Soubin Shahir

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Soubin Shahir
Soubin Shahir
Born (1983-10-12) 12 October 1983 (age 38)
  • Actor
  • writer
  • director
Years active2003–present

Soubin Shahir (12 October 1983) is an Indian film actor and director who works in Malayalam cinema. He began his film career as an assistant director in 2003 and worked under several directors. Soubin made his acting debut in 2013 with a supporting role in Annayum Rasoolum. He made his directorial debut with the drama Parava (2017). In 2018, he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his leading role in Sudani from Nigeria, the film was also a major commercial success.

Early life

Soubin was born and raised in Fort Kochi,[1] Kerala, India. He has a brother and sister. His father Babu Shahir was an assistant director and production controller who had worked in films such as Manichithrathazhu, Godfather, In Harihar Nagar among others.[2]


Soubin started his film career as an assistant director in the industry with Siddique's Chronic Bachelor (2003). He assisted directors like Fazil, Siddique, Rafi-Mecartin, P. Sukumar, Santhosh Sivan, Rajeev Ravi, and Amal Neerad.[3] He made his acting début in Fazil's Kaiyethum Doorath (2002) while working as an assistant director. He got a breakthrough role with Alphonse Putharen's Premam (2015) where he played the role of a PT teacher. This led to his popularity as an actor in the industry.[4][5] His popular roles include in films Charlie (2015), Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016), Kali (2016), Darvinte Parinamam (2016), Kammatipaadam (2016), Anuraga Karikkin Vellam (2016), Mayanadhi (2017), Comrade in America – CIA (2017), and Kumbalangi Nights. His first full lead role was in the film Sudani from Nigeria (2018) for which he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.[6][7]

Personal life

On 16 December 2017, he married his fiancée[8] Jamia Zaheer. Jamia is a marketing professional,[9] based in Kochi. The couple has a son born in May 2019.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

As actor

List of films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Vietnam Colony Child artist uncredited role
1992 Pappayude Swantham Appoos Child artist uncredited role
1993 Kabooliwala Child artist uncredited role
2002 Kaiyethum Doorath Bus Passenger uncredited role
2011 Urumi Tribal Gang Member uncredited role
2012 Da Thadiya Himself uncredited role
2013 Annayum Rasoolum Collin
Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty
Greeku Veerudu Mahadevan
5 Sundarikal Poovalan Anthology film in Kullante Bharya
2014 Masala Republic Althaf
Iyobinte Pusthakam Ivan's Henchman Cameo
2015 Chandrettan Evideya Sumesh
Premam Phy. Edu. Lecturer Shivan Sir
Loham Street Rowdy
Rani Padmini Madan
Charlie Sunikuttan(Mr D'souza)
2016 Maheshinte Prathikaaram Crispin
Hello Namasthe Abu
Kali Prakashan
Darvinte Parinamam Willy
Mudhugauv Kumari
Kammatipaadam Karate Biju Cameo
Happy Wedding Matrimony Consultant
Anuraga Karikkin Vellam Fakru/Fakrudheen
Popcorn Milton
2017 Comrade in America – CIA Joemon
Achayans Qi
Parava Drug addict Debut as director
Solo Pattu
Shekhar's friend Tamil film; special appearance in the song "Thoovanam"
Mayaanadhi Sameera's Ikka Guest Appearance
2018 Street Lights Subin
Carbon Aanakkaran Rajesh
Rosapoo Sajeer
Sudani from Nigeria Majeed Debut Lead Role
Kuttanadan Marpappa Freddy
Mohanlal Mr. Who
Mangalyam Thanthunanena Himself Guest Appearance
2019 Kumbalangi Nights Saji
Mera Naam Shaji Shaji Guest Appearance
Oru Yamandan Premakadha Vicky
Virus Unnikrishnan
Ambili Ambili
Vikruthi Sameer
Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 Subramanian / Chuppan
Valiyaperunnal Hanumanth Sheonayi
2020 Trance Mathew Thomas (Mathaai)
Halal Love Story Azad
2021 Irul Alex
Jack and Jill
Bro Daddy
TBA Meow
Third World Boys
Bheeshma Parvam Shoukath

As director

List of films directed
Year Title Production company Notes
2017 Parava Anwar Rasheed Entertainments
2022 Othiram Kadakam Wayfarer Films

Awards and nominations



  1. ^ a b "Soubin Shahir: Tracing the journey of a man destined to be in cinema". The Times of India. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  2. ^ "പറവ കണ്ടപ്പോള്‍ കരഞ്ഞുപോയി; ഞാനത് സൗബിനോട് ഇതുവരെ പറഞ്ഞിട്ടില്ല" [Watching Parava made me cry;I haven't told Soubin about it yet]. Mathrubhumi (in Malayalam). 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  3. ^ MERIN MARIA JAMES (10 January 2016). "Soubin's Chillumkoodu step a hit".
  4. ^ "Real-life chemistry with Soubin worked well". TimesofIndia. 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Soubin Shahir is on a roll". Nowrunning. 13 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Soubin Shahir to play the lead in Sudani from Nigeria". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b S.R. Praveen (27 February 2019). "Kerala State film awards: ‘Kanthan...’, 'Sudani from Nigeria' win honours". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Soubin Shahir is married! – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Actor Soubin Shahir and wife blessed with a baby boy". OnManorama. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Filmfare Awards South 2019: The complete list of winners". 22 December 2019.


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