S. Justin Selvaraj is an Indian film director, writer, actor, and producer in Kollywood, the Tamil film industry. His screen name is S.J. Surya. He is known for his outspoken attitude and broad outlook.
Personal Background S.J.Suryaah was born to Pandian and Anandham in Vasudevanallur, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. He has an elder sister Selvi and an elder brother Victor. He studied BA Sociology at Loyola College, Chennai. He made his directorial debut in Vaali casting Ajith Kumar in the lead role. S.J.Suryaah's rolemodel is director Vasanth.
Film career Suryaah's first film Vaali, with Ajith playing the lead in Tamil, was a runaway hit playing for 270 days. It had an adult theme and went off well with the audience.
Suryah followed that with the multi-lingual, Khushi which was a huge money-spinner in Tamil and Telugu but did not fare too well in Hindi. After a hiatus for nearly 2 years, he came up with another blockbuster, New in which Suryah played the lead role apart from directing and producing the film. The film's opening is considered to be one of the biggest in Tamil cinema in recent years, with over Rs.1.1 crore being collected on the first day at the box-office. The film's music by his friend and noted composer A. R. Rahman had created waves in the audio market. However, the movie was banned by the Madras High Court in August 2005, a year after it collected huge revenues in the box office. His fourth venture in Tamil as a director was "Anbe Aaruyire" which was initially titled "Best Friend". Though this movie wasn't as big a hit as Vaali,Khushi and New, audience enjoyed the movie because of its masala.