Other NamesRangaraj Subbaiah,Dengaraj
Date Of Birth3 October 1954
Age69 years 8 months 20 days
Place Of BirthCoimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Daughter In-LawRevathi(wife of Sibi Sathyaraj)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBlack
Favorite ColorBlack
Wiki Page
DaughterDivya Sathyaraj
SonSibi Sathyaraj
WifeMaheswari Sathyaraj(m.1979-)
SistersKalpana Mandradiar(younger) , Roopa Senapathy(younger)
Role ModelM. G. Ramachandran
Height6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m)
NicknamePuratchi Tamilan
HobbyReading Books, Watching Movies
Weight78 Kg


Sathyaraj is a prominent Tamil Actor, Film producer, Comedian, Director who has appeared in other South Indian languages as well. He has mostly acted as a villain.

Childhood, Family & Personal Life

Sathyaraj was born as Rangaraj Subbaiah on 3rd October 1954 in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu to Subbaiyan(Father) and Nathambal(Mother).

Sathyaraj had 2 younger daughters, Kalpana Mandradiar and Roopa Senapathy, Roopa Senapathy is married to Dr. Periannan Senapathy.

He married Maheswari in 1979 & has two children, a son named Sibi Sathyaraj who is an actor & daughter named Divya Sathyaraj.

Sathyaraj with wife Mageshwari
Sathyaraj with wife Mageshwari


  • Primary School: St Mary's Convent school, Coimbatore
  • High School: Suburban High School, Ramnagar, Coimbatore
  • Graduation: Degree in Science (B.Sc in Botany), Government Arts College, Coimbatore


TV Career: He used to host a gameshow titled Home Sweet Home on STAR Vijay TV.

He has been brand ambassador of products like:

  • Pothys
  • Kumaran Jewelry Shop

In 1976 Sathyaraj left home to become an actor, He joined the drama troupe of Komal Swamynathan. 

Movie Debut: Sattam En Kaiyil(1978) a Tamil film directed by T. N. Balu with Kamal Haasan, Sripriya.

As a production Manager: Satyaraj worked as a production manager for few movies including Kannan Oru Kaikkuzhanthai, in which he would also act in small roles.

Debut as director: Sathyaraj started directing movies with Villadhi Villain (1995). Nagma, Radhika were in the lead along with Sathyaraj.

Sathyaraj: Photos, Pictures

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Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. Sathyaraj has acted in more than 200 movies.

  2. He was a top ranker throughout his school.

  3. He is a social activist, he works for water rights in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lankan Tamilian cause, 

  4. He was offered the role of Villain in the movie Sivaji, he refused as he had stopped acting as a villain

  5. He is a Recipient of Tamilnadu Government's Kalaimaamani Award.

  6. He has acted with Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Sivaji Ganeshan, Jai Shankar

  7. Be Belief(or lack of that) he identifies himself as an atheist.

  8. After Bahubali, he became popular for his character Kattappa, he is called Kattappa by the fansof Bahubali.

  9. Initially in his career he stayed at Usman road, Chennai in a room rented for 85 rupees.

  10. When he was about to leave his hous to become an actor, he wrote a letter to his mother explaining his intent, posted it and lef the house.

  11. Sathyaraj played Rajinikant’s father in amovie when he was just 31 year old and Rajinikanth was 35

  12. He played Kamal Haasan's grandfather in a movie, they are of same age.

  13. Sathyaraj has acted in languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi.

  14. Friendship: Sathyaraj and actor Manivannan Rajagopal were close friendship since college and collaborated many times in movies.

  15. Sathyaraj is considered the master of sarcasm.

  16. From childhood he wanted to be an actor, his mother did not approve of his joining films, but being persistant he left homein 1976 to seek future in acting.

Sathyaraj: Filmography (1)

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2016 Nenu Sailaja[Actor]


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  1. My relationship with Manivannan goes back to the time when we stood in a queue at the Government Arts College, Coimbatore, to apply for our PUC. I guided him wrongly and he ended up choosing history, logic and advanced English. Poor chap, struggled with Shakespeare and dropped out. But he never bore a grudge; he continues to give me good roles

  2. I've loved characters with shades of grey. Somehow, here, we always tend to slot people as black or white