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Jayaram in AMMA Meeting in 2008
Born Jayaram Subramaniam
(1965-12-10) 10 December 1965 (age 50)[1]
Perumbavoor, Kerala, India[2]
Residence Valasaravakkam, Tamil Nadu[3]
Occupation Film actor,Impressionist
Years active 1988–present
Title Padma Shri (2011)
Spouse(s) Parvathy (1992–present)
Children Kalidas Jayaram
Malavika Jayaram
Parent(s) Subramaniyam Iyyer, Thankam[4]
Website http://www.jayaramonline.com

Jayaram Subramaniam (born 10 December 1965), better known as Jayaram, is an Indian film actor who predominantly acts in Malayalam films, and at times in Tamil films. He is also a chenda percussionist and mimic artist.[5]

Jayaram made his debut in Padmarajan's Aparan (1988). He was cast again in Padmarajan's Moonnam Pakkam (1988) and Innale (1989). He was able to create a mark for himself in the industry with films such as Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989), Thoovalsparsham (1990), Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam (1990), and Georgootty C/O Georgootty (1991). By the 1990s, he was most famous for his collaborations with Rajasenan, which turned out to be commercial hits, with films such as Ayalathe Adheham (1992), Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993), CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed. (1994), Aadyathe Kanmani (1995), and The Car (1997). Jayaram's films were such a success with the family audiences that he was labelled as the actor with the least risk, in terms of box office results.

Jayaram's association with director Sathyan Anthikad was also notable. He won his first Kerala State Film Award, a Special Jury Award, for his performance in Sathyan Anthikad's Thooval Kottaram (1996). He went on to win another Kerala State Film Award, and has won four Filmfare Awards South. In 2001, he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award, Special Prize award, for his performance in Thenali (2000). Post-2000, his performances in the films One Man Show (2001), Manassinakkare (2003), Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008), Bhagyadevatha (2009), and Seniors (2011) are memorable.

In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution towards the arts.[6][7]


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.It was the biggest hit of that time, which broke several records.

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, Viji Thampi's directional debut 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 Muttyidunna 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[8]), 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 which became a mega hit (2008) and Thuppakki(2012). established himself as one of the leading comedy actors of Malayalam and Tamil films.

He had a couple of hits in 2009 with Sathyan Anthikkad's Bhagyadevatha and Happy Husbands. In 2010 he again joined with Sathyan Anthikkadu for Kadha Thudarunnu,which was a runaway hit. In 2011 he had 1 hit, namely Makeup Man and two superhits namely Seniors. and Chinatown a comic role in both these films. while Ulakam Chuttum Valiban got poor reviews and ended up as a flop. In 2012, his movies Njanum Ente Familiyum, Pakarnnattam, Thiruvambady Thamban, Madirasi, all failed at the boxoffice.

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.[9][10][11] His father is from Kerala settled Tamil Iyyer family and mother is from Thanjavur.[12] He has an elder brother, late Venkit Ram and a elder sister, Manjula. He had his primary education from Government Boys High School, Perumbavoor. He pursued bachelors in Economics from Sree Sankara College, Kalady.[13] He became a medical representative soon after college. Later he joined Kalabhavan and performed mimicry in many stages which paved him a way to film industry.[14] Renowned Malayalam writer Malayattoor Ramakrishnan was Jayaram's maternal uncle.

He is married to actress Parvathy, on 7 September 1992, who is no longer active in films. Their son Kalidas Jayaram is a child film artist who won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2003 for his second movie, Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum.[15] 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. 
  6. ^ "Jayaram's moment of pride". IndiaGlitz. 26 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Padma Shri Award Winners". The Times of India. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Official Website of Information And Public Relation Department of Kerala". Prd.kerala.gov.in. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  9. ^ An article by actor Jayaram. The Sunday Indian (11 October 2009). Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  10. ^ Jayaram says he's a tamilian in the first place, while apologyzing. Kerals. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  11. ^ Jayaram self-identifies as Tamilian by birth. Deccan Herald. Retrieved 13 February 2014
  12. ^ "Actor Jayaram's mother passes away". nowrunning.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  13. ^ http://cinidiary.com/people.php?pigsection=Actor&picata=1&no_of_displayed_rows=20&no_of_rows_page=10&sletter=
  14. ^ "Jayaram interview | memories with director Padmarajan". amritatv. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  15. ^ National film awards announced. Deccan Herald (15 August 2004)
  16. ^ "Govt announces Padma Awards". Ndtv.com. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Sathyan Awards 2011". kottaka.com. 
  18. ^ "Vayalar Film awards announced". Jerin T Sam. metromatinee.com. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Kalamandalam awards, fellowship announced". The Hindu. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 

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