Ajith Kumar
Ajith Kumar - Profiles of Cine Artist

Ajith Kumar is an Indian film actor who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He began his career as a supporting actor in a Telugu film before gaining critical recognition. A known motor racing enthusiast, Tamil cinema star Ajith Kumar will be testing his skills in the Formula 2 European season this year, becoming the third Indian after Armaan Ebrahim and Parthiva Sureshwaran to join the 2010 F2 grid.

Ajith, as he is known, made his racing debut in 2003 in the Formula BMW Asia series and moved to the UK the next year where he made a podium finish. Speaking on his latest venture, Ajith said he was really excited about racing in F2.

“I have a great regard for (F2 series Director) Jonathan Palmer -- thanks to him and his efforts Formula Two is the next best thing after F1. Coming from India with a population of one billion plus, I want to take motor racing in this country to the common man. Right now, it is still a niche sport largely popular in the urban areas. Given my profile as a film star, I hope to use my status to popularize the sport in India,’’ Ajith said in a statement here.

Ajith started his film career at the age of 21 as an actor in the Telugu movie Prema Pustagam in 1992. His next film was a super hit Tamil film Amaravathi. His second Tamil film Pavithra was delayed for 17 months because of a racing injury that left him bed-ridden. Both films received vast appreciation from Tamil audience. It was his third Tamil film that released 10 months later in 1995, Aasai, directed by Vasanth and produced by Mani Rathnam which helped establish his career as a actor in Kollywood. Ajith's first big budget venture was Aasai but it was only until the release of Agathiyan's blockbuster Vaanmathi and particularly the National Award winning Kadhal Kottai which established him as an actor in Kollywood. Ajith later played the lead in Amitabh Bachchan's debut Tamil production Ullasam. This venture paid him a salary of over Rs. 1 million for the first time ever.

A string of very successful movies followed, most notably Kadhal Mannan and Vaali which cast him alongside Simran. Vaali saw a new peak in Ajith's career. He played a dual role in the film. One as a deaf-and-dumb twin who lusts after his naive brother's wife. After Amarkalam with his then-fiancée, now wife Shalini, Ajith set up his own distribution company AK International with the office located within the premises of NIC Arts which was run by his ex-friend, producer and distributor S. S. Chakravarthi. This office was shifted in 2006. In 2000, Ajith was cast alongside Mammootty, Abbas, Tabu and Aishwarya Rai in Kandukondain Kandukondain. The film's audio rights were sold for a record Rs.66 million. Mugavari followed as Ajith acted alongside Jyothika Saravanan. In 2001, Ajith played the role of Shahrukh Khan's brother in the commercially unsuccessful historical film Asoka.

He began the year with the scintillating movie Dheena directed by A. R. Murugadoss. This movie showed Ajith as a rowdy and he acted alongside Suresh Gopi and Laila Mehdin. Citizen opposite Vasundhara Das was experimentally successful and earned the actor with lot of appreciation and awards but the movie failed to mark its signature in the box office, Citizen was followed by Poovellam Un Vaasam which was also an average grosser.  The film Raja opposite Jyothika Saravanan and the action flick Red proved to be a disaster for the actor and marked the downfall and an proved to be an all time low in the actor's career.

In 2003 and 2004, Ajith acted in Anjaneya, Jana and Attagasam. While Anjaneya and Jana flopped at the box office, Attagasam became a hit, also giving a successful soundtrack album. He later went on to act in the film Ji which opened very well but failed to sustain success in the long run. During 2006, Ajith acted in 3 projects. First he acted in Paramasivan directed P. Vasu and then in Thirupathi directed by Perarasu’s. Both were hit. Later that year he released his 3 year-pending project Varalaru: History of Godfather directed by K. S. Ravikumar. Varalaru turned out to be a super hit movie in terms of collection due to the three roles he played as an old man who was once a classical dancer and two identical twins, with one being the antagonist.

Ajith's first film in 2007 was with the newcomer director Chella in his maiden film entitled Aalwar. Aalwar did not live up to the expectations created by the success of Varalaru. As a result it was a major let down for Ajith. After Aalwar, Ajith acted in a remake of a 1989 National Film Award winning Malayalam film, Kireedam with Trisha Krishnan. On December 14, 2007 Billa released breaking all his previous records. The movie was the remake of Rajnikanth’s 1980 Tamil film Billa. After Billa, Ajith has in Aegean directed by Raju Sundaram which had been released on October 25, 2008. In 2010 his next release Asal Arrived and it doesn’t become a hit. In late 2010 he started working for the movie Mankatha under Venkat Prabhu direction and this movie brought Ajith Kumar his best ever opening in his career and went on to become a financially successful venture as well.  

Ajith then starred in Billa II, a prequel to his 2007 blockbuster Billa, which released on 13 July 2012 to mixed reviews with critics praising Ajith's screen presence and stunts, film's cinematography, pace and style while criticizing the climax to be poor and blaming the director. However it had a wonderful opening and was declared a commercial success.   He has starred in Vishnuvardhan's Arrambam alongside Arya, Nayanthara and the film released on October 31 to very high positive reviews from both critics and audience. The movie collected a heavy sum of INR100 crore (US$15 million) worldwide in just 10 days. His next film post Arrambam is director Siva's Veeram, which is scheduled to release in Pongal 2014.

Films Acted

2014     Veerudukkade  ( Telugu )

2014     Veeram  ( Tamil )

2013     Aata Arambham  ( Telugu )

2013     Arrambam  ( Tamil )

2012     English Vinglish (Aangilam Vaangilam)  ( Tamil )

2012     Billa 2  ( Tamil )

2012     David Billa  ( Telugu )

2011     Poorna Market  ( Telugu )

2011     Soolam  ( Telugu )

2011     Mankatha  ( Tamil )

2011     Gambler  ( Telugu )

2010     Asal  ( Tamil )

2009     Mallika I Love You  ( Telugu )

2008     Aegan  ( Tamil )

2007     Kireedam  ( Tamil )

2007     Billa  ( Tamil )

2007     Aalwar  ( Tamil )

2006     Paramasivan  ( Tamil )

2006     Varalaru  ( Tamil )

2006     Thirupathi  ( Tamil )

2005     Ji  ( Tamil )

2004     Attagasam  ( Tamil )

2004     Jana  ( Tamil )

2003     Ennai Thalatta Varuvala ( Tamil )          

2003     Anjaneya ( Tamil )

2002     Raja  ( Tamil )

2002     Villain  ( Tamil )

2002     Red  ( Tamil )

2001     Citizen  ( Tamil )

2001     Asoka (Hindi)

2001     Poovellam Un Vasam ( Tamil )

2001     Dheena  ( Tamil )

2000     Kandukondain Kandukondain  ( Tamil )

2000     Mugavari  ( Tamil )

2000     Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven  ( Tamil )

1999     Anandha Poongatre  ( Tamil )

1999     Unnai Thedi  ( Tamil )

1999     Amarkalam  ( Tamil )

1999     Nee Varuvai Ena  ( Tamil )

1999     Vaali  ( Tamil )

1999     Thodarum ( Tamil )

1999     Anantha Poongatre ( Tamil )

1998     Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen  ( Tamil )

1998     Aval Varuvala  ( Tamil )

1998     Kadhal Mannan  ( Tamil )

1998     Uyirodu Uyiraga ( Tamil )

1997     Prema Lekha  ( Telugu )

1997     Nesam  ( Tamil )

1997     Ullasam  ( Tamil )

1997     Raasi ( Tamil )

1997     Pagaivan ( Tamil )

1997     Rettai Jadai Vayasu ( Tamil )

1996     Kadhal Kottai  ( Tamil )

1996     Kalloori Vaasal  ( Tamil )

1996     Minor Mappillai ( Tamil )

1996     Vaanmathi (Tamil)

1995     Rajavin Parvaiyile  ( Tamil )

1995     Aasai  ( Tamil )

1994     Pavithra  ( Tamil )

1994     Paasamalargal

1993     Amaravathi  ( Tamil )

1993     Prema Pustakam (Telugu)

1990     En Veedu En Kanavar (Tamil)

Family Background

Ajith Kumar was born as the middle child in Secunderabad, a city north of Hyderabad to a Palakkad Iyer from Kerala and a Sindhi mother, and was brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Ajith began speaking Tamil only after entering films. Ajith later created the non-profit organisation "Mohini-Mani Foundation", named after his parents, in order to promote self-hygiene and civic consciousness and to help ease the problems of urban sprawl.

Ajith Kumar was the middle son out of three brothers, the others being Anoop Kumar, a stock broker in New York and Anil Kumar, an IIT Madras graduate working in Seattle. Moreover, Ajith had younger twin sisters, both of whom died young. Through his marriage to actress Shalini, Ajith became brother-in-law to actor, Richard Rishi, and actress Shamili, who appeared as his sister-in-law in Rajiv Menon's Kandukondain Kandukondain.

Awards & Titles


1999     Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Vaali (Tamil)

1999     Cinema Express Award for Best Actor - Vaali (Tamil)

2001     Cinema Express Award for Best Actor - Citizen (Tamil)

2001     Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actor - Poovellam Un Vasam (Tamil)

2002     Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Villain (Tamil)

2006     Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Varalaru (Tamil)

2006     Vijay Award for Favourite Hero - Varalaru (Tamil)

2006     Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary MGR Award - Varalaru (Tamil)

2011     Vijay Award for Best Villain - Mankatha (Tamil)

2011     Vijay Award for Favourite Hero - Mankatha (Tamil)

2011     Chennai Times Award for Best Actor - Mankatha (Tamil)


2001     Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Asoka (Hindi)

2007     Vijay Award for Favourite Hero - Billa (Tamil)               

2007     Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Billa (Tamil)  

2008     Vijay Award for Favourite Hero - Aegean (Tamil)

2010     Vijay Award for Favourite Hero - Aasal (Tamil)             

2011     Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Mankatha (Tamil)

2011     SIIMA Award for Best Actor - Mankatha (Tamil)

2011     SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Mankatha (Tamil)      

2012     Vijay Award for Favourite Hero - Billa II (Tamil)