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.
Soubin was born and raised in Fort Kochi, 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.
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. 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. 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.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|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|
|Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty|
|5 Sundarikal||Poovalan||Anthology film in Kullante Bharya|
|Iyobinte Pusthakam||Ivan's Henchman||Cameo|
|Premam||Phy. Edu. Lecturer Shivan Sir|
|Happy Wedding||Matrimony Consultant|
|Anuraga Karikkin Vellam||Fakru/Fakrudheen|
|2017||Comrade in America – CIA||Joemon|
|Parava||Drug addict||Debut as director|
|Shekhar's friend||Tamil film; special appearance in the song "Thoovanam"|
|Mayaanadhi||Sameera's Ikka||Guest Appearance|
|Sudani from Nigeria||Majeed||Debut Lead Role|
|Mangalyam Thanthunanena||Himself||Guest Appearance|
|Mera Naam Shaji||Shaji||Guest Appearance|
|Oru Yamandan Premakadha||Vicky|
|Android Kunjappan Version 5.25||Subramanian / Chuppan|
|2020||Trance||Mathew Thomas (Mathaai)|
|Halal Love Story||Azad|
|Jack and Jill|
|Third World Boys|
|2017||Parava||Anwar Rasheed Entertainments|
|2022||Othiram Kadakam||Wayfarer Films|
Awards and nominations
- 2018:Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor (Sudani From Nigeria)
- 2018: 66th Filmfare Awards South for Best Actor-Critics(Sudani from Nigeria)
- 2018:Asianet Film Awards for Honorary special award(Parava)
- 2018:Vanitha Film Awards for Best debut director (Parava)
- 2017:Asiavision Awards for Best debut director (Parava)
- 2017:Asianet Comedy Awards -All-rounder award
- 2015:Asianet Comedy Awards for Best Pair with Vinay Forrt (Premam)
- 2016:1st IIFA Utsavam -Performance in a supporting role (Malayalam) for Chandrettan Evideya
- 2016:5th South Indian International Movie Awards – Best Comedian (Malayalam) for Premam
- 2017:6th South Indian International Movie Awards – Best Comedian (Malayalam) for Maheshinte Prathikaaram
- 2018:Filmfare Award for Best Director – Malayalam for Parava
- 2018:7th South Indian International Movie Awards -Best director (Malayalam) for Parava
- 2021:9th South Indian International Movie Awards -Best Supporting Actor (Malayalam) for Kumbalangi Nights
- "Soubin Shahir: Tracing the journey of a man destined to be in cinema". The Times of India. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
- "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.
- MERIN MARIA JAMES (10 January 2016). "Soubin's Chillumkoodu step a hit".
- "Real-life chemistry with Soubin worked well". TimesofIndia. 2 July 2015.
- "Soubin Shahir is on a roll". Nowrunning. 13 January 2016.
- "Soubin Shahir to play the lead in Sudani from Nigeria". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
- S.R. Praveen (27 February 2019). "Kerala State film awards: ‘Kanthan...’, 'Sudani from Nigeria' win honours". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
- "Soubin Shahir is married! – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
- "Actor Soubin Shahir and wife blessed with a baby boy". OnManorama. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
- "Filmfare Awards South 2019: The complete list of winners". 22 December 2019.
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