- Started as a child actor, working in films directed by his father.
- Made his debut as lead actor with the movie Naalaya Theerpu (1992).
- Bagged the Tamil Nadu State Government Best Actor Award for his performance in Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997) and Thirupachi (2005). Has won many other awards and accolades.
- Has earned the nickname Ilaya thalapathy (chieftain) for his roles and involvement in many social activities.
- Actively participates in various events organised to benefit the poor and needy.