Soubin Shahir is a popular Malayalam actor and director who started off his film career as an assistant director in the industry. He has been a part of many Malayalam film since the 2010 movie Chronic Bachelor and has assisted many noted directors including Fazil, Siddique, Rafi-Mecartin, P Sukumar, Santhosh Sivan, Rajeev Ravi and Amal Neerad. Soubin first made his appearance on screen in Fazil's Kaiyethum Doorath while working as the assistant director and was later seen in a notable role in Rajeev Ravi's 2013 movie Annayum Rasoolum. Alphonse Puthren's Premam which featured him in the role of PT Sir turned out to be a major breakthrough for the actor. In 2017, Soubin Shahir made his debut with the film Parava which saw both critical and commercial success at the box office. A year later, Soubin Shahir made his debut as lead actor with debutant Zakaria's Sudani From Nigeria in which he co-starred in the pivotal role with African actor Samuel Abiola Robinson.
Soubin Shahir Early Life
Soubin Shahir is a pakka Kochiiet by birth. He was born in Fort Kochi, as the youngest son to production controller (later a producer) Babu Shahir. During his school days, Soubin was very good at mimicry. He used to go to various film sets with his father. Soubin has said that his first exposure to the film sets was Fazil directed Kaiyethum Doorathu. He completed his pre-degree before joining the film world. Though he is a super comedian on the screen, he is personally very emotional and works mostly within his friend circle.
Soubin Shahir Family
Soubin Shahir Family Father Wife
Soubin is the youngest son of his parents, born on October 12. He resides with his parents at their home in Kaloor, Kochi. He has an elder brother and sister.
Soubin’sfather, Babu Shahir, has been in the film industry as an assistant director, Production controller, and producer. Soubin married Jamia Zaheer, his long-time girlfriend, on December 16, 2017. Jamia is a marketing professional based in Kochi.
Soubin Shahir Career
With the childhood experience of understanding how a film set works (which he learned while hanging out on various film sets with his father, a production controller), in 2003, Soubin entered the film world as an assistant director. Before this movie, Soubin had an uncredited role in Fazil directed Kaiyethum Doorathu (2002). He was the fourth assistant director to Siddique for the Mammootty starrer Chornic Bachelor. He worked as an assistant director for 14 years and during this time he assisted 8 directors, namely, Siddique, Fazil, Amal Neerad, Santosh Sivan, Rafi Mecartin, Rajeev Ravi, P. Sukumar and Amal Neerad. In 2013, after 10 years of being an assistant director, he came in front of the camera. His acting debut was in Rajeev Ravi’s Annayum Rasoolum, in which he played the role of Collin, a friend of Rasool played by Fahadh Faasil. He did small roles in 3 more movies (Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty and 5 Sundarikal in 2013 and Masala Republic in 2014) before getting his first big break. He played the role of PT Master Shivan Sir in the 2015 blockbuster movie Premam. His witty dialogues, style of dialogue delivery and screen presence, all were highly appreciated by the audience and the critics and in no time Soubin Shahir became a household name for the movie-goers.
Post Premam, his career switched on into the top gear. He was seen along with Dileep in Chandrettan Evideya (2015), Mohanlal in Loham (2015) and Manju Warrier in Rani Padmini (2015). Then came Dulquer Salmaan starrer Charlie. Though his role, thief Sunikuttan, wasn’t there on the screen for a long time, it was enough to impress the audience. He again won a lot of approvals for his acting. But it is the 2016 blockbuster Maheshinte Prethikaaram, in which he played the role of Crispin, showed his full ability as an actor. Soubin as Crispin became a larger than life character, all thanks to the trolls and memes that were created using his dialogues. Just like in Premam, many of the witty dialogues were his own improvisation. All his mannerisms became really popular. He was branded as a name to watch out for, with this role. His next, Rajeev Ravi’s Kammatipaadam, proved his mettle as an actor. It was just a cameo but it stood out because the comedian Soubin wasn’t there on the screen. He came as a furious Karate master Biju and his acting in this role proved that it is not just comedy that he is good at. Another highlight of his career is the surprise hit Happy Wedding. The movie was carried throughout with the impeccable timing of Soubin and Sharafudheen. Similar was the case with the sleeper hit Anuraga Karikkin Vellam which featured him as mechanic Fakrudheen aka Fakru. Here again, the audience loved him and he was praised for his unique style of acting, mannerisms and above all dialogue delivery, which no one can replicate. The movies that followed such as CIA and Solo also fetched him the attention of the audience.
Other Roles Within The Industry
In 2017, with the Dulquer Salmaan-Shane Nigam starrer Parava, Soubin Shahir made his directorial debut. Parava was feel-good coming of age story which won singular praise from the critics as well as the audience who tagged him to be a name to look out for in direction as well. Following the success of directorial debut, Soubin made his debut as a lead actor in the movie Sudani From Nigeria in 2018. Delivering a nuanced performance in the movie in the role of a local football club manager named Majid, Soubin showcased the potential of a true actor and was showered with praises by critics and the audience again. He instantly bagged his next big role in Guppy director Johnpaul George's second directorial venture titled Ambili.
Soubin Shahir Trivia & Facts
- Soubin has openly admitted that he was not good at studying but got a lot of appreciation for mimicry, drama, fancy dress and other extracurricular activities.
- Soubin is more of a mama’s boy and likes to spend time in his home rather than roaming around or on sets, during his free times.
- Soubin is a very emotional person by nature.
- Soubin’s father was very close to director Fazil and have been part of his many movies as assistant director, production manager, production controller and production executive.
- Dileep starrer Pachakuthira was produced by Soubin Father, Babu Shahir.
- Soubin has worked as a sales representative.
- Soubin Shahir had an uncredited role in Fahadh Faasil starrer Kaiyethum Diirathu.
- Soubin worked as assistant director in Chronic Bachelor movie for 120 days.
- It was Fahadh Faasil who made Soubin act in Annayum Rassolum.
- At first, Soubin was to play the role of the professor who takes classes in Premam, which later got changed as PT Sir.
- Soubin has admitted that he doesn’t like to do hero roles.
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