Shanthanu Bhagyaraj is an Indian actor, who has acted mostly in the Tamil film industry. He is known for his acting in Vaettiya Madichu Kattu (1998) in which he acted as a child artist, Angel John (2009), Mupparimanam (2017), and Raavana Kottam (2023). Along with acting, he has worked in television and as a singer. Further, he and his wife run a YouTube channel and a podcast.
Shanthanu Bhagyaraj (also spelt Shanthnu) was born on Sunday, 24 August 1986 (age 37 years; as of 2023) in Chennai, India. His zodiac sign is Virgo. Shanthanu finished schooling at Sishya School, Chennai and graduated in Economics from Loyola College in Chennai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 70kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 40″, Waist: 33″, Biceps: 15″
Shanthanu was born into a Hindu family in Chennai.
Parents & Siblings
His father, K. Bhagyaraj, is a renowned director, music director, actor, producer, screenwriter, and politician. is mother, Poornima Bhagyaraj, is an actress, who works in the Tamil and Malayalam industry. She also runs a bridal and designer wear store in Nungambakkam, Chennai. He has a younger sister named Sharanya Bhagyaraj, who is an actress in the Tamil film industry.
Wife & Children
Shanthanu is married to Keerthi Vijay, or as she is known after her marriage, Keerthi Shanthanu. She is a television presenter, video jockey, and actress. She works in the Tamil film industry and has worked in several movies and television serials. She hosts a podcast and runs a Youtube channel with her husband Shanthanu, and the two are extremely active on social media. She is known to her fans as Kiki Vijay. The couple got married in 2015.
Shanthanu follows Hinduism.
At the age of 12, Shanthanu made his acting debut in the Tamil film industry with “Vaettiya Madichu Kattu” (1998), a movie written, directed, and starring his father, Bhagyaraj.
His next project was as an assistant director to his father for his sister’s debut film, Parijatham (2006). In 2008 he starred in his first film as a lead in Sakkarakatti, which received mixed reviews from critics who deemed him to be a promising actor. The Filmfare Awards presented him with an award for Best Male Debut Actor. He made his debut in Mollywood with Angel John (2009), acting alongside veteran actor Mohanlal, another movie that received mixed reviews and did not perform particularly well.
He also acted in Kandaen (2011), Vaaimai (2016), Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga (2017), Mupparimanam (2017), and in the short film KoCoNaKa (2020). His film Raavana Kottam (2023) has received mixed reviews from harsh critics and supportive fans.
His experience in Television is limited to him being a judge on reality television shows in Malayalam and Tamil. He has judged competition-based reality shows Let’s Dance Season 2 (2014), and Let’s Dance Season 3 (2015) in Malayalam and Dance Jodi Dance Season 2 (2018) in Tamil.
Shanthanu has sung the song Live the Moment for the film Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam (2014), the song Hey Naadu along with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for Vaaimai (2016), and Enga Pora de for the film with the same name in 2020.
- Shanthanu was awarded the award for Best Male Debut – South in the Filmfare Awards, 2009.
- Santhanu won the Best Debut Actor award at the Vijay Award in 2009.
- Shanthanu won ITFA’s Best New Actor Award for his film Sakkarakatti.
- His YouTube channel that he runs with his wife Kiki Vijay is named ‘With Love Shanthnu Kiki’, and has 679K subscribers as of 2023.
- He follows a non-vegetarian diet.