Arya is an Indian Tamil film actor born as Jamshad Cethirakath on 11 Dec 1980. He is an Indian film actor and producer, who mainly appears in Tamil films. He did his schoolings at SBOA, Chennai and completed his graduation from Crescent Engineering College, Chennai. He made his breakthrough portraying rogue characters in Vishnuvardhan's Arinthum Ariyamalum (2005) and Pattiyal (2006). He later won critical acclaim for playing an Aghori in Bala's Naan Kadavul (2009). Arya gained further commercial success with the release of the period drama Madrasapattinam (2010), the comedy film Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010), and family action film Vettai (2012).
Arya was born in Trikaripur, Kerala to a Malayali family in 1980. His younger brother Sathya, has also appeared in Tamil films. While working as an assistant software engineer, Arya was approached by the cinematographer Jeeva to audition for his Ullam Ketkumae in 2003.
The pair had lived in the same neighbourhood. Arya signed on for the project and was given the stage name by Jeeva. The film was delayed. Hence, Arya's first appearance was as Kutty, in Vishnuvardhan's Arinthum Ariyamalum, with the film becoming a commercial success and being termed a "super hit". The film featured Arya as the adopted rogue son of a gangster, and his portrayal won him acclaim leading to a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for 2005. His next release, the delayed Ullam Ketkumae, portraying Arya as a college cricketer, also carried good reviews and was a successful venture at the box office. His third release in 2005, was the campus romance story, Oru Kalluriyin Kathai opposite Sonia Agarwal, took a strong opening but failed to find commercial acceptance. His next film Kalabha Kadhalan. Arya collaborated with Vishnuvardhan again in the successful gangster flick, Pattiyal, where Bharath also played another leading role. The film consequently became a big box office success and placed Arya as a leading actor in Tamil cinema.
Arya subsequently appeared in the action film Vattaram as Burma, but the film's release coincided with bigger budgeted releases and the film was crowded out from box office success. In 2007, Arya played a guest appearance in Cheran's Maya Kannadi as himself before his long-delayed Oram Po, previously known as Auto, released in late 2007. Arya's next release was in 2009, with Bala's long delayed drama film on Aghoris, Naan Kadavul. He then collaborated with Vishnuvardhan for the third time in his romantic-thriller, Sarvam, an anthology film also featuring Trisha Krishnan, J. D. Chakravarthy, Rohan Shiva and Indrajith. Arya played a carefree young architect who falls in love and pursues Trisha, before another thread in the film interlocks with his portions and changes his situation. The film however only went to gain average reviews from critics and eventually became a surprise failure at the box office. 2010 became a career-defining year for Arya, with the widespread success of his films establishing him as a leading actor in South Indian films.
His first release was his debut in Telugu films, where he played the antagonist in Varudu co-starring Allu Arjun.His next venture was the period film Madrassapatinam with Amy Jackson which was directed by A.L. Vijay. The story is all about the love between a dhobi in washermanpet and with the daughter of a governor, Movie get succedded in all the centres and tooks arya to places. He then appeared in Rajesh's comedy film Boss Engira Bhaskaran, which Arya's production house, The Show People, also co-produced. The film portrayed Arya as a spoiled, carefree Kumbakonam youth and his comic timing in the film alongside Nayantara and Santhanam received positive responses from critics. Furthermore the film went on to become his first blockbuster, running for over hundred days in multiplexes. His final release in 2010 was in a dual role in the romantic travelogue film, Chikku Bukku by Manikandan, featuring Shriya Saran and Preetika. The film, shot extensively in London and Karaikudi, received a mixed response and fared averagely at the box office, with Arya's performance being described by critics as from "watchable and dependable" to "morose and silent".
In 2010 Arya made a speech at an awards function in Dubai, organised by a Malayalam television channel. The Film Employees Federation of South India (FESFI) president V. C. Guhanathan, without directely referring to Arya by name, accused him of having "belittled the Tamil film industry". The South Indian Film Artistes Association (SIFAA), however, supported Arya, condemning Guhanathan "for making irresponsible and false statements" about an actor who "strives for the welfare of Tamil film industry." Arya's first release in 2011 was an extended cameo appearance in Santhosh Sivan's Malayalam historical-fantasy film Urumi, where he played two characters. Arya then appeared in his second film with Bala in Avan Ivan, where he portrayed the lead role of Kumbedran Sami alongside Vishal. Arya next appeared in Linguswamy's Vettai, an action entertainer featuring an ensemble cast of Madhavan, Amala Paul and Sameera Reddy. The film opened to positive reviews in January 2012 and went on to become a commercial success.In 2013 was seen in four Tamil films. He first appeared alongside Santhanam and Premji Amaren in R. Kannan's comedy film Settai, a remake of the 2011 Hindi film Delhi Belly. The film opened to mixed reviews and average collections, with a critic noting Arya looks "wooden, tired and disinterested". He had three more releases in the latter half of the year, Atlee's romantic comedy Raja Rani that had him acting amongst an ensemble cast of Nayantara, Jai and Nazriya Nazim, Vishnuvardhan's action thriller Arrambam which featured him alongside Ajith Kumar and Nayantara and Selvaraghavan's magnum opus fantasy film Irandam Ulagam with Anushka Shetty. He had worked out to build a huge frame and six-pack abs to fit the muscular lead role in Irandam Ulagam. Raja Rani and Arrambam were highly successful at box office.
He has signed up UTV Motion Pictures' Purampokku to be directed by S. P. Jananathan and the thriller Meagamann to be directed by Magizh Thirumeni. In 2010, Arya ventured into film production in order to promote new talents and help funding small budget films. He established the banner "The Show People" and first produced the comedy film Boss Engira Bhaskaran he himself starred in, following which he produced Sukanth's Padithurai, which remains unreleased. He also ventured into film distribution in 2013, as he bought the FMS (Singapore and Malaysia) theatrical rights of his own film Irandaam Ulagam.Arya is the ambassador of television and print marketing campaigns of Otto, the flagship brand of Pothys Clothing.
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