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Ajith Kumar filmography

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Ajith in 2010

Ajith Kumar is an Indian film actor who works mainly in Tamil cinema. Apart from a small role in the 1990 Tamil film En Veedu En Kanavar,[1] his professional career began three years later with 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. He followed it up the same year with Prema Pusthakam, his only Telugu film till date.[2][3] 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.[4] After recovering from the injury, he played supporting roles in Paasamalargal (1994) and Pavithra (1994).[4][5] 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.[4] In 1997 he had five releases, all of which were commercial failures.[3]

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).[3] 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").[6][a] He earned critical acclaim for his dual role performance in the vigilante film Citizen (2001),[8] 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.[9][10] His performance as twin brothers in K. S. Ravikumar's 2002 film Villain won him a second Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor.[11]

Between 2003 and 2005 Ajith cut back on his acting career to focus on racing.[12] During this time, he had his only commercial success with Attahasam (2004).[13][14] 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,[15] and Ajith went on to receive his third Best Tamil Actor award at Filmfare for his performance. In 2007 he was seen in two remakes—Kireedam and Billa,[b] both of which earned him critical acclaim.[15] His next two releases, Aegan (2008) and Aasal (2010), were critical and commercial failures.[16]

Ajith played an antihero—as a money-minded, suspended police officer—in Venkat Prabhu's Mankatha (2011).[16][c] It had the biggest opening of that year for a Tamil film,[d] and became Ajith's biggest commercial success to that point.[18] His next release, Billa II (2012), Tamil cinema's first prequel,[e] opened to mixed reviews.[20][21] He followed that with the multi-starrer Arrambam (2013) and Siva's masala film Veeram (2014), both of which were commercially successful.[22] In 2015 he collaborated with Gautham Menon for the crime drama Yennai Arindhaal.[23][24] His performance as an undercover police officer earned him a Best Tamil Actor nomination at the 63rd Filmfare Awards South.[25] 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.[6]

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.
Year Film Role(s) Director(s) Notes Ref.
1990 En Veedu En Kanavar School boy Senbaga Raman Uncredited role as a child artist [26]
1993 Amaravathi Arjun Selva [27]
[28]
1993 Prema Pusthakam Siddhartha Gollapudi Maruthi Rao Telugu film [5]
1994 Paasamalargal Kumar Suresh Chandra Menon [5]
1994 Pavithra Ashok K. Subash [29]
1995 Rajavin Parvaiyile Chandru Janaki Soundar [5]
1995 Aasai Jeevanantham Vasanth [30]
1996 Vaanmathi Krishna Agathiyan [31]
1996 Kalloori Vaasal Vasanth Pavithran [32]
1996 Minor Mappillai Ramu V. C. Guhunathan [5]
1996 Kadhal Kottai Surya Agathiyan [5]
1997 Nesam Ranganathan K. Subash [33]
1997 Raasi Kumar Murali Abbas [5]
[34]
1997 Ullaasam Guru J. D.- Jerry [5]
1997 Pagaivan Prabhu Ramesh Krishnan [5]
1997 Rettai Jadai Vayasu Vijay C. Sivakumar [5]
[35]
1998 Kaadhal Mannan Shiva Saran [36]
[37]
1998 Aval Varuvala Jeeva Raj Kapoor [5]
[38]
1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Sanjay Vikraman [5]
1998 Uyirodu Uyiraga Ajay Sushma Ahuja [39]
1999 Thodarum Jayaram Ramesh Khanna [40]
1999 Unnai Thedi Raghu Sundar C. [41]
1999 Vaali Deva, Shiva[f] S. J. Surya [42]
[43]
1999 Anantha Poongatre Jeeva Raj Kapoor [5]
[44]
1999 Amarkalam Vasu Saran [5]
[45]
1999 Nee Varuvai Ena Subramani Rajakumaran Special appearance [5]
[46]
2000 Mugavaree Sridhar V. Z. Durai [47]
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain Manohar (Mano)[g] Rajiv Menon [48]
2000 Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven Surya Kavi Kalidas [49]
2001 Dheena Dheenadhayalan (Dheena, Thala)[g] AR Murugadoss [50]
2001 Citizen Citizen, Subramani[f] Saravana Subbiah [51]
2001 Poovellam Un Vasam Chinna Ezhil [52]
[53]
2001 Aśoka Susima Santosh Sivan Hindi film [54]
2002 Red Red Singampuli [55]
2002 Raja Raja Ezhil [56]
2002 Villain Shiva, Vishnu[f] K. S. Ravikumar [11]
[57]
2003 Ennai Thalatta Varuvala Sathish K. S. Ravindran Special appearance [58]
2003 Anjaneya Paramaguru N. Maharajan [59]
2004 Jana Janardhanan Shaji Kailas [60]
2004 Attahasam Guru, Jeeva[f] Saran [61]
2005 Ji Vasu N. Linguswamy [62]
2006 Paramasivan Subramaniyam Siva (Paramasivan)[g] P. Vasu [63]
2006 Thirupathi Thirupathi Perarasu [64]
2006 Varalaru Jeeva, Shivshankar, Vishnu[h] K. S. Ravikumar [65]
[66]
2007 Aalwar Shiva Chella [67]
2007 Kireedam Sakthivel A. L. Vijay [68]
2007 Billa David Billa, Saravanavelu[f] Vishnuvardhan [69]
[70]
2008 Aegan Shiva Raju Sundaram [71]
2010 Aasal Jeevanandham, Shiva[f] Saran Also screenwriter [72]
[73]
2011 Mankatha Vinayak Mahadev Venkat Prabhu [74]
[75]
2012 Billa II David Billa Chakri Toleti [76]
2012 English Vinglish Flight passenger Gauri Shinde Hindi film[i]
Cameo appearance (Tamil version only)
[78]
2013 Arrambam Ashok Kumar Vishnuvardhan [79]
[80]
2014 Veeram Vinayagam Siva [81]
[82]
2015 Yennai Arindhaal Sathyadev Gautham Menon [83]
[84]
2015 Vedalam Ganesh (Vedalam)[g] Siva [85]
2017 Vivegam AK (Ajay Kumar)[g] Siva [86]
2019 Viswasam Thookku Durai Siva [87]
2019 Nerkonda Paarvai Bharath Subramaniam H. Vinoth [88]
TBA Valimai dagger TBA H. Vinoth Filming [89]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Ajith Kumar's character in the film is called by the nickname "Thala".[7]
  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 Kumar's 50th film.[16]
  4. ^ The film grossed 252 million in its first week.[17]
  5. ^ The film was a prequel to his 2007 film of the same name.[19]
  6. ^ a b c d e f Ajith Kumar played two characters.
  7. ^ a b c d e Ajith Kumar played a character with two or more names.
  8. ^ Ajith Kumar played three characters.
  9. ^ It was originally filmed in Hindi with a few scenes additionally shot for the Tamil version. Ajith Kumar played the role of Amitabh Bachchan in the Tamil dubbed version.[77]

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