He is from Andhra Pradesh and his mother tongue is Telugu and is living in Chennai. He is the cousin of the late actor Murali. His real name is Balaji and after performing the role of Daniel in the popular television series in Sun TV, Chithi, he came to be called Daniel Balaji. He also acted in the series Alaigal directed by Sunder K Vijayan. His first film in Tamil was April Maathathil. However the first film that gave importance to his character was Kaakha Kaakha in which he played the role of a police officer with Surya Sivakumar. He took up the role of the antagonist in the film by Menon named Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu. Some of the films that he has appeared include November Rain, Polladhavan, Chirutha, Muthirai, Bhagavan, Daddy Cool, Kirataka, Mithivedi, 12 Hours, Crime Story, Gharshana, It is said that he is a chain smoker and a humorous guy. Daniel Balaji's uncle is Kannada film director Siddalingaiah.
His next film Polladhavan was also appreciated and the movie turned out to be a blockburster.He also acted as one of the villains in Telugu film 'Chirutha'. He is a close friend of director Gautham Menon and has been involved in some way or the other, in his films. Critics have largely condemned his performance as bordering on overacting in both Polladhavan and Vettaiyaadu Vilayaadu. Daniel is one of the heroes of director Srinath's Muthirai.
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