Uncle to actor Gautam Kanthadai.
Rajkumar Santoshi wrote Ghayal and Ghatak for Kamal Hassan. Due to no producer's willing to back the film , he changed the star cast.
Has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Hindi films.
Seven movies that he has starred in have been sent to represent India in Oscars for Best foreign movie category, highest by any Indian.
Trained in the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam.