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Born Shamshuddin Ibrahim[1]
(1977-04-04) 4 April 1977 (age 40)
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Other names kick shaam
Occupation Film actor, model
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Kashish[2]

Shamshuddin Ibrahim (born 4 April 1977), known professionally as Shaam, is a Tamil and Telugu film actor and model. Starting his career as a professional model, he soon made his acting debut in the film Khushi (2000), appearing in a cameo role. He further appeared in lead roles in critically and commercially successful films such as 12B, Anbe Anbe, Iyarkai, Ullam Ketkumae and the Telugu film Kick. In 2006, he made his debut in Kannada film through Tananam Tananam with Ramya and Rakshita directed by Kavitha Lankesh.

Early life[edit]

Shaam was born on 4 April 1977 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu,[3] into a Urdu-Tamil-speaking family; his father hails from Madurai, while his mother is from Tirupattur.[4] He grew up in Bengaluru,[4] where he pursued his studies. After completing his B Com, he did modelling through which he hoped to become an actor.[5]


Shaam began his career as a model in Bengaluru, modelling for various ads. Keen on pursuing an acting career, he was vainly searching for acting offers for four years.[2] He then, following the recommendation of his model coordinator Biju Jayadevan, got to meet cinematographer Jeeva's, who was planning to make his directorial debut and was on the lookout for a new face for the film's lead role.[3] Shaam was given the role for the film 12B.[6] Shaam recollects that during his first meeting with Jeeva, he handed over his portfolio and introduced himself in English, when Jeeva heard him out, and then said, "Repeat what you just said, in Tamil" and Shaam did, and was subsequently signed on the next day after a meeting with producer Vikram Singh.[7][8] The promos of the film were critically praised with Shaam signing on to appear on several projects before 12B even released.[9] His second feature film, however, the S J Suryah-directed Khushi, in which he appeared in a cameo role, released first, since 12B got stuck in production and released in 2001 only. The film which was a blatant rip-off of Sliding Doors, fetched rave reviews and was seen as a "dream entry" for Shaam,[2] his performance was praised as "apt"[10] His subsequent releases including Vasanth's Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke (2002), Bala (2002), Anbe Anbe (2003) and Priyadarshan's Lesa Lesa (2003), garnered only average or poor box office returns.[11] His final release of 2003 was Iyarkai by debutant S P Jananathan, which also failed at the box office due to a delayed release, but opened to high critical acclaim, even winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.[12]

Shaam's first 2005 release, Ullam Ketkumae, again directed by Jeeva, finally was a commercial success again.[11] In 2006, he acted in a Kannada film directed by Kavitha Lankesh, with Ramya and Rakshita, Tananam Tananam, an average grosser that released to mixed reviews. It fetched his co-star, Ramya, her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She had described her role in the film as "little complex" and "challenging." Following several more unsuccessful films, he got a major break in the 2009 Telugu action film Kick. He reprised the role in the Tamil remake, titled Thillalangadi. Shaam tried his luck in Hindi with director Faisal Saif in the Hindi-Tamil bilingual titled Mujhe Maaf Karo. But due to ego clash between the actor and director the film has been put on hold[13]

In late 2013, Shaam signed up to appear in Jananathan's political drama Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai and portrayed an honest police officer, in an ensemble cast featuring Arya and Vijay Sethupathi. The actor revealed that few days into the shoot, he realised the film could "redeem his career" and did not mind the potential liabilities of appearing alongside two other popular actors. Upon release in May 2015, he won critical acclaim for his portrayal of the character.[4] Shaam's next release was the suspense thriller Oru Melliya Kodu, which was also shot in Kannada as Game alongside Arjun and Manisha Koirala. The Kannada version released in February 2016 with positive reviews and the tamil version released in July 2016. In 2017, he made his debut in Malayalam.

Personal life[edit]

Shaam has three brothers and two sisters.[2] He is married to a Punjabi, Kashish, who was his collegemate. They both have a daughter named Samaira.[5]


Year Title Role Language Notes
2000 Khushi Shiva's friend Tamil Cameo appearance
2001 12B Shakthi Tamil
2002 Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke Hari Tamil
Bala Bala Tamil
2003 Anbe Anbe Cheenu Tamil
Lesa Lesa Rakesh Tamil
Iyarkai Marudhu Tamil
2005 Girivalam Arjun Tamil
Ullam Ketkumae Shyam Tamil
ABCD Anand Tamil
2006 Manathodu Mazhaikalam Siva Tamil
Tananam Tananam Shankar Kannada
2008 Thoondil Sriram Tamil
Inba Inba Tamil
2009 Kick Kalyan Krishna Telugu
Anthony Yaar? Anthony Tamil
2010 Thillalangadi Krishna Kumar Tamil
Kalyanram Kathi Krishna Telugu
Agam Puram Thiru Tamil
2011 Veera Shyam Prasad Telugu
Oosaravelli Telugu
Kshetram Chakri Telugu
2013 Action 3D Ajay Telugu
6 Ram Tamil
2014 Race Gurram Ram Telugu
2015 Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai Macaulay Tamil
Kick 2 Kalyan Krishna Telugu Cameo appearance
2016 Game Akshay Kannada
Oru Melliya Kodu Tamil
Santhu Straight Forward Deva Kannada
2017 The Great Father Samuel Malayalam
Oxygen Telugu Filming
2018 Kaaviyyan Tamil /Telugu /Kannada Filming
Party Tamil Filming


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