Prithviraj Sukumaran is an actor working predominantly in the Malayalam film industry. He has also been part of films in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. Prithviraj made his debut with the Rajasenan film, Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran AvanundoruRajakumari in 2002 but shot to fame with Nandanam, which released later in the same year. The actor went on to become one of the biggest stars with films of his claiming place in the all-time hits of Mollywood. He is one of the founding members of the prestigious production banner August Cinema which he has been a part until 2017. Prithviraj started his own production company, Prithviraj Productions, jointly with his journo wife Supriya later in 2018. He is the son of late actor Sukumaran and actress Mallika. Actor Indrajith is his brother.
Prithviraj Sukumaran Early Life
Prithviraj was born to Malayalam Superstar of the 80’s, Sukumaran and Mallika in Thiruvananthapuram on 16th October 1982. Though Sukumaran hailed from Malappuram, the family had settled in the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. Prithviraj has an elder brother, Indrajith Sukumaran, who is also a celebrated actor today.
Prithvi had his primary schooling at Shrine Velankanni Senior Secondary School, Chennai and St Joseph’s Boys’ Higher Secondary School, Coonoor. The family shifter from their Chennai residence to Trivandrum and Prithvi continued his education in NSS Public School, Perunthanni and Poojappura St Mary’s Residential Central School. Later, he joined the famous Sainik School at Kazhakkoottam where he continued his rest of school education. Prithvi was highly active in extracurricular activities and is the only one to win the prestigious ‘Mr. LA Fest’ (given by Loyola School, Trivandrum) consecutively. After finishing his school education, Prithvi moved to Australia to study Information Technology at the University of Tasmania.
Prithviraj Sukumaran Family
Prithviraj Sukumaran Family Father Mother Brother
Prithviraj is the son of popular Malayalam actors Sukumaran (late) and Mallika Sukumaran. He is also the younger brother of Indrajith Sukumaran. The brothers have starred together in many films including Amar Akbar Anthony, City of God and most famously in Classmates (2006). Prithviraj married BBC journalist Supriya Menon in Palakkad on April 25th, 2011. The couple was blessed with a baby girl in 2014.
Prithviraj Sukumaran Career
Prithviraj was studying in Australia when he was called by popular Malayalam director Ranjith Balakrishnan to act in his movie. The director was apparently impressed by the screen test Prithvi had given for a Fazil movie. He was cast in Nandanam, which was released in 2002 December and became his break out role. His first film to get released was Rajasenan’s Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari which preceded Nandanam by three months.
He went on to star in a string of films which included hits, semi-hits and flops. His notable films during the early years of his career include Vellithira, Meerayude Dukhavum Muthuvinte Swapnavum, Swapnakoodu (2003), Daivanamthil, Ananthabhadram, Vargam (2005) etc. Films like Vaasthavam, Chakram, and Akale which released during this period were directed by acclaimed filmmakers and garnered critical acclaim for Prithvi.
In the same year, he made his debut in Tamil with Kana Kandein and in 2006 Parijatham became his first hit in Tamil Cinema.
2006 saw the biggest hit of Prithviraj’s career – Classmates. Directed by Lal Jose, the film had an ensemble cast and went on to become one of the highest grossing Malayalam films ever. In the same year, he bagged the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performance as Balachandran Adiga in Padmakumar’s Vargam. At the age of 24, he became the youngest to win the award. The actor went on to star in a few more entertainers like Kangaroo, Chocolate (2007) and critically acclaimed flicks like Thirakadha and Thalappavu. He also made a name for himself in Tamil with films like Mozhi, Sathyam Podathey, and Kannammoochi Yenada.
Prithviraj’s career skyrocketed in 2009, when Puthiya Mukham, a simple campus film turned into a super hit and made Prithviraj one of the most sought out actors in Malayalam. He was titled Young Superstar by the media and fans due to the film’s success. His films like Robinhood, Anwar, Pokkiri Raja (2010) worked wonders at the box office whereas he also managed to pull of critically acclaimed movies like Kerala Cafe (2009), Veettilekkulla Vazhi, Indian Rupee and City of God(2011). The actor also shot to greater acclaim when he starred in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan in 2010. The actor turned into film production with Urumi in 2011 by forming the prestigious production banner August Cinema along with Santhosh Sivan, Shaji Nadeshan. The following year, the actor starred in Hero, Manjadikkuru, Bachelor Party etc. The actor was going through a rough phase during the time and the tide turned his side when Lal Jose’s Ayalum Njaanum Thammil released at the end of 2012. The film re-invented Prithvi’s career and started a string of hits yet to come.
In 2012, Prithviraj made his debut in Bollywood with Sachin Kundalkar’s Aiyya opposite Rani Mukherjee. He starred in his second Bollywood film, Aurangzeb in 2013. His performance in the film was lauded by critics.
In 2013, he essayed the role of JC Daniel, the father of Malayalam cinema in Kamal’s Celluloid. The movie bagged him his second Kerala State Best Actor Award trophy. The Young Superstar enjoyed a hit streak in the following year with films like Rosshan Andrews’ Mumbai Police, Memories, Sapthamashree Thaskaraha and 7th Day which were huge successes and bagged acclaim for his acting prowess.
In the Tamil flick Kaaviya Thalaivan, directed by Vasanthabalan had Prithvi playing a 20th-century theatre artist. The film opened to positive reviews.
His films in 2015 were noted for their diversity. The films he did include the NRI crime thriller Ivide, the black comedy Double Barrel, Picket 43 which featured him in the role of an army man and the romantic drama Ennu Ninte Moideen. Ennu Ninte Moideen, directed by debutante RS Vimal broke expectations and raked in more than Rs 50 crore. Amar Akbar Antony by Nadirsha and Anarkali by Sachi followed, both receiving thumping box office reception.
The outright black comedy Double Barrel had an ensemble cast and was produced by Prithviraj. Though the film didn’t do well at the box-office, it was appreciated for the grand scale of the movie and its novelty.
Prithviraj continued his winning streak in 2016 with Paavada, Darvinte Parinaamam, James And Alice and Oozham all of which enjoying grand success. In 2017, the actor had four releases; horror thriller Ezra, socio-political drama Tiyaan, thriller film Adam Joan and Vimaanam. While Ezra and Adam Joan did a good business at the box office, Tiyaan in which he co-starred with his brother Indrajith Sukumaran could only garner tepid response at the theatres. Vimaanam was also an average fare.
Ranam, My Story, and an untitled Anjali Menon film are Prithviraj's anticipated releases for 2018. The actor has a bevy of promising and much-anticipated projects in his kitti for the next few years which include his directorial debut and first production which stars himself.
Other Roles within the Industry
Apart from being one of the top actors in Malayalam film industry, Prithviraj has also donned the hat of a producer and singer. He made his debut as a producer with the magnum opus, Urumi in 2011. The film was jointly produced under August Cinemas by Santhosh Sivan, Shaji Nadeshan, and Prithviraj. He later produced films like Indian Rupee (Ranjith, 2011), Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty (Ranjith, 2013), Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (Anil Radhakrishna Menon, 2014), Double Barrel (2015), Darvinte Parinaamam (Jijo Antony, 2016) and Anuraga Karikkin Vellam (Khalid Rahman, 2016). Prithviraj officially stepped down from August Cinema in June 2017. Later in March 2018, the actor officially started his own production company Prithviraj Productions.
Prithviraj is also set to don the director's hat with upcoming Mohanlal movie Lucifer which is scripted by actor-writer Murali Gopi. The film is touted to be a high octane mass entertainer and is expected to go on floor in the second half of 2018.
He has also made a name for himself as a playback singer with hugely popular tracks like Kaane Kaane from Puthiya Mukham. He has crooned for a couple of film including Pokkiri Raja, Urumi, Hero, 7th Day, Ivide, Amar Akbar Antony and most recently for Adam Joan.
Prithviraj Sukumaran Awards
Prithviraj Sukumaran in a career spanning over 15 years, has bagged many awards including one National Film Award (as producer), three Kerala State Film awards, one Filmfare award, two South Indian International Movie Awards, four Asianet Film Awards, seven Mathrubhumi Film Awards and two Vanitha Film awards among others.
Award Name Category Film Status (Won/Nominated) Year National Film Award Best Feature Film in Malayalam Indian Rupee Won 2011 Kerala State Film Award Best Actor Celluloid Won 2012 Kerala State Film Award Best Film Indian Rupee Won 2011 Filmfare Award Critics Award For The Best South-Actor Celluloid Won 2013 Filmfare Award Best Actor Ayalum Njanum Thammil Nominated 2012 Tamil Nadu State Film Award Best Villain Kaavya Thalaivan Won 2014 Thikkurssi Award Best Actor Akale Won 2005
Prithviraj Sukumaran Business
The actor has floated his own production company, August Cinema with Santhosh Sivan, Shaji Nadeshan, and Tamil actor Arya. He has also opened a restaurant in Doha, Qatar. Named Spice Boat, the eatery is co-owned by his brother Indrajith and mother Mallika Sukumaran. In 2018, the actor started an independent production venture named Prithviraj Productions.
Prithviraj Sukumaran Education
Malayalam cinema was based out of Madras (Now Chennai) during the 80’s. Sukumaran and family stayed in their Chennai residence and Prithvi attended Velankanni Senior Secondary School in T Nagar. Later, he shifted to St Joseph’s Boys’ Higher Secondary School, Coonoor. When his family shifted back to Kerala, Prithviraj continued his education in NSS Public School Perunthanni and later, St Mary’s Residential Central School, Poojappura. It was his education in Sainik School, Kazhakkoottam which turned out to be formative. He was very active in extracurricular activities and has given credit to the school for his discipline.
He later went to pursue his bachelor’s in Information Technology at the University of Tasmania, Australia. It was during this time that director Ranjith called him for a screen test.
Prithviraj Sukumaran Endorsements
Prithviraj Sukumaran is one actor who has never shied away from doing commercials. Till now, he has endorsed brands like Kalyan Silks, Indulekha Satapatri Cream, and Asset Homes.
Prithviraj Sukumaran Trivia & Facts
- Son of Superstar Sukumaran and Mallika Sukumaran
- Only student till now to win Loyola School’s ‘Mr LA Fest’ award consecutively.
- Studied in University of Tasmania before making his screen debut
- Broke Mohanlal’s record to become the youngest winner of Kerala State Best Actor Award
- Suffered a huge blow to his career due to a controversial interview in 2011 but came back to the industry with thrilling performances
- Sported six-pack for his debut Hindi film – Aiyya
- Married BBC journo Supriya Menon in a private ceremony at Palakkad in 2011
- Owns a restaurant called Spice Boat in Doha, Qatar
- Quit August Cinema to start his independent production banner Prithviraj Productions.
- Produced Urumi with then an unheard budget of 18 crores in 2011. The film was his debut as a producer.
- Has apologized for the sexism and misogyny in his films and has vowed not to take up such movies further.
Prithviraj Sukumaran Controversies
Prithviraj courted controversy many times during his career, sometimes paying a heavy price. In his earlier days his comments on stardom had landed him up in trouble and more was the furor when he criticized superstars Mohanlal and Mammootty for not playing their age on screen. The biggest blow to his career came with an interview with popular TV host, John Brittas. In the interview, Prithvi’s wife Supriya made remarks about actors and their English speaking skills. The reaction to the interview turned into a wide criticism and social media attack against the actor.
Prithviraj Sukumaran Social Profiles
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