Ashish Vidyarthi (Hindi: आशीष विद्यार्थी) (born June 19, 1962) is a National Film Award winning actor in India. He has acted in all the regional film industries. He is the son of renowned kathak dancer Reba Vidyarthi.His father is a malayali theatre personality, govind vidyarthi. Even though he typically acts in Hindi movies, he has acted in several South Indian hit films, such as Ghilli in Tamil, CID Moosa in Malayalam, Pokiri in Telugu and Bombaiyer Bombete in Bengali. He is presently playing a major role in a Zee TV serial Vaaris.
Born in Tellicherry in Kerala in 1962 to Reba and Govind Vidyarthi. Vidyarthi moved to Delhi in 1969- and joined the Delhi Public School where he won many best actor cups for Drama and Skits. He passed his Class XII exams in 1980- after which he attended S.V. College and did his B.A in History.
He began acting in minor roles and got his break in an S.V Paranjpe serial. He went on to act in a number of minor serials in regional languages and in major hindi serial in the 90's- Ghutan.
Vidyarthis film career began with a supporting role in Kannada Film Anand with Shivraj Kumar. He also starred with Suresh Gopi in Hijack (1991). His Break in Hindi Films came with Naajayaaz and Baazi. He became a very frequent villian. However he was associated with Brash and Crass Villians spewing dialouges rather than classy Pankaj Kapur type villians who were becoming the name of the game in Bollywood. As a result most of his films were not top of the line and were more of standard commercial masala fare. He did have some hits like Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. He also acted in supporting or positive roles in some films such as Ek Rishta or a comical villian in Jodi No.1 and Haseena Maan Jayegi.
As films dried up in Mumbai, offers flooded him in South India. He soon played Villian in films C.I.D Moosa with Malayali Superstar Dileep, Baba as Ippo Ramasami with Rajnikanth,Ghilli and Azhagiya Tamil Magan with Joseph Vijay, Pokkiri and Athidhi in Telegu with Prince Mahesh Babu.
He is among the # 1 Villian in South India along with fellow villian Mukhesh Rishi and Rahul Dev and has a very good career. He has acted with every major actor in all the South Indian Industries in over 40 films.
He is currently acting in a serial 'Vaaris'as an autocratic father.