Saravanan alias Suriya Sivakumar is popularly known as Surya, is an Indian actor in the Tamil film industry. He is entered the tamil industry 1997. He was born on 23 July 1975. He is the eldest of three children, his younger brother is actor Karthik Sivakumar and he has a younger sister named Brindha Sivakumar. He attended PSBB School and St. Bede's School in Chennai and graduated from Loyola College with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. 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.
He is a producer and television presenter, who is currently working in the Tamil film industry. After making his debut in Nerukku Ner (1997), Suriya went on to feature in several critical and commercial successes, most notably Nandha (2001), Kaakha Kaakha (2003), Pithamagan (2003), Perazhagan (2004), Ghajini (2005), Vaaranam Aayiram (2008), Ayan (2009), Singam (2010), and Singam II (2013). As of 2010, he has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South. He is also a recipient of Kalaimamani award in 2005. The year 2012 marked his debut as a television presenter with the popular STAR Vijay gaming show Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi.
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. In 2001, he starred in Siddique's comedy film Friends, also co-starring Vijay. His next venture titled Nandha. This was his first solo hit and Surya won his first filmfare award for best actor for this movie. His next film Unnai Ninathu and the movie was able to record good collections and Mounam Pesiyadhe which also did decently well. Surya’s second blockbuster was Kaakha Kaakha, a movie about the life of a police officer. His portrayal of a happy-go-lucky village crook with a comic touch in Bala's Pithamagan, along with Vikram, won him Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor tamil and the film did well commercially. In 2004, he played dual roles in Perazhagan, as an aggressive boxer and a handicapped phone booth keeper. His first Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. The same year, he portrayed the role of a student leader in Mani Ratnam's political drama Aaytha Ezhuthu along with Madhavan and Siddarth which was largely applauded by critics.
In 2005, he appeared in Aaru and then in Ghajini. In this movie he played a patient suffering from short term memory loss. Surya's 2006 release was N. Krishna's Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. He acted opposite his wife Jyothika Saravanan in the film. In 2007, Surya's solitary release was Vel. In 2008, he appeared in Vaaranam Aayiram, which released on 14 November 2008. He won a Filmfare Award for Best Actor, a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor, a Vijay Award for Best Actor which was presented to him by Kamal Hassan who acknowledged Surya's versatility as an actor, and a Filmfans Award for Best Actor and the film received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for 2008. Surya's next film Ayan in 2009 was directed by K. V. Anand and released on 3 April 2009. Following Ayan, Surya starred in Aadhavan directed by K. S. Ravikumar which was released worldwide on 17 October 2009. His only release in 2011 that featured him in a starring role was A. R. Murugadoss's science fiction thriller 7aum Arivu. Suriya played dual roles in the film, as a circus artist and as the Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma, who lived in the 6th century, but was a commercial success.
His 2012 release was the K. V. Anand directed Maattrraan in which he played the role of conjoined twins, Vimalan and Akhilan. The film received mixed reviews and the film ended up being an average grosser. His next film was Singam II, a sequel to his 2010 film Singam that got released on July 5, 2013. The film received positive response from critics and had a huge opening. His next film Massu Engira Masilamani and upcoming movie 24 released april 2016. In 2008, Suriya began the Agaram Foundation, working to help children who drop out of school early in Tamil Nadu. Agaram has sponsored 159 underprevileged students in 2010 for their higher education in various disciplines.
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