Prithviraj Sukumaran, the man who is riding the wave of success, is celebrating his 31st birthday today, 16th October. With his great looks, beautiful smile, appealing voice and wonderful acting, he has won the heart of many audiences, especially gained many female fans.
Prithviraj was born on October 16, 1982, to Malayalam actors Sukumaran Nair and Mallika Sukumaran. The multitalented star is an actor, playback singer and producer, and has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.
He did his schooling at St Mary's Central School, Poojappura. In his school days, he along with his brother Indrajith Sukumaran participated in many plays, skits, debates and elocution competitions. He completed the rest of his school education at the Sainik School Kazhakoottam and Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram.
While he was in Australia, pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology at the University of Tasmania, he was called by film director Ranjith Balakrishnan to play the lead role in his film Nandanam.
In a private ceremony at Palakkad, Prithviraj married Supriya Menon, a BBC India reporter.
Did you know, why he was asked to wear a beard in his earlier films? Click on the slide to know about this, and check out other facts about your favourite actor Prithviraj Sukumaran...
Why Prithviraj Was Asked to Wear A Beard?
Prithviraj was 19-years old when he underwent a screen-test. It was for one of the projects of director Fazil. The project never materialised, and Fazil recommended him to director Ranjith for Nandanam. Ranjith and also many other directors asked Prithviraj to grow a beard to look mature.
Prithviraj With Family
Prithviraj clicked with family - father Sukumaran Nair, mother Mallika Sukumaran, brother Indrajith Sukumaran and wife Supriya Menon.
Prithviraj resembles his father in his looks and nature.
Prithviraj - Mr LA Fest
Prithviraj is the only person till date to get the title of Mr LA Fest in successive years.
Prithviraj Hobbies Are…
As a teenager, Prithviraj's favourite hangout was Ambrosia at Bakery Junction. He is an avid traveller. In an interview to a leading daily, he said, Interlaken (Switzerland), Tasmania (Australia) are places that has amazed him. Photography and reading are his other hobbies. He still cherishes his memories and photographs of Shimla when he was on a road trip few years back.
Prithviraj Brand Ambassador Of…
In 2007, LG Electronics (Kerala) roped in Prithviraj as its brand ambassador. In 2010, he became brand ambassador of hi-tech ambulance services '108', launched by the National Rural Health Mission, which was part of a pilot project under the Kerala Emergency Medical Services Project. He is also representing Kalyan Silks.
Prithviraj - Mollywood
Coming back to his movies, though Nandanam, which was released on 2002, was Prithviraj's first film, it was his third release. Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari and Stop Violence were first to hit the theatres. Stop Violence was a hit which was made on a budget of Rs 40 lakhs and fetched good returns too.
Prithviraj - Notable Mollywood Films
He did a series of movies after Nandanam. His other notable movies are: Ananthabhadram, Classmates, Vaasthavam, Thirakkatha, Urumi, Indian Rupee, Ayalum Njanum Thammil, Celluloid, Akale, Veettilekkulla Vazhi, Punyam Aham, Manjadikuru and Aakashathinte Niram.
Advantages Of Prithviraj …
Akale's director Shyamaprasad, said that Prithviraj's advantages are his talent and intelligence irrespective of his Box Office successes.
Prithviraj’s Best Pair…
In movies, Prithviraj's chemistry with Samvrutha Sunil was well appreciated and was loved by the audiences. They were seen in many movies together - Manikyakallu, Vaasthavam, Punyam Aham and Ayalum Njanum Thammil.
Prithviraj won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for Vaasthavam (2006), and also for Ayalum Njanum Thammil and Celluloid (2012). He won Asianet Film Awards for Youth Icon of the Year (2009) and Most Popular Actor (2012). His Indian Rupee (2012) won National Film Awards in Best Feature Film in Malayalam (Producer).
Prithvi Broke Record Of Mohanlal
He is the youngest actor, who broke the record which was held by Mohanlal for about 20 years, by receiving the Kerala State Award for the Best Actor.
Prithviraj As Producer
In 2009, Prithviraj formed production and distribution company August Cinema along with director Santosh Sivan and entrepreneur Shaji Natesan. Their first venture was Urumi and the second was Indian Rupee (2011). Urumi was made on the budget of Rs 18 crores with huge star cast such as Vidya Balan, Tabu, Prabhu Deva and Genelia D'Souza, but it was Indian Rupee which earned huge money that was made on a very small budget of Rs 2.5 crores.
As Playback Singer
He also debuted as a singer in Puthiya Mukham (2009) with song 'Kaane Kaane'. Other songs crooned by Prithviraj are Kaattu Paranjathum (Thanthonni), Kettille Kettille (Pokkiri Raja), Njan (Anwar), Vadakku Vadakku (Urumi) and Tarzan Antony coming back to Cinema (Hero).
Prithviraj’s Tamil Debut
He made his Tamil debut with KV Anand's Kana Kandaen in 2005. He played the role of a suave and sophisticated villain. His other notable Tamil movies are Parijatham, Mozhi and Raavanan.
Prithviraj’s Bollywood Debut
Prithviraj debuted in Bollywood with Aiyyaa directed by Sachin Kundalkar. His second film was Yash Raj Film's Aurangzeb directed by Athul Sabharwal. Though both movies didn't do well, Prithvi was recognised for his performance.
He says, he is a big fan of Kajol and Rani Mukherjee, and wishes to do a film with Kajol as he has already worked with Rani in Aiyyaa. He also wishes to do a film with Amitabh Bachchan.
Upcoming Film: Prithviraj-Mohanlal-Manju Warrier
Riding the wave of success with his recent movies like Mumbai Police, Memories, he is gearing up to act alongside Mohanlal and Manju Warrier for the first time. Recently Mohanlal, on social networking site, confirmed this news by saying, "One more confirmed project... After Spirit my next movie with Director Ranjith. I will be sharing screen along with Prithviraj Sukumaran and Manju Warrier under the banner of Aashirvad Cinemas."
Happy Birthday Prithviraj
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