Adithya Menon is an Indian actor, who appears in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam films. He is best known for appearing in Tamil films Jay Jay (2003) as Sivaram, Arinthum Ariyamalum (2005) as ACP Thiyagarajan, Billa (2007) as Anil Menon, and Telugu films like Mirchi (2013) as Babai, Bluff Master (2018) as Pasupathi, and Karthikeya 2 (2022) as Santanu.
Anil Menon Adithya Menon – Facebook was born on Saturday, 6 April 1974 (age 49 years; as of 2023) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. His zodiac sign is Aries. Adithya’s hometown is Dubai, United Arab Emirates. When Adithya was young, his parents migrated to Al Satwa in Dubai, UAE, where he spent his childhood. The Times of India He completed his schooling at Our Own English High School in Dubai (1978-1992). After completing his schooling in Dubai, at the age of 18, Adithya shifted back to India. In 1992, he enrolled himself in the M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, where he earned a degree in civil engineering. Adithya Menon – Facebook
Height (approx.): 6′ 3″
Weight (approx.): 90 kg
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 42″, Waist 35″, Biceps 16″
Adithya Menon belongs to a Malayali family, hailing from Palghat in Kerala.
Parents & Siblings
Adithya’s father’s name is Csk Menon. His mother’s name is Suseela Menon. Adithya has a younger brother, Kamal Menon.
Wife & Children
There is not much information about Adithya’s marital status. He has a daughter.
Adithya Menon describes himself as an atheist. iDream Telugu Movies – YouTube
Adithya Menon is a Malayali. The Times of India
While completing his engineering, Adithya worked as a radio host with Radio Midday. He hosted various college functions and events. After completing his graduation, in 1996, he started working as an event manager and hosted different ceremonies, stage shows, conferences, launch events, and fashion shows in Bangalore. After working as a host for a few years, Adithya realised his passion for acting, and he started participating in plays and stage shows in Bangalore. In an interview, he talked about his aspirations of becoming an actor and said,
Acting is something I’ve always wanted to do. There’s a sense of satisfaction at being able to make a living by doing what I enjoy.” The Hindu
In 2001, he shifted to Royapettah in Chennai to gain more acting opportunities.
In 2003, Adithya made his Tamil debut with the film Anjaneya in which he played the role of Siva.
In 2004, he made his Malayalam debut with the film Vamanapuram Bus Route in which he played the role of Karipidi Gopi.
In 2009, he made his Telugu debut with the film Billa, starring Prabhas, in which he played the role of Aditya.
In 2014, Adhithya made his Kannada debut with the film Shivajinagara in which he played the role of a police officer.
In 2015, Adithya made his Bollywood debut with the spoof film Main Hoon (Part-Time) Killer in which he played the role of Rajinikanth.
In 2022, he made headlines for playing the role of Santanu in the Telugu film Karthikeya 2 starring Nikhil Siddhartha and Anupam Kher.
Adithya made his television debut with the Kannada show Musanje Katha Prasanga on ETV Kannada.
He acted in the show Soorya Shikari on ETV Kannada. In 2001, Adithya acted in the Tamil television show Thanthira Bhoomi on Sun TV. In 2003, he appeared in the Tamil show Anni on Jaya TV.
In January 2013, Adithya Menon became the founder and CEO of Sustainable Solutions International, LLC, a privately owned company, which develops technologies to optimize biomass energy and organic waste management. Adithya (Anil) Menon – LinkedIn
Garnered controversy for film’s title
Adithya Menon’s Bollywood debut film, Main Hoon Part-Time Killer (2015), attracted controversy before its release for its original title Main Hoon Rajinikanth. The film was originally set to be released in 2014. Rajinikanth filed a civil suit against the film’s production house, Varsha Productions, in the Madras high court to stop the release and screening of the film citing the unauthorized use of his name in the title, pictures, caricature, and his style of delivering dialogue in the film.
Rajinikanth alleged that the film was promoted as his biopic, which might defame him and offend his fans. However, the film’s director, Faisal Saif, denied the allegation and claimed that apart from the name, he hadn’t used any kind of image, caricature, or personality attributes of Rajinikanth in the film. On 27 September 2014, he even held a special screening of the film for Rajinikanth, and his daughter, Soundarya Rajinikanth, at AVM Preview Theatre in Chennai to prove that there was nothing objectionable related to him in the film. On 16 January 2015, a stay order was issued by the court against the release of the film as it offended the right to privacy and dignity of Rajinikanth. On 3 February 2015, the court announced the final verdict in favour of Rajinikanth and asked the makers of the film to remove Rajinikanth from the title, any kind of picture, caricature, or his style of dialogue delivery from the film. Later, the film’s title was changed to Main Hoon (Part-Time) Killer and it was released on 22 May 2015 across North India by Dimension Pictures. However, to avoid legal disputes, the film was not released in South India. In an interview, on being asked about the ongoing legal dispute between the production house and Rajinikanth regarding the release of the film, Adithya replied,
Our film is a tribute to the ‘thalaivar’ (Rajinikanth). It’s a comedy satire that will leave audiences in splits. Nobody would dare to show Rajini sir in bad light through a film. How could we possibly do it. Besides the name, there’s nothing in our film that defames Rajini sir. I’m sure when people watch the film, they’ll realize it’s a clean comedy entertainer. I hope we get to release our film smoothly. We have completed shooting. My director and producer will take a final call on this matter. Deccan Herald
- Music Genre(s): Jazz, Hip Hop, Hindi Remixes, Dance, and Retro
- Book(s): Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by Sandra Blakeslee and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, Games People Play by Eric Berne
- Quote: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity”
- Adithya is proficient in 8 languages, Hindi, English, Russian, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Arabic. Adithya (Anil) Menon – LinkedIn
- Adithya is often spotted consuming alcoholic beverages and smoking cigarettes occasionally at events.
- Adithya’s hobbies include cooking, travelling, dancing, singing, and playing different musical instruments like piano and guitar. In an interview, he talked about his hobbies and said,
I can make multiple cuisines. I like traveling and history, too. In fact, chasing historical references while traveling excites me.” Deccan Chronicle
- Adithya follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- Adithya is not a trained singer, but he is fond of singing and often shares his videos on social media platforms. Adithya Menon – Instagram
- In March 2021, while shooting for an action sequence for the Telugu film Hari Hara Veera Mallu, starring Pawan Kalyan, Adithya met with an accident while riding a horse. He was immediately hospitalized, and he had to have 15 stitches in the left leg. In an interview, he talked about the accident, which resulted after he lost his balance while riding a horse and said,
It was a bad mishap; I was in extreme pain and I was immediately rushed to my caravan for first aid. I got a few bruises and sharp cuts on the inner left thigh. I got up on my own though I was bleeding. It was not anyone’s fault; these things sometimes happen. It shows that while working with animals, there’s always a danger.” Deccan Chronicle
- Adithya was the dubbing artist for Suniel Shetty‘s character, Hariharan Hari Chopra, in the Tamil film Darbar (2020), starring Rajinikanth.