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28 August 1959
Mangalore, Karnataka, India
|Other names||Kevin Sumunt|
|Years active||1977 - Present|
Suman (born Suman Talwar in Mangalore) is an Indian film actor from Karnataka, India, known for his work predominantly in Telugu cinema. He was one of the most prominent stars of Telugu cinema in 80's. He has also played the roles of Gods like Venkateswara, Shiva and Rama in Telugu. Suman has also starred in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films. He enacted the historic character Pazhayamveedan Chandhu Nambiar in the biopic Pazhassi Raja.
Suman started his career as a police officer in Tamil nanmovie Neechal Raram (1977) produced by T.R.Rammanna. Then he appeared in Tamil film Thee (1981) where he played a sincere police officer. In more than 3 decades, he acted more than 150 films as a hero in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and English language films. He returned to acting by playing the villain in the Tamil films Sivaji and Kuruvi. He was cast as the main antagonist in the Malayalam movie Sagar alias Jacky. He won Nandi Award for Best Actor for the film Bava Bavamaridi.
Born in Mangalore, his family moved to Chennai where he did his schooling from The Besant Theosophical High School, Chennai and B.A. in English Literature. His mother, Kesari Chandra, was the Principal of the Ethiraj College for women in Chennai. His father, Susheel Chandra, worked for I.O.C. Chennai. His mother tongue is Tulu. Suman learnt music and Sanskrit from H.A.S. Shastri.
He had the world at his feet. At 26, Suman Thalwar was already at the peak of his career. Tall and handsome, he was one of the top actors of the Tamil and Telugu screens, earning Rs 5 lakh per film and completely booked up to the end of 1988.And then, suddenly, the bubble burst. On the night of May 18, a group of policemen arrived at Suman's house, seized some pornographic video tapes and arrested Suman. The charge against him, of course, was far more serious than the mere illegal possession of a few blue films.Suman was arrested on the basis of far more offensive complaints filed by three young girls claiming that he had abducted, raped and forced them to act in blue films. Overnight, the hero of the film industry became its blackest villain.
- Suman recalls services of Jayashankar - The Hindu
- Mangalore: Telugu Actor Suman Talwar's Heart Beats for Tulunadu
- Actor Suman talks about 'Amma Nanna O Sneham' - Video | The Times of India
- "Angel Of Death". youtube. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
- Tuluva Hero. Mangalore Today News Network. Mangalore, October 24, 2012, mangaloretoday.com
- "Tamil Nadu: Fallen hero".