Tony Luke

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Tony Luke
Tony Luke.jpg
Born (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 33)
Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation
  • Model
  • Film actor
Years active2016 – present

Tony Luke (born 10 November 1985) is a fashion model and film actor from India.[1] He started his career in the entertainment industry as a fashion model and was amongst the first Indian male models to find a representation by an international agency. Walking the Milan Fashion Week in 2005, he pioneered the way for Indian male models working globally.[2][3]

Tony made his film debut in 2016 with the Malayalam film Oozham in a supporting role. He is also known for his antagonistic role in Sakhavu (2017).[4]

Early life[edit]

Tony was born to Thresia Kocherry and Luke Kocherry on 10 November 1985, at Kochi, Kerala in India. He is an IT engineering graduate from the PES University in Bangalore and a post-graduate in International Business Administration (IBA) from Regent's Business School London. He attended The Choice School, Ernakulam where he was active in sports, captaining his school's cricket team. He led an under-age rookies from his school to their maiden inter-school district cup in 1997.

Career[edit]

Modelling[edit]

He started modelling at the age of 19 in Bangalore while in college and was the only male model from South India to be selected for the Lakme Fashion Week held in New Delhi from a nationwide audition. In 2005, he debuted as an international model represented by Major Model Management in Milan, Italy.[5] He attained this representation from a few Polaroid clicked of himself, as during those days, there were no agencies or worldwide magazines such as GQ in India. In 2008, he became one of the only 3 Indian male models ever at that time to have walked a show for major Italian brand Krizia Uomo Menswear in Milan Fashion Week 2007 and the only one to be signed exclusively by the brand for the event.[6] He is also the only male model in India to have shot for GQ India consecutively for 3 months of June, July and August in 2010. He is considered amongst the top male models of India.[7] He is a veteran of TV and print ads, and has also featured in music videos.

From this experience, Tony Luke discovered that he enjoyed performing to a live audience. In 2014, he played a minor role in an experimental short film named Karma Cartel, which went on to win awards and honors in various film festivals across the globe.[8]

Film acting[edit]

He made his film debut in 2016 with the Malayalam film Oozham directed by Jeethu Joseph and starring Prithviraj Sukumaran in the lead.[9][10] He was chosen from 3000 actors. Tony's performance met with critical acclaim for his portrayal of the 25 year old character Andrew Wilfred-Marcus, in the reviews from The Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, and Malayala Manorama among others.[11] After the success of Oozham, Tony played the role of the antagonist in the political thriller Sakhavu (2017) directed by Sidhartha Siva, starring Nivin Pauly in lead. Tony received positive reviews for his portrayal of the sadistic, cruel 40-year-old character of a manager who enslaves workers on the tea estates of pre-independent India.

In 2018, Luke starred in Naam, a campus story, where he played a 22-year-old.[12][13] In the same year, he went on to appear as a 30-year-old computer hacker in Aadhi, directed by Jeethu Joseph, starring Pranav Mohanlal in the lead.[14][15][16]

In 2019, The actor will be first seen in the Science Fiction Physiological thriller 9 starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and directed by Jenuse Mohammad. The actor underwent a makeover for this movie in which he plays a geeky scientist named Sandeep Murthy. The actor, who is known for his ripped physique, put on weight to play Sandeep, who is an assistant to Prithviraj’s character Albert in the Jenuse Mohamed directorial. “Sandeep is around 90 kg, wears a chunky glass and has a full-grown beard. He is quite jovial and has all the quirky mannerisms that you can expect out of such a personality,” stated the actor in an interview with Times of India. The actor tried to accommodate a few of the suiting mannerisms that he has copied from his cousins, who are intellectuals like Sandeep. “The flickering of their eyes, the occasional flashes of high voltage energy in their conduct or even the habit of picking their nose at times – I have tried to include them in the right amount to suit Sandeep’s character,” stated the Actor in the interview [17][18] [19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Language
2016 Oozham Andrew Marcus Jeethu Joseph Malayalam Debut
2017 Sakhavu The Manager Sidhartha Siva Malayalam
2018 Aadhi Ebin Jeethu Joseph Malayalam
2019 9 Sandeep Murthy Jenuse Mohammad Malayalam
2019 Badla Arjun Joseph Sujoy Ghosh Hindi Debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unveiling India's Top Ten Super-Star Models". hindustantimes.com.
  2. ^ "Unveiling India's Top Ten Super-Star Models". hindustantimes.com.
  3. ^ "Tony Luke the Indian Supermodel". explosivefashion.in.
  4. ^ Sreekumar, Priya (23 April 2017). "Tony Luke: Acting with his heart in it". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  5. ^ Chavda, Sanaya (5 September 2013). "Invest in absolute self-confidence: Model Tony Luke". dnaindia.com. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  6. ^ Khan, Bushra (19 January 2015). "Indian Models on International Ramps". louisphilippe.com. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  7. ^ M Singh, L Romal (18 January 2012). "Supermodel Tony Luke's 10 rules of style". dnaindia.com. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Tony Luke the Indian Supermodel". explosivefashion.in.
  9. ^ Prakash, Asha (6 October 2016). "I'm no Casanova or wastrel in real life:Tony Luke". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  10. ^ Sreekumar, Priya (24 July 2016). "Tony Luke's leap of faith". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Film Oozham review by Asha Prakash, Times of India". Times Of India.
  12. ^ Soman, Deepa (18 May 2017). "Tony Luke to drop his 'bad boy' image for a campus movie". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  13. ^ Rehman, Seemi (19 May 2017). "Tony Luke To Play A Positive Role In His Next". Desimartini.com. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  14. ^ Soman, Deepa (29 November 2017). "Tony Luke has a cool beard in 'Aadhi'". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  15. ^ Panappuzha, Vipin (19 January 2018). "ആദിക്കൊപ്പം ടോണിയുമുണ്ട്!". Asianet News. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  16. ^ Vishnu, Anandha (25 January 2018). "'ആദി'യിൽ പ്രണവിനൊപ്പം താരമാകാൻ ടോണി ലൂക്ക്". Samayam Malayalam. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Tony Luke plays a geek scientist in Prithviraj's Nine". Times Of India.
  18. ^ "Tony Luke in Prithviraj movie Nine 9 after Pranav Mohanlal Aadhi Movie". Mathrubhumi.
  19. ^ "Movie Nine 9 trailer released". IBTimes.

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