Surya Sivakumar Biography
Saravanan "Surya" Sivakumar is popularly known as Surya, is an Indian actor in the Tamil film industry. He is well-known for his versatile roles in various films. Surya's father is the renowned veteran Tamil actor Sivakumar. He is the eldest of three children - younger brother being the award-winning actor Karthik Sivakumar, and a younger sister named Brindha, who is married to an industrialist named Sivakumar.
Surya went to the Prestigious St. Bede's School in Chennai. He graduated from Loyola College with a B.Com and worked for a few years in the garment industry, before foraying into the film industry.
Surya is married to Jyothika Saravanan on September 11, 2006, a popular Tamil actress. They were blessed with two children, a daughter on August 10, 2007, named Diya and after 3 years a son on June 7, 2010, named Dev.
His debut film, Nerrukku Ner (1997) with Vijay was a big hit but all his succeeding films did not do well. His first reasonable success was in the movie with Vijay, Friends. But he did not get any big breaks and his career seemed to be stalled until director Bala approached him for a role in his next venture titled Nandha. This was his first solo hit and Surya won his first filmfare award for best actor for this movie.
Surya’s next venture was with Vikraman in the movie Unnai Ninathu and the movie was able to record good collections. This was followed by Mounam Pesiyadhe which also did decently well. Surya’s second blockbuster was Kaakha Kaakha, a movie about the life of a police officer.
This movie raised the profile of Surya tremendously and made him a huge star overnight. This was also the movie that fueled intense speculation of his relationship with fellow co-star Jyothika. This was partly due to the strength of the screen chemistry shared by both of them on screen. Also Pithamagan alongside Vikram was a big hit, in which Surya was appreciated for playing a happy-go-lucky village guy and thus proving his skills as a comedian too.
In the movie Perazhagan, Surya acted in two roles, one as a boxer and the other as a handicapped but a confident phone booth keeper. His role as the handicapped was praised by critics, and he received a Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance. His role in Aayitha Ezhuthu as a student leader was also favoured by the critics.
In 2005, Surya delivered more successful films in the form of Aaru and Ghajini - afterwards he set up a production company called Studio Green along with his cousin K.E.Gnavelraja. Ghajini was one of the most sensational hits of 2005, with Surya playing a short term memory loss patient, for which he even tonsured his head. The film was his third blockbuster and grossed over Rs.200 million at the box office. By then, trade began comparing him with long established actors like, Vikram next to Vijay and Ajith
Surya's 2006 release is Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. He acted opposite his real-life partner Jyothika in the film. The film was an average grosser. In 2007, Surya's solitary release was Vel, where he was paired with Asin Thottumkal.The film became a hit at the box-office. From here, he started doing movies for all A,B & C centre Audiences.
In 2008, he appeared in Vaaranam Aayiram directed by Gautham Menon. He won several awards. Surya played dual roles, of a son and a father, ranging from 17 to 75 years. His next film Ayan in 2009 was directed by K. V. Anand, which went on become the highest grosser of that year in Tamil Nadu. He played the role of a smuggler. His next release was Aadhavan directed by K. S. Ravikumar. 2010, he had his 25th release with Singam, directed by Hari, in which he played the role of a police officer.
He made his Bollywood debut in Ram Gopal Varma's two-part political drama Rakta Charitra. He is currently working on A. R. Murugadoss' 7aam Arivu and he performs a cameo role in Manmadhan Ambu and Avan Ivan which is yet to release.