A model, an actor, and an entrepreneur, but most of all, he is a self-made man. He has been inspiring many people ever since he began his career. He has gone through multiple hardships, faced countless obstacles, has been on a roller coaster ride with emotions, and consistent with building himself to get to where he is right now. This is the success story of Mr. Balaji Murugadoss, also known as Mr. International India 2018.
Unlike most teenagers, Balaji knew exactly what he wanted to do. It all started when he was just 18 years old when he was offered to model for a clothing brand called ‘Breeze’ in November 2015. This was the very first step to his dream. But at that time, it was such an overwhelming experience for Balaji because it was his first project. He had to face a lot of criticism and insults by his fellow models which although hurt Balaji, took it in a sportive way and started to work on himself instead.
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Soon after, he took part in his very first fashion show in May 2015 and walked for the well-known beauty brand CavinKare. His doors slowly began to open into the fashion industry at this point, where he was starting to come across many new and exciting experiences. But, his patience and firmness were tested when a top choreographer from Chennai rejected him because he was “too straight forward”.
Murugadoss didn’t take it too hard on himself. Instead, mended his personality and showcased his talent in acting for the first time in a TV commercial for Pothys, which was directed by the famous director duo JD & Jerry. Murugadoss began focusing on print advertisements and with a lot of strain and sweat from working hard, was featured in more than 50 print campaigns between the years 2016-17.
Mr. Perfect Body 2017 – Balaji Murugadoss
By then, Balaji had a good amount of experience and was also into fitness. After putting in months of consistent hard work, he finally achieved his desired body. In November 2017, he auditioned for Mr. India and went to Mumbai for the semi-finals. With over 1000+ contestants, Balaji Murugadoss was a part of the top 15 contestants of Times of India Mr. India 2017.
With a lot of pride, he returned home with the title “Mr. Perfect Body 2017”, a title which he well-deserved. Here’s a fun fact! The models who criticized Murugadoss in the very beginning didn’t even make it to the top 30 contestants! This made Balaji understand that all one needs to do in life is to focus on their own work and building themselves. Putting someone else down will never make you the bigger person.
Balaji Murugadoss – Mr International India
Murugadoss didn’t stop just there. As his interest in pageants grew, he wanted to take it to the next level. So, he took part in yet another one the next year. He traveled to Goa to take part in Rubaru Mr. India 2018 with the aim of winning and won the title Mr. India International by showcasing his talents. Soon after, he was offered a movie called ‘Tyson’, which was produced by R K Suresh. He learned intense boxing for the same and trained for it for 3 months continuously. He didn’t stop working out even during his busy shooting schedule! In fact, he works out 6 hours on a daily basis to maintain his body!
Looking at his achievements, Balaji was invited to give a TEDx talk at Chennai in September of 2019. He gave a motivational speech about how to keep going and not give up in life. He stressed how important it is to keep pushing yourself to do better, by keeping yourself as your one and only competitor. He made sure to take this one chance to inspire as many people as he could and in turn, he received a well-earned round of applause. Balaji knew from his own experience that nothing comes for free, not even a round of applause from an audience. He earned all of it at the price of working hard every single day and his recognition followed him.
He began his preparation for the Mr. India International 2019 pageant in November, while at the same time he successfully conducted Mr. and Mrs. India South as a co-conductor. But unfortunately, after a few weeks, his mother took her last breath, leaving Balaji devastated. But he knew he had to make his mother proud. So with all his courage and determination, he picked himself up and worked twice as hard and represented India at the Mr. International pageant where he brought home many praises, admirers, and well-wishers. He surely would have made his mother extremely proud.
Web Series & Movies
Once he returned to his hometown, he played the role of a boxer for the movie directed by Mr. Thambi Ramaiah. He then played the lead antagonist in director Vivek’s Karoline Kamakshi web series for ZEE5 along with veteran actress Meena. His next project was a music video called ‘Uyire’, which was released in December, and got a lot of great reviews.
In 2020, he signed a contract for 2 movies and is currently in the Big Boss house of season 4, winning more and more hearts by the second.
This is the story of the famous Balaji Murugadoss, who is a self-built individual, having the motto to always do better than his previous performance. He keeps climbing the ladder as he showcases that determination and commitment are the two factors to achieve success. Balaji’s story teaches us that people’s opinions of us don’t matter. It is our effort that gets paid for in the end. His story touches the hearts of many people and persuades them to get closer to their goal without stopping despite the obstacles that come in the way.