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Prithviraj Sukumaran (born on 16 October 1982)credited mononymously as Prithviraj, is an Indian 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 directed by Ranjith, and has since acted in more than seventy films, notably Stop Violence, Ananthabhadram, Classmates, Vaasthavam, Thirakkatha, Urumi, Indian Rupee, Ayalum Njanum Thammil and Celluloid. He has also appeared in parallel films, notably Akale, Veettilekkulla Vazhi, Punyam Aham, Manjadikuru and Aakashathinte Niram. Prithviraj has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in Vaasthavam and in 2012 for Ayalum Njanum Thammil & Celluloid.
Prithviraj made his debut in Tamil cinema through Kana Kandaen in 2005. His other notable films in Tamil are Parijatham, Mozhi and Raavanan. He made his debut in Telugu through Police Police in 2010 and in Bollywood through Aiyyaa in 2012.
As a producer he started a 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 Trivandrum, 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. At the annual inter-school arts festival hosted by Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram, Prithviraj won the title of "Mr LA Fest" in successive years, and is the only person to date to get that title twice.While pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Information Technology, he was called by film director Ranjith to play the lead role in his film Nandanam. It was Fazil, a well known Malayalam film director, who introduced him to Ranjith. 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.
In 2001, 19 year old Prithviraj underwent a screen-test by Director Fazil for one of his projects at that time. Even though that project never materialized, Fazil recommended him to director Ranjith who was planning his second directorial venture, Nandanam. Ranjith instructed Prithviraj to grow a beard to look mature. Nandanam released in 2002. Though Nandanam is Prithviraj's first film, it released after Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari and Stop Violence.
After Nandanam, Prithviraj appeared in films directed by Lohithadas, Vinayan, Kamal and Bhadran. 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.
In 2006, he played the role of Sub Inspector Solomon Joseph in 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, and set the record of the youngest actor to win the award, which remains unbeaten till date.The same year he starred in Lal Jose' Classmates.
In 2007, he starred in Chocolate, directed by Shafi.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. The Sify review of Thirakkatha describes it as a "genuine attempt that keeps the viewer engaged until the end". 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.
In 2009, the success of Prithviraj's Puthiya Mukham (directed by Diphan)led the print and visual media to anoint him as "Superstar". 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 and Anwar directed by Amal Neerad.
In 2011, Prithviraj turned producer through the multilingual film Urumi. Other releases in Malayalam include City of God, Manikyakallu, Veettilekkulla Vazhi and Indian Rupee. Reviewers praised Prithviraj for his performance in Indian Rupee like the one at Nowrunning.com who described it as his career best performance.unreliable source?
In 2012, his major releases were Hero, Molly Aunty Rocks!, and Ayalum Njanum Thammil along with cameo roles in Aakashathinte Niram and Manjadikuru.
In 2013, Prithviraj portrayed J.C. Daniel in Celluloid for which he won his second Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.
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 Mozhi. 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 The Tamil remake of Classmates, titled Ninaithale Inikkum, was released in 2009.
His last release in Tamil was Mani Ratnam's Raavanan in 2010 and his performance was critically acclaimed.[vague]
Prithviraj debuted in Telugu through Police Police in 2010. 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 Urumi released in August 2011.
Prithviraj debuted in Bollywood through Aiyyaa directed by Sachin Kundalkar. Aiyyaa which was jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18 released on 12 October 2012.
Prithviraj has wrapped up his second film, Aurangzeb directed by Athul Sabharwal .The film is due for release in May, 2013. He has also signed on to play one of the three main leads in Farah Khan directed Happy New Year.
Main article: Prithviraj Sukumaran filmography