He was born on November 7, 1954, in Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India.

He is a versatile actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and politician.

He has starred in over 230 films in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, and Bengali.

He has won four National Film Awards, 19 Filmfare Awards, and numerous other awards for his work in cinema.

He is known for his innovative filmmaking and his willingness to experiment with different genres.

He is also a staunch advocate for social justice and has spoken out against various social and political issues.

In 2021, he launched his own political party, the Makkal Needhi Maiam.

He is a cultural icon in India and is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema.