- Besides his mother tongue Kannada, he speaks Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi and English.
- Changed his name from Rai to Raj following the advice of director K. Balachander.
- Having established himself as a South Indian cinema superstar, he made his Bollywood debut with Shakti - The Power (2002).
- Winner of five National Film Awards, one of which as Best Actor for Kanchivaram (2008).
- Five-time Filmfare Awards South winner.