Prithviraj Sukumaran in 2009
16 October 1982
|Occupation||Film actor, producer, playback singer|
|Years active||2002 – present|
(2011 – present)
Mallika Sukumaran (mother)
Indrajith Sukumaran (brother)
Poornima Indrajith (sister-in-law)
|Awards||Kerala State Film Awards
Best Actor – 2006, 2012
Prithviraj Sukumaran (born on 16 October 1982), credited mononymously as Prithviraj, is an Indian actor, playback singer and producer best known for his work in Malayalam films. He has also acted in a number of Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.
Prithviraj was born to well known Malayalam actor and film producer Sukumaran. His major films include Nandanam, Stop Violence (2002), Swapnakoodu (2003), Akale (2004), Kana Kandaen (2005), Classmates, Vargam, Vaasthavam (2006), Mozhi, Chocolate (2007), Thalappavu, Thirakkatha (2008), Puthiya Mukham (2009), Anwar (2010), Veettilekkulla Vazhi, Raavanan (2010), Urumi, Indian Rupee (2011), Ayalum Njanum Thammil and Celluloid (2012).
Prithviraj has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in Vaasthavam and in 2012 for Ayalum Njanum Thammil and Celluloid. Indian Rupee, co-produced by Prithviraj, won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam in 2011. He is the youngest actor to receive the Kerala State Award for the Best Actor.
Early life and family
Prithviraj Sukumaran was born in Thiruvananthapuram to actors Sukumaran Nair and Mallika Sukumaran. His initial schooling was at St. Mary's Central School, Poojappura (which was near his home at Chengallur) where he acted in various plays and skits for the school's annual day celebrations. He completed the rest of his school education at the Sainik School Kazhakoottam and Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram. Prithviraj, along with his brother Indrajith Sukumaran, participated in debates and elocution competitions while in school. At the annual inter-school arts festival hosted by Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram, Prithviraj won the title of "Mr LA Fest" in successive years, and is the only person to date to get that title twice.
While pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology at the University of Tasmania, Australia, he was called by film director Ranjith Balakrishnan to play the lead role in his film Nandanam. It was AM Fazil, a well known Malayalam film director, who introduced him to Ranjith. After his performance in Nandanam, he decided to take a break from studies to concentrate on his film career.
In 2001, 19-year old Prithviraj underwent a screen-test by Director Fazil for one of his projects at that time. Even though that project never materialised, Fazil recommended him to director Ranjith who was planning his second directorial venture, Nandanam. Ranjith instructed Prithviraj to grow a beard to look mature. Nandanam released in 2002. Though Nandanam is Prithviraj's first film, it released after Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari and Stop Violence.
After Nandanam, Prithviraj appeared in films directed by Lohithadas, Vinayan, Kamal and Bhadran. Shyamaprasad, who cast him in lead role in his film Akale, said that Prithviraj's advantages are his talent and intelligence irrespective of his box office successes.
In 2006, he played the role of Sub Inspector Solomon Joseph in Vargam. After Vargam, Prithviraj acted in Vaasthavam with the same director, M. Padmakumar, for which he received the Kerala State Award for Best Actor for 2006, and set the record of the youngest actor to win the award, which remains unbeaten till date. The same year he starred in Lal Jose' Classmates.
In 2007, he starred in Chocolate, directed by Shafi. In 2008, he starred in Thalappavu (directed by Madhupal) and Thirakkatha (directed by Ranjith), in which he took up roles which serve as pivotal characters. One of the reviews of Thalappavu describes it as a film which is truly the coming-of-age film for Prithviraj the actor and that there is a spartan dignity that he brings into his commanding portrayal of Naxalite Joseph. The Sify review of Thirakkatha describes it as a "genuine attempt that keeps the viewer engaged until the end". Both Thalappavu and Thirakkatha shared the award for the best film in the Film Critics Award for 2008. He also made a special appearance in Anjali Menon's Manjadikkuru.
In 2009, the success of Prithviraj's Puthiya Mukham (directed by Diphan) led the print and visual media to anoint him as "Superstar". His other releases in 2009 were Robinhood (directed by Joshy) and Malayalam's first anthology film, Kerala Cafe.
In 2011, Prithviraj turned producer through the multilingual film Urumi. Other releases in Malayalam include City of God, Manikyakallu, Veettilekkulla Vazhi and Indian Rupee. Reviewers praised Prithviraj for his performance in Indian Rupee like the one at Nowrunning.com who described it as his career best performance.[unreliable source?]
In 2008, Prithviraj starred in Vellithirai, the Tamil remake of Udayananu Tharam. Rediff described his performance: “Prithviraj makes the best of his assets – his nose, which glint in sad, harden with angry, or brim over with frustrated life”. The Tamil remake of Classmates, titled Ninaithale Inikkum, was released in 2009.
Prithviraj Sukumaran debuted in Telugu through Police Police which was released in 2010. Besides, Prithviraj has had many of his Malayalam films dubbed into Telugu like Sivapuram in 2006 which was the dubbing of Ananthabhadram and ATM in 2010 which was the dubbing of Robinhood. The dubbed version of Urumi released in August 2011.
As a Film Producer
Prithviraj formed a production & distribution company called August Cinema along with director Santosh Sivan and entrepreneur Shaji Natesan in 2009. Their first production venture, the multi-lingual film Urumi was released in 2011. August Cinema is also into distribution of films. They have distributed Manjadikuru and Molly Aunty Rocks! apart from their own productions.
Filmography as a producer
|3||2013||Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty||Malayalam|
As a Playback Singer
|1||2009||"Kaane Kaane"||Puthiya Mukham||–||Malayalam||Deepak Dev||3:14||Rock ballad||Featured in the title credits of the film|
|2||2010||"Kaattu Paranjathum"||Thanthonni||–||Malayalam||Thej Mervin||5:21||Soft melody||Not featured in the film|
|3||2010||"Kettille Kettille"||Pokkiri Raja||Vijay Yesudas, Rijiya||Malayalam||Jassie Gift||3:24||Pop||Party song|
|4||2010||"Njan"||Anwar||Mamta Mohandas||Malayalam||Gopi Sundar||3:44||Rap duet||Featured in the end credits of the film|
|5||2011||"Vadakku Vadakku"||Urumi||Shaan Rahman||Malayalam||Deepak Dev||3:27||Pop||First Song in the Malayalam version of the film|
|6||2012||"Tarzan Antony coming back to Cinema"||Hero||Gopi Sundar||Malayalam||Gopi Sundar||4:25||Fusion||Included in the film as the first song.|
Awards and nominations
- 2011 – Nominated – Best Actor – Malayalam for Indian Rupee
- 2010 – Nominated – Best Actor – Malayalam for Anwar
- 2010 – Nominated – Best Supporting Actor – Tamil for Raavanan
- 2012 – Nominated – Best Actor – Malayalam for Ayalum Njanum Thammil
- 2012 – Most Popular Actor
- 2009 – Youth Icon of the Year 
- 2011 – Most Popular Film (Producer)Urumi
- 2011 – Most Popular Actor
- 2008 – Youth Icon of the Year 
- 2006 – Most Popular Actor
- 2004 – Special Jury Award for Akale 
- 2003 – Best Onscreen Couple Award (shared with actress Navya Nair)
- 2013 - AsiaVison Movie Awards - Man of the Year 
- 2011 – Surya TV Film Awards – Popular Actor 
- 2011 – Vayalar Rama Varma Chalachitra Madhyama Award – Best Actor for Indian Rupee
- 2010 – Jai Hind TV Awards – Youth Icon of the Year 
- 2008 – Jai Hind TV Awards – Best Actor for Thalappavu and Thirakkatha 
- 2007 – Sathyan Memorial Award – Best Actor for Vaasthavam 
- 2005 – Thikkurushi Award – Best Actor for Akale 
- 2003 – Film Critics Award – Best Actor for Meerayude Dukhavum Muthuvinte Swapnavum and Chakram 
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