Suriya Sivakumar is one of the most popular and leading superstar of Tamil cinema. He has a huge fan following across all over India, thanks to his powerful and intense performances. Suriya is the eldest son of Tamil film actor and Sivakumar and his younger brother Karthi is also a notable actor in Tamil film industry. Suriya is known for his outstanding performances in films like Kaakha Kaakha, Pithamagan, Ghajini, Ayan, Singam, 7aum Arivu, 24 and many more.
Suriya has a unique fan base across Telugu states Ap/Ts. Telugu people treats him like their own hero. Suriya all movies have been dubbed in Telugu and few of them were big blockbusters there. Suriya also has a decent fan base across North. He made his Hindi debut with Ram Gopal Verma’s film Rakta Charitra. Suriya stunned everyone with his unmatchable performance but the film didn’t show any magic at the box-office.
Suriya has completed his 20 years long journey in the film industry. He made his film debut in 1997 with Nerrukku Ner which also starred Vijay in a crucial role. The film was directed by Vasanth. The film was a decent grosser at the box-office but Suriya got widely appreciation for his role.
Suriya has won over 29 awards out of 45 nominations. He has won 4 filmfare awards. Suriya has also got nominated for 4 times in South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA). He has 3 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, 3 Edison Awards, 4 Vijay Awards, 1 Zee Cine Awards and 1 ITFA Best Actor Award.
Here Are Some Lesser Known Facts Of Suriya Which You Should Know :-
1. Suriya is not his real name
Suriya was born on 23rd July 1975. His original name is Saravanan Sivakumar. He was given the name Suriya by director Mani Ratnam so that his name would not clash with the actor Saravanan.
2. Graduate in commerce
Suriya studied in The PSBB Millennium School for his secondary education. He passed out from St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School. Suriya has done Bachelor of Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai.
Suriya married actress Jyothika in 2006, after having been together for couple of years. Suriya-Jyothika are one of the most cutest celebrity couples of Indian film industry. They have 2 children.
4. Suriya is a philanthropist
Suriya does a lot of philanthropist work. Suriya is the co-founder of Angaram Foundation. The Angaram Foundation tries to rehabilitate children who drop out of school in Tamil Nadu for financial or any other issues. Suriya is also a part of The Saving Tiger Movement.
5. Learned Hindi for Rakta Charitra
Suriya made his Bollywood debut in 2010 with RGV’s Rakta Charitra. He took Hindi classes training for few months so that he could dub for himself.
6. Suriya has sung and given his voice in few movies
Suriya sang popular number ‘Ek Do Teen’ from his own movie Anjaan. He has also voiced in the movies like Varanam Aayiram and Perazhagan. Suriya gave voiceover in Bollywood film Guru, starring Abhishek Bachchan.
7. Suriya never worked as a child artist
Even though Suriya had a powerful filmy background, he never worked as a child artist. He even never visited sets before making debut in films.
8. Films was not his first choice
Since Suriya was born and brought up in family of actors, but he didn’t want to join the film industry. He even rejected his first offer of acting. He worked in a grament factory as a merchandising manager.
9. Popular brand ambassador
Suriya is the brand ambassador of some popular products like Pepsi, Aircel, Sufeast, Close Up etc. He also received Edison Award for the Best Male Endorser Of The Year in 2013. Suriya appeared with his wife in a TV commercial for Nescafe Sunrise.
10. Never eats sweets
He takes health drinks and dry fruits for breakfast and usually eats chicken and boiled vegetable and chapattis. He does not indulge in sweets at all to keep himself fit.
11. His dream is to be a director
Since Suriya is an outstanding actor but his dream is to be a director. He has been learning re-recording, editing and story discussions for the same.
12. Suriya lives in a joint Family
Suriya lives in a joint family even after his marriage with Jyothika. He often spends his free time with family.
13. Turning point of his career
Suriya received massive stardom and limelight post the humongous success of his film Nandha which was directed by Bala. But Suriya was not the first choice for the film. Director Bala wanted to cast Ajith Kumar in the movie.
14. Suriya was advised not to do Ayan
People around Suriya kept saying that Ayan won’t be a successful films because cinematographers turned directors couldn’t make good films. But Suriya still went ahead and Ayan turned out to be the biggest hit of 2009.
15. Rejected Rajamouli’s offer
Suriya once rejected ace director SS Rajamouli’s offer. In his movie Anjaan audio launch, Suriya regretted Rajamouli and asked him to cast in any of his movie even for a single shot.
16. Fan of Iranian Movies
Well, Surya has many fans all over but Suriya himself is a huge fan of Iranian movies. He has said in many interviews that he never misses any Iranian film.
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