Bobby Simha

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Bobby Simha
Bobby Simha at Urumeen Audio Launch .jpg
Bobby Simha at the audio launch of Urumeen

(1983-11-06) 6 November 1983 (age 35)
Other namesSimhaa[1]
Years active2012 – present
Reshmi Menon (m. 2016)

Jayasimha known as Bobby Simha is an Indian film actor who has appeared in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam-language films. After making brief appearances in the films Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi and Pizza (2012), he portrayed a kidnapper in Nalan Kumarasamy's Soodhu Kavvum and a comic villain in Alphonse Putharen's Neram. Simha's subsequent performance as the Madurai gangster Sethu in Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda (2014) won him positive reviews from critics and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.[2]


Simha was born in Kodaikanal, which he considers as his native place.[3] He subsequently completed his schooling there and then attended college at Pioneer College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore.[3] In 2005, he participated in a Coimbatore-based event called Naalaya Natchathiram, where chief guests Sundar C and E. Ramdoss suggested that he should attempt to become an actor in Tamil films.[3] Simha stated that he received an offer to feature in a TV serial in Chennai and only after making the journey from Coimbatore, did he realise he had been conned.[3] Simha subsequently finished his degree and came back to Chennai to pursue a career in acting but ended up working in marketing, insurance and business process outsourcing to fulfill his financial needs. He subsequently became acquainted with short-film maker Manikandan, who introduced him to his friend, another short-film maker Karthik Subbaraj.[4] The pair subsequently made a series of short films together, with Subbaraj giving Simha a role in his directorial debut Pizza, too.[5] Balaji Mohan, who too was short-film maker, gave Simha a small role in his first feature film, Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi. Both ventures became critically acclaimed and amongst the most profitable of 2012.[6][7][8]

Simha then appeared in Soodhu Kavvum (2013) portraying the role of Pagalavan, and played the antagonist in the bilingual Neram,[9] his performances in both films were received well.[10] In 2014, he was seen in the role of an ageing Madurai gangster in Jigarthanda [6] with his portrayal winning him critical praise.[11][12] In an interview he said that in order to get into the character, he had interacted with real gangsters to learn their behaviour and nuances. To tan his skin, he stood in the sun at noon wearing only his shorts.[13] The film opened to positive reviews in August 2014,[14] with The Hindu writing that it had achieved "cult status" within a week of its release.[15] Simha won positive reviews for his depiction of Sethu, with noting that Simha "steals the show. He is chillingly menacing at times, while completely hilarious in others, but equally convincing in both", stating it is "a truly remarkable performance".[16] A critic from delivered a similar verdict, writing "truly the film belongs to Simhaa. He is electrifying especially in the first half, where he brings out the viciousness and violent streak of the character along with that eerie laughter."[17] His performance in the film earned him the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.[18] After Jigarthanda he played a lead role in the Malayalam film Beware of Dogs,[19] while in Aadama Jaichomada he played Bhoominathan, a "serious, intelligent cop but with a comic touch".[20] The success of Jigarthanda had created opportunities for Bobby Simha to become a lead actor, though several of his subsequent films did not perform well commercially.[21] In December 2015, he appeared in Urumeen, his first film as a solo action hero.

In 2016, he appeared in the coming-of-age drama, Bangalore Naatkal, where he portrayed a softer role in comparison to his earlier action films. Simha had offered his own dates to the producers to portray a character in the film, with his performance receiving mixed reviews.[22] In June 2016, he has signed to play as antagonist for Saamy2, which is the sequel of Saamy, directed by Hari.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Bobby Simha became engaged to actress Reshmi Menon on 8 November 2015 and they were married on 22 April 2016. In May 2017 their daughter, Mudhra Simha was born.,[24][25]


Vijay Awards
Filmfare Awards South
National Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards[29]
  • Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Soodhu Kavvum
  • Nominated - Best Actor in a Negative Role (Tamil) - Neram
  • Nominated - Best Actor in a Negative Role (Malayalam) - Neram
4th South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Nominated - Best Actor in a Negative Role (Tamil) - Jigarthanda
Edison Awards


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Feature films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Sources
2012 Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi Jaya Simha Tamil
2012 Love Failure Telugu
2012 Pizza Bobby Tamil
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren Shankar Subramaniam Tamil
2013 Soodhu Kavvum Pagalavan Tamil
2013 Neram Vatti Raja Malayalam
2013 Tamil
2014 Beware Of Dogs Amir Malayalam
2014 Jigarthanda 'Assault' Sethu Tamil National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Aadama Jaichomada Inspector Bhoominathan Tamil
2014 Aaaah Prosper Tamil
2015 Oru Vadakkan Selfie John Mathew Bhaskar Malayalam Cameo appearance
2015 Chennai Ungalai Anbudan Varaverkirathu Chellapandi Tamil
2015 Masala Padam Amudhan Tamil
2015 Inji Iduppazhagi Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
2015 Size Zero Telugu
2015 Urumeen Selvaa Tamil
2016 Bangalore Naatkal Kannan (Kutty) Tamil
2016 Aviyal The Gangster Tamil
2016 Run Vatti Raja Telugu
2016 Ko 2 Kumaran Tamil
2016 Meera Jaakirathai Sivanesan Tamil
2016 Iraivi Jagan Tamil
2016 Metro Guna Tamil
2016 Kavalai Vendam Arjun Tamil
2017 Mupparimanam Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
2017 Paambhu Sattai Dakshna Tamil
2017 Karuppan Kathir Tamil
2017 Thiruttu Payale 2 Selvam Tamil 25th film
2018 Rosapoo Malayalam
2018 Kammara Sambhavam Pulikeshi Malayalam
2018 Saamy 2 Raavana Pichai Tamil
2018 Ladoo Joseph Dayanidhi Malayalam Cameo appearance
2019 Petta Michael Tamil
2019 Agni Devi Agni Tamil
2019 Seerum Puli Velupillai Prabhakaran Tamil Filming
2019 Vallavanukkum Vallavan Tamil Ready for Release also producer

Short films[edit]

  • The Angel - Antagonist
  • Nenjuku Neethi - Doctor
  • Maranthittiya - Police Officer
  • The Juniors - Police Officer
  • Eli
  • Black & White
  • Anbudan Jeeva
  • V-Chithiram - Best Actor in Littleshows Award 2013
  • Raja Rani

Web Series[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Bobby Simha on Cloud Nine after `Jigarthanda`". Sify.
  3. ^ a b c d "Stood in the sun in my underwear: Simhaa". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ "SimHA - Actor". - Short Films Insight. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  5. ^ New baddie on the block. The Hindu (2013-05-25). Retrieved on 2014-03-26.
  6. ^ a b "Gangs of Madurai". The Hindu.
  7. ^ "Critics' Choice of 10 best Tamil films of 2012". Sify.
  8. ^ "2012- Top grossers at the Box-Office". Sify.
  9. ^ "Baddie like Bobby". The Hindu.
  10. ^ "New baddie on the block". The Hindu.
  11. ^ "Movie Review 'Jigarthanda': A film not to be missed". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Jigarthanda". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Simhaa interacted with real rowdies for 'Jigarthanda'". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Calling Karthik". The Hindu.
  15. ^ SUBHA J RAO. "The Jigarthanda juggernaut". The Hindu.
  16. ^ "Review: Jigarthanda is a fun ride". Rediff. 1 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Movie Review : Jigarthanda". Sify.
  18. ^ IANS (24 March 2015). "National Award incentive to do good work: Bobby Simha". Retrieved 25 February 2019 – via Business Standard.
  19. ^ "I was also inspired by Christian Bale, says Simhaa". The Times of India.
  20. ^ "Bobby Simha: I'll never play another Assault Sethu!".
  21. ^ "After Jigarthanda, it's Iraivi for Karthik Subbaraj". The New Indian Express.
  22. ^ Rao, Subha J. (6 February 2016). "A new face". Retrieved 25 February 2019 – via
  23. ^ "Bobby Simha to lock horns with Chiyaan Vikram". Top 10 Cinema. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  24. ^ "Bobby Simha-Reshmi Menon's engagement held on Sunday". 8 November 2015.
  25. ^ "Bobby Simha and Reshmi Menon have chosen this name for their daughter". 2 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 May 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ "62nd National Film Awards: Tamil movies bag eight honours". Times of India. 24 March 2015.
  28. ^ "TN Govt. announces Tamil Film Awards for six years". The Hindu. 14 July 2017.
  29. ^ "SIIMA 2014 Tamil Nominations: Suriya, Dhanush, Kamal Haasan Feature in Best Actor Category [List]". International Business Times. 20 July 2014.

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