Saravanan Sivakumar, popularly known by his screen name Suriya, is a prominent actor of South Indian Film Industry. Suriya, son of legendary actor Sivakumar, ventured into showbiz in 1997 with Nerukku Ner. His breakthrough role of Nandha came in 2001 with Bala’s action drama film of the same name. From there, there is no turning back for the actor, quickly achieved stardom status following the success of films such as Kaakha Kaakha (2003), Pithamagan (2003), Ghajini (2005), Vaaranam Aayiram (2008), Ayan (2009), Singam trilogy, to name a few. He is the recipient of three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards South.
Actor, Film Producer, Television Presenter
Birthday / Date of Birth
Suriya was born on 23 July 1975 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
He is currently 43 years old.
Suriya attended The PSBB Millennium School in Coimbatore and then went to the St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai.
After completing his schooling, he joined Loyola College in Chennai where he graduated with a B.Com degree.
- Father – Sivakumar (Actor)
- Mother – Lakshmi Sivakumar
- Siblings – Karthik Sivakumar (Younger Brother) (Actor), Brindha (Younger Sister)
Suriya began dating his co-star Jyothika in 1999, with whom he worked in many films. The got married on 11 September 2006 in Chennai. They together share a a daughter named Diya (born 10 August 2007) and a son named Dev (born 7 June 2010).
- In feet – 5 feet 5 inches
- In centimeters – 167 cm
- In meters – 1.67 m
- In Kilograms – 72 kg
- In Pounds – 159 lbs
- Measurements – 40-13-32
- Chest – 40 inches
- Biceps – 13 inches
- Waist – 32 inches
She wears a size 8 (US) shoe.
In 1997, Suriya made his acting debut in Tamil action film, Nerrukku Ner alongside Vijay which was directed by Vasanth.
In 2012, he became the host of reality game show, Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi that aired on Vijay TV.
Suriya has had endorsed many brands like Pepsi, TVS Motors, Sunfeast Biscuits, Aircel, Saravana Stores, Bharathi Cements, Emami Navaratna, Nescafe, Close-Up, Zandu Balm, Malabar Gold, Complan, Quikr, and Intex Mobiles.
In 2007, Suriya was appointed the brand ambassador of Tanker Foundation and acted in a short film on AIDS awareness. In 2008, Suriya began the Agaram Foundation, working to help children who drop out of school early in Tamil Nadu.
In 2013, he was honored at the Edison Awards as the Best Male Endorser in South India.
Suriya Net worth
One of the most popular and promising actors of K-Town, Suriya has an estimated net worth of US$26 million as of 2017. He takes an average of Rs 22 crore per film. Though, acting in films is indeed his main source of earning, he is also a celebrity endorser who has had endorsed various brands amongst South Indian actors. It is estimated that he pockets Rs 4 – 5 crore annually from endorsements. Suriya has his own production company called 2D Entertainment, which is best known for producing quality films, and has been successful raking in millions of bucks.
Undoubtedly, Suriya is one of the highest-paid actors in Tamil film industry. In 2016, he paid Rs 8 crore in taxes alone. He lives with his family in a luxury home, located in T. Nagar, one of the busiest and crowded places of Chennai. He purchased this house 2009 for a staggering undisclosed amount. He is huge fan of exotic cars who has an impressive collection of cars in his garage including cars form brands like Audi, BMW, Jaguar and owns a Ducati Monster 767.
- Favorite Movie – Iranian films
- Favorite Actor – Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth
- Favorite Actress – Trisha, Jyothika
- Favorite Food – Curd rice and pickle, Dosa, Thai cuisine
- Favorite Colour – White and Black
- Favorite Destination – London, Los Angeles
- Hobbies – Long driving, camping
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His stage name, Suriya was given by ace director Mani Ratnam as there was another actor by the name Saravanan.
Suriya worked as a merchandizing manger in a garment factory for 3 years before stepping into cinema.
Besides acting career, he is also a singer, dubbing artist, film distributor and producer. He crooned a song “EK Do Dheen Char” with Andrea Jeremiah for Anjaan.
Suriya is well acclaimed for his humanitarian efforts. His Agaram Foundation, which he found along with his wife, aims to provide education to school drop outs.
Even though, Suriya is an established actor in the business today, he hasn’t received awards like many other other actors in the industry. He won Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil in 2003 for Pithamagan.
His biggest dream is to direct a film on his own, for which he has been learning film making, editing, re-recording and etc.
He never takes sweets (Nah! even a bite).
In 2013, Suriya ranked #33 on the list of top 100 celebrities by Forbes magazine.