Arvind Swamy (Tamil: அரவிந்த் சாமி, born 18 June 1970) is a popular former Indian actor. He has acted in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi. Popular movies to his credit include Roja, Bombay, Minsaara Kanavu, Indira, Devaraagam, Alaipayuthey.
He was introduced to the movie industry by Mani Ratnam through his Thalapathi. His first film, as lead hero, was Mani Ratnam's Roja. The movie became a hit throughout the country and Arvind Swamy's impressive performance established his position as an actor. He was very selective about his roles. Though he has acted in only a few films, most of them went on to become blockbusters, highly rated by film critics. Roja and Bombay, both having a national integration theme won many awards at the State and National levels. Arvind has won several awards, popular and critical, for his films. He was also reviewed by Time Magazine and was appreciated by the magazine for his 'soulful' performance in the film Bombay.
Arvind Swamy retired from acting in 2000. In spite of his superstar status, he decided to quit acting and pursue other interests.
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