Thala Ajith

Thala Ajith

Ajith Kumar is one of the leading actors in Tamil cinema and one of the highest paid in the Tamil film industry. He is popularly known as Thala Ajith. He was born in Hyderabad on 1st May, 1971. He dropped out of higher secondary school and took up a job at 18 to raise money to feed his passion for racing.
To support his craving to be a racer, he learnt the ropes of becoming a merchandiser with a garment export company. He did quite well that time. He also got into modelling for press ads and TV commercials. He would borrow money from his friends too for racing. Following an accident, he had to take up more modelling work.
He started his career with a small insignificant role in the Tamil film En Veedu En Kanavar hat was released in 1990. His first lead role was in the film Amaravathi which was directed by Selva, a newcomer at that time. This flick met with moderate success. Post this, came  his second Tamil film Pavithra. This was delayed for 17 months because of a major racing injury that had left him bed-ridden.
His first critical commercial hit was in the thriller Aasai (1995). This was directed by Vasanth and had Suvalakshmi play his love interest. The film was produced by Manirathnam. This film was the turning point in his career and pushed him into the big league.
He subsequently established himself as a romantic hero with Kadhal Kottai (1996), Aval Varuvala (1998) and Kadhal Mannan (1998).  Kadhal Kottai was a romantic flick with Devyani as the heroine and this turned out to be a blockbuster. Not only this, it won three National Film Awards including the award for the Best Tamil Film in 1996. He has won many awards and has never shied away from taking up unconventional roles.
Successful films like Vaali (1999), Mugavaree (2000), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) and Citizen (2001) followed. He established himself  strongly as an action hero with films like Amarkalam (1999), Dheena (2001), Villain (2002), Attahasam (2004), Varalaru (2006), Mankatha (2011), Arrambam (2013), Veeram (2014), Yennai Arindhaal (2015) and Vedalam (2015).  He met his wife Shalini on the sets of Amarkalam and they fell in love.
In 2007, Ajith played a don in Billa. This fast-paced action thriller had Nayanthara opposite him and became a blockbuster. Later there was a prequel to this Billa 2.
Dheena was directed by A. R. Murugadoss and Ajith played a rowdy He had prominent co-stars like Suresh Gopi and Laila Mehdin. His Citizen opposite Vasundhara Das earned appreciation and awards but the movie failed at the box office. During the latter part of 2010, he acted in Mankatha under Director Venkat Prabhu and this movie him a great opening and financial success too.  In 2014, Ajith was listed in Forbes India’s Top 100 Celebrities.
Ajith is currently riding a career high. His action thriller Vivegam is much awaited.
From chocolate boy to action hero, Ajith has made a big mark on Kollywood! He stands tall among the top heroes and is never afraid of a new challenge.

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