Nivin Pauly

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Nivin Pauly
Native name നിവിന്‍ പോളി
Born (1984-10-11) 11 October 1984 (age 32)
Aluva, Kerala, India
Residence Kochi, Kerala, India
Nationality Indian
Education B.Tech In Electronics & Communication Engineering
Alma mater Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT), Angamaly
  • Actor
  • Film producer
Years active 2010 – present
Spouse(s) Rinna Joy (m. 2010)
Children Daveed Pauly

Nivin Pauly (born 11 October 1984)[1] is an Indian film actor and producer best known for his work in Malayalam cinema.[2]

Nivin applied for the audition of Vineeth Sreenivasan's directional debut Malarvaadi Arts Club in 2009, and was selected to play the main role. Malarvaadi Arts Club produced by actor Dileep released on July 2010. After playing several small roles, Nivin got his breakthrough with his lead role in Thattathin Marayathu (2012), which was also directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan.[3][4] Later, he went on to do lead roles in successful films including Neram (bilingual) (2013), 1983 (2014), Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014), Bangalore Days (2014), Mili (2015), Oru Vadakkan Selfie (2015), Premam (2015), Action Hero Biju (2016) and Jacobinte Swargarajyam (2016).He has also made guest appearances in successful movies like Traffic (2011), Vikramadithyan (2014) and Aanandam (2016).[5][6] Nivin made his debut as a producer with the film Action Hero Biju under his production company Pauly Jr. Pictures, which also starred him in the title role.[7] Nivin Pauly is also the youth ambassador of Kerala Blasters for the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) football team.[8]

Nivin received the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his Tamil debut Neram (2013).[9] In 2015, Nivin Pauly received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performances in Bangalore Days and 1983.[10][11]

Early and personal life[edit]

Nivin Pauly was born into a Syro-Malabar Catholic family from Aluva, Ernakulam on 11 October 1984. Nivin's father, Pauly Bonaventure, was a mechanic who worked in Aarau, Switzerland and his mother was a nurse at a Swiss hospital. Nivin used to spend his holidays with his parents in Aarau where they stayed for 25 years.[12] He was brought up in Kerala. He graduated with a B.Tech degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT), Angamaly in 2006.[13] In his school days he was a fan of actor Rajesh Khanna , Mohanlal, Mamooty and Kamal Haasan. In 2003 he while being in college,was part of the local album named Olive, which was directed by Shyamjith and edited by Alphonse Puthren.[14]

Nivin was employed at Infosys in Bangalore from 2006 to 2008 through campus placements where he worked as software engineer.[15] However, he resigned and came back home after his father's death.[16][17]

Nivin and Rinna Joy were classmates at FISAT. He married Rinna Joy on 28 August 2010 at St. Dominic Church in Aluva, Ernakulam.[18][19][20]They have a son born in 2012.[21]

Acting career[edit]

Nivin applied for the audition of Malarvaadi Arts Club, but was not included in the 12 shortlisted actors. However, when one dropped out, he was given a second chance to the audition, and got his debut role.[13][17] Since then, he had acted in the films The Metro and Sevenes, and brief appearances in Traffic and Spanish Masala. He appeared in music video Nenjodu Cherthu from the album Yuvvh, what The Hindu called "a hugely popular" ,[17] which became a viral hit on YouTube.[22] The 2012 film Thattathin Marayathu was his acting vehicle[16][23] which became the biggest hit of the year.[24][25] After Thattathin Marayathu he was called "the current youth sensation"[23] and "hot property".[16] He received offers from directors including Sathyan Anthikad, Rajesh Pillai, Aashiq Abu and Shyamaprasad.[26] Nivin made his debut in Tamil with the bi-lingual film Neram.[24] His other Malayalam films in 2013 includes Anju Sundarikal and Sunil Ibrahim's Arikil Oraal. In 2014 he appeared in Abrid Shine's directorial debut, 1983 where he played the role of Rameshan. Followed with debutant Jude Anthany Joseph's Ohm Shanthi Oshaana was a romantic comedy in which he portrayed the role Giri, which released a week after 1983. His next release Bangalore Days was directed by Anjali Menon. In the same year, he played a cameo role in the Lal Jose film Vikramadithyan. In 2015, Nivin appeared in Mili, Oru Vadakkan Selfie and Ivide . He then acted in Premam where he played the role of George David. It went on to become one of the highest grossing Malayalam movies. It grossed over 60 crore.[27] After the release of Premam, Nivin became a superstar.[28][29]

In the media[edit]

Nivin was selected as the "Most Desirable Man of 2015" by Kochi Times and Malabar Times, subsidiaries of The Times Group.[30]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Film Result
North American Film Awards 2017 Best Actor Jacobinte Swargarajyam, Action Hero Biju Won
Kerala State Film Awards 2014 Best Actor Bangalore Days, 1983 Won
Filmfare Awards South 2013 Best Debut (Male) Neram Won
2014 Best Actor 1983 Nominated
2014 Critics Award for Best Actor 1983 Won
2015 Best Actor Premam Nominated
South Indian International Movie Awards 2012 Rising Star of South Indian Cinema (Male) Thattathin Marayathu Won
2013 Best Debutant Male Neram Nominated
2014 Best Actor 1983 Won
2015 Best Actor Premam Won
Asianet Film Awards 2012 Best Star Pair Thattathin Marayathu Won
2013 Best Star Pair Neram Won
2014 Best actor 1983 Nominated
2015 Most popular actor Premam Won
2015 Best actor Nominated
2016 Most popular actor Action Hero Biju /Jacobinte Swargarajyam Won
2016 Best Actor Nominated
Vanitha Film Awards 2011 Best Debut Malarvaadi Arts Club Won
2016 Most popular actor Premam Won
2017 Most popular actor Action Hero Biju /Jacobinte Swargarajyam Won
Asiavision Awards 2016 Best Actor Won
2015 Youth icon Premam Won
2014 Youth icon Bangalore Days Won


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