This month of September, THR Raaga will be featuring the trending actor, Ajith Kumar, as our Artist of the Month.
Ajith Kumar was born on 1st May 1971. He is an Indian film actor best known by his mononym Ajith, or by the nicknames his fans have created for him such as Thala and Ultimate Star.
He began his career with a small role in the 1990 Tamil film En Veedu En Kanavar. His first lead role was in Amaravathi (1993) and Prema Pusthakam (1993), and his first critical acclaimed appearance was in the thriller, Aasai (1995). He subsequently established himself as a romantic hero with Kadhal Kottai (1996), Aval Varuvala (1998) and Kadhal Mannan (1998). In 2014, Ajith was listed in Forbes’ India's Top 100 Celebrities. He has since starred in more than 50 films, predominantly in Tamil cinema.
Besides acting, Ajith Kumar, during his sabbatical, participated in the 2004 British Formula 3 championship, and was ranked the 3rd best motorcar driver in India at his peak. He also raced in 2003’s Formula Asia BMW Championship and many other races abroad.
In the matters of his personal life, he began dating his Amarkalam co-star Shalini in 1999. They both got married in 2000 in Chennai, and the wedding was attended by many Kollywood stars including Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan, Joseph Vijay, Surya Sivakumar and R. Madhavan. On 3 January 2008, the couple was blessed with a baby girl, Anoushka Kumar. On 2March 2015, their second child, a son, was born.
Lately Ajith has been receiving a lot of attention for his work in Vivegam. The movie is an Indian spy thriller neo-noir flick written and directed by Siva. It was officially released on 24 August and is still running in cinemas around the world.