Suraj Sharma

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Suraj Sharma
Suraj sharma life of pi.jpg
Sharma in November 2012
Born (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 22)[1]
New Delhi, India
Alma mater St. Stephen's College, Delhi
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present

Suraj Sharma (born 21 March 1993) is an Indian actor, who made his debut with the title role in the 2012 film Life of Pi.[2] Directed by Ang Lee, Life of Pi was adapted from the novel of the same name.[3] In 2014, he portrayed Aayan Ibrahim in season 4 of the Showtime series Homeland.

Life and career[edit]

Suraj Sharma was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. His father, Gokul Churai, is a software engineer and his mother, Shailaja, is an economist. He attended Sardar Patel Vidyalaya school. He has a younger brother, Sriharsh Sharma, who has also acted in two films, and a younger sister, Dhruvatara Sharma. With no prior acting experiences, he auditioned along with his brother for the role of Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel in Life of Pi (2012). Sharma went through several rounds of auditions before winning the title role.[4][5] Director Ang Lee has stated that he selected Sharma primarily based on his expressive eyes and innocent appearance. According to him, Sharma had not only the emotion, but also the "look" of Pi. His "medium complexion" and "average build" were deemed perfect for the role.[6] The film was met with critical acclaim, winning four Academy Awards; Sharma's performance received positive reviews, and he was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[7]

Since filming Life of Pi, Sharma returned to studying philosophy at St. Stephen's College, Delhi of Delhi University. He intends to continue working in filmmaking in some capacity. He is currently undertaking a Mass Communication course at New York University.[5] In 2014, he portrayed Aayan Ibrahim, nephew of a terrorist, in season 4 of the Showtime political thriller series Homeland. That same year, he portrayed Rinku Singh in the sports biopic Million Dollar Arm.[8] He then co-starred with Tony Revolori in the Indian comedy-drama Umrika, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, he will appear in the Mongolian-American adventure drama film Burn Your Maps.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Life of Pi Pi Patel
2014 Million Dollar Arm Rinku Singh
2015 Umrika Ramakant
2016 Burn Your Maps Ismail Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Homeland Aayan Ibrahim Recurring role; 6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 British Academy Film Awards Rising Star Life of Pi Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance On Camera Nominated
2013 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best Scared as Sh*t Performance Won
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Won
Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Breakthrough Performance – Male Nominated
2015 London Indian Film Festival Pure Heaven Outstanding Young Talent Himself Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Michael (13 September 2012). "Suraj Sharma: 'Pi' player – Entertainment News, Youth Impact Report, Media". Variety. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ang Lee praises Suraj Sharma's work in 'Life of Pi'". Times of India. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Adrift With a Tiger and the Film God". The New York Times. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Next Factor Q&A: 'Life of Pi' Star Suraj Sharma". NextMovie. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Suraj Sharma: Actor's Role In 'Life Of Pi' Proves Life-Changing". The Huffington Post. 3 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Life of Pi': Suraj Sharma's Odyssey From Typical Teen to Leading Man". The Hollywood Reporter. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Suraj Sharma nominated for BAFTA rising star award". NDTV Movies. January 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (17 April 2013). 'Life of Pi' Star Suraj Sharma Joins Jon Hamm in Disney's 'Million Dollar Arm'. TheWrap. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (23 July 2015). "Vera Farmiga, Virginia Madsen Starring in Comedy-Drama 'Burn Your Maps'". Variety. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

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