Born in Rajapalayam, Virudhunagar district and did his education in Chennai. He was a “below-average student right from school” and was neither interested in sports nor extra-curricular activities He graduated with aB.Com degree, following which he worked for three years as an accountant in Dubai, UAE. Unhappy with his job, he returned to India in 2003. He recalls that a photographer remarked that he had a “very photogenic face”, and motivated him to pursue an acting career. He subsequently joined the Chennai-based theatre group Koothu-P-Pattarai as an accountant where he observed actors from close quarters. He made his beginnings as a background actor, particularly playing the role of the lead character’s friend in a few films.