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Jayasurya in 2021
Born (1979-08-31) 31 August 1979 (age 42)[1]
Alma materAll Saints College, Ernakulam
  • Actor
  • producer
  • playback singer
  • distributor
Years active1999–present
Saritha Jayasurya
(m. 2004)
  • Mani (father)
  • Thankam (mother)
AwardsNational Film Awards (special mention)
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Cincinnati Film Festival

Jayasurya is an Indian actor, distributor, film producer, playback singer, and impressionist, who works in the Malayalam films. He has appeared in more than 100 films and has won several awards, including a National Film Award, three Kerala State Film Awards, two Filmfare Awards South for acting and Best actor at the Cincinnati Film Festival held in Cincinnati, US. Jayasurya has also appeared in a few Tamil films.[2] [3]

Jayasurya began his career as a mimicry artist and hosted a few television shows on Malayalam channels. He made his acting debut as a background actor in the 1999 film Pathram. His break-through was playing a mute in Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan (2002).[4] In the 2000s, Jayasurya was popular for his comic-oriented roles in Swapnakkoodu (2003), Pulival Kalyanam (2003), Chathikkatha Chanthu (2004), Chocolate (2007) and Gulumaal (2009), and at the same time villain roles in Classmates (2006), Arabikkatha (2007), and Kangaroo (2007).[5] By the 2010s, Jayasurya gained critical acclaim for his roles, in films such as Cocktail (2010), Janapriyan (2011), Beautiful (2011), Trivandrum Lodge (2012), Apothecary (2014), Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014), Lukka Chuppi (2015), Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam (2015), and Captain (2018). He was also popular for comedy films, such as Punyalan Agarbattis (2013), Amar Akbar Anthony (2015), Aadu (2015) and Aadu 2 (2017). Jayasurya made his debut as a producer by co-producing the film Punyalan Agarbattis and is also credited as playback singer in a few films.[6]

Jayasurya won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Apothecary at the 62nd Filmfare Awards South.[7] In 2016, Jayasurya won the Special Jury Award at the 46th Kerala State Film Awards and the Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards for his performances in the films Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam and Lukka Chuppi.[8] He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for Captain and Njan Marykutty in 2018[9] and for Vellam in 2020.[10]

Early life and family

Jayasurya was born on 31 August 1978 to Mani and Thankam in Tripunithura in Kochi, Kerala. He had his primary education from St. George U. P. School, Chambakkara, and Government Sanskrit High School, Tripunithura. He pursued Bachelor of Commerce degree at All Saints College, Ernakulam. After studies he joined mimicry troupes like Crown of Cochin and Kottayam Nazir's Cochin Discovery.[11]

Personal life

He married his longtime girlfriend Saritha on 25 January 2004. The couple have two children.[12]

Film career

Jayasurya in 2008.

Jayasurya anchored musical programs on Malayalam television including Jagathy Vs Jagathy in Kairali TV and Fun-Day Jokepot in Cochin ACV. He also dubbed for many characters in serials.[11] He also played minor roles in films including the comedy artist in Aparanmar Nagarathil. He entered the Malayalam film industry through the movie Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan, directed by Vinayan in 2002.[12] He then acted in Pranaya Mani Thooval and Kattu Chembakam. In 2003, he acted in one of the lead roles in Swapnakkoodu alongside Prithviraj Sukumaran and Kunchacko Boban. Jayasurya's next appearances were Pulival Kalyanam and Chathikatha Chanthu, directed by Shafi and Rafi-Mecartin respectively.

In 2006, Jayasurya appeared in Kilukkam Kilukilukkam, a sequel to Kilukkam. Jayasurya appeared in Bus Conductor.[13] In Classmates, he played the role of Satheesan Kanjikkuzhi,[14] an aspiring student leader; which was considered one of his breakthrough performances. He was then cast in a negative role in Lal Jose's Arabikkatha.[15] This followed villain roles in Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan and Kangaroo. He played a variety of roles in 2007–2008: the romantic lover with a comic touch in Chocolate, the serious police officer in Positive, the humorous drama scriptwriter in Shakespeare M.A. Malayalam, the small-time thief and antagonist in LollyPop, the supporting role in Love in Singapore, and the young politician in Balachandra Menon's De Ingottu Nokkiye.[16]

Jayasurya in 2009

In 2009, he appeared in Currency. His other releases included Ivar Vivahitharayal, which was his biggest box office success till that date and Oru Black and White Kudumbam which was also a box office success.

The film Cocktail in 2010 was what established a new phase to his career as his performance was critically acclaimed.[17]

In 2011, he appeared in 20 get-ups in T. V. Chandran's fantasy film Sankaranum Mohananum.[18][19][20] The same year, he did the lead role in Beautiful which went on to become a great critical success. He played the role of a paraplegic named Stephen and was well received by audiences and critics alike, all saying he has shown the best performance till date and he was the one of the main contenders for best actor nominations in several film award events. Janapriyan and Beautiful were his commercially successful films of the year. In a year-end report on Malayalam cinema, Deepika newspaper applauded Jayasurya for choosing right roles and chose him as the "Star of the Year 2011".

In 2012 he appeared in Trivandrum Lodge and Husbands in Goa which were released on the same day, and were both box office successes. His role as a shady introverted pervert in Trivandrum Lodge was well received by critics and garnered more recognition for him as an established actor. In 2013 he appeared in a crucial role in one of Roshan Andrrews best films Mumbai Police and played the lead role of a don in Hotel California, despite being a box office failure; his role was well favoured by the audience and was recognized as a style statement for the youth of the time. The same year his performance in Shyamaprasad's English: An Autumn in London as a Kathakali artiste-turned-waiter who is an illegal immigrant in United Kingdom won immense critical praise.[21][22]

Jayasurya turned producer in 2013 with Punyalan Agarbattis, which turned out to be a successful film.[23]

Jayasurya in 2016

In 2014 his first release was the movie Happy Journey which was directed by Bobban Samuel, though an average grosser his performance in the role as a blind cricket player garnered praise from both critics and audience alike. In August of the same year Apothecary with the director Madhav Ramadasan was released, in which he played the major role apart from Suresh Gopi's role as Dr. Vijay Nambiar, as Subin Joseph a poverty-driven man who suffers from a neurological disorder. The actor lost more than 10 kilos for the role, and his portrayal of the character was immensely praised by critics and the audience, adding to Jayasurya's credibility and his list of notable roles.[24] In the same year

Seconds with director Aneesh Upasana,[25] as the villain inIyobinte Pusthakam with director Amal Neerad,[26] Lal Bahadur Shastri with debutant director Rejishh Midhila's, Akku Akbar's Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla and Priyadarsan's Aamayum Muyalum[27] were released.

In 2015, he played the character Shaji Pappan in Aadu. Despite being a box office failure, the movie as well as his character developed a cult after the movie's DVD version was released.[28][29] The same year, he acted alongside Prithviraj and Indrajith in Nadirshah's comedy movie Amar Akbar Anthony which was successful at the box office.[30] His performance in Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam as a stammering person was also appreciated.[31]

Jaysurya's successful movies in 2016 were the comedy horror Pretham and an action comedy movie IDI.[32] However, IDI received mostly negative reviews from critics.[33] His other movies of the year were Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum and School Bus.

In 2019, he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performances in Captain and Njan Marykutty.[34]

Awards and nominations

Jayasurya awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
List of awards and nominations
Award Year Category Film(s) Result Ref.
National Film Awards 2015 Special Mention Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam
Lukka Chuppi
Kerala State Film Awards 2015 Special Jury Award Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam
Lukka Chuppi
2018 Best Actor Njan Marykutty
Won [9]
2020 Best Actor Vellam Won [10]
Filmfare Awards South 2014 Best Supporting Actor (Malayalam) Apothecary Won
2015 Best Actor (Malayalam) Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam Nominated
Best Actor Critics (Malayalam) Won
SIIMA Awards 2013 Best Supporting Actor (Malayalam) Mumbai Police Nominated
2014 Best Supporting Actor (Malayalam) Apothecary Won [35]
Best Actor in a Negative Role (Malayalam) Iyobinte Pusthakam Won [35]
2016 Best Actor (Malayalam) Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam Nominated
2019 Best Actor (Malayalam) Captain Nominated
Asianet Film Awards 2008 Best Star Pair
(shared with Roma)
Shakespeare M.A. Malayalam
2009 Best Star Pair
(shared with Roma)
Utharaswayamvaram Won
2010 Youth Icon of the Year Award Happy Husbands
Four Friends
2015 Best Actor in a Villain Role Iyobinte Pusthakam Won
2016 Best Actor Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam Nominated
2017 Popular Actor Punyalan Private Limited
Aadu 2
IIFA Utsavam 2015 Best Performance in a Negative Role Iyobinte Pusthakam Won
Vanitha Film Awards 2015 Best Actor in a Negative Role Iyobinte Pusthakam Won [35]
2016 Special Performance (Actor) Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam Won
2018 Special Performance (Actor) Aadu 2 Won
Asianet Comedy Awards 2016 Popular Actor Pretham Won
Popular Film Pretham Won
Best Actor Pretham Nominated
Asiavision Awards 2011 Best Supporting Actor Cocktail Won
2012 Second Best Actor Trivandrum Lodge
2014 Special Jury Award Apothecary Won
Amrita FEFKA Film Awards 2012 Entertainer of the Year Beautiful Won
Mathrubhoomi Amrita film awards 2009 Best pair Ivar Vivahitharayal Won
Ramu Kariat Film Awards 2012 Special Jury Award Beautiful Won



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