Prithviraj Profile

Prithviraj Profile

Born: Prithviraj Sukumaran
16 October 1982 (age 29)
Kerala, India
Occupation: Film actor, Film producer, Playback singer
Years active: 2002 – present
Spouse: Supriya Menon
(2011 – present)
Relatives: Sukumaran (Father)
Mallika Sukumaran (Mother)
Indrajith (Brother)
Poornima Indrajith (Sister in law)


In this Indian name, the name Sukumaran is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Prithviraj.

Prithviraj Sukumaran born on 16 October 1982[1] and credited mononymously as Prithviraj, is an Indian film actor, playback singer and producer best known for his work in Malayalam and Tamil films .

He made his debut in 2002 in the Malayalam film Nandanam, and has since acted in more than sixty films, notably Stop Violence (2002), Swapnakoodu (2003), Akale (2004), Classmates (2006), Vaasthavam (2006), Chocolate (2007), Thirakkatha (2008), Urumi (2011) and Indian Rupee (2011). He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Vaasthavam.

Prithviraj made his debut in Tamil cinema through Kana Kandaen in 2005. His other notable films in Tamil are Parijatham (2005), Mozhi (2007) and Mani Ratnam’s Raavanan (2010).

As a producer he started his production company, August Cinema, along with Santosh Sivan and Shaji Natesan. August cinema has produced the films Urumi and Indian Rupee.

Early life and family

Prithviraj was born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, to actors Sukumaran and Mallika Sukumaran. His elder brother Indrajith Sukumaran and sister-in-law Poornima Indrajith are also film actors. His initial schooling was at St. Mary’s Central School Poojappura, which was near his home at Chengallur, where he acted in various plays and skits for the school’s annual day celebrations. He completed the rest of his school education at the Sainik School Kazhakoottam, Thiruvananthapuram and Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram. Prithviraj, along with his brother Indrajith, participated in debates and elocution competitions while in school.[2] At the annual inter-school arts festival hosted by Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram, Prithviraj won the title of “Mr LA Fest” twice, and is the only person to date to win that title twice.[3]

While pursuing his Bachelors in Information Technology [4] at the University of Tasmania, Australia, he was called by film director Ranjith to play the lead role in his film Nandanam.[2] It was Fazil, a well known Malayalam film director, who introduced him to Ranjith.[2] After his performance in Nandanam, he decided to take a break from studies to concentrate on his film career.

On 25 April 2011, Prithviraj married Supriya Menon, a BBC India Reporter, in a private ceremony at Palakkad.[5][6][7]


Malayalam Cinema

Prithviraj in City of God (2011)

In 2002, Prithviraj was cast by Ranjith in his second directorial venture, Nandanam.[2] After this he appeared in films directed by Lohithadas, Vinayan, Kamal and Bhadran.[8]

He later went on to do Stop Violence and Swapnakoodu. Shyamaprasad, who cast him in lead role in his film Akale, said that Prithviraj’s advantages are his talent and intelligence irrespective of his box office successes.[8]

In 2006, he played the role of Sub Inspector Solomon Joseph in the critically acclaimed Vargam. After Vargam, Prithviraj acted in Vaasthavam with the same director, M. Padmakumar, for which he received the Kerala State Award for Best Actor for 2006,[9] and became the youngest actor to win the award.[10] The same year he starred in Lal Jose’s Classmates, which went on to become an all-time blockbuster, increasing his market value and giving Malayalam producers confidence to make more youth-oriented movies.

In 2007, he starred in Chocolate, directed by Shafi which was a huge success.[11] In 2008, he starred in Thalappavu (directed by Madhupal) and Thirakkatha (directed by Ranjith), in which he took up roles which serve as pivotal characters. One of the reviews of Thalappavu describes it as a film which is truly the coming-of-age film for Prithviraj the actor and that there is a spartan dignity that he brings into his commanding portrayal of Naxalite Joseph.[12] The Sify review of Thirakkatha describes it as a “genuine attempt that keeps the viewer engaged until the end”.[13] Both Thalappavu and Thirakkatha shared the award for the best film in the Film Critics Award for 2008. He also made a special appearance in Anjali Menon’s Manjadikkuru this year.

In 2009, the success of Prithviraj’s Puthiya Mukham (directed by Diphan)[14] led the print and visual media to anoint him as “Superstar”.[15] His other releases in 2009 were Robinhood (directed by Joshy) and Malayalam’s first anthology film, Kerala Cafe.

In 2010, Prithviraj’s notable films were Pokkiri Raja, in which he appeared alongside Mammootty and Anwar directed by Amal Neerad.

In 2011, Prithviraj turned producer through the multilingual film Urumi. The film had a good run in Kerala and was released in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and English as well. His other notable releases in Malayalam include the critically acclaimed City of God, Manikyakallu, Veettilekkulla Vazhi and Indian Rupee. Reviewers unanimously praised Prithviraj for his performance in the commercially successful Indian Rupee. Some of them even went on to describe it as his career best performance.[16]

In 2012, his major releases were Masters, Hero and Simhasanam along with cameo roles in Bachelor Party, Aakashathinte Niram and the critically acclaimed Manjadikuru.

Tamil Cinema

Prithviraj in Satham Podathey (2007)

Prithviraj made his Tamil debut through Kana Kandaen in 2005 as the suave and sophisticated villain.

Soon he got the opportunity to act under the direction of Bhagyaraj in the film Parijatham. Bhagyaraj said in an interview, “The entire media unanimously appreciated Prithviraj in Kana Kandaen, so it was with that confidence that I signed him”.

In 2007, Prithviraj co-starred with Tamil actress Jyothika in her last film, Mozhi which went on to become a huge hit. He also starred in Satham Podathey and Kannamoochi Yenada in the same year.

In 2008, Prithviraj starred in Vellithirai, the Tamil remake of Udayananu Tharam. Rediff described his performance: “Prithviraj makes the best of his assets – his expressive eyes, which glint in fury, soften with love, or brim over with frustrated tears”.[17] The Tamil remake of Classmates, titled Ninaithale Inikkum, was released in 2009.

His last release in Tamil was Mani Ratnam’s Raavanan in 2010, co-starring Vikram and Aishwarya Rai.It met with only moderate critical success. Nevertheless, his performance was critically acclaimed.[18]

Telugu Cinema

Prithviraj debuted in Telugu through Police Police in 2010. The film co-starred Srikanth, Kamalini Mukherjee and Sanjana. The film has been dubbed in Tamil as Kutrappirivu. Prithviraj has had many of his Malayalam films dubbed into Telugu like Sivapuram in 2006 which was the dubbing of Ananthabhadram and ATM in 2010 which was the dubbing of Robinhood. The dubbed version of his magnum opus film Urumi released in August 2011 to good response.

Hindi Cinema

Prithviraj is debuting in Bollywood through Aiyaa directed by Sachin Kundalkar and co-starring Rani Mukerji. Aiyaa is jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18 [19] and is due for release in October, 2012. Prithviraj has also signed on to do an important role in Yashraj Films produced Aurangzeb which is directed by Athul Sabharwal which co-stars Arjun Kapoor.[2012]

Awards and Nominations

National Film Awards
2011 – Best Feature Film in Malayalam (Producer) for Indian Rupee

Kerala State Film Awards
2006 – Best Actor for Vaasthavam [21]

Filmfare Awards
2011 – Nominated – Best Actor – Malayalam for Indian Rupee
2010 – Nominated – Best Actor – Malayalam for Anwar
2010 – Nominated – Best Supporting Actor – Tamil for Raavanan

Asianet Film Awards
2009 – Youth Icon of the Year [22]

Mathrubhumi Film Awards
2011 – Most Popular Film (Producer)Urumi
2011 – Most Popular Actor
2008 – Youth Icon of the Year [23]
2006 – Most Popular Actor
2004 – Special Jury Award for Akale [24]
2003 – Best Onscreen Couple Award (shared with actress Navya Nair)

Other Awards
2011 – Surya TV Film Awards – Popular Actor [25]
2011 – Vayalar Rama Varma Chalachitra Madhyama Award – Best Actor for Indian Rupee
2010 – Jai Hind TV Awards – Youth Icon of the Year [26]
2008 – Jai Hind TV Awards – Best Actor for Thalappavu and Thirakkatha [27]
2007 – Sathyan Memorial Award – Best Actor for Vaasthavam [28]
2005 – Thikkurushi Award – Best Actor for Akale [29]
2003 – Film Critics Award – Best Actor for Meerayude Dukhavum Muthuvinte Swapnavum and Chakram [30]

Kerala Film Chamber dispute

In 2004, the Kerala Film Chamber (the association of film producers in Kerala) required artists to sign a working agreement which the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) opposed and production of new Malayalam films had almost come to a standstill.[31] The AMMA proposed a ban on any actors signing the agreement. Raj signed the Chambers’ agreement and acted in Satyam, the film directed by Vinayan.[32]

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