Shanthanu Bhagyaraj is an Indian film actor who made his debut as a lead actor in the romantic comedy Sakkarakatti (2008).
He is also the son of the legendary director K. Bhagyaraj and Poornima Bhagyaraj, and also features on a youtube channel with his wife called With Love Shanthnu Kiki.
Shanthanu made his acting debut as a child artist in his father Bhagyaraj's film Vettiya Madichu Kattu (1998), and then worked as assistant director to his father in his sister, Saranya Bhagyaraj's debut project Parijatham (2006).
Shanthanu appeared in his first lead role in the college-based romantic comedy Sakkarakatti (2008), appearing alongside actresses Ishita Sharma and Vedhika. His performance received mixed reviews. Despite having a popular soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman, the film received largely negative reviews and became a box office failure.
Despite the negative reception to the film, Shanthanu was recognised with the Best Male Debut Actor award at the Filmfare Awards and the Vijay Awards.
After Sakkarakatti, Shanthanu appeared in the Malayalam film Angel John (2009), starring alongside Mohanlal and Nithya Menen, as a suicidal youth who is rescued by an angel.
Shanthanu rose to fame after being casted in Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga (2017), Parthiban casted him to portray tribute to his mentor K. Bhagyaraj.
The actor called the film his "re-launch in Tamil cinema" and underwent a makeover to portray the lead role of a non-resident Indian who falls in love with a married woman played by Parvathy Nair. Shanthanu won positive reviews for his performance.
Shanthanu continues to win over millions of fans with films like Vaanam Kottatum (2020), Paava Kadhaigal (2020), and Master (2021).
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