Rare photos of Kollywood’s Thala Ajith

Actor Ajith, who will be seen next in Nerkonda Paarvai, the Tamil remake of Bollywood hit Pink, turned 48 on 1 May.

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Ajith and Shalini have a daughter Anoushka and son Aadvik. (Express Archive Photo)
Actor Ajith
Even after making his debut as a lead actor with Amaravathi in 1993, Ajith continued to pursue his interest in auto racing. (Express Archive Photo)
Actor Ajith
Coming from a humble background, today Ajith is in the league of titans like MGR and Rajinikanth who made it big in the film industry without any backing. He is known for his hard work and commitment. Ajith has had his share of hits and flops but his failures never affected his popularity among fans and celebrities. (Express Archive Photo)
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He seemed to have had more passion for being a race car driver than being an actor. (Express Archive Photo)
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However, after Ajith suffered a serious back injury, he started doing more film roles. (Express Archive Photo)
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Ajith proposed to Shalini the same year and they both got married in 2000 with blessings of their family. (Express Archive Photo)
Actor Ajith
Born in Hyderabad to a Palakkad Iyer father and a Sindhi mother from Kolkata, Ajith struggled to speak in Tamil during the early days of his career.
Actor Ajith
Ajith began to date his Amarkalam co-star Shalini in 1999. Their relationship had become the main focus of media gossip back then. (Express Archive Photo)
Actor Ajith
Ajith has competed in circuits in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. He has also taken part in international races. The actor has raced in 2003 Formula Asia BMW Championships and 2010 Formula 2 Championship among other prestigious championships. (Express Archive Photo)

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