Ajith Kumar filmography

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Ajith Kumar in 2010

Ajith Kumar is an Indian actor who works mainly in Tamil films. Apart from a small role in the 1990 Tamil film En Veedu En Kanavar,[1] his professional career began three years later with the Telugu film Prema Pusthakam.[2] He made his debut as a lead actor in Tamil cinema with Amaravathi (1993). Despite being a moderate success, the film helped him obtain more modelling assignments.[2] After Amaravathi's release, Ajith opted against acting, and instead tried pursuing a career in auto racing. While training for an amateur race, he injured his back and underwent three major surgeries, leaving him bed-ridden for a year-and-a-half.[3] After recovering from the injury, he played supporting roles in Paasamalargal (1994) and Pavithra (1994).[3][4] The following year, he had his breakthrough with the romantic thriller Aasai. His performance earned him critical acclaim and established him as an up-and-coming actor in Tamil cinema. He was next seen as the main lead in Agathiyan's epistolary Kadhal Kottai (1996), a critical and commercial success.[3] In 1997 he had five releases, all of which were commercial failures.[2]

Ajith's dual portrayal of twin brothers—where one is deaf-mute—in S. J. Surya's Vaali (1999) won him his first Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor. Impressed with his performance in that film, Rajiv Menon cast Ajith in the ensemble drama Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000).[2] The following year, he collaborated with debutant director AR Murugadoss on the action film Dheena. The film was successful in establishing his reputation as an action hero and earning him the nickname "Thala" ("head").[5][a] He earned critical acclaim for his dual role performance in the vigilante film Citizen (2001),[7] and a Best Actor nomination at Filmfare for the drama Poovellam Un Vasam (2001). His last release of the year was Santosh Sivan's Hindi film Aśoka, where he played a brief antagonistic role opposite Shah Rukh Khan.[8][9] His performance as twin brothers in K. S. Ravikumar's 2002 film Villain won him a second Filmfare Award (Best Tamil Actor).

Between 2003 and 2005 Ajith cut back on his acting career to focus on racing.[10] During this time, he had his only commercial success with Attahasam (2004).[11][12] Two years later he starred in Ravikumar's Varalaru, in which he played three different roles. It became the highest-grossing Tamil film of that year,[13] and Ajith went on to receive his third Filmfare Award (Best Tamil Actor) for his performance. In 2007 he was seen in two remakes—Kireedam and Billa,[b] both of which earned him critical acclaim.[13] His next two releases, Aegan (2008) and Aasal (2010), were critical and commercial failures.[14]

Ajith played an antihero—as a money-minded, suspended police officer—in Venkat Prabhu's Mankatha (2011).[14][c] It had the biggest opening of that year for a Tamil film,[d] and became Ajith's biggest commercial success to that point.[16] His next release, Billa II (2012), Tamil cinema's first prequel,[e] opened to mixed reviews.[18][19] He followed that with the multi-starrer Arrambam (2013) and Siva's masala film Veeram (2014), both of which were commercially successful.[20] In 2015 he collaborated with Gautham Menon for the crime drama Yennai Arindhaal.[21][22] His performance as an undercover police officer earned him a Best Tamil Actor nomination at the 63rd Filmfare Awards South.[23] His second release of the year, Vedalam, had the biggest opening day in Tamil cinema and was among the highest grossing Tamil films of the year.[5]

Films

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.
Film Year Role(s) Director(s) Notes Ref.
En Veedu En Kanavar 1990 Senbaga Raman Uncredited role as a school student [24]
Prema Pusthakam 1993 Siddharth Gollapudi Maruthi Rao Telugu film [4]
Amaravathi 1993 Arjun Selva [25]
Paasamalargal 1994 Kumar Suresh Chandra Menon [4]
Pavithra 1994 Ashok K. Subash [26]
Rajavin Parvaiyile 1995 Chandru Janaki Soundar [4]
Aasai 1995 Jeevanantham Vasanth [4]
Vaanmathi 1996 Krishna Agathiyan [27]
Kalloori Vaasal 1996 Vasanth Pavithran [28]
Minor Mappillai 1996 Ramu V. C. Guhunathan [4]
Kadhal Kottai 1996 Surya Agathiyan [4]
Nesam 1997 Ranganathan K. Subash [29]
Raasi 1997 Kumar Murali Abbas [4]
[30]
Ullaasam 1997 Guru J. D.- Jerry [4]
Pagaivan 1997 Prabhu Ramesh Krishnan [4]
Rettai Jadai Vayasu 1997 Vijay C. Sivakumar [4]
[31]
Kadhal Mannan 1998 Shiva Saran [4]
[32]
Aval Varuvala 1998 Jeeva Raj Kapoor [4]
[33]
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen 1998 Sanjay Vikraman Cameo appearance [4]
Uyirodu Uyiraga 1998 Ajay Sushma Ahuja [34]
Thodarum 1999 Jayaram Ramesh Khanna [35]
Unnai Thedi 1999 Raghu Sundar C. [4]
Vaali 1999 Deva, Shiva[f] S. J. Surya Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [36]
[37]
Anantha Poongatre 1999 Jeeva Raj Kapoor [4]
[38]
Amarkalam 1999 Vasu Saran [4]
[39]
Nee Varuvai Ena 1999 Subramani Rajakumaran Cameo appearance [4]
[40]
Mugavaree 2000 Sridhar V. Z. Durai [41]
Kandukondain Kandukondain 2000 Manohar Rajiv Menon [42]
Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven 2000 Surya Kavi Kalidas [43]
Dheena 2001 Dheenadhayalan AR Murugadoss [44]
Citizen 2001 Citizen, Subramani[f] Saravana Subbiah [45]
Poovellam Un Vasam 2001 Chinna Ezhil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [46]
[47]
Aśoka 2001 Susima Santosh Sivan Hindi film [48]
Red 2002 Red Ram Sathya [49]
Raja 2002 Raja Ezhil [50]
Villain 2002 Shiva, Vishnu[f] K. S. Ravikumar Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [51]
[52]
Ennai Thalatta Varuvala 2003 Sathish K. S. Ravindran [53]
Anjaneya 2003 Paramaguru N. Maharajan [54]
Jana 2004 Janardhanan Shaji Kailas [55]
Attahasam 2004 Guru, Jeeva[f] Saran [56]
Ji 2005 Vasu N. Linguswamy [57]
Paramasivan 2006 Subramaniyam Siva (Paramasivan)[g] P. Vasu [58]
Thirupathi 2006 Thirupathi Perarasu [59]
Varalaru 2006 Jeeva, Shivshankar, Vishnu[h] K. S. Ravikumar Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [60]
[61]
Aalwar 2007 Shiva Chella [62]
Kireedam 2007 Sakthivel Rajarajan A. L. Vijay [63]
Billa 2007 David Billa, Saravanavelu[f] Vishnuvardhan Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [64]
[65]
Aegan 2008 Shiva Raju Sundaram [66]
Aasal 2010 Jeevanandham, Shiva[f] Saran Also screenwriter [67]
[68]
Mankatha 2011 Vinayak Mahadev Venkat Prabhu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [69]
[70]
Billa II 2012 David Billa Chakri Toleti [71]
English Vinglish 2012 Shashi's co-passenger Gauri Shinde Hindi film[i]
Cameo appearance (Tamil version only)
[73]
Arrambam 2013 Ashok Kumar Vishnuvardhan Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [74]
[75]
Veeram 2014 Vinayagam Siva Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [76]
[77]
Yennai Arindhaal 2015 Sathyadev Gautham Menon Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [78]
[79]
Vedalam 2015 Ganesh (Vedalam)[g] Siva [80]
Vivegam Films that have not yet been released 2017 TBA Siva Filming [81]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Ajith's character in the film is called by the nickname "Thala".[6]
  2. ^ Kireedam was a remake of the namesake 1989 Malayalam film while Billa was a remake of the 1980 Tamil film of the same name.
  3. ^ It was Ajith's 50th film.[14]
  4. ^ The film grossed 252 million in its first week.[15]
  5. ^ The film was a prequel to his 2007 film of the same name.[17]
  6. ^ a b c d e f Ajith performed dual roles in this film.
  7. ^ a b Ajith played a single character in the film who has two or more different names.
  8. ^ Ajith performed triple roles in the film.
  9. ^ It was originally filmed in Hindi with a few scenes additionally shot for the Tamil version. Ajith played the role of Amitabh Bachchan in the Tamil dubbed version.[72]

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