|Born||Saravanan Sivakumar |
July 23, 1975 (1975-07-23)
Married to actress Jyothika. Surya and Jyothika
have a daughter, Diya.
His debut film,
Nerrukku Ner (1997) with Vijay was a big hit but all his succeeding films did not do well. His first reasonable success was in the movie Poovellam Kettuppar (1999). His next movie with Vijay, Friends was another big hit. But he did not get any big breaks and his career seemed to be stalled until director Bala approached him for a role in his next venture titled Nandha. This was one of Surya's best films. The film grossed Rs.50 lakhs at the box office.Surya won his first filmfare award for best actor for this movie.
Surya’s next venture was with Vikraman in the movie Unnai Ninathu and the movie was able to record good collections. This was followed by Mounam Pesiyadhe which also did decently well. Surya’s second blockbuster was Perazhagan]], Surya acted in two roles, one as a boxer and the other as a handicapped but a confident phone booth keeper. His role as the handicapped was praised by critics, and he received a Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance. His role in Aayitha Ezhuthu as a student leader was also favoured by the critics. His movie Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikkalam was dropped due to financial problems.
In 2005, Surya delivered more successful films in the form of Aaru and Ghajini - afterwards he set up a production company called Studio Green which distributed the movie in the Chennai district. Ghajini was one of the most sensational hits of 2005, with Surya playing a short term memory loss patient, for which he even tonsured his head. The film was his third blockbuster and grossed over Rs.200 million at the box office. By then, trade began comparing him with long established actors like, Vijay, Vikram and Ajith.
Surya's 2006 release is N. Krishna's Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. He acted opposite his real-life partner Jyothika in the film, however the film failed to become a hit. In 2007, Surya's solitary release was Vel, where he was paired with Asin Thottumkal, the film became a hit at the box-office.
Surya has signed up to Vaaranam Aayiram by Gautham Menon opposite Divya Spandana and Sameera Reddy. The film is set for an April 2008 release. Surya is currently working on Ayan with Director K.V.Anand. It has also been told that he will play a superhero in director Mysskin's next venture, which is said to be made on a whooping budget of 33 crores.