Millions of aspiring actors in India dream of stardom, with some achieving success swiftly and others persisting for years. One actor who rose to fame overnight after his debut at the age of 20 is Arvind Swamy. He became a household name, particularly for his collaborations with veteran director Mani Ratnam.

Arvind Swamy began his career with the blockbuster film “Thalapathi” (1991), directed by Mani Ratnam and featuring superstars like Rajinikanth and Mammootty. He continued to deliver successful performances in films such as “Roja” (1992), “Bombay” (1995), “Minsara Kanavu” (1997), “Thani Oruvan” (2015), and “Chekka Chivantha Vaanam” (2018).

The success of “Roja” and “Bombay” established Arvind Swamy as a superstar. In 1997, he collaborated with Kajol in the National Award-winning film “Minsara Kanavu.” His Bollywood debut came in 1998 with “Saat Rang Ka Sapne,” alongside Juhi Chawla.

However, by the late ’90s, Arvind Swamy’s lead roles were not garnering success at the box office. Frustrated with setbacks, including the shelving of projects like Mahesh Bhatt’s film with Aishwarya Rai and Anupam Kher, he decided to quit acting in 2000.

In the mid-2000s, managing his father’s business, Arvind Swamy faced a life-altering event—partial paralysis due to an accident. It took him several years to recover fully. In 2005, he founded Talent Maximus, a company specializing in payroll processing and temporary staffing in India. By 2022, Talent Maximus recorded a revenue of USD 418 million (Rs 3300 crore), according to market tracking portals like Rocketreach.

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In 2013, Mani Ratnam persuaded Arvind Swamy to return to films with “Kadal.” Opting for supporting roles in his second innings, he became selective about his projects. In 2021, Arvind Swamy made a Bollywood comeback, portraying MG Ramachandran in the Tamil-Hindi bilingual “Thalaivi” opposite Kangana Ranaut.

Arvind Swamy’s journey encompasses the highs of early success, the lows of setbacks, and a triumphant return to the cinematic world, showcasing resilience and a strategic approach to his career.