Name :Saravanan Sivakumar

Born On :23 July 1975 

Born In :Chennai, Tamil Nadu,

Nationality :Indian

Career: Film actor, producer, television host Years active 1997
Saravanan Sivakumar, known by his stage name Suriya, is an Indian film actor, producer, and television presenter, best known for his work in Tamil cinema. After making his debut in Nerukku Ner (1997), Suriya landed his breakthrough role in Nandha (2001) and then had his first major commercial success with the thriller Kaakha Kaakha(2003). Following award-winning performances of a conman in Pithamagan (2003) and a hunchback in Perazhagan (2004), Suriya played a patient suffering from anterograde amnesia in the 2005 blockbuster Ghajini. He rose to stardom with dual roles of a father and son in Gautham Menon’s semi-autobiographical Vaaranam Aayiram(2008). His status as an action star was established with roles of a smuggler in Ayan (2009), and an aggressive cop in the Singam trilogy (Singam, Singam II and S3). Suriya has also found success with science fiction films like 7aum Arivu (2011) and 24 (2016). As of 2017, he has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards South.


Surya is the most famous actor of Indian Tamil film industries,  surya belongs to film industry family, surya was born in 23rd July 1975, in Chennai.surya’s father name is Sivakumar who is also Famous Tamil Actor, and surya’s brother Karthi and sister Brindha.Surya complete his primary education from PSBB & St. Bede’s Chennai, after his completion primary education he complete his graduation from Loyala College, Chennai.

Early Life

Suriya began his career in the film industry, he used to work in a garment export factory for about Six months without revealing to anyone about his family background. While he was working at the factory, he was offered to play the lead role by Vasant in his film Aasai but he rejected the offer citing the reason that he is not interested in acting. When he eventually agreed to make his debut in the 1997 film Nerrukku Ner produced by Mani Ratnam, he took his stage name, Suriya, which was given to him by the producer.

During his initial days, the actor himself confessed that he struggled with acting due to his low confidence and lack of dancing skills. It was the late actor, Raghuvaran, whom Suriya considered as his mentor who advised him to create his own identity rather than stay under the shadow of his father.

As An Actor

The superstar actor made his acting debut in 1997 with Nerruku Ner alongside Vijay. Although the movie produced by Mani Ratnam was a smashing hit, Suriya did not get any attention for his role in the movie. His next few films in the late 1990`s too were flops. With the dawn of the millennium, Suriya took his first towards becoming one of the most promising actors in the Tamil film industry. His first super hit film in 2001 was Friends co-starring Vijay. His role as a loyal friend was well appreciated by the audience and the critics.

Suriya followed his new found success and recognition with a few more hits in 2001 including Nandha, which won him the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor and Ameer Sultan`s Mounam Pesiyadhe. Over the next two years, the actor went to feature in a slew of super hit movies including Gautham Menon`s Kaakha Kaakha where he played the role of an honest police offer. The film not only opened to a grand reception at the box-office but also was praised by the critics. In the same year, he essayed the role of an happy-go-lucky village crook in Perazhagan, which also featured Vikram. In 2004, Suriya played the dual role in Perazhagan. The movie, which was both a commercial and critical success also won Suriya his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. In the same year, he played the role of a student leader in the political drama film, Aaytha Ezhuthu. The movie which also had R. Madhavan and Siddharth was greatly applauded by critics.

In his first and only big hit in 2005, he played the role of a man who suffers from short-term memory loss in A.R . Murugadoss` Ghajini, which also featured Asin. The movie went to become the third highest-grossing movie of that year and it was well received by the critics. His next release in the same year, Aaru was only an average hit.

In November 2008, the actor once again collaborated with Gautham Menon on Menon`s biopic, Vaaranam Aayiram where he played a dual role for the third time in his career. In the movie Suriya had to switch between the scenes as a 16-year-old son and 65-year-old father; he described his role as the most enduring one. For the film, he had to lose weight and followed a grueling fitness regime for about 8 months. The movie also features Divya Spandana, Sameera Reddy and Simran Bagga in prominent roles was a commercial and critical success. His role in the movie also fetched him several noble awards including the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor, Vijay Award for Best Actor, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil and the movie went on to win National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.

His 2010 release Singam directed by Hari and starring Anushka Shetty where he the played the role of a bold, feisty and righteous cop was a hit. The year 2010 also marked Suriya`s debut in Bollywood as he appeared in Ram Gopal Varma`s political-drama, Rakta Charitra. In the subsequent year, the Singam actor appeared in his only release, 7aum Arivu directed by A.R. Murugadoss opposite Shruti Haasan. The movie that highlights the life of the yesteryear scholar and Buddhist Monk, Bodhidharma was a commercial hit and got mixed reception from the critics.

In 2012, the actor made his TV debut as he hosted Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi, the Tamil version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. His next movie Singham II, which was the sequel to the 2010 movie of the same name released in 2013 and his role as Durai Singam was hailed as `the film`s backbone` and the movie went to become one of the highest grossing Tamil movies of all time.

After the much huge success of Singam II, the actor next collaborated with director N. Lingusamy for the action drama Anjaan, wherein the played two distinct roles as a feared and respected don and a handicapped young man. The film also featuring Samantha Ruth Prabhu in a lead role and Vidyut Jamwal and Manoj Bajpayee in important supporting roles, upon release, mostly received negative reviews and was declared an average grosser at the box office.

In his first release of 2015, Suirya starred in the Tamil-language supernatural comedy Masu Engira Masilamani, which also featured Nayantara, Samuthirakani, Premgi Amaren and Pranitha Subhash in important roles. It got mostly positive reviews, with Behindwoods, stating, “Massu Engira Masilamani has the expected elements from a Venkat Prabhu movie, the crowd-pleasing supernatural factors treated in a slightly different ways and of course, Suriya in all his glory.” Later in the year, he did an extended cameo in the children`s film Pasanga 2: Haiku, which is the sequel to the 2009 film with the same title. It focuses on the less talked about issue of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) amongst the children in the city. The film starring child actors Nishesh and Vaishnavi and Amala Paul and Karthik Kumar was declared a blockbuster at the box office. After its huge success in Tamil, it was later dubbed in Telugu as Memu.

In 2017, the actor reprised his role as Duraisingam in SI III, the third installment in the Singam film series. The film co-starring Anushka Shetty and Shruti Haasan grossed more than 200 crores INR at the box office despite receiving average reviews. His other release of the year includes, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, an action-thriller directed by Vignesh Shivan. His 2019 release includes NGK.

Personal Life

After dating for several years, Suriya married fellow actor and co-star is many of his films, Jyothika on September 11, 2006. The star couple has two children, a daughter named Diya and a son named Dev.


  • Tamilnadu State Film Award-Best Actor – Nandha (2001), Best Actor – Ghajini (2005), Best Actor – Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)
  • Edison Awards-Best Protagonist of the Year – 24 (2016),Best Antagonist of the Year – 24 (2016),Best Villain of the Year – 24 (2016)Flimfare Awards South
  • Flimfare Awards South-Suriya Won 4 Filmfare Awards in his Career with 2 Best Actor Award and 1 Best Supporting Actor Award and 1 Critics Choice Best Actor Award become one of few actors of Indian Cinema to win in all awards under Actor Category.



  • (1997) Nerrukku Ner
  • (1998) Kaadhale Nimmadhi
  • (1998) Sandhippoma
  • (1999) Periyanna
  • (1999) Poovellam Kettuppar
  • (2000) Uyirile Kalanthathu
  • (2001) Friends
  • (2001) Nandha
  • (2002) Unnai Ninaithu
  • (2002) Shree
  • (2002) Mounam Pesiyadhe
  • (2003) Kaakha Kaakha
  • (2003) Pithamagan
  • (2004) Perazhagan
  • (2004) Aaytha Ezhuthu
  • (2005) Maayavi
  • (2005) Ghajini
  • (2005) Aaru
  • (2006) June R -Special appearance
  • (2006) Sillunu Oru Kaadhal
  • (2007) Vel
  • (2008) Kuselan
  • (2008) Vaaranam Aayiram
  • (2009) Ayan
  • (2009) Aadhavan
  • (2010) Singam
  • (2010) Rakta Charitra
  • (2010) Manmadan Ambu
  • (2011) Ko
  • (2011) Avan Ivan
  • (2011) 7aum Arivu
  • (2012) Maattrraan
  • (2013) Chennaiyil Oru Naal
  • (2013) Singam II
  • (2014) Ninaithathu Yaaro
  • (2014)  Anjaan
  • (2015) Massu Engira Masilamani
  • (2015) Pasanga 2
  • (2016)  24
  • (2017) Singam 3
  • (2018)  Thaanaa Serndha Koottam
  • (2018) Kadaikutty Singam
  • (2019) NGK
  • (2019) Kaappaan
  • (2020) Soorarai Pottru

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