Saravanan commonly known as Surya is a successful actor in Tamil film industry. He has performed as a lead actor in over 28 films of various genres.
Surya was born to famous Tamil actor Sivakumar and his wife Lakshmi in Chennai. He is the eldest among his siblings. Surya did his schooling from St. Bede's School in Chennai and completed his B.Com from Loyola College.
He worked for few years in the garment industry before joining films. Surya started film career with NerrukkuNer, (1997) with Vijay a highly acclaimed film. He got success in “Friends” where he again acted with Vijay.
His film Nandha, directed by Bala rocked at box office and Surya grabbed his first filmfare award for best actor in this film.
Surya worked with Vikraman in the film UnnaiNinathu which was highly successful. This was followed by MounamPesiyadhe which also achieved box office success.
Surya acted as police officer in KaakhaKaakha that was a blockbuster.
In Perazhagan, Surya had double role, one as a boxer and the other a handicapped phone booth keeper. His role as the handicapped was highly applauded by audience and he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance.
In 2005, Surya gave excellent performance in the super hit movies Aaru and Ghajini. Ghajini was his third hit and earned over Rs.200 million at the box office.
His acting talent was seen in Bollywood film Rakta Charitra directed by Ram Gopal Varma, a two-part political drama.
Surya has been the ambassador for TVS Motor, Aircel and Sunfeast. He has endorsed Saravana Stores, Bharathi Cements and EmamiNavaratna products and Malabar Gold. He had signed fresh deal with Nescafé, Zandu Balm and with Close-Up (toothpaste).
He is also engaged in social work. His Agaram Foundation aids children who are drop out of school. He made a short commercial video on child poverty, labour and lack of education with assistance from Tamil Nadu Education Ministry.
Suriya is also an active memember of "Save The Tigers" campaign and "REACH", a NGO helping TB patients. Surya has established a production company called Studio Green with his cousin K.E.Gnavelraja for producing and distributing a few of his own and his brother Karthi's films.
Surya is married to Jyothika Saravanan who is celebrity in Tamil industry. They have two children, a daughter and a son.
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