Rangaraj aka Sathyaraj is a Kollywood actor mostly noted for his action and villainous roles .He had enacted in more than 200 movies, including some Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi movies. He belongs to a well settled land lord family. He passed his senior secondary scoring highest marks in History and Geography in his school. He completed his B.S.C in Botany from Government Arts College.
He worked in a movie named “Periyar” which was sponsored by Tamil Nadu government and his work was also appreciated in this movie. He also directed a film “Villadhi Villain” in 1985 and along with that, he played three different characters roles in the same movie. Initially, he got roles as a supporting actor and that too in negative shades. But he never gave up. With true fighter spirit he continues to act in such roles. He did his first lead villain role in the movie “Irupatthi Naalu Mani Neram” that came in 1984. The film was directed by his school friend Manivannan and he received a lot of appreciation for his work. After this movie, film makers started taking him seriously and were reluctant to take him as the main hero. Mostly in this span, he did action films and emerged as an action hero.
He did a movie “kadalora kavithaigal” in 1986 in which he was a romantic lead. With this movie, he broke his own image of playing serious characters and his new image was quite successful in making place in the heart of his millions fans. He also received appraisal for “Mr.Bharath” in which he played the role of Rajnikant’s father. Despite being 4 yrs younger to Rajnikant, he did complete justice to the role. Gradually, he portrayed in different emotions and showed his versatility to his fans and critics. He gave many box office hits during 1986 to 1988 and movies were “Kadamai”, “Kanniyam Kattupaadu”, “Makkal En Pakkam” and “Mandhira Punnagai”.
By 1988, he establishes himself in industry and gave some more hits. “Dravidian” was his 99th movie and “Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai “was his 100th. After 1988, the time was not good for Sathyaraj and he got some unsuccessful films like “Jeeva”, Magudam and “PangalI”. But later on in 90’s, he did some comedy movies and some of them were big successful ones. The golden period of sathyaraj backed as a hero in film “Maraan” and as a romantic lead with film “Vivaramana”. In 2007, he directed the film “Lee” starring his own son. The film was critically acclaimed. In 2013, he debut in Hindi cinema in “Chennai express” and played the character as heroine’s father who was a Don. In 2015, he played the role of kattapaa in film “Bahubali” and was so popular. Overshadowing all others at the age of 60 he mesmerized everyone with his acting skills. With bahubali, he gained nationwide popularity and proved that he is born to be a superstar. In 1991, he won M.G.R Award from the government of Tamil Nadu. He also got a Film Fare Award for “Vedham Pudhitu” as the best actor male.
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