Tovino Thomas

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Tovino Thomas
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Tovino Thomas
Born21 January 1989 (1989-01-21) (age 30)
ResidenceIrinjalakuda, Kerala , India
OccupationActor, model
Years active2011–present
Spouse(s)Lidiya (m.2014)

Tovino Thomas (born 21 January 1989) is an Indian film actor and model who appears predominantly in Malayalam films.[1]

Tovino Thomas began his career as a fashion model and appeared in many commercials. Tovino was selected as one of the most desirable men by Kochi Times in 2013.[2] He made his acting debut in 2012 with the Malayalam film Prabhuvinte Makkal.Before pursuing his career in acting he has worked as an Assistant Director in Roopesh Peethambaran's "Theevram". He got noticed for playing the villain role in ABCD (2013). After acting in several supporting roles in films such as 7th Day (2014), Koothara (2014), You Too Brutus (2015), Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015), Charlie (2015), and Guppy (2016), the commercial success of Oru Mexican Aparatha (2017), Godha (2017), Mayaanadhi (2017) made him one of the upcoming young leading actors of Malayalam cinema. In 2018 Theevandi movie became blockbuster and got his better opening first day collection in Kerala box office.[3] Tovino won his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ennu Ninte Moideen, and then he also won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, Behindwoods Critics Award for Best Actor, NAFA award for Outstanding Performance and Youth Award for Mayaanadhi.


Tovino appeared as a model for the advertisements of Silver Storm Water Theme Park, Athirappilly and Indulekha Hair Care Oil. Prabhuvinte Makkal directed by Sajeev Anthikkad in 2012, was his debut film.[4] Tovino played the role of Akhilesh Verma, the lead antagonist, in ABCD, directed by Martin Prakkat.[5] Tovino played a lead role in Roopesh Peethambaran's directorial venture You Too Brutus.[6]

Tovino worked as an assistant director for Roopesh Peethambaran's Theevram during its pre-production stages.[7] In 2014, Tovino appeared alongside Mohanlal in the film Koothara.[8] He portrayed the role of Perumparambil Appu in the film Ennu Ninte Moideen which was released in 2015 and garnered critical acclaim.[9] He played the role of Thejus Varky in Guppy (2016). Tovino won the New Sensational Hero Award at the NAFA 2017 for his performance in the film.[10]

In 2017, Tovino starred in a supporting role of a cop in the horror film Ezra, starring Prithviraj. The film grossed 50 crore at the box office. His next release was Oru Mexican Aparatha, in which he played the protagonist Pauly, a college politician. The film was directed by Tom Emmatty and based on the victory of SFI (KSU in real life) in a college union election at Maharajas College. The film was a box office success. His next film was the sports comedy-drama, Godha, directed by Basil Joseph.Tovino announced his own production company with his director John Paul George and named it Guppy.[11] Tharangam (2017) released on 29 September got rave reviews from critics and it was one of its kind black humor genre directed by Arun Dominic. Later, Mayaanadhi (2017) released on December and became the Christmas winner with great reviews. Film got big appreciation from everyone and the combo of Tovino - Aiswarya Lekshmi worked out well. After that Tovino had the bunch of movies released in 2018 and out of that Aami and Theevandi were successful venture at the box office. He is playing a villain role in Maari 2 with Dhanush is playing the protagonist. Apart from Maari 2, he is part of Ente Ummante Peru, Lucifer,[12] Uyara, Tick Tock, Kalki, and Virus.

Personal life[edit]

Tovino was born into a Syrian Catholic[13] family in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur as the younger son of Adv. Ellikkal Thomas and Sheela Thomas. His siblings Tingston and Dhanya are his source of inspiration. He completed primary schooling from Don Bosco High School, Irinjalakuda[14][15] and Secondary (Plus Two) schooling from St Mary's Higher Secondary School Irinjalakuda and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from Tamil Nadu College of Engineering, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.[citation needed] He later worked in Cognizant Technologies[15] as a software engineer. During his college life he was into fitness and modelling.[16]

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 ten years[17] They have a daughter named Izza Tovino born on 11 January 2016.[18]

Social causes[edit]

Tovino Thomas is the brand ambassador of Irinjalakuda Heritage Half Marathon.[19] Tovino also had been active in social causes including rendering support to activists indulged in social issues.[20] Tovino was active in the rescue operations during the 2018 Kerala floods.


Year Nos. Title Role Notes
2012 1 Prabhuvinte Makkal Che Guevara Sudheendran Cameo
2 I Love Me Albert Extended Cameo
2013 3 ABCD Akhilesh Varma Supporting Extended Cameo
4 August Club Mahesh Cameo Appearance
2014 5 7th Day Eby Ebineser
6 Koothara Tharun
2015 7 You Too Brutus Tovino
8 Onnam Loka Mahayudham Jacob
9 Ennu Ninte Moideen Perumpparambil Appu Extended Cameo
10 Charlie Georgy Extended cameo
2016 11 Style Edgar/Fletre Kelly
12 Monsoon Mangoes Sanjay Extended cameo
13 2 Penkuttikal Sanju
14 Guppy Engineer Thejus Varkey
2017 15 Ezra ACP Shafeer Ahammed Extended Cameo
16 Oru Mexican Aparatha Paul
17 Godha Dasan/Anjaneya Das
18 Tharangam Padmanabhan Pillai
19 Mayanadhi Mathews aka Mathan
2018 20 Aami Lord Krishna
21 Naam As Himself Cameo Appearance
22 Abhiyude Kadha Anuvinteyum Abhi
23 Abhiyum Anuvum Tamil film
24 Maradona Maradona
25 Theevandi Bineesh Damodaran
26 Oru Kuprasidha Payyan Ajayan
27 Ente Ummante Peru Hameed
28 Maari 2 Gangadhar Beeja aka Thanatos Tamil film
2019 29 Lucifer Jathin Ramdas
32 Uyare Vishal April 26 Release
30 Virus dagger Post Production
31 And The Oscar Goes To Post Production
34 Kalki Filming, Release August 8,2019
33 Luca Luca Filming
35 Kilometers and Kilometers Pre Production
36 Joe Joe Pre Production
37 Minnal Murali Murali Pre Production
38 Aaravam - Announced
39 Forensic Announced

Short films[edit]

2011 Grisaille Adi Short film
Jaalakam Young Patient Short film
2017 Ondraga Originals Himself Music album

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2016 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Ennu Ninte Moideen Won
2017 Guppy (film) Nominated
2018 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South Mayaanadhi Won
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam Nominated
2016 Asianet Film Award Asianet for Best Supporting Actor - Male Ennu Ninte Moideen
2017 Guppy (film)
2018 Performer of the year Mayanadhi Won
2019 various films Won
2016 IIFA Utsavam Performance in a Supporting Role Male - Malayalam Ennu Ninte Moideen Nominated
5th South Indian International Movie Awards SIIMA Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Malayalam)
2017 6th South Indian International Movie Awards Guppy (film)
2015 CPC Cine Awards Best Character Actor Ennu Ninte Moideen Won
2015 Asiavision Awards Best Supporting Actor
2016 Outstanding performance of the year Guppy (film)
2017 Man of the Year (Malayalam) Godha/Oru Mexican Aparatha
2017 North American Film Awards NAFA 2017 - New Sensational Hero Guppy (film)
2018 NAFA 2018 - Outstanding performance Mayanadhi
NAFA 2018 - Youth Icon Various films
2017 Yuva Awards 2017 Outstanding Performance of the year
Asianet Comedy Awards Youth Icon
2018 Vanitha Film Awards Most romantic hero Mayanadhi
Flowers Indian Film Awards Outstanding performance
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards Best second actor
21st Asianet Film Awards Performer of the year
Behindwoods Awards Best Actor critics Mayanadhi,Godha,Mexican Aparatah
2019 Kerala State Youth Commission Youth Icon excellence in art and Culture
Nana Film Awards Best actor Theevandi,Ente Ummante Peru


  1. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith. "I had to skip workouts to play a politician". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Kochi Times Most Desirable Men 2013". Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Tovino shines with 'Oru Mexican Apaaaratha' huge opening". Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ Nair, Jisha. "All for the love of films". Manorama Online. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  5. ^ Chandran, Ramesh. "Review: ABCD takes you on a fun ride". Manorama Online. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Roopesh with a six climax film". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  7. ^ Nair, Jisha. "The Smart Villain". Manorama Online. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Tovino Thomas Excited About Koothara". OneIndia. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Film Review:Ennu Ninte Moideen". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  10. ^ James, Anu. "North American Film Awards (NAFA) 2017: Nivin Pauly, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas and others in winners list". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Tovino Thomas ventures into production with Guppy director - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  12. ^ Lucifer, Pycker. "Lucifer movie updates".
  13. ^ "Yuvakkale Naveekaranathinu Orukkan Syro-Malabar Sabha". Malayala Manorama - Kochi. p. 5. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Alumni Profile - Tovino Thomas". Don Bosco Alumni, Irinjalakuda. Don Bosco Schools, Irinjalakuda. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  15. ^ a b Prakash, Asha (16 June 2017). "Tovino was school leader once, check out his old pic!". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Prithvi suggested my name for 'Moideen': Tovino". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Tovino Thomas grand wedding celebration in Kochi". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Tovino and family's video will put a smile on your face". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Irinjalakuda Heritage Half Marathon by Irinjalakuda Sporting Club - MyIJK". 7 August 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Tovino, netizens take up Sreejith's cause". Retrieved 3 February 2018.

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