Happy Birthday: Shantanu Bhagyaraj wanted to become an actor since childhood
Happy Birthday: Shantanu Bhagyaraj wanted to become an actor since childhood

Who does not know the famous actor of Tollywood, Shantanu Bhagyaraj in today's time, he always remains in discussions due to some or the other thing. Today, he is celebrating his 34th birthday. Shantanu Bhagyaraj made his acting debut as a child artist in his father Bhagyaraj's film Vettiya Madichu Kattu (1998), and then as his father's assistant director in his sister, Saranya Bhagyaraj's debut film Parijatham (2006). 

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Shantanu appeared in the college romantic comedy Sakkarkati (2008) with actress Ishita Sharma and Vedhika in their first lead roles. His performance received mixed reviews, stating: "Shantanu has to play the role of a hero with a thin sketch, but he puts energy and charm into everything" and is "more than promising - he's star material, And he will survive." Despite being a popular soundtrack composed by AR Rahman, the film received largely negative reviews and was a box office failure. Despite the film's negative reception, Shantanu was honored with the Filmfare Awards and the Best Male Debut Actor Award at the Vijay Awards.

The courtroom drama Wyamai (2016) received negative reviews and did not perform well at the box office. In an interview in 2016, Shantanu revealed that poor career choices have damaged his film career and that he would not consult his father about the film's proposals later. He expressed his regret over missing out on potential projects including Boys (2003), Kadhal (2004) Subramanyapuram (2008) and Kalavani (2010).

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Shantanu was then cast by Parthiban to play the lead role in Koditsa Idangalai Neerappuga (2017), with the director suggesting that he take his son K.K. Keen to pay tribute to Bhagyaraj by casting his son in a film. The actor called the film a "relaunch in Tamil cinema" and made a change to portray the lead role of a non-resident Indian, who falls in love with a married woman played by Parvati Nair. Shantanu won positive reviews for his performance.

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