Sarath Kumar is an Indian film actor and politician and the current president of South Indian Film Artistes Association. He started his career in Kollywood as a villain, and then played minor roles in other movies. He was first chosen for the lead role in Suriyan which was a success at box-office. He mainly played the role of an honest cop. He also floated a new political party in Tamil Nadu to carry out the ideals of K. Kamaraj Nadar. Sarathkumar has acted in more than 130 Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films. He can speak Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and English fluently.
In 1986, Sarathkumar started his acting career in the Telugu film Samajamlo Sthree. He first acted in negative roles, and later played minor roles before establishing himself as a lead actor in the subsequent years earning him the title Supreme Star in Tamil cinema. He has won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South. He is the present Member of Legislative Assembly of Tenkasi constituency. He served as the president of the Nadigar Sangam from 2006 to 2015 for three consecutive terms. Sarath Kumar was born on March 29, 1954 in New Delhi to M. Ramanathan and Pushpa Leela. He also has a sister named Mallika Kumar. His native place is Thalakavur in Sivaganga district near Karaikudi. He graduated with his B. Sc. in Mathematics from The New College, Chennai. Sarathkumar made his acting debut, in 1986, in the Telugu film Samajamlo Sthree at the behest of a producer friend.
In 1988, while running his travel agency in Chennai, Sarathkumar got an opportunity to act as well as produce in the Tamil film Kan Simittum Neram. The film was directed by Kalaivanan Kannadasan, he co-starred with Karthik and Ambika. In 1989, R. Sarathkumar was spotted by Raju, the personal make-up man of actor Vijayakanth, and recommended him to the Pulan Visaranai's team. Finally, R. Sarathkumar acted as a villain in Pulan Visaranai and the film turned out to be a blockbuster. He won a Cinema Express Award for Best Villain for his role and created him more film offers. He appeared in antagonist roles in Tamil films of which Pudhu Padagan, Velai Kidaichuduchu, Raja Kaiya Vacha, Enkitta Mothathe, Jagathalaprathapan and in Telugu films such as Vishnu, Magadu and Balachandrud
He then starred in the action film Suriyan directed by Pavithran and it became his first big break. The film won positive reviews and became highly successful at the box office, he received a Cinema Express Award Best Actor Special Award for the role in which he shaved his head. In the end of 1993, he acted in the thriller film Moondravadhu Kann, he teamed up with Suriyan team (consists of director Pavithran, cinematographer Ashok Kumar, comedian Goundamani, villain Babu Antony and editor duo B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan) for the second time in I Love India and worked in the comedy film Kattabomman. Moondravadhu Kann was a hit at the box-office and Kattabomman was labelled as "disaster" but Malini Mannath of The New Indian Express stating that "Sarath seems to have improved on his expressions". His 1992's Telugu film Agreement was dubbed into Tamil as Idhayam Ullavan and fetched highly negative reviews upon release. Sarath Kumar has acted in six regional languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. He has received critical acclaim for his roles in the films Pulan Visaranai, Sooriyan, Naataamai, Suryavamsam, Natpukkaga and Cheran Pandian.
Sarath Kumar joined DMK in the year 1996. DMK fielded him in Tirunelveli Loksabha Constituency during 1998 parliamentary elections and he lost by small margin. In 2002,DMK made him a Rajyasabha member. He left DMK before 2006 Assembly elections owing to differences with Tamilnadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's family members. He joined AIADMK along with his wife Radhika and campaigned vigorously for that party.His wife Radhika Sarathkumar was dismissed from AIADMK for anti party activities in October 2006. He also quit from AIADMK in November 2006 quoting his workload in Cine industry as a reason. Sarathkumar launched his own political party the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi on 31 August 2007. Sarathkumar said : "We are disillusioned by the Dravidian parties, which had done little to develop the state despite being in power for four decades". In just before 2011 Assembly elections, Sarathkumar joined in AIADMK alliance and his party was allotted two seats
His party contested as part of the AIADMK alliance and won in two assembly constituencies – Tenkasi and Nanguneri.Sarathkumar won from Tenkasi and Ernavur A. Narayanan won from Nanguneri. After finishing his studies, Sarathkumar started out as a newspaper boy, managing newspaper circulation before moving on to become a reporter. After establishing Dinakaran in Bangalore, he was called to Chennai to expand their business there.Sarathkumar is now the founder and editor of Media Voice weekly magazine in Tamil. One of the key value propositions that Media Voice brings to the table is Sarath’s personal interview each month with a news-maker discussing current issues. "Although I am a politician and actor now, the journalist in me is still alive. I love multitasking,” said Sarath. From such humble beginnings, he has learnt to live an inspired life, and is the strong leader that society needs.
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