Bharath is an Indian actor, who appears in Tamil films. He is probably best known for his critically acclaimed performances. He wanted to continue his higher studies in dance but destiny landed him in films. Bharath made his acting debut in the 2003 Tamil film Boys directed by S. Shankar, in which he played the guitarist of a boy band. He was selected for the role, after Shankar had seen him performing at a dance programme "Inspirations" at the Music Academy by Swingers.
In 2004, he first appeared in his first and only Malayalam film till date, the Jayaraj-directed vigilante film 4 The People, portraying one of the four protagonists. Supported by a highly popular soundtrack by Jassie Gift, the film went on to become a blockbuster, grossing 3 crores at the Kerala box office and turning out the highest-grossing Malayalam film of that year. The film was subsequently dubbed into Tamil as 4 Students and Telugu as Yuvasena with its Tamil version emerging a box office success as well.
Later that year, he essayed the antagonist role in Chellamae, alongside Vishal and Reema Sen. His portrayal of Vishwa, a possessive teenager who kidnaps his childhood friend he is obsessed with and married to someone else was appreciated by critics. It also was an economical success. He played his first starring role in Balaji Sakthivel's romantic-drama film Kaadhal that featured him as a poor mechanic who falls in love and elopes with a wealthy 12th standard student, portrayed by then debutante Sandhya. The film, produced by Shankar, received critical acclaim and was also commercially successful. Also, his performance as the naïve but sweet lover was highly praised.
Pattiyal, a gangster thriller in which he shared screen space with Arya, was his first release in 2006. The Vishnuvardhan-directorial opened to very positive critical response and went to become a high financial success, with Bharath garnering accolades for his performance as a deaf and dumb hitman Later that year, he starred in Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu, Em Magan, Chennai Kadhal and Veyil. While Chennai Kadhal, a romance film by Vikraman, bombed at the box office, Thirumurugan's family drama film Em Magan was declared a hit film. He has received great accolades for Veyyil, which also emerged a commercial success and was selected for screening at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Following Veyyil, Bharath experienced a setback in his career as his subsequent releases—with the exception of Pazhani—proved critically and commercially unsuccessful. He was facing an "image crisis" as he signed up for action and masala films and went on play repetitive roles as a "larger than life angry young man", essaying "small town rowdy" or "guy seeking revenge" roles.
Koodal Nagar, in which he starred alongside Bhavana and Sandhya, was his only release in 2007. He portrayed a dual role in the film which was a box office flop. In 2008 he appeared in Perarasu's Pazhani, which was a commercial success, following which Nepali, directed by Dhurai was released. Though the film is considered a box office bomb, Bharath received rave reviews for his performance.
That year he had two more releases, Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu, which saw him collaborating with the Em Magan team again, and Hari's Seval, none of which succeeded. In 2009 he acted in Arumugam, directed by Suresh Krishna and Kandein Kadhalai, the Tamil remake of the 2007 Hindi blockbuster Jab We Met. The latter featured him in a totally contrasting role as a rich businessman, and became his only commercial success in two years. In 2010, he had a single release with Thambikku Indha Ooru which became a critical and commercial failure.
In 2011, he appeared in the multi-starrer Vaanam as Bharath Chakravarthy, a guitarist, with the film becoming a successful venture at the box office. Post-release, Bharath clashed with the producer and another actor in the film, Silambarasan, claiming he did not receive as much promotion and publicity as Silambarasan's character. His recent film is Yuvan Yuvathi released to mixed reviews.
4 The People
Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu
Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu
Thambikku Indha Ooru