Ramesh Aravind
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Born (1964-09-10) 10 September 1964 (age 57)
Alma materUniversity Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore
OccupationActor, director, television presenter, screenwriter
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Archana Ramesh
Children2
Websiteramesharavind.com

Ramesh Aravind is an Indian actor, director, screenwriter and television presenter who predominantly works in Kannada[citation needed]. In a career of over 34 years, Aravind has been appeared in over 140 films in six languages, including Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi films[citation needed].

He has earned and been nominated for numerous awards during his career, including winning two Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Karnataka State Awards for Best Actor and Best Story for his script in Hoomale, as well as Udaya TV and Suvarna TV Awards[citation needed].

He is also the brand ambassador of Cycle Agarbattis, Ramaraj, Silicon City School and Turbo Steel.[1][2][3][4]

He is the host of Weekend with Ramesh[5], which has had four successful seasons on Zee Kannada[6] and also hosted Season 3 of Kannadada Kotiyadipathi, the Kannada version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[7]

He was appointed by BBMP as the Awareness Ambassador for COVID-19.[8]

Ramesh Aravind is also the brand ambassador for the campaign to find the "7 Wonders of Karnataka[9]". The campaign is by Suvarna TV & Kannada Prabha and is endorsed by Karnataka State Tourism Department.

He is also the brand ambassador for Cyber Safe Karnataka started by Cyber Department of Karnataka[10]

He is also the Brand Ambassador for Sustainable Planning & Development Goals India which is colloboareted with United Nations.

His movies - Anuraga Sangama, Karpoorada Gombe, Namoora Mandara Hoove, Amrutavarshini, America America, Ulta Palta, O Mallige, Mungarina Minchu, Tutta Mutta successfully completed a 100-day run, consecutively, that year.[11]

His journey in filmland continues to this day in all aspects of filmmaking - as director of comedy film Rama Shama Bhama and as an actor in cult movies like Aptamitra, Pushpaka Vimana, Shivaji Surathkal and 100. He is presently acting in Shivaji Suratkal 2.[12]

Personal life

Ramesh Aravind was born to P.A. Govindachari & Saroja. He has four siblings.[13] He is married to Archana Aravind,[14] and they have a daughter (Niharika) and son (Arjun).[15][16]

Career

Actor

He has to his credit over 100 Kannada films, 30 Tamil films, 10 Telugu films and 2 Hindi films as the leading man. As of June 2020, he is acting in the lead role in two Kannada movies - 100 and Bhairadevi.[citation needed]

During his stint at engineering college, Ramesh Aravind worked as an emcee to award functions, notably as the host of an event celebrating the success of the film, Sagara Sangamam (1983), where he met his long-term collaborator Kamal Haasan for the first time.[17] He then started off by hosting a show on Kannada television, before beginning work on a Kannada-language film titled Mouna Geethe where he had a supporting role[citation needed]. Prior to the release of the film, he was approached by director K. Balachander who had been looking for an actor to play Kamal Haasan's role, for a Kannada version of the Tamil film Sollathaan Ninaikkiren (1973)[citation needed]. After a brief audition, Balachander selected Ramesh Aravind after being "impressed with his eyes" and cast him as the playboy character in the venture titled Sundara Swapnagalu (1986), which released shortly before Mouna Geethe in which he had acted first.[18][19] Balachander then gave him a small role in Punnagai Mannan (1986) as Revathi's ex-lover, but his scenes were ultimately edited out of the final version.[17] He was set to collaborate with the director again in the Tamil film Manathil Uruthi Vendum (1987), but Balachander later recommended to Ramesh Aravind to opt out of the film and work on a venture with K. Bhagyaraj instead, to mark his debut in a leading role. The proposed film was later shelved, and the actor returned to the cast of Manathil Uruthi Vendum, winning critical acclaim for his performance. Balachander also introduced Ramesh Aravind into Telugu films through Rudraveena, with the actor having a distinct trait of being introduced into three different film industries by the same director.[19]

He made his breakthrough portraying a student union leader in Vasanth's romantic drama film Keladi Kanmani (1990), and the commercial success of the film meant that Ramesh Aravind shifted base to Chennai and worked primarily on Tamil and Kannada films until 1996[citation needed]. He earned critical acclaim in Tamil cinema, portraying a love-ridden musician in Balachander's Duet (1994) as well as through his performance alongside Kamal Haasan in Balu Mahendra's comedy film on marriage, Sathi Leelavathi (1995).[19] Meanwhile, he appeared in several consecutive commercially successful Kannada films, en route to becoming one of the industry's most bankable actors. Subsequently, he returned to the Bangalore-based film industry to prioritise his work in Kannada films. His returns to feature in Tamil films since the mid-1990s have often seen him collaborate with his friend Kamal Haasan, in ventures including the unreleased Kanden Seethaiyai, Panchathantiram (2002) and Mumbai Xpress (2005).[19] He was also a celebrity RJ in Big FM.[20]

Writing

He scripted the national award-winning film Hoomale in 1998 and this paved the way for his foray into the field of film direction.[21][22] The film also won Ramesh the Best Actor Filmfare Award and the Karnataka State Award. His script for a hit movie called Amrithadhare in 2005 won him the Raghvendra Chitravani Award for Best Story.[23] After that, he started writing stories for the movies he directed[citation needed].

Direction

Ramesh Aravind's first directorial venture was the successful - Rama Shama Bhama with Kamal Haasan[citation needed] . The second film that he directed was Sathyavan Savithri[citation needed]. His third directorial venture was Accident[citation needed]. His next directorial venture was a comedy flick released in 2009 Venkata in Sankata. He directed Nammanna Don in 2012.[22]

When Kamal Haasan presented him with the offer to direct Uttama Villain, Ramesh Aravind ceased signing any Kannada films and exclusively began preparation for his directorial debut in Tamil films[citation needed]. It would become the first film he would make in which he did not portray a leading role and explained he accepted the film due to the "challenging nature of the script", also getting an opportunity to direct his mentor K. Balachander in the film.[17]

Quick Read

  1. Ramesh Aravind acted in 140 films as the protagonist in 5 languages.[11]
  2. He is the Engineer turned Actor turned Writer & Author turned Director turned Producer turned Motivational Speaker and continues to contribute in all these areas.[13]
  3. Ramesh Aravind has maintained a non-controversial image throughout the 35 years of his journey in movies.[13]
  4. 1996-97 was a golden period in Ramesh Aravind's filmography where 10 of his Kannada films successfully completed a 100-day run, consecutively, that year.[11]
  5. Ramesh Aravind has won a number of awards as an actor including the Karnataka State Awards, Filmfare Awards and many more. He won the Best Writer award for his film Amrithadhare & won the Best debutant Director, Udaya TV Awards for the movie Rama Shama Bhama[24]
  6. He was honoured with the Great Son of Karnataka award by the All India Conference of Intellectuals.[25]
  7. Ramesh Aravind was the host of the most impactful reality show in Karnataka- Weekend With Ramesh, capturing the life stories of 87 great achievers of Karnataka in an entertainment format, that motivated the youths.
  8. Ramesh Aravind is also known for his oratory. He is an effective motivational speaker. Through his talks and social media posts, he has inspired lakhs of youth to succeed without compromising on integrity.[25]
  9. He has written and narrated an audiobook in Kannada "Masada Maatu with Ramesh" available on Storytel App. In it, he narrates the top-of-the-mind memories for every month of the year relating them to much-needed life lessons to the listeners in a simple heart touching manner.[26]
  10. His new Kannada book "Art of Success[27]” which is a collection of his quotes or success mantras has become a Best Seller. His next book “ Preetiyinda Ramesh" is expected to release in September 2022.

Television

Ramesh Aravind also appeared as the host of the following shows:[28]

Year Title Channel Note Ref.
As Host
2009 Preetyinda Ramesh Kasturi TV 52 episodes [29]
2011 Raja Rani Ramesh ETV Kannada 26 Episodes [30]
2014- Weekend with Ramesh Zee Kannada 104 Episodes [31]
2018 Kannadada Kotyadhipati Star Suvarna Season 3 [32]
As producer
Year Title Channel Ref.
2019–2020 Nandini Season 2 Udaya TV
2021–Present Sundari [33]

Filmography

Main article: Ramesh Aravind filmography

Awards

Ramesh Aravind has won a number of awards as an actor, director and writer.[34][35]

Year Award Category Film / Show
1996-97 Karnataka State Film Award Best Actor America America
1997 Filmfare Award Best Actor Amrutha Varshini
1997 Udaya TV Award Best Actor O Mallige
1997 Screen Videocon Award Best Actor America America and Amrutha Varshini Jointly
1998 Filmfare Award Best Actor Hoomale
1998 Filmfans Association Award Best Actor Hoomale
1998-99 Karnataka State Film Award Best Actor Hoomale
1999 Filmfans Association Award Best Actor Sambhrama
1999 Cinema Express Award Best Actor Chandramukhi Pranasakhi
2005 Raghavendra Prathishtana Awards Best Story Amruthadhare
2006 Sun Feast Udaya Awards Best Director Debut Rama Shama Bhama
2006 Suvarna Film Awards Best Actor (Hero in a comedy role) Rama Shama Bhama
2015 Zee Kutumba Awards Pride of Zee Kannada Weekend with Ramesh
2016 Zee Kutumba Awards Pride of Zee Kannada Weekend with Ramesh
2018 Zee Hemmeya Kannadiga Inspiration of Kannada Industry For his motivation talks

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