Guru Somasundaram

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Guru Somasundaram
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Years active2011–present

Guru Somasundaram is an Indian actor who has appeared in Tamil and Malayalam language films. He made his debut in Thiagarajan Kumararaja's Aaranya Kaandam (2011) winning critical acclaim for his role, before also appearing in Suseenthiran's action film Pandiya Naadu (2013), Karthik Subbaraj's gangster film Jigarthanda (2014) and Raju Murugan's political satire film Joker (2016). He is living in Tiruvannamalai.


Guru Somasundaram joined the prominent Tamil theatre group in Koothu-P-Pattarai, where he enacted plays from 2002 till 2011. In 2003, director Thiagarajan Kumararaja met him while he was playing the role of Chandrahari in Koothupattarai’s play of the same name and offered him an opportunity to feature in a future film. In 2008, the director called up Somasundaram and offered him a role in his neo-noir film Aaranya Kaandam, for the character of the drunkard Kaalaiyan. Accepting the offer, Somasundaram lost seven kilograms and underwent rehearsals to change his hairstyle, moustache, walking styles, body language and mannerisms. Upon release in 2011, the film went on to gain two National Film Awards, while Somasundaram's performance was well received by critics.[1]'s critic praised the ensemble cast but added "the honours undoubtedly go to Guru Somasundaram. His gleeful cackles at the rooster fight, pathetic rumblings to his son and wide-eyed act in the Lodge are wonderful to behold."[2] Similarly noted that the actor had delivered a "superior" performance.[3] After seeing his performance, director Mani Ratnam signed him on to play a small role in Kadal (2013).

After leaving Koothu-P-Pattarai, he toured as a freelance theatre actor, before venturing into Malayalam cinema by portraying a photographer in 5 Sundarikal (2013), after being impressed by Shyju Khaled's narration.[4] Later that year, he was seen in a character role in Suseenthiran's critically acclaimed Pandiya Naadu, portraying the slain brother of Vishal's character. In between feature films, he appeared in the short silent film The Lost Paradise, portraying a prisoner heading home after fifteen years. He also won acclaim for his performance as an acting coach in Karthik Subbaraj's gangster film Jigarthanda (2014), where he was seen giving acting training to the character portrayed by Bobby Simha. Somasundaram had previously trained Simha as an actor in real life during the pair's theatre performances.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
2011 Aaranya Kaandam Kaalaiyan
2013 Kadal Kovil Kutty
2013 5 Sundarikal Photographer Malayalam film
2013 Pandiya Naadu Nagaraj
2014 Jigarthanda Muthu
2015 49-O Aarumugam
2015 Bench Talkies - The First Bench David
2015 Thoongaa Vanam Duraipandiyan
2015 Kohinoor Naayakkar Malayalam film
2016 Joker Mannar Mannan
2016 Kuttrame Thandanai Balan
2017 Yaakkai Sriram
2017 Paambhu Sattai Rajendran
2018 Odu Raja Odu Manohar
2018 Vanjagar Ulagam Sampath
2019 Petta District collector
2021 Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kadhai Vedhalam delayed
2021 Maara Chokku
2021 Manja Satta Pacha Satta
2021 Maamanithan Filming
2021 Kadhalikka Yarumillai Filming
2021 Parama Guru Filming
2021 Minnal Murali Netflix release (Malayalam/ Tamil/ Telugu/ Kannada/ Hindi)
2021 Indian 2 Filming
Short films
  • Irudhi Aram

Web Series[edit]

Year Title Role Language Platform Notes
2020 Topless Kalki (Politician) Tamil ZEE5 [6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Language Result Ref
2017 Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Actor Male Joker Tamil Won [7]


  1. ^ "Guru Somasundaram — Tamil Cinema Actor Interview — Guru Somasundaram — Kumararaja — Jackie Shroff — Vasanth — Aaranya Kaandam —". Behindwoods. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Review: Aaranya Kaandam bypasses gangster cliches". Rediff. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ "AARANYA KAANDAM REVIEW — AARANYA KAANDAM MOVIE REVIEW". Behindwoods. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  4. ^ "In pursuit of recognition". Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Training Day". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Tamil web series Topless takes a story about women, honour and makes it about the absurdities of men-Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2021.

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