Prithviraj Sukumaran

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Prithviraj Sukumaran
PrithviRaj in RobinHood.jpg
Prithviraj Sukumaran in 2009
Born Prithviraj Sukumaran
(1982-10-16) 16 October 1982 (age 32)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Alma mater University of Tasmania
Occupation Film actor, producer, playback singer
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Supriya Menon
Children Alankrita Menon Prithviraj (b. 2014)
Relatives Sukumaran (father)
Mallika Sukumaran (mother)
Indrajith Sukumaran (brother)
Poornima Indrajith (sister-in-law)
Awards Kerala State Film Awards
Best Actor – 2006, 2012
In this Indian name, the name Sukumaran is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Prithviraj.

Prithviraj Sukumaran (born 16 October 1982),[1] credited mononymously as Prithviraj, is an Indian actor, playback singer and producer best known for his work in Malayalam films. He has also acted in a number of Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.

Prithviraj made his debut in Ranjith's Nandanam (2002) at the age of 19. His major films include Stop Violence (2002), Swapnakoodu (2003), Akale (2004), Kana Kandaen (2005), Classmates, Vargam, Vaasthavam (2006), Mozhi, Thalappavu, Thirakkatha (2008), Puthiya Mukham (2009), Anwar (2010), Raavanan (2010), Urumi, Indian Rupee (2011), Ayalum Njanum Thammil (2012), Celluloid, Mumbai Police, Memories (2013), 7th Day, Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (2014) and Picket 43 (2015).

Prithviraj has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in Vaasthavam and in 2012 for Ayalum Njanum Thammil and Celluloid.[2] Indian Rupee, co-produced by Prithviraj, won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam in 2011. He is the youngest actor to receive the Kerala State Award for the Best Actor at the age of 24.[3]

Early life and family[edit]

Prithviraj Sukumaran was born in Thiruvananthapuram to actors Sukumaran and Mallika Sukumaran. His initial schooling was at St. Mary's Central School, Poojappura (which was near his home at Chengallur) where he acted in various plays and skits for the school's annual day celebrations. He completed the rest of his school education at the Sainik School Kazhakoottam and Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram. Prithviraj, along with his brother Indrajith Sukumaran, participated in debates and elocution competitions while in school.[4] According to Prithvi, he won the title of "Mr LA Fest" in the annual inter-school arts festival hosted by Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram in successive years and is the only person to date to get that title twice. [5]

While pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology at the University of Tasmania, Australia, he was called by film director Ranjith Balakrishnan to play the lead role in his film Nandanam.[4] It was AM Fazil, a well known Malayalam film director, who introduced him to Ranjith.[4] After his performance in Nandanam, he decided to take a break from studies to concentrate on his film career.

Prithviraj Sukumaran's elder brother Indrajith Sukumaran and sister-in-law Poornima Indrajith are also film actors.

On 25 April 2011, Prithviraj married Supriya Menon, a BBC India reporter, in a private ceremony at Palakkad.[6][7][8] They have a daughter Alankrita Menon Prithviraj born on 8th September 2014. He ran into controversy by naming his child Alankrita "Menon" Prithviraj , because he once opposed the naming of children using caste names. Later he came forward and defended the act and said that "Menon" represented his wife but not his caste.


Malayalam cinema[edit]

In 2001, 19-year old Prithviraj underwent a screen-test by Director Fazil for one of his projects at that time. Even though that project never materialised, Fazil recommended him to director Ranjith who was planning his second directorial venture, Nandanam. Ranjith instructed Prithviraj to grow a beard to look mature. Nandanam released in 2002. Though Nandanam is Prithviraj's first film, it released after Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari and Stop Violence.

After Nandanam, Prithviraj appeared in films directed by Lohithadas, Vinayan, Kamal and Bhadran. Shyamaprasad, who cast him in lead role in his film Akale, said that Prithviraj's advantages are his talent and intelligence irrespective of his box office successes.[9]

In 2006, he played the role of Sub Inspector Solomon Joseph in Vargam. After Vargam, Prithviraj acted in Vaasthavam with the same director, M. Padmakumar, for which he received the Kerala State Award for Best Actor for 2006,[10] and set the record of the youngest actor to win the award, which remains unbeaten till date.[11] The same year he starred in Lal Jose' Classmates.

In 2007, he starred in Chocolate, directed by Shafi.[12] In 2008, he starred in Thalappavu (directed by Madhupal) and Thirakkatha (directed by Ranjith), in which he took up roles which serve as pivotal characters. One of the reviews of Thalappavu describes it as a film which is truly the coming-of-age film for Prithviraj the actor and that there is a spartan dignity that he brings into his commanding portrayal of Naxalite Joseph.[13] The Sify review of Thirakkatha describes it as a "genuine attempt that keeps the viewer engaged until the end".[14] Both Thalappavu and Thirakkatha shared the award for the best film in the Film Critics Award for 2008. He also made a special appearance in Anjali Menon's Manjadikkuru.

In 2009, the success of Prithviraj's Puthiya Mukham (directed by Diphan)[15] led the print and visual media to anoint him as "Superstar".[16] His other releases in 2009 were Robinhood (directed by Joshy) and the anthology film, Kerala Cafe.

In 2010, Prithviraj's notable films were Pokkiri Raja and Anwar directed by Amal Neerad.

In 2011, Prithviraj turned producer through the multilingual film Urumi. Other releases in Malayalam include City of God, Manikyakallu, Veettilekkulla Vazhi and Indian Rupee. Reviewers praised Prithviraj for his performance in Indian Rupee like the one at who described it as his career best performance.[17]

In 2012, his major releases were Hero, Molly Aunty Rocks!, and Ayalum Njanum Thammil along with cameo roles in Aakashathinte Niram and Manjadikuru.

In 2013, Prithviraj had three releases, Celluloid, Mumbai Police and Memories, all of which were critical and commercial successes. He portrayed J.C. Daniel in Celluloid for which he won his second Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.[2]

In 2014, Prithviraj's first major release is London Bridge followed by 7th Day which turned out to become a big commercial success. His cameo role in Munnariyippu was well noted. His third release of the year,Sapthamashree Thaskaraha was praised by critics and audiences alike.

Tamil cinema[edit]

In 2005 Prithviraj Sukumaran debuted in Tamil through Kana Kandaen In 2006, Prithviraj co-starred with actor Bhagyaraj's daughter Saranya Bhagyaraj in Parijatham. It has acclaimed as a hit and gave the actor a turning point in his Tamil film career. In 2007, Prithviraj co-starred Mozhi. He also starred in Satham Podathey and Kannamoochi Yenada in the same year.

In 2008, Prithviraj starred in Vellithirai, the Tamil remake of Udayananu Tharam. Rediff described his performance: “Prithviraj makes the best of his assets – his nose, which glint in sad, harden with angry, or brim over with frustrated life”.[18] The Tamil remake of Classmates, titled Ninaithale Inikkum, was released in 2009.

He played a cop in Mani Ratnam's Raavanan in 2010 with Vikram playing the main protagonist and his performance was critically acclaimed.[19]

Prithviraj played one of the main characters in director Vasanthabalan's big budget period film Kaaviya Thalaivan in which he co-stars with Siddharth.

Telugu cinema[edit]

Prithviraj Sukumaran debuted in Telugu through Police Police which was released in 2010. Besides, Prithviraj has had many of his Malayalam films dubbed into Telugu like Sivapuram in 2006 which was the dubbing of Ananthabhadram and ATM in 2010 which was the dubbing of Robinhood. The dubbed version of Urumi released in August 2011.

Hindi cinema[edit]

Prithviraj debuted in Bollywood through Aiyyaa directed by Sachin Kundalkar. Aiyyaa which was jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18[20] released on 12 October 2012.

His second film Aurangzeb directed by Athul Sabharwal .[21] released on 17 May 2013.His performance was highly praised.


As a film producer[edit]

Prithviraj formed a production and distribution company called August Cinema along with director Santosh Sivan and entrepreneur Shaji Natesan in 2009. Their first production venture, the multi-lingual film Urumi was released in 2011. August Cinema is also into distribution of films. They have distributed Manjadikuru and Molly Aunty Rocks! apart from their own productions.

Filmography as a producer[edit]

No. Year Film Language
1 2011 Urumi Malayalam
2 2011 Indian Rupee Malayalam
3 2013 Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty Malayalam
4 2014 Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Malayalam
5 2015 Double Barrel Malayalam
6 2015 Ennu Ninte Moideen Malayalam

As a playback singer[edit]

Prithviraj debuted as a singer in Puthiya Mukham (2009) by singing the title song of the film, "Kaane Kaane".[22]


No. Year Song Film Co-singers Language Music Duration Genre Notes
1 2009 "Kaane Kaane" Puthiya Mukham Malayalam Deepak Dev 3:14 Rock ballad Featured in the title credits of the film
2 2010 "Kaattu Paranjathum" Thanthonni Malayalam Thej Mervin 5:21 Soft melody Not featured in the film
3 2010 "Kettille Kettille" Pokkiri Raja Vijay Yesudas, Rijiya Malayalam Jassie Gift 3:24 Pop Party song
4 2010 "Njan" Anwar Mamta Mohandas Malayalam Gopi Sundar 3:44 Rap duet Featured in the end credits of the film
5 2011 "Vadakku Vadakku" Urumi Shaan Rahman Malayalam Deepak Dev 3:27 Pop First Song in the Malayalam version of the film
6 2012 "Tarzan Antony coming back to Cinema" Hero Gopi Sundar Malayalam Gopi Sundar 4:25 Fusion Included in the film as the first song.
7 2014 "Oru Kadha Parayunnu Lokam " 7th Day - Malayalam Deepak Dev 3:06 Rap Title song

Awards and nominations[edit]

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

South Indian International Movie Awards

Filmfare Awards

Asianet Film Awards

  • 2013 – Most Popular Actor
  • 2012 – Most Popular Actor
  • 2009 – Youth Icon of the Year[24]

Zee Cine Awards

Mathrubhumi Film Awards

  • 2011 – Most Popular Film (Producer)Urumi
  • 2011 – Most Popular Actor
  • 2008 – Youth Icon of the Year[25]
  • 2006 – Most Popular Actor
  • 2004 – Special Jury Award for Akale[26]
  • 2003 – Best Onscreen Couple Award (shared with actress Navya Nair)

Other awards


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  28. ^ "Prithviraj - AsiaVision Man of the Year". Retrieved on 16 November 2013. 
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  33. ^ Thikkurushi award for Meera Jasmine and Prithviraj -Oneindia Malayalam. Retrieved on 5 December 2010.
  34. ^ The Hindu : Film critics' awards announced. (1 February 2004). Retrieved on 5 December 2010.

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