Kollywood star, Sathyaraj, might have been the very first screen villain to have impressed Tamil audiences by being a cultured, flamboyant antagonist, and it was the audiences' liking for him that eventually led him to becoming one of the leading heroes of Tamil cinema like Rajini Kanth and Kamal Hassan. Sathyaraj hailed from a well-to-do landlord family. He finished up to tenth standard in his high school education, and passed S.S.L.C., scoring first rank marks in history and geography at his school level. He joined Government Arts College and completed B.Sc. in botany. However, acting was in Sathyaraj's blood and he got his first acting part in the film, 'Kodugal Illaatha Kolangal'. He earned his image as an actor with the film, 'Nooraavathu Naal', and gradually weaned his way in a successful manner as villains opposite protagonists in movies. He made his debut as the hero in the movie, 'Saavi', and from 'Iravu Pookkal' onwards, he was a regular protagonist in motion pictures.