Arvind Swami is an Indian film actor who has featured in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi language films. He is also a model, entrepreneur and television presenter. He was introduced as an actor by Mani Ratnam with the film Thalapathi (1991) and subsequently starred in successful films such as Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), Minsaara Kanavu (1997) and Alaipayuthey (2000).
Swamy also starred in other ventures, including the Telugu film Mounam (1995), the Malayalam films Daddy (1992) and Devaraagam (1996), and the Bollywood film Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998). Swamy spent a decade in businesses ranging from software engineering, construction, international trade to global outsourcing, before returning to acting with works such as Kadal (2013), Thani Oruvan (2015), Dear Dad (2016), Dhruva (2016), and Bogan (2016). He is the host of the third season of Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi on STAR Vijay.
Arvind Swami was born in Chennai, India. His parents were V.D.Swami and Vasantha Swami. V.D.Swami was a freedom fighter and an industrialist and Vasantha Swami was an accomplished Bharatanatyam Dancer. Arvind Swami did his schooling in Sishya School and Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Chennai. He then graduated from Loyola College, Chennai in 1990 with a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree. He then went to the United States to do his Masters in International Business from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Arvind Swamy wished to be a doctor. In college, he used to be a model for pocket money. In his Loyola Theatre Society, he wasn’t well received and was asked to get off the stage. Later on, Mani Ratnam saw him in an advertisement and called for a meeting. Then he and Santhosh Sivan introduced him to the basics of filmmaking.
Arvind’s first film was ‘Thalapathi’ directed by Mani Ratnam. He went on to do many hit films like ‘Roja’, ‘Bombay’, ‘Minsara Kanavu’, ‘Devaragam’, ‘Puthayal’, ‘En Swasa Katre’, ‘AlaiPayuthe’ etc. In spite of his many successful movies, many awards and a lot of critical acclaim, he left the movies in 2000 and focussed on his business and family. He was the President of InterPro Global and is the Chairman of Talent Maximus, a leading company in India engaged in Payroll Processing, Staffing and HR services. In 2012, he has returned to the movies with Mani Ratnam’s ‘Kadal’, the shooting of which is still in progress.
Swamy married Gayathri Ramamurthy in 1994 and has one daughter Adhira Swamy, born in 1996 and a son Rudra Swamy, born in 2000. The couple lived separately for seven years until 2010, when they filed for divorce. He is married to Aparna Mukherjee, a lawyer, since 2012. Arvind Swamy was granted custody of his children.
- Name: Arvind Swamy
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- Born: 17 June 1970
- Star Sign: Gemini
- Birth Place: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Profession: Actor
- Citizenship: India