Sharma at a press conference for Life of Pi, New Delhi, 20 November 2012
21 March 1993 |
New Delhi, India
|Residence||New Delhi, India|
|Education||Philosophy Honours from St. Stephen's College|
|Alma mater||St. Stephen's College of Delhi University, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya: New Delhi|
|Occupation||Actor; student at New York University|
|Known for||Protagonist in Life of Pi|
|Awards||Best Scared as Sh*t Performance – MTV Movie Awards, Las Vegas Film Critics Society – Youth in Film|
Suraj Sharma (born 21 March 1993) is an Indian actor, who made his debut with the title role in the 2012 film Life of Pi. Directed by Ang Lee, Life of Pi was adapted from the novel of the same name.
Life and career
Suraj Sharma was born in New Delhi, India to a software engineer father and an economist mother. He attended Sardar Patel Vidyalaya school, where he was described as a popular student. With no prior acting experiences, he auditioned along with his younger brother, Sriharsh Sharma. He was one of the 3,000 actors to audition for the role of Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi). Sharma went through several rounds of auditions before winning the part. Director Ang Lee has stated that he selected Sharma primarily based on his expressive eyes and innocent appearance. According to him, Sharma had not only the emotion, but also the "look" of Pi. His "medium complexion" and "average build" were deemed perfect for the role.
Since filming Life of Pi, Sharma returned to studying philosophy at St. Stephen's College, Delhi of Delhi University. He intends to continue working in filmmaking in some capacity. He is currently undertaking a Mass Communication course at New York University.
The movie has received critical acclaim and positive reviews for Sharma's performance.
|2012||Life of Pi||Pi|
|2014||Million Dollar Arm||Rinku Singh|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Life of Pi||British Academy Film Awards||Rising Star||Nominated||Juno Temple|
|Critic's Choice Awards||Young Actor/Actress||Nominated||Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild|
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society||Youth in Film||Won||N/A|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Breakthrough Performance On Camera||Nominated||Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild|
|2013||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Nominated||Denzel Washington – Flight|
|MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Performance||Nominated||Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect|
|Best Scared as Sh*t Performance||Won||N/A|
|Saturn Awards||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Won||N/A|
- Sullivan, Michael. (13 September 2012) Suraj Sharma: 'Pi' player – Entertainment News, Youth Impact Report, Media. Variety. Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
- "Ang Lee praises Suraj Sharma's work in 'Life of Pi'". Times of India. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Adrift With a Tiger and the Film God". New York Times. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- Next Factor Q&A: ‘Life of Pi’ Star Suraj Sharma. NextMovie (21 November 2012). Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
- Suraj Sharma: Actor's Role In 'Life Of Pi' Proves Life-Changing. Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
- 'Life of Pi': Suraj Sharma's Odyssey From Typical Teen to Leading Man. The Hollywood Reporter (20 November 2012). Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
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