Ajith Kumar is an Indian Film actor best known by his mononym Ajith or the name his fans gave him Thala and Ultimate Star known for his work in Tamil Cinema. He was born on 1 May 1971, in Hyderabad. Ajith has starred in over 50 films. Among his awards include four Vijay Awards, three Cinema Express Awards, three Filmfare Awards South and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. In addition to his acting, Ajith Kumar in a Sabbatical, participated in the 2004 British Formula 3 season as a Formula Two racing driver and was ranked the third best motor car driver in India at his peak.
Ajith was born on 1 May 1971, in Hyderabad, India. His father Parameshwar Subramanian is a Tamilian from Palakkad, Kerala and his Sindhi mother Mohini is from Kolkata, West Bengal. Ajith was the middle son out of three brothers, the others being Anup Kumar, an investor, and Anil Kumar, an IIT Madras graduate-turned-entrepreneur. Ajith also has two younger twin sisters both of whom died at a young age.
Early Life and Education –
Ajith dropped out of Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School during his tenth grade, before he had completed his higher secondary school. Through a family friend who worked with the Enfield company. Ajith was able to get a job as an apprentice and spent six months training to be a mechanic. He later quit the role at the insistence of his father, who wanted Ajith to have a white-collar job, and joined another family friend’s garment exporting company as an apprentice.
He eventually progressed to become a business developer and regularly travelled throughout the country on sales assignments, improving his English-speakinh skills. After resigning from the role, Ajith set up a textiles business distributing fabric alongside three other partners. The business venture under performed prompting Ajith to take up another job in the garments industry. During the period, Ajith also began working on modelling assignments alongside his work. He was notably scouted by P.C. Sreeram during the making of a commercial for Hercules Cycle and Motor company, who felt he had the appearance to become an actor.
Educational Qualification :-
Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Personal Life –
Ajith Kumar started dating actress Shalini Kumar when the two met on the sets of Amarkalam in 1999. The actor proposed Shalini in June 1999 and after getting her parents approval, both tied the knot in April 2000 in Chennai. The couple has two children, a daughter named Anoushka who was born on 3 January 2008, and a son named Aadvik who was born on 2 March 2015. Through his marriage to actress Shalini, he became brother-in-law to actor Richard Rishi and actress Shamili, who appeared as his sister-in-law in Rajiv Menon’s Kandukondain Kandukondain.
Ajith Kumar started his career in the film industry with an uncredited role as a school student in En Veedu En Kanavar (1990). Three years later he appeared in the Telugu-language film Prema Pusthakam (1993), which marked his official debut. The same year, the actor made his debut in Tamil Film Industry with Amaravathi directed by Selva. It was the actor’s first hit and it opened to positive critical response. After his first major hit, over the next couple of years, Ajit starred in films like Paasamalargal (1994), Pavithra (1994) and Aasai (1995), Whilst the first film did not fare well at the box-office, the later two not only won critical praises but also won raked in good numbers at the box office. Continuing his successful run in 1995, with yet another massive hit in 1996 with Vaanmathi directed by Agathiyan.
He established himself as a romantic hero with Kadhal Kottai (1996), Aval Varuvala (1998), and Kadhal Mannan (1998), and established himself as an action hero with the starting of film Amarkalam (1999). Ajith’s dual portrayal of twin brothers – where one is deaf-mute : in S.J. Surya’s Vaali (1999) won him first Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor. He earned critical acclaim for his dual role performance in the vigilante film Citizen (2001). In 2002, Ajith won his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his brilliant role in the Tamil heist film Villain directed by K.S. Ravikumar and co-starring Meena and Kiran Rathod.
In 2006, he starred in Varalaru, in which he played three different roles. It became the highest-grossing Tamil Film of 2006. The following year he starred in two remakes – Kireedam (2007) and Billa (2007), both of which earned him critical acclaim. Ajith played an antihero in Mankatha (2011), which became one of the highest-grossing Tamil Films of all time. His next release, Billa II (2012), was Tamil cinema’s first prequel. The same year, the actor made a Cameo appearance in the Tamil dubbed version of the critically acclaimed Hindi movie English Vinglish directed by Gauri Shinde and starring Sridevi Kapoor. Over the next three years, the actor had three releases Arrambam (2013), Veeram (2014), and Yennai Arindhal (2015), all of which fared well at the box office and earned him a Filmfare Award Nomination for Best Actor- Tamil. His 2017 release includes Blind Date with Ajith Kumar and Vivegam, an action thriller film directed by Siva. His 2019 release includes Nerkonda Paarvai. Based on the annual earnings of Indian celebrities, he was included in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list three times.
Racing Career –
Ajith became a racing driver, competing in circuits around India in places such as Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. He is one among very few Indians to race in the International arena and in Formula Championships. He has also been abroad for various races, including Germany and Malaysia. He drove in the 2003 Formula Asia BMW championships. He raced in the 2010 Formula 2 Championship along with two other Indians, Armaan Ebrahim and Parthiva Sureshwaren.
Other Works –
In the late 1990s, Ajith began his own film distribution company called Circuit 9000. In 1998, he announced that he would close the business and refrain from producing, distributing or directing films in the future.
He created the non-profit organization “Mohini-Mani Foundation” to promote self-hygiene and civic consciousness and also to help ease the problems of urban sprawl.
In 2004, he was signed as the brand ambassador of Nescafe. (Tamil Nadu).
Initially, he worked as a salesman for a garment export company.
Ajith Kumar is passionate about UAVs and drones. Recently he has been appointed as the test pilot and UAV system advisor by Madras Institute of Technology for Medical Express- 2018 UAV Challenge.