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>bollywood movis stars Ajith Kumar Early career

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Ajith Kumar was born as the middle child in Secunderabad, a city north of Hyderabad to a Palakkad Iyer from Kerala[8] and a Sindhi mother, and was brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[9] Ajith began speaking Tamil only after entering films.[9] He dropped out of Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School in 1986 before completing his higher secondary.[10] He took up work as a two wheeler auto mechanic, and got himself a driver’s licence to coincide with his interests, that of car / bike racing. At 18, Ajith had to take up a job to support his career in racing. Joining as an apprentice, he rose to be a merchandiser with a garment export company, doing small-time press ads and TV commercials occasionally. He had put a lot of money into racing and would borrow tyres from his friends who used to help when the chains wore out as there was no money in racing at that time. Following an accident, several business agencies pushed him into modeling for advertisements in print media. He had to make a choice between films and racing, and as the movies were happening and generating him some money, he began concentrating on it.[10]

Aged 20, Ajith was selected by Telugu film producers, Lakshmi Productions, to star in their film; however shooting was stalled soon after filming began, following the death of the film’s director.[11] Ajith then started his film career at the age of 21 appearing in the low budget Telugu film, Prema Pustakam in 1992, which remains his last direct Telugu film to date. His first Tamil film Amaravathi, directed by then newcomer Selva, was a moderate success and his voice was rendered by fellow actor, Vikram.[10] After the release, Ajith whilst training for an amateur motor race, suffered a fall, injuring his back and underwent three major surgeries resulting in a bed rest for one and a half years.[11] Following the injury in 1993, Ajith played a supporting role in the Arvind Swamy starrer, Paasamalargal, before appearing in a supporting lead role in the family drama, Pavithra, which featured him as an ailing patient shown maternal affection from Raadhika.[12]
[edit] Breakthrough (1995-2000)

In 1995, after a supporting role in the Vijay starrer Rajavin Parvaiyile, Ajith appeared in his first major success, Aasai. The film directed by Vasanth and produced by Mani Ratnam, featured him in the lead role opposite Suvalakshmi, whose brother-in-law infatuates about her. The film became a big success and established Ajith as an upcoming actor in the Tamil film industry.[1][13] He later played the lead in Kalloori Vaasal co-starring Prashanth and Pooja Bhatt.[10] Ajith’s second blockbuster came in the form of National Award winning Kadhal Kottai, in which Ajith reunited with Agathiyan, the director of the earlier project Vaanmathi.[14] The film which told the tale of two people falling in unconditional love without seeing each other until the climax. The film paired him opposite Devayani, with Heera Rajgopal, who Ajith fell in love during the making of the project, playing a supporting role.[15]

After the success of his films in 1996, the following year saw a series of five failures,[11] the most notable being Amitabh Bachchan’s Tamil production Ullasam with Maheswari, in which he was paid a salary of Rs. 2 million for the first time.[10] Ajith returned with another successful project in Saran’s Kadhal Mannan, with the “masala film” setting the foundations for an expanding fan base.[10] Following films Aval Varuvala and Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen also became successes, with the latter featuring Ajith in a praised guest role. After a couple of average grossers in Uyirodu Uyiraga and Ramesh Khanna’s Thodarum, Sundar C’s romantic drama Unnaithedi opposite Malavika became another comeback film and set the tone for a series of big successes. S. J. Suryaah’s thriller, Vaali, which portrayed him in dual roles opposite Simran, became his biggest hit til date following its release.[11] The film told the story of a deaf and mute brother setting his eyes on his younger brother’s wife, with Ajith’s portrayal of the two brothers winning him his first of many awards for Filmfare’s Best Actor.[16] Furthermore Ajith’s portrayal of the brothers was also praised, with critics claiming that the film was an”instant classic” with Ajith showing that he is a “talented actor”.[17] The two following supporting roles in the drama films Anandha Poongatre and Nee Varuvai Ena also brought Ajith plaudits for his portrayals. His final film before the new millennium was another blockbuster, Amarkalam directed by Saran and featuring Shalini, whom he married shortly after the film. Amarkalam told the story of a negelected child who grew up and fails to show feelings of love or affection, becoming a gangster in the process, with Ajith’s depiction of his rogue character appreciated by critics.[18]

His next, Mugavaree, won him commercial and critical praise. The film revolved around the life of a struggling music composer who faces sacrifices to proceed in his career. The film featured dual endings, one with Ajith succeeding in his career, the other with Ajith dejected. Ajith’s performance was yet again praised with critics from Rediff, claiming that “Ajith is the real winner”, drawing an allusion with the film’s script, whilst adding that “it is amazing to see how Ajith has grown as an actor. He brilliantly portrays the vulnerable and sad Sridhar”He also appeared in A. R. Rahman’s 2000 musical Kandukondain Kandukondain directed by Rajiv Menon. The blockbuster featured Ajith alongside prominent actors Mammooty and Abbas and actresses Aishwarya Rai, Tabu and Srividya. In a similar role to his previous film, Ajith played a struggling film director facing an oscillating relationship with Tabu, with the pair being unanimously praised for their roles. His first failure in eight films, came in the form of the military based Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven co-starring Simran.
[edit] Ups and downs (2001-2005)

In 2001, Ajith appeared in Dheena, A. R. Murugadoss’s debut film co-starring Laila Mehdin and Suresh Gopi. The film, indirectly marked the beginning of a new image of Ajith, that of an action hero that would appeal to the masses. Furthermore from the successful film, Ajith’s nickname in the film, Thala, Tamil for Leader, became a new identity for the actor amongst his fans. His next was the much-hyped thriller, Citizen, portraying Ajith in ten different get-ups and it became an above average success at the box office, despite being labelled a disappointment from critics. A role in the family drama, Poovellam Un Vasam followed opposite Jyothika and was a success commercially and critically earning a Special Best Actor Award from the Tamil Nadu State. The year ended off with an appearance in Santosh Sivan’s Hindi project, Asoka, in which Ajith appeared in a brief negative role alongside Shah Rukh Khan. 2002 saw Ajith appear in three films, the first two; Red and Raja being average grossers, the former further building up his image as an action hero. The third film, Villain, in which Ajith appeared in dual roles, one as a mentally ill handicap, became a blockbuster and in return earning Ajith his second Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award

The following years, from 2003 til 2005, saw Ajith appear in a fewer amount of films due to his career in motor racing becoming more prominent. 2003 saw the release of his long-delayed Ennai Thalatta Varuvala and the police-drama Anjaneya, both failing commercially. His next Jana with Sneha also became a big failure, with the Saran film, Attagasam being his only hit in the period. The film, saw Ajith portray dual roles, with a song, Thala Deepavali penned to promote his action image.In 2005, the failure of the Linguswamy film Ji, despite garnering positive reviews and taking a strong opening, saw Ajith take a sabbatical from acting to re-work his image.
[edit] Success and stardom (2006–present)

During 2006, Ajith returned from his hiatus by appearing in P. Vasu’s Paramasivan for which he had lost twenty kilograms to portray the lead role. The film enjoyed a moderate success, scoring over Vijay’s Aadhi, which also released in the same week, at the box-office. Critics from The Hindu stated Ajith looked “trim and taut” in the film with “only his eyes seeming to have lost some of its sparkle”, following the major weight loss. Furthermore, for Paramasivan and his two other projects in 2006, Ajith sported long hair, which was being grown for Bala’s project, Naan Kadavul, which Ajith eventually opted out of. Similarly his next, AVM Productions’s, Thirupathi directed by Perarasu performed above average business at the box-office, despite garnering poor reviews, with Rediff critics citing that the film is “anything but sensible” but that Ajith “salvages the situation with a spirited performance” Ajith summed up a successful comeback by the release of his long-delayed film, Varalaru which went on to become his biggest success til date. The K. S. Ravikumar film co-starring Asin, portrayed Ajith in three roles, including that of a classical dancer, with his portrayals being critically praised. Moreover, the film fetched Ajith his third Filmfare Best Actor Award, on its way to becoming a blockbuster Ajith’s first release in 2007, Aalwar became a debacle at the box-office, with his previous film still continuing to run in theatres even after Aalwar had stopped its brief theatrical run. Kireedam, a remake of the 1989 National Award winning Malayalam film of the same name was released to positive reviews, with the film also becoming a moderate success. During the shoot of the film, Ajith developed a further spinal injury, a recurrence of his problem earlier in his career.

Ajith then starred in a remake of a 1980s Rajinikanth starrer, Billa, which became a blockbuster.[45] The Vishnuvardhan directorial fetched critical praise for Ajith, becoming a trend-setter for stylish art direction and cinematography in India.Billa, yet again, featured Ajith in dual roles one of a notorious don whilst the other played an innocent person who had to act as the don, following the former’s death. After Billa, Ajith appeared in the film Ayngaran International production Aegan, directed by the choreographer turned director Raju Sundaram. The film, a remake of the 2004 Hindi comedy Main Hoon Na, only managed to do average business at the box office Following a year’s worth of production, Ajith’s latest release, Aasal released in February 2010, taking a grand opening at the box office. The film, which also featured Ajith in dual roles, saw Ajith credited as a screenwriter along with his role of being a don neglected by his brothers in the quest for their father’s will. After a second foray into motor racing, Ajith signed up to star in a film directed by Venkat Prabhu, titled Mankatha, which started in late October 2010.

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>bollywood movis stars Ajith Kumar Born

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Ajith Kumar (Tamil: அஜித் குமார்; Sindhi: अजित कुमार; born 1 May 1971) is an Indian film actor who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He began his career as a supporting actor in a Telugu film before gaining critical recognition in the Tamil thriller Aasai (1995).[1] A succession of high-grossing films followed where Ajith was usually depicted as a romantic hero, with Kadhal Kottai (1996) and Kadhal Mannan (1998) being the most notable. He later forayed into method acting, as seen in Vaali (1999), Mugavaree (2000), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) and Citizen (2001) before establishing himself as an action hero with popular films including Amarkalam (1999), Dheena (2001), Villain (2002), Varalaru (2006) and Billa (2007).

He has won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards in Tamil, all for films which showcased him in multiple roles. Ajith performs predominantly in leading roles in major studio films, genres ranging from romantic comedies and drama to action thrillers. In addition to his acting, Ajith, in a sabbatical, participated in the 2004 British Formula Three season as a race driver for a minor outfit, and was ranked the third best motor car driver in India at his peak. Ajith remains a popular figure in the media of Tamil Nadu, making headlines for his relationships before his marriage to former actress Shalini, his long-running media-built rivalry with fellow actor Vijay and his controversial statements in a few occasions.

>bollywood movis stars Aftab Shivdasani Career

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Shivdasani was selected as the Farex baby (Baby food brand) at age 14 months and from that point on he appeared in many TV commercials. He made his Bollywood debut as a child actor in Mr. India (1987), then appearing in films such as Shahenshah, Chaalbaaz and Insaniyat.

Shivdasani continued appearing in commercials till the age of 19 when he was offered a lead role in director Ram Gopal Varma’s Mast (1999) while still studying at H.R. College. He won the 2000 Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.

After a gap of almost two years, Shivdasani made a comeback with Vikram Bhatt’s Kasoor (2001) and Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (2001). Shivdasani’s following films included Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Darna Mana Hai (2003), Hungama (2003), Masti (2004), Shukriya (2004), Koi Aap Sa (2005) and Jaane Hoga Kya (2006).

In 2009, Shivdasani appeared in Acid Factory. Later, he worked in Aao Wish Karein, the first film produced under his production company, Rising Sun Entertainment. He helped co-write the script and also played the lead character, Mickey.

On August 14 and 15, 2010, Shivdasani participated as Grand Marshal at the Festival of India in Fremont, California.

Aftab has been added to the cast of Abbas-Mustan’s film, Players, which also stars Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor.

>bollywood movis stars Aftab Shivdasani Early life

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Shivdasani was born in Mumbai to Prem and Putli Shivdasani His father is a Sindhi Hindu while his mother is a Parsi. He has an older sister named Afsana Shivdasani.He studied at St. Xavier’s High School, (Fort) located at Lokamanya Tilak Marg in Mumbai. He then graduated from H. R.College of Commerce in Mumbai

>bollywood movis stars Aftab Shivdasani Born

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Aftab Shivdasani (Hindi: आफ़ताब शिवदसानी, born 25 June 1978) is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. He started as a child actor in commercials and has performed in over 35 films. He also co-wrote and helped produce the film Aao Wish Karein

>bollywood movis stars Aditya Roy Kapur Personal life

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Currently he lives in Mumbai. Aditya is not a trained actor, though he has taken dance lessons and also diction classes to improve his Hindi accent. According to him he “had no a burning ambition to become an actor,” and was content being a VJ, until he was called to audition for London Dreams. During his school years, he wanted to be a cricketer but he quit cricket coaching classes after sixth standard.

His eldest brother Siddharth Roy Kapur is the CEO of UTV Motion Pictures. Another brother, Kunal Roy Kapoor, is a director and actor, having acted in TV series Just Mohabbat (1996) and Aamir Khan Productions’ Delhi Belly, and also directed films, including The President Is Coming (2009)

>bollywood movis stars Aditya Roy Kapur Career

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Kapur started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V, where his comic timing and “unique style of hosting” made him a hit and then made his debut as a Pakistani musician in the 2009 musical London Dreams by Vipul Shah, where he co-starred Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan as one of the two brothers, part of Ajay Devgan’s band in the movie, along with another VJ, Rannvijay Singh.
Then starred in the Vipul Shah’s next, a 2010 time-traveling comedy Action Replayy, playing Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai’s adult son who goes back in time to make their marriage a love marriage, his performance in the film caught a critic’s eye. He acted again alongside Aishwarya Rai, in Guzaarish (2010) directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, where he played an apprentice magician to Hrithik Roshan’s character

>bollywood movis stars Aditya Roy Kapur Early life and education

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Born in Mumbai, Aditya did his schooling from G. D. Somani Memorial School, in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai and subsequently graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, University of Mumbai

>bollywood movis stars Aditya Roy Kapur Born

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Aditya Roy Kapur ( born 16 November 1985) is an Indian film actor in Hindi films. Starting out as a VJ with Channel V, he made his film debut with a role in Vipul Shah’s film London Dreams (2009), and later gained popularity for his roles in the 2010 films Action Replayy and Guzaarish

>bollywood movis stars Abhijeet Bhattacharya Career

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Abhijeet left home for Mumbai in 1981 to study Chartered Accountancy. Due to his fascination for singing and music, he decided to pursue a career in playback singing and quit Chartered Accountancy. Despite being gifted with a melodious voice, he struggled for a long time.

After his long struggle in Mumbai, he received a call from Rahul Dev Burman to sing for Dev Anand’s sons debut film. Abhijeet idol is Kishore Kumar.

In the 1990s, Abhijeet established himself as a notable playback singer. His first notable hits were the songs from the film Baaghi, composed by Anand-Milind – Ek chanchal shokh hasina, Chandni raat hai and Har kasam se badi hai. Then in 1994 when he gave hits in movies like Yeh Dillagi, Anjaam, Raja Babu and Main Kihildi Tu Anari.. there was no looking back.. He became a hit machine along with his competitors Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan he was among the top 3 play back singers of 90s and finally won the Filmfare Best Playback singer Award for Yes Boss in 1997. He went on to give hit numbers in the movies Baadshah, Yes Boss, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Josh, Dhadkan, Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na and many others.

Some of his songs such as Kurta phaadke from Anari No. 1 did not do well with the public.

Abhijeet has given his voice for actors such as Shahrukh Khan, Sunil Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Saif Ali Khan, Bobby Deol, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgan, among many others.

He was recently seen as a Judge in a reality show called Star Voice of India. He now judges a show called “Ek Se Badkhar Ek