Jayasurya is an actor, producer and playback singer who works predominantly in Malayalam cinema. He started out his career in films as an extra and later became a lead hero through Vinayan’s Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan (2002). He established himself as a promising star through the hit comedies like Pulival Kalyanam, Classmates etc. Jayasurya won the Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards for his performance in Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam and Lukka Chuppi.
Jaya Surya Early Life
Jayasurya was born in Thrippunithura to Mani and Thankam on 30th August, 1978. He finished his school education from St George UP School, Champakkara and Govt Sanskrit High School, Thrippunithura. After completing his school education, Jayasurya enrolled for a Bachelor degree in Commerce at the All Saints College, Ernakulam. During his studies, he became active in stand-up comedy and joined Kottayam Nazeer’s mimicry troupe Cochin Discovery. He was also part of another popular comedy troupe, Crown of Cochin.
Jaya Surya Family
Jaya Surya Family Wife
Jayasurya married Saritha, his longtime girlfriend on 31st January 2004. The couple was neighbours in the same building and eventually fell in love. They have a daughter and a son, Adwaith, and Veda. Saritha turned a costume designer after marriage and has designed costumes for films like Pretham, Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam, Aadu etc.
Jaya Surya Career
Jayasurya became a household name through his stint in TV. It was his show Jagathy Vs Jagathy, telecasted in Kairali TV which brought him fame. He followed it up with Fun-Day Jokepot on Asianet Cable Vision and later played minor roles in films like Aparanmar Nagarathil.
Director Vinayan took the young actor under his wings and launched him as a hero with Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan in 2002. He followed it up with films like Kattu Chempakam, Pranayamani Thooval. The year 2003 established Jayasurya as a popular comedy star with films like Pulival Kalyanam, Swapnakoodu, and Chathikatha Chanthu turning into super hits.
The actor continued doing multi-starrers and slapsticks. He also appeared in few solo-hero flicks like Changathipoocha, Immini Nalloral, Greetings (2004). The projects which made a star out of Jayasurya were Classmates (2006), Chocolate (2007) etc. Jayasurya was noted for some of his performances during this time, especially in movies like Currency (2009), Kangaroo (2007) etc.
Jayasurya tasted super success when his comedy, Ivar Vivahitharayal, directed by Saji Surendran raked in the moolah. The film spun more comedies by the director-actor duo later. He was also noted for his stellar roles in Kerala Cafe (2009) and Patham Nilayile Theevandi. While VK Prakash’s Gulumaal managed to become a box-office success, films like Utharaswayamvaram, Shakespeare MA Malayalam, and Dr. Patient grossed average.
Jayasurya’s luck turned in 2010. The actor till then had found success mostly thorough multi-starrers or slapstick comedies. In 2010, Saji Surendran’s Happy Husbands released and was declared a big hit. Though the film starred Indrajith and Jayaram along with Jayasurya, the actor’s star rating increased after the movie. He went on to do films like Janapriyan (2011), Four Friends and Nallavan (2010) but films like Cocktail (2010) and Beautiful were revelations considering the actor. The two films had him in a completely different avatar and were noted for his stellar performances and cemented the fact that Jayasurya as an actor is here to stay.
Trivandum Lodge (2012) had the actor in another performance oriented role. Mumbai Police which came out in the following year was also noted for his stunning performance. He went on to do films like Hotel California in which he starred as Airport Jimmy and Shyamaprasad’s English which had him play a Kathakali artist who stays as an illegal immigrant in Britain.
In 2013, Jayasurrya turned producer with the Ranjith Shankar film, Punyalan Agarbattis in which also starred in the lead role. The film was a huge success and was appreciated for its light humour. Jayasurya’s career took another turn when his performances in Apothecary won awards including a Filmfare award and a SIIMA award. He continued doing films which became noted for his choice of diverse roles.
In 2015’s Kumbasaram, he donned the role of a complex character who is stricken with layers of guilt. In the now-cult comedy, Aadu Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu which released same year, he played Shaji Pappan, a tug-of-war team captain. Though most of the films he acted during this time (Seconds, Jilebi and Lukka Chuppi) weren’t super hits, they were more appreciated through TV broadcasts and torrent circuit. Along with Asif Ali’s, his movies are one of the most searched Malayalam films on torrent sites.
Jayasurya finally won an appreciation he deserves when the 63rd National Film Awards awarded him a special mention for his performances in Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam and Lukka Chuppi in 2016. His horror flick, Pretham had him play John Don Bosco, a mentalist. The film was a huge success and ran to packed theatres.
Although Fukri was a disaster, 2017 saw the blockbuster success of Punyalan Private Limited, and Aadu 2, the sequels of his highly popular movies. This success streak was followed by the overwhelming reception of Captain (2018) in which the actor reprised the role of late footballer VP Sathyan. Over the years, Jayasurya has established himself as a bankable actor and his upcoming movies are something to look out for.
Other Roles within the Industry
Jayasurya entered film production with Punyalan Agarbattis in 2013 and produced two more films – Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam and Pretham (2016), all directed and co-produced by Ranjith Shanker. In 2018, he launched the distribution company Punyalan Cinemas with director Ranjith Sanker.
The actor has also tried playback singing starting with Komalavalli track from Immini Nalloral (2005). He has sung songs like Bilsila Hai Bilsila (a spoof of the viral YouTube video ‘SilSila’) in Three Kings, Premamennal track from Amar Akbar Anthany and Kuruthakkedinte Koodanu’ from Paavada (2016).
Jaya Surya Awards
The actor won a Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Award for his performances in Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam and Lukka Chuppi in 2016. In the same year, he had won the Special Jury Award at the Kerala State Film Award for the same films. Jayasurya won the Filmfare and SIIMA Awards for Best Supporting Actor for Apothecary in 2015. He also made news when he bagged the Asianet Film Award and SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Iyobinte Pusthakam in 2015.
Award Category Film Status Year National Film Award Special Mention Lukka Chuppi and Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam Won 2016 Kerala State Film Award Special Jury Award Lukka Chuppi and Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam Won 2016 Filmfare Award Best Supporting Actor Apothecary Won 2015 SIIMA Award Best Supporting Actor Apothecary Won 2015 SIIMA Award Best Actor in a Negative Role Iyobinte Pusthakam Won 2014 FEFKA film Award Entertainer of the Year Beautiful Won 2012
Jaya Surya Education
Jayasurya finished his primary education form St George School, Chambakkara, Ernakulam and later at the Government Sanskrit High School, Thrippunithura. He acquired a degree in Commerce from All Saint’s College, Ernakulam.
Jaya Surya Trivia & Facts
Chosen as ‘Star of The Year 2011’ by Deepika
- Is an accomplished impressionist and stand-up comedian
- Turned producer in 2013 with the hit comedy, Punyalan Agarbattis.
- Close friends with writer-actor Anoop Menon (Beautiful, Cocktail, Trivandrum Lodge)
- Directed a short film called Moonamidam in 2015
- Lost 10 Kgs for his role in Apothecary and later bulked up Aadu Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu
- Nicknamed as the 'Christian Bale of Malayalam' by fans for his physical transformation he undergoes for his characters.
- Is seen as an extra in films like Pathram and Dosth.
- Wife Saritha owns a boutique in Kochi called Dejavu.
Jaya Surya Social Service
The actor is known for his charity work. He celebrated the release of Beautiful with Santhwanam Charitable Trust in 2011. He is also vociferous about social issues and doesn’t shy away from interacting with the public through his Facebook page. In August 2016, he urged Pinarayi Vijayan, the newly elected Chief Minister of Kerala to look into the matter of poorly maintained roads. The move was positively met with the CM and responded that his government will be working to set things right.
Jaya Surya Controversies
- Made news when the actor refused to pay a toll at the Kumbalam Toll junction citing the unlawful toll extraction and the bad condition of roads.
- Volunteered to fill potholes at Menaka, Ernakulam, protesting against the inaction of PWD contractors.
Jaya Surya Social Profiles
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