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Atharvaa at Eetti Success Meet.
Atharvaa Murali

(1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 33)
Years active2010–present
RelativesS. Siddalingaiah (grandfather)
Daniel Balaji (uncle)

Atharvaa Murali is an Indian film actor who works in Tamil cinema. The son of actor Murali and grandson of director S. Siddalingaiah, Atharvaa began his acting career with Baana Kaathadi (2010).[1] He then garnered critical acclaim for his performance as a youngster suffering from delusion in the romantic thriller Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal (2012), before signing on to feature in Bala's period film Paradesi (2013). His role as a rural villager held as a slave in a tea plantation became his breakthrough performance, earning Atharvaa a Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Tamil.

Early life and career[edit | edit source]

Atharva was born as the second child to film actor Murali and his wife. He also has an elder sister, Kavya, and a younger brother, Aakash.[2]

Career[edit | edit source]

2010–2017[edit | edit source]

Atharvaa receiving Best Actor – Tamil Award at the 61st Filmfare Awards South from Samantha Ruth Prabhu for his performance in the film Paradesi (2013)

After completing school, Atharvaa chose to pursue a career in films and began to undertake classes with stunt choreographers to prepare himself physically as an actor. In 2009, his father found him an offer to play the lead role in a film to be produced by Sathya Jyothi Films and directed by Badri Venkatesh. Titled Baana Kaathadi, the film launched in March 2009 and had Atharvaa pair up with fellow rookie actress Samantha. Portraying a youngster from the Royapuram slum area, he stayed in the locality for forty-five days to learn about the lifestyle, while he also learned to fly a kite for the film, canning scenes at the Gujarat Kite Festival.[3] The film, which also had Murali making a special appearance, released in August 2010 to positive reviews and his performance was praised, with writing he "makes a promising debut and he dances and emotes well".[4] Similarly a critic from added "romance is a cake-walk" for the actor, drawing comparison with his father's performances in romantic roles, though noted "his dialogue delivery is a little too melodramatic".[5] He subsequently gained recognition at the Edison Awards for Best Debut Actor, while also receiving a nomination from the Vijay Awards in the same category. The success of the film prompted Murali to begin pre-production on a Tamil and Kannada language bilingual film which would feature Atharvaa. However, a month after Baana Kaathadi's release, his father Murali died after suffering cardiac arrest. Atharvaa consequently took a break to spend time with his family, before beginning work on a different venture.[6]

Gautham Menon had previously shown interest in directing Atharvaa for a film.[7] A year later, his next release was Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal where he played a youngster suffering from hallucinations, film did well and his performance was well received.[8] His biggest movie was Paradesi under the direction of Bala, for which he won multiple awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. His most recent movie was director Sargunam's Chandi Veeran alongside actress Anandhi, which did well at the box office.

Atharvaa's Eetti, a sports drama film produced by S. Michael Rayappan, in which he pairs up with Sri Divya and the thriller Kanithan in which he features alongside Catherine Tresa, these films also hit well in the Box Office. In January 2016, he announced that he had set up a production studio called Kickass Entertainment. The first film under his banner would be directed by Badri Venkatesh, who had introduced Atharvaa as an actor.[9] In 2017, Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum was released, starring the movie along with Aishwarya Rajesh, Regina Cassandra, Pranitha and Aaditi Pohankar.[10]

2018–present[edit | edit source]

A mystery thriller movie, Imaikkaa Nodigal, was released in 2018 in which he acted as Nayanthara's brother (Arjun). He received major fame and recognition for this movie.[11] In March 2019, Boomerang, featuring alongside Megha Akash, was released to average reviews.[12] In September 2019, Atharvaa made his Telugu debut in the film Gaddalakonda Ganesh.[13]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2010 Baana Kaathadi Ramesh
2011 Ko Himself Special appearance in "Aga Naga" song
2012 Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Ramachandran
2013 Paradesi Raasa
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai Michael Prithviraj
2015 Chandi Veeran Paari
Eetti Pughazhenthi Subramaniam
2016 Kanithan Gowtham Ramalingam
2017 Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum Gemini Ganeshan
2018 Semma Botha Aagathey Ramesh Also Producer
Imaikkaa Nodigal Arjun
2019 Boomerang Siva/Shakthi
100 SI Sathya
Gaddalakonda Ganesh Abhilash Telugu film
2021 Thalli Pogathey Films that have not yet been released TBA Post Production
Kuruthi Aattam Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming
Othaikku Othai Films that have not yet been released TBA Delayed
Rukkumani Vandi Varudhu Films that have not yet been released TBA Delayed

Music videos[edit | edit source]

Year Title Co-actor Director Ref(s)
2018 Bodhai Kodhai Aishwarya Rajesh Gautham Menon [14]

Awards and nominations[edit | edit source]

Film Award Category Result Ref.
Baana Kaathadi Edison Award Best Male Debutant Won
Vijay Award Best Debut Actor Nominated
Paradesi Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Actor Won [15]
BFI London Film Festival Best Lead Actor Nominated [17]
11th Chennai International Film Festival Special Jury Award Won [18]
Edison Awards Extreme Performance – Male Won [19]
61st Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Tamil Won [20]
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Actor Won [21]
Techofes Awards Best Actor Won [22]
8th Vijay Awards Best Actor Nominated [23]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Posters, Movie (4 May 2010). "Murali's Praises For His Son Adharva | Tamil Movie News". Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  2. "Actor Murali in Coffee with Anu -Part 04/04". YouTube. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  3. ‘I wanted to become a dhobi’. The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. "Movie Review : Baana Kaathadi". Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  5. Tamil's Kites could have been better – Movies. (6 August 2010). Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  6. "Popular Kannada, Tamil actor Murali dead". 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  7. "Gautham Menon considers Adharva". TamilVix.Com. Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  8. "Movie Review : Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal". Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  9. Metroplus. "Atharvaa turns producer". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  10. "Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum movie review: A dumb comedy about relationships – Movies News". 15 July 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  11. "'Imaikkaa Nodigal' review: Nayanthara, Anurag Kashyap are great, but script is lacking". The News Minute. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  12. "Boomerang Movie Review {2.5/5}: The movie's plot is interesting enough to entertain the audience, but the screenplay falters as the story progresses". 8 March 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  13. "Atharvaa makes his Telugu film debut with 'Valmiki'". The Hindu. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  14. Ondraga Entertainment (14 June 2018). "Bodhai Kodhai - Single Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik, Karky, Atharvaa, Aishwarya Rajesh". Retrieved 30 April 2020 – via YouTube.
  15. "ஆனந்த விகடன் விருதுகள் 2013 – 1" [Ananda Vikatan Awards 2013 – 1]. Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 8 January 2014. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  16. "Ananda Vikatan Awards 2013 Winners". Ananda Vikatan. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  17. Pyarilal, Vasanth (21 August 2013). "London international filmmakers film festival nominates director Bala's "Paradesi" (Vagabond) in eight categories". South Scope. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  18. "Offbeat films earn laurels at CIFF". The Hindu. 20 December 2013. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  19. "Director Atlee, Tapsee Among Recipients of Edison Award". The New Indian Express. 17 February 2014. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  20. "Winners of 61st Idea Filmfare Awards South". Filmfare. 13 July 2014. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  21. "Tamilar Awards 2014: Winners and finalists announced!". Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  22. "'Paradesi' sweeps Techofes'14 Awards". Sify. 14 February 2014. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  23. Seshagiri, Sangeetha (6 July 2014). "Vijay Awards: Ajith's 'Arrambam', Kamal Haasan, Sivakarthikeyan Bag Awards [Winners List]". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  24. "8th Vijay Awards". Vijay Awards. Chennai. 5 July 2014. Star Vijay.

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