Arjun Sarja is an Indian actor and director of Kannada films. He was born on 15 August 1964 and his first film Nandri. He is an Indian film actor, producer and director known for his works mostly in Tamil cinema. He was also starred in few Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu films.
In 1993, he was starred in S. Shankar's blockbuster Gentleman which opened to positive reviews, while Arjun went on to win the State Award for Best Actor. During this time, he was starred in hits such as Jai Hind (1994), Karnaa (1995), and the crime drama film Kurudhipunal (1995), Arjun won positive acclaim for his role, while the film became India's official entry for the 68th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category. In 1999, he was starred in the political drama film Mudhalvan (1999). Arjun received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for his role as well as numerous other nominations. Arjun then briefly experimented in softer roles with Kannodu Kanbathellam (1999) and as an energetic civil service officer in Vaanavil (2000).
His next film Rhythm. Rhythm also became a commercial success. In Telugu he is popularly known for his movie 'Hanuman Junction' which was later dubbed into Tamil. In 2012, he appeared in his 150th film, the Kannada film Prasad screened at the Berlin Film Festival. Arjun won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor for his work in the film. Arjun was born to Mr. J.C.Ramaswamy (Shakti Prasad) a renowned and popular actor of Kannada films. His father-in-law Rajesh is also a senior actor in Kannada movies and his younger brother Kishor Sarja is also a director. Arjun wanted to become a police officer and went to police training and was selected but later he opted to become a film star. He has now acted over 200 films in three different language including Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. His wife Asha Rani is also an actress who has acted in a Kannada movie called "Rathasapthami" with Shivaraj Kumar. Arjun has one daughter, Aishwarya.
He was offered a Telugu film, Kodi Ramakrishna's Maa Pallelo Gopaludu. His career as an actor began to take off in the mid-1980s and he sometimes worked for up to seven shifts in a day to keep up with the films he had committed to do. He was mostly collaborating with director Ramanarayanan and also acted on commercially successful action entertainers like Shankar-Guru, Thaai Mel Aanai, Sondhakkaran, Padicha Pulla, Pattikkattu Thambi etc., and fetched the name "Action King". His next film Sevagan (1992), a crime story which opened to mixed reviews, but became a box office success. Shankar cast him in the lead role in his first film, Gentleman. Arjun went on to win the State Award for Best Actor.
His directorial venture Jai Hind (1994) and Karnaa (1995), where he played a dual role. Kamal Haasan approached Arjun to play a police officer in the crime drama film Kurudhipunal (1995), and the actor agreed to do the film even without hearing the narration. Arjun won positive acclaim for his role, while the film became India's official entry for the 68th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category. In the late 1990s, his action films often carried a patriotic theme, though he was still able to attract prominent producers and directors. After a series of unsuccessful action films, including his own venture Thaayin Manikodi (1998), he teamed up again with Shankar in the political drama film Mudhalvan (1999). Arjun received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for his role as well as numerous other nominations.Arjun then briefly experimented in softer roles, portraying critically acclaimed characters of businessman with "shades of grey" in Prabhu Solomon's Kannodu Kanbathellam (1999) and as an energetic civil service officer in Vaanavil (2000). He directed and featured in lead roles in both the action films Ezhumalai (2002) and Parasuram (2003), while also being involved in Maharajan's Arasatchi (2004). Some of his films, Giri (2004) and Marudhamalai, were box office successes, with several of his projects were not, including Madrasi, Vathiyar (2006) and Durai, in all of which he was the story writer.
In a rare experimental film for him in the decade, he portrayed the role of the Hindu deity Hanuman in Krishna Vamsi's devotional film Sri Anjaneyam (2004) and worked on the film without receiving remuneration as a self-confessed worshipper of the deity. He was also cast for a change as a realistic police officer in Bharathiraja's critically acclaimed Bommalattam (2008), where a reviewer felt his "showcase of the soft, subtle yet unrelenting cop was noteworthy". In 2011, Arjun accepted the opportunity to play an extended guest role alongside Ajith Kumar in Venkat Prabhu's crime thriller Mankatha, with critics praising his performance as a police offer in the blockbuster.Arjun collaborated with director Mani Ratnam in Kadal (2013). He then won acclaim for his portrayal of real life police officer K. Vijay Kumar in the bilingual film Vana Yuddham, the biopic of notorious forest brigand Veerappan, as well as for his role of a paralysed swimming coach in Vasanth's romance film, Moondru Per Moondru Kadal. His latest directorial venture, Jai Hind 2 contained a message about the declining state of the Indian education system. Made at a cost of 20 crore rupees, the film became a box office.
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