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Arvind Swamy is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Tamil cinema.

He was introduced as an actor by Mani Ratnam in the drama film Thalapathi (1991) and subsequently went on to play the lead role again in Ratnam's Roja (1992) and Bombay (1995). Arvind went on to star in other ventures including the Malayalam film Devaraagam (1996) and Rajiv Menon's, Minsaara Kanavu, and Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey (2000).

Arvind spent a decade in businesses ranging from engineering erection and construction, international trade to global outsourcing before returning to acting in Mani Ratnam's production, 2013 film Kadal. He also played a negative role in the 2015 filmThani Oruvan.

Early Life

Arvind Swamy was born in Tamil Nadu. His parents were industrialist V. D. Swamy and the Bharatanatyam dancer Vasantha Swamy. Swamy studied at the Sishya School and later in Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School and completed his schooling in 1987. 

He then graduated from Loyola College, Chennai in 1990 in Business. He went to the United States to do his Masters in International Business from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

In childhood, Swamy never wanted to become an actor or join his father's business. Instead he wanted to become a doctor. In college, he used to model for pocket money. When he joined the Loyola Theatre Society, he wasn't well received and asked to get off stage. 

Mani Ratnam saw one of his ads and called him for a meeting. He and Santhosh Sivan introduced him into the basics of film making.

Personal life

Swamy married Gayathri Ramamurthy in 1994 and has one daughter, Adhira (born 1996) and a son Rudra (born 2000). However, the couple lived separately for seven years until 2010, when they filed for divorce. Arvind Swamy continues to live with his children.
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