Ramesh Aravind is known to many in many ways - Actor, Director, Producer, TV host and an acknowledged Mr.Nice. A man who endeared the Kannada cine goers through his intense acting and soulful eyes.
He is regarded as a force to reckon with, in the Kannada cinema industry. Intelligent and studious, Ramesh began his engineering studies in earnest. Passionate about the creative arts, he was able to juggle both studies and art while at college. Earning his degree led him to begin work with his family. Destiny however had a different plan for this extremely gifted man. Born into a family of lawyers and raised in the city of Bangalore, Ramesh heard his true call when he stepped onto the stage at a tender age and realized the passion within.
The yearning to create was kindled in his early years. However, being a studious child he excelled in his studies and stood seventh in the SSLC examination. The years in college were one of the most fruitful of times. Ramesh’s creativity was slowly recognized and he earned accolades for his histrionic skills. True talent they say cannot be hidden and Ramesh Aravind was recognized as a powerhouse of talent amongst the young. He soon began his television career with the programme ‘Parichaya’ that brought him instant success and he garnered praise for his demeanor. The keen eyes of the legendary K. Balachander sought Ramesh and introduced him to the celluloid world, through Sundara Swapnagalu , where he played a role with grey shades. However Mouna Geete which was to be his debut film released next. Ramesh brought a breath of freshness to Kannada cinema and endeared himself to the audiences with his talent and impeccable manners. The climb from there has been steady and deserving.
The entry of Ramesh into the Kannada film industry brought him much exposure. He soon became a familiar face in the Tamil film industry, and offers began tailing him from Tamil directors too. Ramesh steadily made his presence felt in the Tamil film industry, and slowly shifted base to Chennai. Juggling films in all the languages of South, Ramesh became a known face in the South Indian film industries.
Tamil films like Manathil Uruthi Vendum, Penmani en Kanmani and Keladi Kanmani established Ramesh as a versatile actor in the industry. Kannada cinemas beckoned him back, and the year 1997-98 was indeed a high point in his career. Ramesh’s films set a record of sorts. He had six super-hit movies to his credit. He was now firmly established as an actor to reckon with in the Kannada film industry. Films like America America and Ulta Pulta showcased the range of his acting abilities; he was at ease in both intense and comic roles. He scripted the national award winning film Hoomale, and thus paved the way for his foray into the field of direction.
The urge to be go beyond set limits and be creative, guided Ramesh to direct his first movie Rama Bhama Shama. This movie saw the return of Kamal Hasan to Kannada cinema after several decades. The movie proved a successful attempt of Ramesh as a director. His next directorial venture Satyavan Savitri too appealed to the audiences and established Ramesh as a director of repute. The third movie directed by Ramesh is Accident that has opened to rave reviews.
Born into a family of four siblings, Ramesh credits his mother vastly for the gentle manner and patience that he is endowed with. An academically brilliant person, he had little idea of entering the world of cinema, although he was a keen participant of theatre and mime. Ramesh had wanted to join the civil services or enter the industry set up by his father after completing his engineering course.
Fate had something else in store though. Strong family support helped him to enter the tinsel world and find a firm footing. Ramesh married Archana, whom he had met before his rise in the Kannada film industry. The two have a son and a daughter.