|Relatives||Kavitha Vijayakumar (sister)|
Dr. Anitha Vijayakumar (sister)
Vanitha VijayKumar (half-sister)
Pritha Vijaykumar (half-sister)
Sridevi VijayKumar (half-sister)
Manjula Vijayakumar (step-mother)
Arun Vijay (born 19 November 1977), formerly known as Arun Kumar, is an Indian film actor who works primarily in Tamil cinema. He also starred in a few films in Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. He has been in the film industry since 1995. He is noted for his villanous roles in Yennai Arindhaal, Bruce Lee: The Fighter and Chakravyuha, in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries respectively.
Arun Vijay was born as the only son to actor Vijayakumar and his first wife Muthukannu. He studied at Don Bosco Maticulation Higher Secondary School, Egmore. After completing his schooling, he joined Loyola college for his higher studies.
In 2006, Vijay married Aarathi, daughter of film producer Dr. N. S. Mohan with whom he has a daughter, Purvi and a son, Arnav Vijay. In 2010, Kavitha’s daughter Hasini married N. S. Mohan's son Hemanth, who is a co-producer of Feather Touch Entertainments and also acted alongside Arun Vijay in Malai Malai.
Vijay had a desire to act since childhood. He developed a strong interest by watching his father during film shoots. Vijay started getting film offers when he was in tenth grade but his father wanted him to complete his schooling before acting in films.
Vijay signed on for an A. R. Rahman musical Love Story to be his acting debut, but the delay of that project meant that he accepted Anbalaya Films' offer of Sundar C's Murai Mappillai (1995). He was 18 years old when he signed to act in Murai Mapillai. This made him one of the youngest actors to debut as a hero in the Tamil film industry. Murai Mapillai had a star cast which included Manivannan, K. Prabakaran, Kalaranjini, Goundamani and Senthil. The film was released on December 1995.
In 1996, Vijay's second film, Priyam, was released. Vijay then signed for two films Kathirunda Kadhal and Ganga Gowri under Ganga Gowri Productions. Both were released in 1997. Kathirunda Kadhal was Arun's first film with Suvalakshmi.
In 1998, Vijay played the lead role in director Balasekaran's film Thulli Thirintha Kaalam. It was produced by Kavithalayaa Productions, a company owned by K.Balachander. The film was a commercial success and was later remade in Telugu with a different cast.
In 2000, Vijay featured in two films, Kannaal Pesavaa and Anbudan. Kannal Pesavaa was released in August 2000 and was his second film with actors Suvalakshmi, Goundamani and Senthil. Anbudan, released in November 2000, had two heroines Meena and Rambha. His career hit a nadir when Buddhan, a project which he had physically transformed for, was stalled and dropped in 2000.
In 2001, he played a civil engineer in Pandavar Bhoomi, directed by Cheran. This was the first movie in which Vijay and his father Vijayakumar acted together. This movie won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Second Prize) in 2001.
Vijay's next film was Mutham (2002). It was initially titled Muthamidalamma, but was changed after the censor screening. It was directed by S.A. Chandrasekhar and was the first film to be shot using digital cinematography in Tamil cinema. Vijay had a special appearance in Iyarkai (2003), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.
He acted in director Ramesh Selvan's Jananam (2004). The film's actress Priyanka Trivedi could not fulfill her scheduled commitments in the film, as she got married in 2003. The film failed to make a mark, as the screenplay was not good and the story was incomplete. Critics appreciated Arun Vijay's acting in the movie.
The first venture, Malai Malai (2009), directed by A. Venkatesh, became a commercial success. The next, Maanja Velu (2010), by the same team, was also a success. Arun Vijay appeared in Magizh Thirumeni's action-thriller Thadaiyara Thaakka (2012), marking a move away from his previous two Masala films.
The same year, he debuted in Telugu in the film Bruce Lee - The Fighter (2015) as the lead antagonist. He also made his Kannada debut as the lead antagonist in the movie Chakravyuha in 2016. Kuttram 23 (2017) was a success at the box office. His next movie was Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018), which was directed by Mani Ratnam.
In 2019, Vijay acted in Thadam, an action crime thriller. He played his first double role in this film. This was also the second film in which he and Magizh Thirumeni worked together, after Thadaiyara Thaakka. The film was loosely based on various real-life crimes where the suspects are identical twins. Thadam's biggest strength was Vijay's convincing performance as Kavin and Ezhil. The film was a blockbuster hit. In the action thriller film Saaho, Prabhas was the hero while Vijay played a supporting role.
On September 1, 2015 Vijay launched his own production company called In Cinemas Entertainment (ICE). He said that he launched the company to identify and provide an opportunity to ambitious and talented youngsters.
His first production venture was Kuttram 23 (2017), a medical crime thriller directed by Arivazhagan. Arun Vijay acted as a police officer. This was his 23rd film, and was expected to release during the Pongal festival, but the producers were not able to get enough theaters to screen the film due to the release of Bairavaa. The film was postponed to release on March 3, 2017. Kuttram 23 was released on March 3, 2017 and received positive reviews from critics and audiences.
|1998||Thulli Thirintha Kalam||Ashok|
|2006||Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu||Prem|
|2012||Thadaiyara Thaakka||Selva||Also singer for "Poondamalli Thaan"|
|2015||Yennai Arindhaal||Victor Manoharan|
|Bruce Lee – The Fighter||Deepak Raj||Telugu|
|2017||Kuttram 23||ACP Vetrimaaran IPS||Tamil|
|2018||Chekka Chivantha Vaanam||Thyagarajan "Thyagu" Senapathi|
|2019||Thadam||Ezhil & Kavin||25th Film; Dual Role|
|Saaho||Vishwank Roy / Iqbal||Telugu|
|2020||Mafia: Chapter 1||Aryan / Dileep" Dexter"||Tamil|
Awards and nominations
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