in Tamil cinema" and underwent a makeover to portray the lead role of a non-resident Indian who falls in love with a married woman played by Parvathy Nair. Shanthanu won positive reviews for his performance, with a critic from The New Indian Express stating: "Shanthnu is a revelation here" and "with controlled, mature take on his role, Shanthnu displays subtle nuances of expression as Kevin travels from uncertainty and confusion, to guilt and regret".[12][13] In 2017, he also acted in Adhiroopan's drama Mupparimanam, where he portrayed a medical student.[14]


In 2020, he played a main role in the family drama Vaanam Kottattum, which was co-written by Mani Ratnam.[15] He is also set to star in Master (2020).[16]


  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.
As actor
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Movie Role Notes
1998 Vettiya Madichu Kattu Sonu Child artiste
2008 Sakkarakatti Yuvraj Filmfare Best South Male Debut
Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
ITFA Best New Actor Award
2009 Angel John Maradona Malayalam film
2010 Siddu +2 Siddu
2011 Kandaen Vasanth
Aayiram Vilakku Gopal
2012 Ammavin Kaipesi Annamalai
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself Guest appearance
2016 Vaaimai Siddharthan
2017 Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga Kevin
Mupparimanam Kathir
2020 Vaanam Kottatum Ramanathan
Paava Kadhaigal Thangam Anthology, Netflix film
2021 Master Bhargav
Kasada Thapara  TBA Filming
Raavana Koottam  TBA Filming[17]
Short films
  • CoKoNaKa (2020)
  • Oru Chance Kudu (2020)
Year Program Role Language Channel
2015 Let's Dance Season 2 Judge Malayalam Amrita TV
2015 Let's Dance Season 3 Judge Malayalam Amrita TV
2018 Dance Jodi Dance (season 2) Judge Tamil Zee Tamil
As singer
Year Movie Song Composer Notes
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam "Live The Moment" S. Thaman along with Venkat Prabhu, Premji Amaran, Nakul
2014 Vaaimai "Hey Naadu" Augath along with S. P. Balasubramaniam


  1. ^ "Sakkarakatti movie review". 5 December 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Movie Review:Sakkarakatti". Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Sakkara Katti Review - Tamil Movie Review by PVS". 28 September 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Meet Mohanlal, the angel - Movies". 11 September 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Review: Angel John is no Bruce Almighty - Movies". 23 October 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Review : (2009)". 22 October 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
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  9. ^ "Shanthnu on Bhagyaraj and Vaaimai". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  10. ^ Friday Review. "Return of Raj - MADS". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Shanthanu gets a make-over in 'Kodita Idangalai Nirappuga'". Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Review : Kodita Idangalai Nirappuga review- Tedious watch (2017)". 14 January 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  13. ^ "The story draws a lot of blanks". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  14. ^ "A significant film for Shanthanu". Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  15. ^ Desk, The Hindu Net (19 July 2019). "Shanthanu Bhagyaraj joins the cast of Mani Ratnam's 'Vaanam Kottatum'" – via
  16. ^ "Shanthnu reveals about Thalapathy Vijay's Master trailer - Times of India". The Times of India.
  17. ^ "Shanthnu Bhagyaraj's next is Raavana Koottam". 29 April 2019.