|Born||15 November 1972|
|Born Place||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Occupation||Actor, Director, Politician|
|Spouse||Present Wife – Priya Raman,
Priya Raman (married – 1999, divorce – 2014),
Ragasudha (married – 2014; divorce – 2015)
Ranjith was born on 15-11-1972 in Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. He is an Indian Film Actor, Film Director & Politician who is known for his work in Tamil cinema as well as Malayalam movies.
His real name is Shivaji Rao. After completing a course in acting, he made his acting debut in 1993 with Pon Vilangu. The film, directed by K. S. Rajkumar, was produced by R. K. Selvamani and he acted alongside Rahman, Sivaranjani, and Ramya Krishnan. In 1996, he appeared in Minor Mappillai and Avathara Purushan. He married actress Priya Raman on 16-06-1999. Together they have two sons Aadithya Rao & Akash Rao. They got divorced on 16-05-2014. After divorce, he remarried actress Ragasudha in the same year. But the couple started living separately after some time & got divorced in 2015. In 2017, he reunited with Priya Raman.
Ranjith’s Acting career
After completing a course in acting, he made his acting debut in 1993 with Pon Vilangu, directed by K. S. Rajkumar, was produced by R. K. He acted alongside Rahman, Sivaranjani and Ramya Krishnan. He played the lead role in the rural drama Sindhu Nathi Poo. In 1996, he appeared in Minor Mappillai as the second lead and in Avathara Purushan. In 1997, he made a guest appearance in Cheran’s Bharathi Kannamma which was a critical and commercial success. At the start of 1998, Ranjith played an antagonist in MaruMalarchi opposite Mammooty, the film was released to critical acclaim and he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain for his role.
From 1999 to 2001, he had predominantly appeared in supporting and villain roles except in Nesam Pudhusu (1999) and Kann Thirandhu Paaramma (2000) where he played the lead role. In 2003, Ranjith directed, produced, and played the title role in Bheeshmar (2003). In 2005, he acted in the political satire film Padhavi Paduthum Paadu and the long-delayed film Aadhikkam.
Ranjith’s Political career
Ranjith was a member and spokesperson of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for many years. After the death of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in December 2016, Ranjith started to support O. Panneerselvam’s faction of AIADMK. In July 2018, Ranjith left the AIADMK and joined the Pattali Makkal Katchi as the new deputy leader of the party. On 26 February 2019, Ranjith, the vice president of PMK, quit the party citing that he could not digest S. Ramadoss and Anbumani Ramadoss’ change of stance in supporting the AIADMK in the 2019 Indian general election. The next day, Ranjith met Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam’s leader T. T. V. Dhinakaran, and joined the party officially.
After his debut, Ranjith went on to appear in many Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam movies before shifting his base towards the Tamil television serials. He went on to appear in more than 25 Tamil television serials in mostly comical roles and in some, he also appeared as an antagonist playing out and out villainous roles. Ranjith has won many awards and accolades for the roles he portrayed in movies and serials.