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Jayaram at AMMA meeting - 2008
Native name ജയറാം
Born Jayaram Subramaniam
(1965-12-10) 10 December 1965 (age 51)[1]
Perumbavoor, Kerala, India[2]
Residence Valasaravakkam, Tamil Nadu[3]
  • Actor
  • Mimicry artist
Years active 1988 – present
Spouse(s) Parvathy (1992–present)
Children Kalidas Jayaram
Malavika Jayaram
Parent(s) Subramaniyam Iyyer, Thankam[4]
Awards Padma Shri (2011)
Website www.jayaramonline.com

Jayaram Subramaniam (born 10 December 1965), commonly known as Jayaram, is an Indian film actor who predominantly works in Malayalam and Tamil films. He is also a chenda percussionist and mimic artist. He has starred in over 200 films.[5][6]

In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution towards the arts.[7][8]


After college, he joined Kalabhavan, a professional mimicry troupe in Kochi. At the age of 22, he was introduced into the cinema field by script writer and filmmaker Padmarajan who gave Jayaram his launching pad with the 1988 film Aparan. Jayaram subsequently acted in Padmarajan's Moonnam Pakkam (1988) and Innale (1989). Padmarajan became his mentor in his film career till the former's death in January 1991.He became one of the Superstars of Malayalam film industry through the film Meleparambil Aanveedu(1993) which was directed by Rajasenan.

He is noted for playing in Kamal's films during the late 1980s and early 1990s, in films such as Pradeshika Varthakal (1989), Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989), and Shubha Yathra (1990) (all of them scripted by Ranjith), where he co-starred with his wife Parvathy. He later did a film scripted by Ranjith with the story by Jagathy Sreekumar and directed by Viji Thampi named Witness (1988). He teamed up with Viji Thampi and Ranjith in Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan (1990) where he played a police constable who is in search of a criminal played by Mukesh. During the early 90s he acted in Bharathan's Keli (1991) and Malootty (1992).

He has acted in several of Sathyan Anthikkad's films. Their first film was Ponn Muttayidunna Tharavu (1988). Around that time Jayaram played a supporting role in Sathyan Anthikkad's Ardham (1989). Thalayanamanthram (1990) and Sandesham (1991), were both written and co-starring Sreenivasan. Anthikkad and Jayaram later went on to make Thooval Kottaram (1996[9]), Irattakuttikalude Achan (1997), Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999), Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000), Yathrakarude Sradhakku (2002), Manassinakkare (2003), Bhagya Devatha and Kadha Thudarunnu.

He support acted with Mammootty in Joshi's Dhruvam (1993). Other films with Gopi include Viji Thampi's Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam (1990), Thooval Sparsam (1990), Jayaraj's Paithrukam (1993), and Sibi Malayil's Summer in Bethlehem (1998). He co-starred with Mohanlal in Bharath Gopi's Ulsavapittennu, Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989) and Priyadarshan's Advaitham (1991).

His association with director Rajasenan created many movies such as Kadinjool Kalyanam (1991), Ayalathe Addeham (1992), Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993), CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed. (1994), Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava (1995), Aadyathe Kanmani (1995), Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996), and Kadhanayakan (1997). He also played Aravindan in Siddique's Friends (1999) in which he co-starred with Sreenivasan and Mukesh. In the first decade of the 21st century his films include Yathrakarude Sradhakku (2002), Manassinakkare (2003), Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008). His roles include Karunakaran in B Kannan's Theerthadanam (2001) and Lonappan in Rajeev Kumar's Sesham (2002).

He also forayed into Tamil cinema including roles in Gokulam, Purushalakshanam, Priyanka, Kolangal, Murai Mamman and Pathini. He played the roles of Dr. Kailash and as Ayyappan Nair in Kamal Haasan starred Thenali and Panchathanthiram. They first came together on screen in Chanakyan (1989). Recently he has done more supporting roles in Tamil, such as antagonist roles in Saroja and Dhaam Dhoom, and a comic role in Aegan.

His movies include Manassinakkare (2003) Njaan Salperu Raman Kutty (2004), Finger Print (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2005), Madhuchandralekha (2006), Moonnamathoral (2006), and Anchil Oral Arjunan (2007). In mid-2008, he played Sugunan in Akku Akbar's Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008) and Thuppakki (2012), which established him as one of the leading comedy actors of Malayalam and Tamil films.

In 2009 he performed in Sathyan Anthikkad's Bhagyadevatha and Happy Husbands. In 2010 he again joined with Sathyan Anthikkadu for Kadha Thudarunnu. In 2011 he was featured in Makeup Man along with comedic roles in Seniors and Chinatown.

Personal life[edit]

Jayaram was born as youngest among three children to Subramaniyam Iyyer and Thankam at Perumbavoor, Kerala on 10 December 1965.[4] His mother tongue is Tamil.[10][11][12] His father is from a Kerala-settled Tamil Iyyer family and his mother is from Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.[13] He has an elder brother, late Venkit Ram and an elder sister, Manjula. He had his primary education from Government Boys High School, Perumbavoor. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Sree Sankara College, Kalady.[14] He became a medical representative soon after college. Later he joined Kalabhavan and performed mimicry in many stages which paved him a way to the Malayalam film industry.[15] Renowned Malayalam writer Malayattoor Ramakrishnan was Jayaram's maternal uncle.

Jayaram is married to actress Parvathy, on 7 September 1992, who is no longer active in films. Their son Kalidas Jayaram is an actor as well who won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2003 for his second movie, Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum.[16] Jayaram also has a daughter, Malavika.[2] Currently he resides at Valasaravakkam, Tamil Nadu with family.[3]


Civilian awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2012 — Nominated—Best Comedian – Thuppakki
Filmfare Awards
Asianet Film Awards
Other awards


Main article: Jayaram filmography


  1. ^ Deepa Soman (12 December 2014) Kalidasan starts shooting on Jayaram's birthday. Times of India.
  2. ^ a b Profile. jayaramonline.com
  3. ^ a b "Film Star Jayaram's House attacked and torched- Karunanidhi condemned". asiantribune.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Actor Jayram Bereaved. Kerala.cinemalead.com (27 September 2013). Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Jayaram surprised by Padma Shri award". Oneindia.in. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Jayaram completes 200 films". Indiaglitz.com. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jayaram's moment of pride". IndiaGlitz. 26 January 2011. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Padma Shri Award Winners". The Times of India. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Official Website of Information And Public Relation Department of Kerala". Prd.kerala.gov.in. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  10. ^ An article by actor Jayaram. The Sunday Indian (11 October 2009). Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  11. ^ Jayaram says he's a tamilian in the first place, while apologyzing. Kerals. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  12. ^ Jayaram self-identifies as Tamilian by birth. Deccan Herald. Retrieved 13 February 2014
  13. ^ "Actor Jayaram's mother passes away". nowrunning.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  14. ^ http://cinidiary.com/people.php?pigsection=Actor&picata=1&no_of_displayed_rows=20&no_of_rows_page=10&sletter=
  15. ^ "Jayaram interview | memories with director Padmarajan". amritatv. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  16. ^ National film awards announced. Deccan Herald (15 August 2004)
  17. ^ "Govt announces Padma Awards". Ndtv.com. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Filmfare - South Special". Filmfare. 5 July 1998. Archived from the original on 5 July 1998. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Nuvvu Nenu wins 4 Filmfare awards - The Times of India". The Times of India. 6 April 2002. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Sathyan Awards 2011". kottaka.com. 
  21. ^ "Vayalar Film awards announced". Jerin T Sam. metromatinee.com. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Kalamandalam awards, fellowship announced". The Hindu. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 

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