Keerthy Suresh

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Keerthy Suresh
Keerthy Suresh at Thodari Audio Launch.jpg
Keerthy in 2016
Born (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 27)[1]
Years active2000–2005; 2013–present
  • Suresh Kumar (father)
  • Menaka (mother)

Keerthy Suresh (born 17 October 1992) is an Indian film actress who appears predominantly in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for portraying actress Savitri in the biopic Mahanati (2018).[3]

She is the daughter of producer Suresh Kumar and actress Menaka.[4] Keerthy began acting as a child actress in the early 2000s and returned to films after studying fashion design. She had her first lead role in the 2013 Malayalam film Geethaanjali.[5] She went on to star in films such as Ring Master (2014), Idhu Enna Maayam (2015), Rajini Murugan (2016), Remo (2016), Nenu Sailaja (2016), Bairavaa (2017), Nenu Local (2017), Thaana Serndha Kootam (2018), Mahanati (2018), Sandakozhi 2 (2018) and Sarkar (2018).

Early life[edit]

Keerthy was born to Malayalam[6] film producer and director Suresh Kumar and Tamil actress Menaka.[7][8] She has an elder sister Revathy Suresh, who works as a VFX specialist and had previously worked for Shah Rukh Khan's production house Red Chillies Entertainment.[9][10] Until class four, Keerthy did her schooling in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[11] She then studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram before coming back to Chennai to join the Pearl Academy, where she completed her degree in fashion design.[10] She also spent time on an exchange program in Scotland for four months, before completing a two-month internship in London. Despite making a career in acting, she has stated that she was also "seriously considering a career in designing".[9][12]


In the early 2000s, Keerthy worked as a child actress in a few of her father's productions, such as Pilots (2000), Achaneyanenikkishtam (2001) and Kuberan (2002) and some television serials.[10] 11 years after Kuberan, she made her debut as a lead actress in Priyadarshan's horror film Geethaanjali,[13] in which she had a dual role. She was still studying during that time and shot for Geethanjali during her semester break.[14] Reviews on the film and her performance were mixed, with Sify writing that she "does put in some effort but makes only a limited impression in a double role",[15] while Rediff wrote that she "has got a plum role but whether she impresses with her acting prowess is another matter".[16] In 2014, Keerthy had her next release Ring Master, directed by Rafi of Rafi Mecartin duo, in which she shared screen space with Dileep. She played a blind girl,[17] which she said was much more challenging than her double role in Geethanjali.[18] The film was a commercial success,[19][20] being termed a "super hit" by Sify.[21]

In 2014, Keerthy accepted her first projects outside of Malayalam and signed on to appear in several Tamil film projects simultaneously. Her first film release was A. L. Vijay's romantic comedy Idhu Enna Maayam (2015), opposite Vikram Prabhu, though the film did not perform well at the box office.[22] Her busy schedule throughout 2015 meant that she had to opt out of films which she had already started working on, including Krishna's Maane Thaene Paeye and Deekay's Kavalai Vendam, in order to accommodate bigger projects.[23] She consequently worked on two films with Sivakarthikeyan in quick succession, Rajini Murugan and Remo, while also playing the lead role in Prabhu Solomon's Thodari, alongside Dhanush.[24] Her Telugu debut was the 2016 film Nenu Sailaja with actor Ram Pothineni. In January 2017, Keerthy appeared in Bairavaa, opposite actor Vijay and directed by Bharathan.[25] She also appeared in Tamil film Paambhu Sattai and Telugu film Nenu Local in 2017.

In early 2018, she appeared in Agnyaathavaasi and Thaana Serndha Kootam. She also acted in Nag Ashwin's Telugu-Tamil bilingual epic Mahanati where she portrayed the late southern actress Savitri and for which her performance has received critical acclaim.[26] Her recently released movies include Saamy 2, The Sequel of Saamy, opposite Vikram, Sandakozhi 2 opposite Vishal, and Sarkar starring Vijay, directed by AR Murugadoss.

As of 2019, she has signed on to appear in multiple projects such as the Malayalam film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham directed by Priyadarshan,[27] a yet to be titled Telugu film under the director Narendra Nath. She has a cameo appearance in the Nagarjuna starrer Manmadhudu 2, which is directed by Rahul Ravindran. She is also set to make her Bollywood debut in Maidaan opposite Ajay Devgn.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2000 Pilots Herself Rajiv Anchal Malayalam Child artist
2001 Achaneyanenikkishtam Unnamed Suresh Krishnan
2002 Kuberan Siddharth's adopted child Sundar Das
2013 Geethaanjali Geetha, Anjali Priyadarshan Debut film
2014 Ring Master Karthika Raffi
2015 Idhu Enna Maayam Maya A. L. Vijay Tamil Debut Tamil film
2016 Nenu Sailaja Sailaja Kishore Tirumala Telugu Debut Telugu film
Rajini Murugan Karthika Devi Ponram Tamil
Thodari Saroja Prabhu Solomon
Remo Kavya Bakkiyaraj Kannan
2017 Bairavaa Malarvizhi Bharathan
Paambhu Sattai Veni Adam Dasan
Nenu Local Keerthi Trinadha Rao Nakkina Telugu
2018 Agnyaathavaasi Sukumari Trivikram Srinivas
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Madhu Vignesh Shivan Tamil
Mahanati Savitri Nag Ashwin Telugu Won, National Film Award for Best Actress
Nadigaiyar Thilagam Tamil
Seema Raja Bhoomi Ponram Cameo appearance
Saamy Square Diya Hari
Sandakozhi 2 Sembaruthi N. Lingusamy
Sarkar Nila AR Murugadoss
2019 Manmadhudu 2 Suma Rahul Ravindran Telugu Cameo appearance
2020 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham dagger TBA Priyadarshan Malayalam post production
Maidaan dagger TBA Amit Sharma Hindi Filming. Debut Hindi film
Miss India dagger TBA Narendra Nath Telugu Filming [28]
Penguin dagger TBA Eshwar Tamil Completed [29]
Good Luck Sakhi dagger Sakhi Nagesh Kukunoor Telugu Filming [30]
Rang De dagger TBA Venky Atluri Filming [31]


Keerthy has sung the following songs for her films:

Year Film Song Notes Ref
2018 Saamy Square "Pudhu Metro Rail" Duet with Vikram [32]


Year Serial Channel Language Notes Ref
2004 Santhana Gopalam Surya TV Malayalam Child artist [33]
2005 Krishna Kripa Sagaram Amrita TV Malayalam Child artist [34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Keerthy Suresh awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. Awards in certain categories do not have prior nominations and only winners are announced by the jury. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2014 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debutant Actress - Malayalam Geethaanjali Won
Asianet Film Awards Best New Face of the year Geethaanjali Won
2015 Edison Awards Best Female Rising Star Idhu Enna Maayam Won
2016 5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debutant Actress - Tamil Idhu Enna Maayam Won
2017 Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Nenu Sailaja Nominated [35]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debut Actress Nominated
Zee Cinema Awards Best Debutant Actress Won
Entertainer Of The Year Nominated [36]
2019 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Actress Nadigaiyar Thilagam Nominated [37]
Special Jury Award Won
Edison Awards Best Actress Nominated [38]
National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Actress Mahanati Won [39]
Zee Cine Awards (Telugu) Best Actress Won [40]
SIIMA Awards Siima for Best Actress – Telugu Won [41]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Keerthy Suresh". Indian Express India. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016. The actor, who turned 24 on Monday, is the new favourite of Kollywood filmmakers.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Characters Which Has Scope To Perform Excites Me, Says Keerthi Menaka". 13 June 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Menaka was treated like a queen". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ "SIIMA 2014 Malayalam: 'Drishyam' Gets Best Film Award; Dileep Bags Best Actor Award [Winners' List]". 15 September 2014.
  6. ^ "సినిమా కష్టాలేవీ లేవు...!". Archived from the original on 17 December 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Menaka was treated like a queen".
  8. ^ "Want to play memorable roles like mom". Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Menaka was treated like a queen". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  10. ^ a b c Sathyendran, Nita (25 July 2013). "One for the family". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  11. ^ Gupta, Rinku (7 April 2015). "Mayas Role Is Very Close to My Heart". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Keerthy Suresh". Keerthy Suresh Height, Weight, Age, Affairs, Wiki & Facts. StarsFact. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Nishan to romance Keerthi". Nowrunning. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  14. ^ "A star is born". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Movie Review : Geethanjali". Sify. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Review: Geethanjali disappoints". Rediff. 15 November 2013. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Playing a blind girl is not an easy task: Keerthy Suresh". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  18. ^ "Keerthy Suresh on a 'blind' date". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  19. ^ "Six months, six months". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  20. ^ "Screening the Past". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  21. ^ "Kerala Box-Office April 10 to June 15 Summer Hits". Sify. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  22. ^ "The shooting of my first Tamil film is going on: Keerthy Suresh". The Times of India. 17 October 2014.
  23. ^ "Keerthi Suresh is Aari's pair in Krishna's rom-com". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  24. ^ "Anushka Shetty wishes Keerthy Suresh luck in K'wood". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  25. ^ "Bairavaa (Bhairava) 3 weeks box office collection: Vijay's film earns around Rs 110 crore in 22 days". IB Times. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  26. ^ "Mahanati actor Keerthy Suresh on playing Savirtri: I'm glad I convinced her daughter with my portrayal- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan confirms working with Keerthy Suresh for Mohanlal film". 20 October 2018.
  28. ^ "Watch: Keerthy Suresh is all style in 'Miss India' teaser". The News Minute. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  29. ^ "Penguin shoot wrap up: Keerthy Suresh gets emotional as she talks about the sweet and memorable journey". Pinkvilla. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  30. ^ "Keerthy Suresh plays a sharpshooter in Nagesh Kukunoor's 'Good Luck Sakhi'". India Today. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  31. ^ "Rang De: Keerthy Suresh, Nithiin kick-starts their shoot with a Pooja !". JFW online. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  32. ^ Anupama Subramanian. "Keerthy Suresh sings for Saamy Square". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  33. ^ ഞാന്‍ കീര്‍ത്തി; മേനകയുടെ മകള്‍. (16 August 2013). Retrieved on 26 January 2014.
  34. ^ "As a child artist – Keerthy Suresh: Interesting facts about the 'Mahanati' actress – The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  35. ^ "64th Filmfare Awards South 2017: Here is the full nominations' list". India Today. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  36. ^ "Zee Telugu Golden Awards 2017 nomination list: Baahubali 2 gets highest nods, will Prabhas get an award?". International Business Times. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  37. ^ "'Pariyerum Perumal' bags Best Film award at Norway Tamil Film Festival". Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  38. ^ "12th Annual Edison Awards". Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  39. ^ "66th National Film Awards: Keerthy Suresh bags Best Actress award for her portrayal of Savitri". India Today. 9 August 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  40. ^ "Tollywood's first and biggest Awards event of the Year on Zee Telugu". Zee News. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  41. ^ "SIIMA 2019 winners full list: Dhanush, Trisha, Prithviraj win big". Indian Express. Retrieved 26 November 2019.

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