Sharma in November 2012
21 March 1993 |
New Delhi, India
|Alma mater||St. Stephen's College, Delhi|
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. Directed by Ang Lee, Life of Pi was adapted from the novel of the same name. In 2014, he portrayed Aayan Ibrahim in season 4 of the Showtime series Homeland.
Life and career
Suraj Sharma was born and brought up in a Malayali family in New Delhi, India. His father, Gokul Churai, is a software engineer from Thalassery, Kerala and his mother, Shailaja, is an economist from Palakkad, Kerala. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
|2012||Life of Pi||Pi Patel|
|2014||Million Dollar Arm||Rinku Singh|
|2016||Burn Your Maps||Ismail||In post-production|
|2014-2015||Homeland||Aayan Ibrahim||Recurring role; 6 episodes, Guest Star; 1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|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|
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- "Adrift With a Tiger and the Film God". The New York Times. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- "'Life of Pi' star Suraj Sharma is a Malayalee and the film also shot in Munnar". UK Malayalee. 7 January 2013.
- "Next Factor Q&A: 'Life of Pi' Star Suraj Sharma". NextMovie. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
- "Suraj Sharma: Actor's Role In 'Life Of Pi' Proves Life-Changing". The Huffington Post. 3 December 2012.
- "'Life of Pi': Suraj Sharma's Odyssey From Typical Teen to Leading Man". The Hollywood Reporter. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
- "Suraj Sharma nominated for BAFTA rising star award". NDTV Movies. January 7, 2013.
- 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.
- 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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