Birthday: 1954-10-13 · Known For: Acting
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Rangaraj Subbiah (born 3 October 1954), professionally known as Sathyaraj, is an Indian actor, producer, director, media personality and a former politician who has predominantly appeared in Tamil cinema. He started his career in antagonistic roles and later played lead roles. His 200 films also include works in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. He met with success through lead performances in Vedham Pudhithu (1987), Nadigan (1990), Amaidhi Padai (1994), Periyar (2007) and Onbadhu Roobai Nottu (2007). He also received acclaim for supporting roles in Nanban (2012), Raja Rani (2013), Baahubali (2015), Baahubali 2 (2017) and Kanaa (2018). He was also the director of the film Villadhi Villain (1995), starring himself in three different roles. In 2011, he had a brief career as a television host for the game show Home Sweet Home on STAR Vijay. He has also served as a brand ambassador for Pothys and Kumaran jewellery Shop.
Sathyaraj Is married to Maheswari in 1979, niece of producer Madhampatti Sivakumar, and had two children, Divya (daughter) and Sibiraj (son), also an actor. Sathyaraj is a staunch atheist.Sathyaraj and Manivannan shared a close friendship since college and became frequent collaborators in films in Tamil cinema. The Hindu wrote: "His (Manivannan's) friendship with actor Sathiyaraj translated to several memorable moments on screen. Manivannan...along with Sathyaraj epitomised on screen what is colloquially known in Tamil as "nakkal" (snideness)". According to Behindwoods.com, Manivannan (as the director) and Sathyaraj had consecutive hit films together beginning from 1987 to 1994; Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi, Ganam Courtar Avargale, Jallikattu, Vaazhkai Chakkaram, Pudhu Manithan, Therku Theru Machan and Amaidhi Padai. About working with Manivannan, he has said that it "is a pleasure. There's no script, no dialogue sheet. It's all in his head. But, he extracts great performances". Sathyaraj and Manivannan also acted together in several films directed by other directors. About his personal relationship with Manivannan, Sathyaraj remarked "I still reminisce about the beautiful moments that I had with...Manivannan, a genius of a person. In fact, he is the one who taught me many things in life, and changed me, I became a good human from being just an actor. Every day, we used to have conversations over the phone on a wide range of topics. It was a 30-year relationship. No one could understand me the way he did". Manivannan died in 2013 and Sathyaraj has said that just 24 hours before his death they had discussed their next project and that he narrated him a story.
Sathyaraj was born as Rangaraj Mandradiar on 3 October 1954 to Subbaiyan and Nathambal, with two younger sisters, namely Kalpana Mandradiar and Roopa Senapathy (wife of Dr. Periannan Senapathy). He is an ardent fan of M. G. Ramachandran and Rajesh Khanna. Sathyaraj completed his primary school education in St Mary's Convent school, Coimbatore and later studied for tenth standard from Suburban High School, Ramnagar, Coimbatore. He went to Government Arts College, Coimbatore for a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany.Sathyaraj's dream was to become a film actor, but his mother was against it and forbid him to join cinema. In 1976, in spite of his mother's opposition, he left Coimbatore to enter the Tamil film industry based in Kodambakkam, Chennai.Sathyaraj entered the film industry after witnessing the shooting of the film Annakili, where he met actor Sivakumar and producer Thiruppur Manian and started pestering them to help him fulfill his cinematic ambitions. Sivakumar vehemently criticized his interest in acting and advised him to immediately return home. Nevertheless, he remained in Chennai. Producer Maathampatty Sivakumar supported him with sending money every month. He joined the drama troupe of Komal Swamynathan. Sathyaraj's first film in a credited role as an actor was Sattam En Kaiyil, in 1978, where he played a henchman to the main villain played by Thengai Srinivasan in the film. Later, he worked as production manager for the film Kannan Oru Kaikkuzhanthai.In addition to his managerial role, he also had a small acting part in the film. His first film as the leading hero in Tamil was Saavi in 1985, which was a box office success. He acted in about 75 films from 1978 to 1985 till films, most of which featured Sathyaraj in antagonist roles.
Movies & TV Series
Prati Roju Pandage
Sathyaraj, the family patriarch, has been given a 5-week deadline by the doctor, ailing as he is with lung cancer.
Brother and sister who get separated and reunite years later when the brother has grown to be a criminal.
After his career fails to take off, a gifted cricketer in his mid-thirties decides that he’s not ready to give up quite yet.
A woman who hails from a middle-class family background aims to excel in the competitive world of cricket with the help of her supportive father.
Two men kidnap the daughter of a rich man, and the latter approaches a retired cop to track the missing woman.
Sitting Chief Minister Vinodhan, who is facing imprisonment in an illegal assets case, makes his son, Varun the temporary CM until his return. The disinterested young man gradually wakes up to the sor...
Gunasingam, a family-loving farmer who hails from a small town, tries his best to keep his big family united despite him being misunderstood by many.
Bāhubali 2: The Conclusion
When Mahendra, the son of Bāhubali, learns about his heritage, he begins to look for answers. His story is juxtaposed with past events that unfolded in the Mahishmati Kingdom.
The unexpected meeting of two ex-lovers after a long time affect the equation of their respective families
Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva
A corrupt cop who has a heartbreaking childhood realises his mistakes and turns into a sincere officer to take on a dreaded criminal and his son.
A few individuals in the medical profession are murdered or kidnapped, and the cop investigating the case suspects a doctor and arrests him. But is he the one who is behind these crimes? And why are t...
Surya is a carefree youth who lives with his father Narayana Murthy. He loves his father and is very protective about him. This obsession often lands him in trouble. A political don troubles Narayana ...
A hitman comes to a hill town to plot the murder of a top scientist. A young man and his righteous father stand in his way.
A cop sent to investigate allegedly ghostly affairs in a village agrees to stay in a haunted bungalow for seven days to win the hand of a girl in the place.
When a charming NRI girl falls in love with a wealthy businessman, she unwittingly sparks conflict within his large joint family. How will her lover find a way to marry her, while still ensuring that ...
Hari (Ram), a DJ in Vizag, proposes to many girls none of them accept his love. One day he sees a beautiful girl Sailaja (Keerthi Suresh) and also impresses her but doesn't propose to her fearing that...
Bāhubali: The Beginning
The young Shivudu is left as a foundling in a small village by his mother. By the time he’s grown up, it has become apparent that he possesses exceptional gifts. He meets the beautiful warrior princes...
Sai Korrapati who has not only produced big films like Eega and Legend has also made few small movies with different themes. Coming from his production house Tungabhadra caught the attention of Telugu...
A once-successful veteran is envious of the success that his one-time assistant as a music director and plots to bring him down by ruining both his career and life.
Lailaa O Lailaa
The story of the film revolves around Intelligence officer Jayamohan (Mohanlal) and his wife Anjali (Amala Paul). However, Anjali is unaware of the fact that he is an anti- terrorist intelligence agen...
Oru Naal Iravil
A family man gets stuck inside a building with a prostitute, whom he had solicited. As time goes by, the probability of him being caught red-handed by his family or neighbours keeps increasing.
Anna Thandavam, a big shot who arranges for contract killers, plans to murder Sivakkozhundhu, a cop. His plan goes bust after Vasu, a heroic young man, rescues the ADSP. Meanwhile, Thandavam also gets...
A cop who is affected by post-traumatic stress tries to find his kidnapped wife with the help of a military trained dog.
Kalavaram (English: Riot) is a 2014 Tamil film directed by Ramesh Selvan and produced by Ravichandran. The film features veteran actors Sathyaraj and Tanikella Bharani in the leading roles, while an e...
Chellapa wants his son Murali to become a police officer like him but Murali's dream is a 'safe' bank job. However, a slew of thefts in ATMs affects them personally and changes the course of Murali's ...
A man returns to his country in order, ostensibly, to reform his girlfriend's violent family, but he seems to have a strange connection and a rather dark past.
Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA
Amavasai (Sathyaraj) turns Nagaraja Cholan, a successful politician. Corrupt to the core, the movie begins from where the first part ended. He rises to become a Deputy Chief Minister. The tantrums an...
Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam
Set in a village in Tamil Nadu called Silukkuvarpatti, VVS talks about the love between Bose Pandi and Latha Pandi. While Bose is a carefree but spirited young man who doubles up as the leader of a l...
A mafia don sends his son out of the country because he doesn't want even a shadow of his life falling on him. Destiny wills otherwise. The son makes an innocuous trip to Mumbai to visit his dad. And ...
John (Arya) and Regina (Nayanthara) are forced into wedlock against their wishes. Both undergo a rough patch initially in their marriage as they are not able to get over their past romances. Prior to...
Rahul embarks on a journey to a small town in Tamil Nadu to fulfill the last wish of his grandfather: to have his ashes immersed in the Holy water of Rameshwaram. En route, he meets a woman hailing fr...
Ganesan (Vignesh), is an irresponsible youth in a village. He promises his mother (Kuyili) that he would be good and start earning. He joins a job where he bashes few wrong-doers. This impresses a do-...
Aagathan is the love story of Gautham and Shreya that turns sour because of Shreya's father, Major General Hareendra Natha Varma's one deed that comes back to haunt his family.
Satyaraj and goundamani's combo.
Irandu Mugam is a political film with social message.It is a double hero subject with Sathyaraj and Karan playing the roles. The female leads are Anika and Suhani.
Harish Venkatraman, a software architect by profession who lives in Malaysia, is the millionaire nephew of Maheswaran Iyer. He stumbles upon the psychiatry student Deva and falls for her that very ins...
Leelatharan, Lee to his friends, hangs out with a bunch of merry youths who do practically any work and play football in other times. It is a strong-willed and thick-tied group. Chellama, a worker in ...
Onbadhu Roobai Nottu
Madhava Padayachi (Sathyaraj) narrates his life to a young man who saves him from shame. He goes to his home village by a bus and feels for Madhava Padayachi who was a rich farmer long time back in hi...
From being a homeless pauper, Amavasai works his way up to become an acclaimed helper in a political party. Craving for more power, he employs all his evil tricks to become a top politician.
Vandicholai Chinraasu is a 1994 Tamil film directed by Manoj Kumar. The film stars Sathyaraj, Sukanya and Goundamani in lead roles.
Manathil Uruthi Vendum
Suhasini, a divorced nurse, is the sole wage earner of her large family and navigates various struggles in her life. One day, she meets a novelist who encourages her to get a new start in life.
Poovizhi Vasalile is a 1987 Indian Tamil suspense and thriller film directed by Fazil starring Sathyaraj and Sujitha in lead roles.
Vaidehi belongs to an orthodox Brahmin family and falls in love with Sankarapandi who is from a different caste. Their love is disapproved by her father but is accepted by Sankarapandi's family.
Vikram (Tamil: விக்ரம்) is a 1986 Tamil-language Indian feature film directed by Rajasekhar, starring Kamal Hassan, Ambika, Dimple Kapadia, Lizy, Sathyaraj, Charuhasan, Janagaraj and Amjad Khan. Vikra...
Mr.Bharath is a Tamil film is directed by SP. Muthuraman. The film stars Rajnikant, Sathyaraj, Ambika, Goundamani, S. V. Shekhar and others. The plot is about a son's revenge against his father. It is...
Naan Sigappu Manithan
A young man turns into a vigilante to fight injustice after his loved ones are killed.
A middle-aged man finds escape from his loveless marriage through his friendship with a boatman's daughter.
When a woman learns that her husband married her for her money, she decides to divorce him.
An aimless youth joins a gang out of a sense of gratitude, but complications arise when he falls in love with the sister of the new police officer in town.
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