Arya is an Indian film actor who mainly appears in Tamil films. He is best known for his roles in the films Pattiyal (2006), Naan Kadavul (2009), Arinthum Ariyamalum,Sarvam, Madrasapattinam (2010), and Boss Engira Bhaskaran(2010). While working as a Assistant Software Engineer, Arya was approached by late cinematographer Jeeva to audition for his Ullam Ketkumae in 2003. The pair had lived in the same neighbourhood and had attended the same local mosque.
Arya immediately signed on for the project and was given the stage name by Jeeva. The film had also marked the debuts of actresses Asin and Pooja but the film was delayed and only released after their other ventures. Hence, Arya's first appearance was as Kutty, in Vishnuvardhan's Arinthum Ariyamalum, with the film going on to become a super hit.
In an interview several years later, Arya also cited that it was because of the song "Thee Pidika" that people took notice of him, creditting and expressing gratitude to its composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. 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, Igor's thriller Kalabha Kadhalan, where he played an engineer pursued romantically by an aggressive sister-in-law, won favourable reviews from critics but failed commercially.
Arya collaborated with Vishnuvardhan again in the successful gangster flick, Pattiyal, where Bharath also played another leading role. The film, was shot across the slums of Chennai and told the story of two ruthless underworld hitmen, with Pooja and Padmapriya also playing major roles. Upon release, the film gained positive reports and the lead pair's performances were praised with a critic claiming that scenes between Arya and Bharath were "touching" while Arya's use of facial expressions and body language "fits exactly for the kind of role he plays
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, despite gaining favourable reviews. 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. As per, the film took three years to complete with Arya growing a full length beard for the production thus making him unable to sign other projects, while he often cited the intense pressure and the hardships of the shoot. Arya appeared as an Aghori in the film situated in Kasi but is forced to relocate to Tamil Nadu, where he duly encounters an underworld which gains collections through the torture of the handicapped, with Pooja, yet again playing a significant role.
After a guest role in Rajesh's Siva Manasula Sakthi, 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. His next venture was the period film Madrasapattinam depicting a love story from the 1940s, co-starring newcomer Amy Jackson and directed by A. L. Vijay. The big budget film progressed with its schedules with little publicity for a year, with Arya portraying the role of Ilamparithi.
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. The film which also featured Prithviraj, Genelia D'Souza and Nithya Menen, won positive reviews with reviewers from Sify.com labelling it a "miniature masterpiece of moods".
In March 2011, he was signed by director Mani Ratnam to essay the role of Arulmozhi Varman in his epic film Ponniyin Selvan, based on the same-titled novel by acclaimed writer Kalki Krishnamurthy, which however did not materialize. Arya then appeared in his second film with Bala in Avan Ivan, where he portrayed the lead role of Kumbedran Sami alongside Vishal.
The film opened to mixed reviews but the performance of the lead actors won acclaim with the critic from The Hindu ciitng that "Arya is a perfect foil for Vishal — his brash demeanour and genuine affection for his stepbrother come out well in many of the scenes" and that "he deserves appreciation for taking up a role that isn't as heroic as Vishal's and presenting it convincingly".
Arya has two budget Tamil films in production, the first seeing him appear alongside Madhavan and Amala Paul in Linguswamy's action film Vettai and the other being Selvaraghavan's Irandam Ulagam. Arya also has three forthcoming films which will see him in guest appearances, Parimala Thiraiyarangam, Rajesh's Oru Kal Oru Kannadi and Kadhal 2 Kalyanam, which features his brother, Sathya in the lead role.
Arya has also ventured into film production in order to promote new talents and help funding small budget films. In 2010, he established the banner "The Show People" and first produced his Boss Engira Bhaskaran, following which he produced newcomer Sukanth's Padithurai, which is currently in post-production stage.
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.
2016 Nenu Autovani ( Telugu )
2016 Bhale Tammudu ( Telugu )
2016 Veerudu ( Telugu )
2015 Meagamann ( Tamil )
2014 Purampokku ( Tamil )
2014 Kadhal 2 Kalyanam ( Tamil )
2014 Vadi Vasal ( Tamil )
2014 Nataraju Thane Raju (NTR) ( Telugu )
2014 Raja Rani ( Telugu )
2014 Madha Gaja Raja (MGR) ( Tamil )
2013 Raja Rani ( Tamil )
2013 Crazy ( Telugu )
2013 Settai ( Tamil )
2013 Aata Arambham ( Telugu )
2013 Arrambam ( Tamil )
2013 Love To Love ( Telugu )
2013 Varna ( Telugu )
2013 Irandam Ulagam ( Tamil )
2012 Ok Ok ( Telugu )
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi ( Tamil )
2012 Ponniyin Selvan ( Tamil )
2012 Urumi ( Tamil )
2012 Vettai ( Tamil )
2012 Kadavul Paathi Mirugam Paathi ( Tamil )
2011 Modalaindi Ela ( Telugu )
2011 Vaadu Veedu ( Telugu )
2011 1947 A Love Story ( Telugu )
2011 Avan Ivan ( Tamil )
2010 Madharasapattinam ( Tamil )
2010 Kaadhal Solla Vandhen ( Tamil )
2010 Sarvam ( Telugu )
2010 Varudu ( Telugu )
2010 Nene Ambani ( Telugu )
2010 Chikku Bukku ( Tamil )
2010 Varan ( Malayalam )
2010 Boss Engira Baskaran ( Tamil )
2009 Nenu Devudni ( Telugu )
2009 Naan Kadavul ( Tamil )
2009 Sarvam ( Tamil )
2007 Mayakannadi ( Tamil )
2007 Oram Po ( Tamil )
2006 Kalabha Kadhalan ( Tamil )
2006 Gayam ( Telugu )
2006 Vattaram ( Tamil )
2006 Pattiyal ( Tamil )
2005 Oru Kalluriyin Kathai ( Tamil )
2005 Arinthum Ariyamalum ( Tamil )
2005 Ullam Ketkume ( Tamil )
As a producer
Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010)