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Kalaiyarasan (Actor) Biography, Movies, Wife, Salary, Career & More

Kalaiyarasan Harikrishnan, who goes by the stage name Kalaiyarasan, is an Indian actor primarily featuring in Tamil films. He is a well-respected performer famous for his ability to portray complex characters. Kalaiyarasan has also done some work as a voice-dubbing artist apart from acting. His journey to being one of the most well-respected Tamil leads was fraught with setbacks and struggles. Kalaiyarasan has performed in dozens of films and a few web series so far in his career. Keep reading to learn more about Kalaiyarasan’s wiki, wife, age, height, family, and more.

Personal Details 

Kalaiyarasan was born on the 20th of February 1986 in Chennai, India. He never thought that he would end up joining the film industry. Kalaiyarasan was a studious child and excelled in his studies. He was also a prolific athlete and won several medals in inter-school sports competitions.

Real Name/ Full NameKalaiyarasan Harikrishnan
BirthplaceChennai, India
Years Active2010 – Present
Zodiac signPisces
Birthday20th February 1986
Age37 years (As of 2023)
HometownChennai, India
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
HobbyYet To Update


Kalaiyarasan went to St. John’s Matriculation Higher-Secondary School in his childhood. He then went on to enrol in the SRM Institute of Science & Technology in Chennai and graduated from there with a bachelor’s degree in computer application.

QualificationBcahelor’s in Computer Application
SchoolSt. John’s Matriculation Higher-Secondary School
High SchoolSt. John’s Matriculation Higher-Secondary School
CollegeSRM Institute of Science & Technology
Extra QualificationYet To Update

Family & Relationships

Kalaiyarasan’s father’s name is Harikrishnan and his mother’s name is Tamilmani. He has two siblings; a brother called Rajeshkumar Harikrishnan and a sister called Vaishnavi. Kalaiyarasan married his long-time girlfriend Shanmuga Priya Shankar and has a daughter called Adithi, born in 2014.  

Father NameHarikrishnan
Mother NameTamilmani
ChildrenDaughter: Adithi
SiblingsBrother: Rajeshkumar Harikrishnan, Sister: Vaishnavi
Marital StatusMarried
WifeShanmuga Priya Shankar

Height, Weight, Body Measurements & More

Kalaiyarasan stands 5 feet and 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 70 kg. His hair is black, just like his eyes. Kalaiyarasan’s body measurements are 40 (chest) – 34 (waist) – 14 (biceps).

Height (feet)5 feet 7 inches
Weight (Kilograms)(approx.)70 kg
Figure Measurements (approx.)40-32-14
Eye’s ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack


Kalaiyarasan began his professional career with a job at Accenture, where he met his present-day wife. A mutual friend introduced him to Parthe Bhaskar, Tamil composer Ilayaraja’s nephew. Bhaskar convinced Kalaiyarasan to audition for his debut directorial venture in 2010. Kalaiyarasan agreed and signalled the start of his acting career. Since then, Kalaiyarasan has starred in dozens of films and web series. Keep reading below to learn more details about Kalaiyarasan’s career.


Kaliyarasan started appearing on the big screen with the 2010 film Nandalala. He acted in this film alongside Ashwath Ram and Snigdha Akolkar. Kaliyarasan’s major breakthrough role was his cameo in the 2014 drama Madras directed by P.A. Ranjith. He was castmate in this film to Tamil superstar Karthi and newcomer Catherine Tresa. Kalaiyarasan’s first lead role was in the 2016 film Darling 2, directed by Sathish Chandrasekaran. Kalaiyarasan’s first successful film with him in the lead was 2017’s Adhe Kangal. He starred in this film opposite Janani. Other significant films in Kalaiyarasan’s career have been Attakathi (2012), Mugamoodi (2012), Madha Yaanai Kottam (2013), Urumeen (2015), Raja Manthiri (2016), Kabali (2016), Mupparimanam (2017), Kaalakkoothu (2018), Kalavu (2019), Sarppatta Parambarai (2021), Charles Enterprises (2023), and many more. 

Web Series

Kalaiyarasan began appearing on streaming content in 2022 with the Sony Liv series Victim. He acted in this series along with Thambi Ramaiyah and Priya Bhavani Shankar. Kalaiyarasan’s most popular web series was 2023’s Zee5 series Sengalam directed by S.R. Prabhakaran. He shared screenspace in this series with Vani Bhojan and Sharath Lohithashwa. Kalaiyarasan has also acted in the 2022 Aha Tamil series Pettaikaali directed by Rajkumar.


Kalaiyarasan has provided Tamil dubbing in the 2019 film Petta directed by Karthik Subbaraj. He was the Tamil voice-over artist for Nawazuddin Siddiqui in that film.

Awards & Achievements

  • 2014 Vijay Awards – Best Supporting Actor – Won.
  • 2015 Vijay Awards – Best Supporting Actor – Won.
DebutFilm: Nandalala (2010)
Web Series: Victim (2022)
Superhit MoviesNandalala (2010), Attakathi (2012), Mugamoodi (2012), Madha Yaanai Kottam (2013), Madras (2014), Urumeen (2015), Darling 2 (2016), Raja Manthiri (2016), Kabali (2016), Mupparimanam (2017), Adhe Kangal (2017), Kaalakkoothu (2018), Kalavu (2019), Sarppatta Parambarai (2021), Charles Enterprises (2023)
Popular Web SeriesVictim (2022), Pettaikaali (2022), Sengalam (2023)
Popular TV ShowsYet To Update
TV AdvertisementYet To Update
Music VideosYet To Update

Earnings & Net Worth

Kaliyarasan charges anywhere from 55 lakhs INR to 65 lakhs INR for his film roles. He charges 2.5 lakhs INR to 3.5 lakhs INR for his web series appearances. Kalaiyarasan’s net worth estimates range from 8.5 crores INR to 10 crores INR.

Salary ( approx)55 lakhs INR to 65 lakhs INR per film
2.5 lakhs INR to 3.5 lakhs INR per web series
Income SourceYet To Update
Net Worth8.5 crores INR to 10 crores INR (estimated)
HouseYet To Update
CarYet To Update
Other PropertyYet To Update


  • Kalaiyarasan credits filmmaker Ranjith Balakrishnan for his success as an actor.
  • His first film Arjunan Kadhali was never released due to legal troubles.
  • Kalaiyarasan is a chain smoker.
  • He is a fitness enthusiast and spends as much time in the gym as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kalaiyarasan’s age?

Ans: Kaliyarasan is 37 years old as of 2023.

What is Kaliyarasan’s Instagram account?

Ans: Kaliyarasan’s Instagram account is @kaliyarasananbu.

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