Born: Jayaram Subramaniam
10 December 1965 (age 46)
Perumbavoor, Kerala, India
Occupation: Film actor
Years active: 1988 – present
Spouse: Parvathy (1992–present)
Jayaram (born Jayaram Subramaniam on 10 December 1965) is an Indian film actor who predominately acts in Malayalam films and at times in Tamil films. He is also a chenda percussionist and mimic artist.
Jayaram made his debut in Padmarajan’s Aparan (1988). He was cast again in Padmarajan’s Moonnam Pakkam (1988) and Innale (1989). He was able to create a mark for himself in the industry with films such as Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989), Thoovalsparsham (1990), Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam (1990), and Georgootty C/O Georgootty (1991). By the 1990s, he was most famous for his collaborations with Rajasenan, which turned out to be commercial hits, with films such as Ayalathe Adheham (1992), Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993), CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed. (1994), Aadyathe Kanmani (1995), and The Car (1997). Jayaram’s films were such a success with the family audiences that he was labeled as the actor with the least risk, in terms of box office results. His association with director Sathyan Anthikad was also notable
Jayram won his first Kerala State Film Award, a Special Jury Award, for his performance in the film Thooval Kottaram (1996). He went on to win another Kerala State Film Award, and has won four Filmfare Awards South. In 2001, he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award, Special Prize award, for his performance in Thenali (2000). His performances in the films One Man Show (2001), Manassinakkare (2003), Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008), and Bhagyadevatha (2009) has established himself as one of the leading actors of Malayalam cinema.
In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution towards the arts.
Jayaram Subramaniyam was born into a Tamil speakingKerala Iyer family in Perumbavoor, Kerala. He completed his bachelor’s degree from Sri Sankara College, Kaladi. While studying there, he won several awards at the state level for mimicry.
After college, he joined Kalabhavan, a professional mimicry troupe in Kochi. At the age of 23, he was introduced into the cinema field by script writer and filmmaker Padmarajan who gave Jayaram his launching pad with the 1988 film Aparan. Jayaram subsequently acted in Padmarajan’s Moonnam Pakkam (1988) and Innale (1989). Padmarajan became his mentor in his film career till the former’s death in January 1991.He became one of the Superstars of malayalam film industry through the film Meleparambil Aanveedu(1993) which was directed by Rajasenan.It was the biggest hit of that time,which broke several records.
He is noted for playing in Kamal’s films during the late 80s and early 90s, in films such as Pradeshika Vaarthakal (1989), Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989), and Shubha Yathra (1990) (all of them scripted by Ranjith), where he co-starred with his wife Parvathy. He later did a film scripted by Ranjith with the story by Jagathy Sreekumar, Viji Thampi’s directional debut Witness (1988). He teamed up with Viji Thampi and Ranjith in Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan (1990) where he played a police constable who is in search of a criminal played by Mukesh. During the early 90s he acted in Bharathan’s Keli (1991) and Malootty (1992).
He has acted in several of Sathyan Anthikkad’s films. Their first film was Ponn Muttyidunna Tharavu (1988). Around that time Jayaram played a supporting role in Sathyan Anthikkad’s Ardham (1989). Thalayanamanthram (1990) and Sandesham (1991), were both written and co-starring Sreenivasan. Anthikkad and Jayaram later went on to make Thooval Kottaram (1996), Irattakuttikalude Achan (1997), Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999), Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000), Yathrakarude Sradhakku (2002), Manassinakkare (2003), ‘Bhagya Devatha’ and ‘Kadha Thudarunnu’.
He co-starred with Mammootty and Suresh Gopi in Joshi’s Dhruvam (1993). Other films with Gopi include Viji Thampi’s Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam (1990), Thooval Sparsam (1990), Jayaraj’s Paithrukam (1993), and Sibi Malayil’s Summer in Bethlehem (1998). He co-starred with Mohanlal in Bharath Gopi’s Ulsavapittennu, Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989) and Priyadarshan’s Advaitham (1991).
His association with director Rajasenan created many movies such as Kadinjool Kalyanam (1991), Ayalathe Addeham (1992), Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993), CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed. (1994), Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava (1995), Aadyathe Kanmani (1995), Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996), and Kadhanayakan (1997). He also played Aravindan in Siddique’s Friends (1999) in which he co-starred with Sreenivasan and Mukesh. In the first decade of the 21st century his films include Yathrakarude Sradhakku (2002), Manassinakkare (2003), Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008), and Twenty:20 (2008). His roles include Karunakaran in B Kannan’s Theerthadanam (2001) and Lonappan in Rajeev Kumar’s Sesham (2002).
He also forayed into Tamil cinema including roles in Gokulam, Purushalakshanam, Priyanka, Kolangal, Murai Mamman and Pathini. He played the roles of Dr. Kailash and as Ayyappan Nair in Kamal Haasan starred Thenali and Panchathanthiram. They first came together on screen in Chanakyan (1989). Recently he has done more supporting roles in Tamil, such as antagonist roles in Saroja and Dhaam Dhoom, and a comic role in Aegan.
His movies include Manassinakkare (2003) Njaan Salperu Raman Kutty (2004), Finger Print (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2005), Madhuchandralekha (2006), Moonnamathoral (2006), and Anchil Oral Arjunan (2007). In mid-2008, he played Sugunan in Akku Akbar’s Veruthe Oru Bharya which became a mega hit (2008).
He had a couple of hits in 2009 with Sathyan Anthikkad’s Bhagyadevatha and Happy Husbands. In 2010 he again joined with Sathyan Anthikkadu for Kadha Thudarunnu,which was a runaway hit. In 2011 he had 2 blockbusters, namely China Town and Seniors. Makeup Man was an average grosser, while Ulakam Chuttum Valiban got poor reviews and ended up as a flop. In 2012, his movies Njanum Ente Familiyum and Pakarnnattam were flops, while Thiruvambady Thamban was a below average grosser.
Jayaram is married to actress Parvathy (പാര്വ്വതി), who is no longer active in films.Their son Kalidasan is a child film artist who won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2003 for his second movie, Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum. Jayaram also has a daughter,Malavika.The family lives in Cochin and Chennai.
2011 – Padma Shri
Kerala State Film Awards:
2000 – Second Best Actor – Swayamvarapandhal
1996 – Special Jury Award – Thooval Kottaram
1996 – Best Actor – Thooval Kottaram
2001 – Best Actor – Theerthadanam
2002 – Best Supporting Actor – Panchathantiram
2003 – Best Actor – Manassinakkare
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:
2000 – Special Prize – Thenali
Asianet Film Awards:Jayaram with Mammootty,Mohanlal and Bollywood Superstar Shahrukh Khan at Asianet Film Awards 2012
1998 – Best Actor Award – Sneham
2001 – Best Actor Award – Theerthadanam, Uthaman
2008 – Most Popular Actor Award – Veruthe Oru Bharya
2012 – Most Popular Actor Award – Swapna Sanchari
2011 – Sathyan Award for Lifetime Achievement
2008 – J.C Foundation award for the best actor for his performance in Veruthe Oru Bharya
2002 – V. Shantaram Award for his performance in Shesham
1996 – Sini Best Actor Award for Thooval Kottaram
1996 – Rotary Club Award for Thooval Kottaram