T. R. Silambarasan is a successful, leading Tamil film actor, director, playback singer and songwriter. He began his acting career doing many minor uncredited roles as a child artist, produced by his father T.Rajendar. He made his debut under his father´s direction in 2002 and has since acted in several films in lead roles. He has also directed one film, Vallavan.
Silambarasan acted in Tamil films as a child artist in his father's films like Monisha En Monalisa, Sabash Babu, Rajadi Rajavan, and Thiruvalla in minor roles. His father, T. Rajendar had an idea to make Silambarasan direct a film at the age of 15 but dropped later. His debut in movies as a hero came in the form of Kaadhal Azhivathillai, a Tamil language movie also featuring the debut of Charmy Kaur, a popular Telugu actress.
The film was highly hyped but the film flopped at the box-office and it was followed by Dhum and Kuthu with Rakshitha and Divya Spandana respectively. These films also did average business at the box-office.
Alai with Trisha Krishnan followed, which ran over 50 days at the box-office but once again he faced controversy due to some scenes between Trisha Krishnan and himself. His next film, Kovil with Sonia Agarwal but it also failed to make an impact at the box-office.
Silambarasan then took a year break to concentrate on the filming of Manmadhan, for which he also wrote the screenplay. The film starred Jyothika Saravanan, Mandira Bedi and Yana Gupta and became a runaway triumph at the box-office breaking many records.
The film was also the first blockbuster in Silambarasan's career. His next film, Thotti Jaya also did not meet up with the expectations at the box-office, in which he had paired with Gopika. For Thotti Jaya he sported a black beard in the role of an orphaned gangster who finds love.
In 2006, Saravana was released. After the success of Manmadhan, he paired up with Jyothika Saravanan to act in the film directed by K.S. Ravikumar. But later it also ended up becoming a great flop at the box office.
Silambarasan decided to turn director in Vallavan. It was released on Diwali 2006 and starred him opposite Nayantara, Reema Sen and Sandhya.It was hyped a lot and released with huge expectation and later became a huge failure at the box office. His latest film, Kaalai, was released in January 2008 which flopped at the box office.
However in December 2008, Silambattam released with mixed reviews, though garnering the super hit talk since the film is running packed houses at box office, thus an overall good rating for the film. It was known to be the best film which Silambarasan has ever done. Then he did the voice dubbing for Slumdog Millionaire´s lead hero.
Silambarasan donned the role of a judge during the second season of Star Vijay's Jodi Number One, where the participants are television artistes. On the episode aired on October 6, 2007, Silambarasan told the participant, Prithvi Raj, that he didn't perform well in the round. Prithvi Raj, unable to accept the comments, refused to talk.
However Silambarasan provoked him to talk, which made Prithvi Raj say that Silambarasan was using the situation to get some footage of himself. Silambarasan left the show in disbelief only to return teary eyed after recalled by the remaining participants. Later Prithvi Raj was eased out of the show as the show rules state that, "Once a participant leaves the stage/set before the judges, he forfeits his chance to participate in the show".
Silambarasan created headlines when publicity posters sprung up around Chennai of his Vallavan co-star, Nayantara and him kissing. However, despite maintaining a high-profile relationship, involving the press, the pair broke up soon after the film was released citing differences.
Nonetheless, after the break-up, pictures were released anonymously of the pair kissing each other at Nayantara's apartment. Further controversy was created when rumours leaked out that the plot of Silambarasan's forthcoming film, Kettavan, was based on the couple's true love story.
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