Suriya – Early Life, Family, Wife, Movies, Awards & Net Worth

last seen in Soorarai Pottru

Saravanan or Suriya Sivakumar is popularly known as Suriya, is one of the prominent Indian film actors who predominantly works in the Tamil film industry. Having worked in several blockbuster films, he’s one of the most versatile actors currently working in the Indian film industry. He’s having a massive fan base in South India and is well known for his versatile roles in various films.  So far, has won 3 awards – Filmfare Award – Tamil in 2009, Filmfare Award – Tamil in 2005, and Filmfare Award – Tamil in 2004.

Suriya’s Early Life:

Suriya & Karthi chldhood photo
Suriya & Karthi chldhood photo

Suriya was born on 23 July 1975 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He’s the son of the veteran Tamil actor Sivakumar. His birth name was Saravanan Sivakumar and his mother’s name is Lakshmi Sivakumar. The couple had three children and Suriya happens to be the eldest among the three. His younger brother is no other than the popular award-winning actor Karthik Sivakumar, and their younger sister’s name is Brindha.

Suriya’s completed his primary and secondary education at St. Bede’s School in Chennai. He then went on to complete his graduation in B.Com from Loyola College and worked for a few years in the garment industry, before pursuing a career in the film industry.

Suriya’s Professional Career:


Suriya made his debut in the south film industry in the year 1997 with the film titled ‘Nerrukku Ner’. This film also stars hero Vijay and was a big hit at the box office. Despite getting a big hit with his debut film, his succeeding films have failed to impress the audience. He then worked alongside Vijay for a romantic film titled ‘Friends’ and was released in the year 2001. The film was a successful venture at the box office.

He didn’t achieve much success later on. However, in the same year of 2001, Suriya was approached by director Bala for a role in his next venture titled ‘Nandha’. This film went on to become a box-office success and can be considered as the first solo hit for Suriya. He also went on to win his first Filmfare award for best actor for this movie.

He then worked alongside director Vikraman for the movie titled ‘Unnai Ninathu’ which did good business at the box-office and the succeeding film ‘Mounam Pesiyadhe’ was also a successful venture.

Suriya’s Kaakha Kaakha:

Kaakha Kaakha

He registered his second blockbuster hit with the film ‘Kaakha Kaakha’ in which he played the role of a police officer. The movie also stars Jyothika as the female lead. The success of this film made Suriya a huge star overnight. This movie has also blossomed love between Suriya and his fellow co-star Jyothika.

Suriya’s Aaru and Ghajini

Surya in Ghajini

The year 2005 was a successful year for Surya. He delivered two super hit films titled ‘Aaru’ and ‘Ghajini‘. Upon its release, the film Ghajini went on to become a sensational hit. In this film, Suriya played the role of a short-term memory loss patient, and upon its release; the film did a business of Rs.200 million at the box office. The success of this film placed Suriya among the top actors of the South Indian cinema.

Suriya in Vaaranam Aayiram:

Vaaranam Aayiram
Shot from Vaaranam Aayiram

 In 2008, Suriya paired with director Gautham Menon for the film Vaaranam Aayiram. Upon its release, the film was reviewed extremely positively by the film critics and the audience. Suriya can be seen playing a dual role of a son and a father in the film. The film won him several awards.

His next film Ayan in 2009 was directed by K. V. Anand, which went on to become the highest grosser of that year in Tamil Nadu. He played the role of a smuggler. His next release was Aadhavan directed by K. S. Ravikumar. In 2010, he had his 25th release with Singam, directed by Hari, in which he played the role of a police officer.

Some of the super hit films include NGK (2019), Si 3 (2017), Pasanga- 2 (2015), 24 (2016), Kaappaan(2109), 7am Arivu (2011), Rakhta Charitra 2 (2010), Singam (2010).

Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru:

In the year 2001, Suriya acted in the blockbuster film titled ‘Soorarai Pottru’. The film was reviewed extremely positively by critics.  Suriya received a lot of acclaim for his brilliant performance. The film also got selected as one among ten Indian films to be screened under the Best Foreign Film category at the 78th Golden Globe Awards.

Suriya’s Personal Life:


Suriya is married to Jyothika Saravanan, a popular Tamil actress. They are blessed with two children, a daughter named Diya and a son named Dev.

Suriya’s Net Worth:

The net worth of Suriya is estimated to be around $30 million as of 2021.


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