Jiiva in a press meet for education sponsor for a student on June 15, 2012
|Born||Amar B. Choudry
4 January 1984
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Years active||1996; 2003–present|
|Parents||R. B. Choudary|
|Relatives||Jithan Ramesh (Brother)|
Jiiva, also written Jeeva, (born Amar B. Choudry on 4 January 1984) is an Indian film actor who predominantly appears in Tamil films. Son of film producer R. B. Choudry, he started his career as a child actor in his father's films in 1996.
He performed his first lead role in the 2003 romantic film Aasai Aasaiyai, before rising to fame with his breakthrough performance in Raam (2005), for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Cyprus International Film Festival. Since, he became known for his versatility, essaying distinctly different roles in his subsequent films, such as a stuntman in Dishyum (2006), a slum dweller in E (2006) and a psychopath in Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), and garnered high critical acclaim for his performances, while also achieving commercial success with Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009), Ko (2011) and Nanban (2012).
Early career: 2003–2008
Jiiva had first appeared as a child artist in minuscule roles in two of his father's productions. He made his feature film debut as an actor in 2003 with Aasai Aasaiyai, and Thithikudhe (2003). His subsequent release, Ameer's mystery thriller Raam (2005). Raam also earned accolades on international platform, being screened at the International Film Festival in Goa and later at the Cyprus International Film Festival, where it won two awards, with Jiiva being chosen as the Best Actor, while its music director, Yuvan Shankar Raja, was awarded for the film's score.
Jiiva next starred in Dishyum (2006) Jiiva later quoted that he had risked his life in many of the stunts he performed in the film. Later that year, Jiiva made his debut in Malayalam cinema with Major Ravi's war film Keerthi Chakra, which saw a dubbed release as Aran in Tamil Nadu His final 2006 release was E. He then starred in Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), featured him as a lower middle class post-graduate degree holder in Tamil literature, who gradually turns a psychopath, frustrated by the inequality in the social structure. Whilst the film opened to rave reviews, Jiiva's portrayal as Prabhakar was unanimously praised by critics and widely termed as the best in 2007; a Behindwoods review labelled it as "a performance of his lifetime", while Rediff wrote that he was "endearing as the young, vulnerable Prabha, [...] perfect as the ganja-smoking near-lunatic [...] and freaking brilliant as the frustrated Tamil graduate". "He was, in a nutshell, simply superb". Jiiva had grown a full length beard for the character and cited the hardships during the shoots of the film, which he considered as his most painful experience and a "torturous affair". He revealed that he even had to undergo therapy to "come out of the character" as it was "too emotional". Sify called the film a "commercial disaster."
In 2008, he starred in Thenavattu (2008).
He appeared in director M. Rajesh's maiden venture, the comedy film Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009). His performance was highly praised by critics and the film became a commercial success. In 2010, he starred alongside Poonam again in Kacheri Arambam a failure. Singam Puli, which for the first time features him in dual roles, was his first 2011 release, following which K. V. Anand's political thriller Ko (2011) released. The latter, which featured him as a brave photojournalist, became a commercial success upon release, while his performance received favorable reviews. Rediff noted that the role was a "cake-walk for Jiiva: he's had a ball with the camera, clicking shots in almost impossible situations and making sure his trademark effervescence is present at all times", while Sify cited that with this performance he was "going to be a force to reckon with in Tamil cinema". His next two films Rowthiram and Vandhaan Vendraan by R. Kannan released in quick succession; both opened to mixed critical reception.
In 2012, he was first seen in S. Shankar's comedy-drama Nanban, which featured him as part of an ensemble cast including Vijay, Srikanth and Ileana D'Cruz released to highly positive reviews and become a big blockbuster. His next projects were Mysskin's superhero film Mugamoodi and Gautham Menon's Neethaane En Ponvasantham. After that, he worked on Bejoy Nambiar's David, in which he worked alongside Vikram.
He has completed filming for Endrendrum Punnagai with Trisha Krishnan and director Ahmed. His other upcoming films include cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran's directorial debut Yaan and Nee Nalla Varuvada.
Jiiva was a judge on STAR Vijay's reality dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season along with Sangeetha and Aishwarya Rajinikanth. In mid-2011, he announced that he would start a film production company called Spiral Dreams with his brother Jithan Ramesh in order to promote new directors like his father.
Jiiva was born as Amar to film producer R. B. Choudary and Mahjabeen on 4 January 1984 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is the youngest of four brothers. His eldest brother B. Suresh is a co-producer in their home banner Super Good Films, while his second brother Jeevan is an entrepreneur in the steel industry. His third brother is Jithan Ramesh, an actor in the Tamil film industry. On 21 November 2007, Jiiva married his childhood friend Supriya in New Delhi. They have a son named Sparsha born 14 October 2010.
|2005||Raam||Rama Krishna||Cyprus International Film Festival Award for Best Actor|
|2006||Keerthi Chakra / Aran||Havildar Jaikumar||Asianet Film Award for Best Star Pair (shared with Gopika)|
|2007||Kattradhu Thamizh||Prabhakar||Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Actor|
|2009||Siva Manasula Sakthi||Siva|
|2010||Boss Engira Bhaskaran||Shiva||Cameo appearance|
|2011||Singam Puli||Ashok Kumar, Shiva|
|2011||Ko||Aswin Kumar||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Actor
|2012||Mugamoodi||Anand / Bruce Lee|
|2012||Neethaane En Ponvasantham||Varun Krishnan|
|2012||Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu||Telugu film
|2014||Nee Nalla Varuvada ||Filming|
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