6 November 1983
|Years active||2012 – present|
|Relatives||Reshma Pasupuleti (Cousin)|
Jayasimha (born 6 November 1983), better known as Bobby Simha, is an Indian actor who predominantly appears in Tamil films, alongside a few Telugu and Malayalam-language films. After making brief appearances in the films Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi and Pizza (2012), he portrayed a kidnapper in Nalan Kumarasamy's Soodhu Kavvum and a comic villain in Alphonse Putharen's Neram. Simha's subsequent performance as the Madurai gangster Sethu in Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda (2014) won him positive reviews from critics and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Simha's family is from Hyderabad, but they moved to Kodaikanal in 1995, which he considers as his native place. He subsequently completed his schooling in a Telugu medium school, in Mopidevi, Andhra Pradesh and then attended college at Pioneer College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore.
In 2005, he participated in a Coimbatore-based event called Naalaya Natchathiram, where chief guests Sundar C and E. Ramdoss suggested that he should attempt to become an actor in Tamil films. Simha stated that he received an offer to feature in a TV serial in Chennai and only after making the journey from Coimbatore, did he realise he had been conned. Simha subsequently finished his degree and came back to Chennai to pursue a career in acting but ended up working in marketing, insurance and business process outsourcing to fulfill his financial needs. He subsequently became acquainted with short-film maker Manikandan, who introduced him to his friend, another short-film maker Karthik Subbaraj. The pair subsequently made a series of short films together, with Subbaraj giving Simha a role in his directorial debut Pizza, too. Balaji Mohan, who too was short-film maker, gave Simha a small role in his first feature film, Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi. Both ventures became critically acclaimed and amongst the most profitable of 2012.
Simha then appeared in Soodhu Kavvum (2013) portraying the role of Pagalavan, and played the antagonist in the bilingual Neram, his performances in both films were received well. In 2014, he was seen in the role of an ageing Madurai gangster in Jigarthanda with his portrayal winning him critical praise. In an interview he said that in order to get into the character, he had interacted with real gangsters to learn their behaviour and nuances. To tan his skin, he stood in the sun at noon wearing only his shorts. The film opened to positive reviews in August 2014, with The Hindu writing that it had achieved "cult status" within a week of its release. Simha won positive reviews for his depiction of Sethu, with Rediff.com noting that Simha "steals the show. He is chillingly menacing at times, while completely hilarious in others, but equally convincing in both", stating it is "a truly remarkable performance". A critic from Sify.com delivered a similar verdict, writing "truly the film belongs to Simhaa. He is electrifying especially in the first half, where he brings out the viciousness and violent streak of the character along with that eerie laughter." His performance in the film earned him the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. After Jigarthanda he played a lead role in the Malayalam film Beware of Dogs, while in Aadama Jaichomada he played Bhoominathan, a "serious, intelligent cop but with a comic touch". The success of Jigarthanda had created opportunities for Bobby Simha to become a lead actor, though several of his subsequent films did not perform well commercially. In December 2015, he appeared in Urumeen, his first film as a solo action hero.
In 2016, he appeared in the coming-of-age drama, Bangalore Naatkal, where he portrayed a softer role in comparison to his earlier action films. Simha had offered his own dates to the producers to portray a character in the film, with his performance receiving mixed reviews. In June 2016, he has signed to play as antagonist for Saamy Square, which is the sequel of Saamy, directed by Hari.
Bobby Simha got engaged to actress Reshmi Menon, on 8 November 2015 and they married on 22 April 2016. On 2 May 2017 their daughter, Mudhra Simha, was born. Reshmi delivered her second child a baby boy on November 2019.
- Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Soodhu Kavvum
- Nominated - Best Actor in a Negative Role (Tamil) - Neram
- Nominated - Best Actor in a Negative Role (Malayalam) - Neram
- Nominated - Best Actor in a Negative Role (Tamil) - Jigarthanda
|2012||Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi||Jayasimha||Tamil||Credited as Jayasimha|
|2013||Naan Rajavaga Pogiren||Shankar Subramaniam||Tamil|
|2014||Beware of Dogs||Amir||Malayalam|
|2014||Aadama Jaichomada||Inspector Bhoominathan||Tamil|
|2015||Oru Vadakkan Selfie||John Mathew Bhaskar||Malayalam||Cameo appearance|
|2015||Chennai Ungalai Anbudan Varaverkirathu||Chellapandi||Tamil|
|2015||Inji Iduppazhagi||Himself||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|2016||Bangalore Naatkal||Kannan (Kutty)||Tamil||Also narrator|
|2016||Aviyal||The Gangster||Tamil||Acted in segment Eli|
|2017||Thiruttu Payale 2||Inspector Selvam||Tamil||25th film|
|2018||Saamy 2||Raavana Pichai||Tamil|
|2018||Ladoo||Joseph Dayanidhi||Malayalam||Cameo appearance|
|2019||Agni Devi||Agni Dev IPS||Tamil|
|2020||Disco Raja||Burma Sethu||Telugu|
|2020||Putham Pudhu Kaalai||Devan||Tamil||Segment: Miracle|
- Vella Raja (2018)
- Balach, Logesh (6 November 2020). "Bobby Simha to play a cameo in Rakshit Shetty's Kannada film 777 Charlie". India Today. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
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- "Stood in the sun in my underwear: Simhaa". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
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- "Critics' Choice of 10 best Tamil films of 2012". Sify. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
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- Srinivasan, Sudhir (9 August 2014). "Baddie like Bobby". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 December 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
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- "Movie Review 'Jigarthanda': A film not to be missed". Deccan Chronicle. 2 August 2014. Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Jigarthanda". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Simhaa interacted with real rowdies for 'Jigarthanda'". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Calling Karthik". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- SUBHA J RAO. "The Jigarthanda juggernaut". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 November 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- "Review: Jigarthanda is a fun ride". Rediff. 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- "Movie Review : Jigarthanda". Sify. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
- IANS (24 March 2015). "National Award incentive to do good work: Bobby Simha". Archived from the original on 27 June 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2019 – via Business Standard.
- "I was also inspired by Christian Bale, says Simhaa". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- "Bobby Simha: I'll never play another Assault Sethu!". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- "After Jigarthanda, it's Iraivi for Karthik Subbaraj". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- Rao, Subha J. (6 February 2016). "A new face". Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2019 – via www.thehindu.com.
- "Bobby Simha to lock horns with Chiyaan Vikram". Top 10 Cinema. 13 June 2017. Archived from the original on 25 February 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- "100 Greatest Performances of the Decade". 100 Greatest Performances of the Decade. Archived from the original on 19 December 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
- "Bobby Simha-Reshmi Menon's engagement held on Sunday". 8 November 2015. Archived from the original on 8 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
- "Bobby Simha and Reshmi Menon have chosen this name for their daughter". 2 June 2017. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
- "Bobby Simhaa and Reshmi Menon welcome their second child together, a baby boy". 13 November 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 May 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "62nd National Film Awards: Tamil movies bag eight honours". Times of India. 24 March 2015. Archived from the original on 1 April 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "TN Govt. announces Tamil Film Awards for six years". The Hindu. 14 July 2017. Archived from the original on 21 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
- "SIIMA 2014 Tamil Nominations: Suriya, Dhanush, Kamal Haasan Feature in Best Actor Category [List]". International Business Times. 20 July 2014. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- "Sundeep Kishan's Rowdy Baby titled changed to Gully Rowdy - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
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