Tovino Thomas

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Tovino Thomas
Tovino Thomas At The ‘Maari 2’ Press Meet.jpg
Tovino in 2018
Born (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 33)[1]
Alma materTamil Nadu College of Engineering, Coimbatore
Occupation
  • Actor
  • model
  • film producer
Years active2012 – present
Spouse(s)
Lidiya Tovino
(m. 2014)
Children2
Websitewww.tovinothomas.com

Tovino Thomas (born 21 January 1989) is an Indian actor and film producer who prominently works in Malayalam films.[2] He made his debut on 28 January 2012 with Albert S in the Malayalam film Prabhuvinte Makkal. His breakthrough roles were in the films ABCD (2013), 7th Day (2014) and Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015). He also won the Kerala Film Critics Association Award and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance in Mayanadi (2017). He starred as the titular character in the Netflix superhero film Minnal Murali (2021).[3]

For his constantly evolving looks and style, Tovino is ranked among the most desirable men[4] from Kerala published by the Kochi Times, which is a subsidiary of The Times of India. In 2018, Tovino ranked first in the list of most desirable men published by Kochi Times.[5]

Early life[edit]

Tovino was born into a Saint Thomas Christian Syro-Malabar Catholic family in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur as the younger son of Adv. Ellikkal Thomas and Sheela Thomas. His siblings are Tingston Thomas and Dhanya Thomas. He completed primary schooling from Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Irinjalakuda[6][7] and Secondary (Plus Two) schooling from St Mary's Higher Secondary School Irinjalakuda and graduated with bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from Tamil Nadu College of Engineering, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He was a part of the handball Team of Don Bosco High School and also helmed as the school leader.[8] He later worked in Cognizant Technologies[7] as a software engineer. He was active in sports, fitness and modeling.[9]

Career[edit]

Tovino Thomas made his acting debut in Prabhuvinte Makkal directed by Sajeev Anthikkad in 2012.[10] Subsequently, he worked as an assistant director in Roopesh Peethambaran's Theevram. In ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi (2013) he portrayed the role of the antagonist. Tovino appeared as the lead in the film Koothara which also featured Mohanlal.[11] He played a lead role in Roopesh Peethambaran's second directorial venture You Too Brutus.[12]

He has played major roles in the films including 7th Day (2014) and Charlie (2015). In 2015, he portrayed the role of Perumparambil Appu in the film Ennu Ninte Moideen which was widely appreciated and received critical acclaim for his performance. He won his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ennu Ninte Moideen.[13]

Tovino in 2016

He played the role of Engineer Thejus Varky in Guppy (2016) which was well received by audiences upon the DVD and digital release.[14] He won the New Sensational Hero Award at the NAFA 2017 for his performance in the film.[15] This film was also a breakthrough in his career.

He played the lead role in Oru Mexican Aparatha, Godha, and Mayanadi in 2017. He won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and Behindwoods Critics Award for Best Actor for Mayanadi.[16][17] The film was praised for the way it tackled with sexuality and was included in The Hindu's top 25 Malayalam films of the decade.[18] The same year he appeared in Ezra in a major supporting role.

In 2018, Tovino Thomas was cast in a major role in Maari 2 with Dhanush which was his Tamil debut.[19] His major Malayalam releases for the year includes Theevandi, Ente Ummante Peru, and Oru Kuprasidha Payyan. Tovino had major roles in Lucifer, Uyare and Virus in 2019. His film Uyare was released in South Korea, becoming the first Malayalam film to do so.[20] His other releases in the year were And the Oscar Goes To..., Luca, Kalki, and Edakkad Battalion 06.

In 2020, he played the lead role in the crime thriller Forensic with Mamta Mohandas, which received a good response from the audience and was a major box office success.[21]

In 2021, his first release was Kala which was his second venture as a producer. The film received critical acclaim for its narrative.[22] Kaanekkaane released in 2021, received a positive response and critical acclaim for its narrative and performance by its cast.[23] He starred as the titular character in Minnal Murali, which is the first Malayalam superhero action film, released by Netflix on December 24. He received immense praise for his work in the movie and the movie was also declared as 'OTT Blockbuster'[24] and surpassed the records of most viewed Malayalam Film on OTT previously held by Drishyam 2.[25]

His 2022 film Naaradan was critically acclaimed. His upcoming projects are Thallumaala, Neelavelicham, etc.

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Prabhuvinte Makkal Che Guevara Sudheendran
2013 ABCD Akhilesh Varma
August Club Mahesh
2014 7th Day Eby Ebineser
Koothara Tharun
2015 You Too Brutus Tovino
Onnam Loka Mahayudham Jacob
Ennu Ninte Moideen Perumpparambil Appu
Charlie Georgy
2016 Monsoon Mangoes Sanjay
2 Penkuttikal Sanju
Style Edgar and Fletre Kelly
Guppy Engineer Thejus Varkey
2017 Ezra ACP Shafeer Ahammed IPS
Oru Mexican Aparatha Paul and Kochaniyan
Godha Anjaneya Das aka Dasan
Tharangam G. Padmanabhan Pillai
Mayanadhi Mathews aka Mathan
2018 Aami Lord Krishna
Naam himself Cameo appearance
Abhiyum Anuvum / Abhiyude Katha Anuvinteyum Abhimanyu / Abhi Bilingual film (Tamil, Malayalam)
Maradona Maradona
Theevandi Bineesh Damodaran
Oru Kuprasidha Payyan Ajayan
Ente Ummante Peru Hameed and his stepbrother
Maari 2 Gangadhar Beeja aka Thanatos Tamil film
2019 Lucifer Jathin Ramdas
Uyare Vishal Rajashekharan
Virus Dist Collector. Paul K Abraham
And the Oscar Goes To... Issak Ebrahem
Luca Luca
Kalki SI K/Kalki
Edakkad Battalion 06 Captain Shafeeque Mohammad
2020 Forensic Dr. Samuel John Kattookkaran
Kilometers and Kilometers Josemon Released on Asianet Netflix film
2021 Kala Shaji
Kaanekkaane Alan Sony LIV film
Kurup Charlie Extended Cameo Appearance
Minnal Murali Jaison Varghese / Minnal Murali and Martin Rangakala (dual role) Netflix film
2022 Naaradan Chandraprakash
Dear Friend Vinod
Vaashi Ebin Mathew

[26]

Thallumala Manavalan Waseem
Neelavelicham Films that have not yet been released Vaikom Muhammad Basheer

Producer[edit]

Tovino has co-produced the film Kilometers and Kilometers. On 21 January 2021, he launched his own production house - Tovino Thomas Productions.[27] Kala is the first venture by his own production house where he also played the role of the antagonist.[28]

Title Director Notes
Kilometers and Kilometers Jeo Baby Jointly Produced with Ramshi Ahamed, Anto Joseph, and Sinu Sidharth
Kala Rohith VS Co-produced with Siju Mathew, Navis Xaviour, Rohith V. S., and Akhil George


Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year [a] Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Asiavision Awards Best Supporting Actor Ennu Ninte Moideen Won [29]
2016 Asianet Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
CPC Cine Awards Best Character Actor Won [30]
Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Won [31]
IIFA Utsavam Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Nominated [32]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Nominated [33]
Asiavision Awards Outstanding Performance of the Year Guppy Won [34]
2017 Asianet Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Nominated [35]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Nominated [36]
Asianet Comedy Awards Youth Icon Godha, Oru Mexican Aparatha Won [37]
Asiavision Awards Man of the Year (Malayalam) Godha, Oru Mexican Aparatha Won [38]
2018 Asianet Film Awards Performer of the Year Various Films Won [39]
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Malayalam Mayanadi Nominated [40]
Critics Award for Best Actor – Malayalam Won [41]
Flowers Indian Film Awards Star of the Year Won [42]
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards Second Best Actor Won [43]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Malayalam Nominated [44]
Vanitha Film Awards Most Romantic Hero Won [45]
2019 Asianet Film Awards Performer of the Year Various Films Won [46]
Most Popular Actor Nominated
Asiavision Awards Best Actor – Malayalam Mayanadi, Maradona,
Theevandi, Oru Kuprasidha Payyan
Won [47]
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Malayalam Various Movies Nominated [48]
Mazhavil Entertainment Awards Best Actor Won [49]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Malayalam Won [50]

Personal life[edit]

Tovino married his longtime girlfriend, Lidiya at St. Thomas Cathedral, Irinjalakuda, on 25 October 2014. The duo had met during their school days and married after nine years[51] The couple has a daughter and a son born in 2016 and 2020 respectively.[52][53]

Tovino had volunteered during 2018 Kerala floods to lead rescue and rehabilitation missions. In 2021, Tovino received golden visa from Government of UAE[54]

Initiatives[edit]

Tovino Thomas (fourth from the left) along Don Bosco Seniors Handball Team and Coach Giby V. Pereppadan

Tovino Thomas was a part of the handball team at Don Bosco High School, Irinjalakuda during his high school years. As a part of the team, he has participated in junior and sub-junior levels. He was also the team captain at Don Bosco High School, Irinjalakuda.[55] Tovino had also competed at district and state levels representing Thrissur during his years when he was active at handball.[56]

Currently, Tovino is active alongside former members of the team to develop the sport in Kerala and is honored as the goodwill ambassador by Kerala Handball Association.

In 2021, Tovino is announced as the ambassador of the Samoohika Sannadhasena,[57] the community volunteer program launched by the Government of Kerala. The community volunteer program was launched to tackle natural disasters by imparting training to volunteers and provide aid to the public in times of crisis. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala appreciated Tovino's involvement in flood relief activities and noted that his presence will influence the youth to join in the community volunteer program.[58]

After Mammootty and Mohanlal, Tovino became the third Malayalam film actor to receive the Golden Visa issued by the United Arab Emirates.[59]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.

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