Saravanan "Surya" Sivakumar (Tamil: சரவணன் "சூர்யா" சிவகுமார்; born 23 July 1975) is an Indian film actor. He starred in Tamil films, such as Nandha (2001), Kaakha Kaakha (2003), Pithamagan (2003), Perazhagan (2004), Ghajini (2005), Vel (2007), Vaaranam Aayiram (2008), Ayan (2009) and Singam (2010), He made his Bollywood debut in Ram Gopal Varma's Rakht Charitra (2010). As of 2010,2 he has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards. He became a film distributor after opening Studio Green, which distributed several of his earlier films. He married actress Jyothika Sadanah in 2006, after being engaged for several years. In 2008, he began Agaram Foundation, which funds for preventing early childhood drop-outs.3 He is the son of actor Sivakumar.
Surya was born to actor sivakumar and Lakshmi in Chennai, and brought up in Coimbatore. He is the eldest of three children, his younger brother is actor Karthik Sivakumar and he has a younger sister named Brindha Sivakumar. He attended Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School 4 and St. Bede's School in Chennai5 and he attended degree in Loyola college in Chennai. Surya debuted in the 1997 film Nerrukku Ner directed by Vasanth and produced by Mani Ratnam. In 2001, he starred in Siddique's comedy film Friends. His major break came in the form of Nandha, which was directed by Bala. Playing the role of an ex-convict who is very attached to his mother, he received a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. His next venture was Vikraman's Unnai Ninaithu, which was followed by Mounam Pesiyadhe.
In 2003, he starred in the Gautham Menon-directed Kaakha Kaakha, a film about the life of a police officer. He then starred in another Bala film, Pithamagan, along with Vikram, portraying a happy-go-lucky village crook with a comic touch, for which he received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Since he was shooting for these two films in 2003, he had to turn down a lead role in Autograph, which eventually was played by its director Cheran himself.In 2004 he received a Filmfare Award for Best Actor for playing two roles in Perazhagan: an aggressive boxer and a handicapped phone booth keeper. Later that year, he starred in Mani Ratnam's political drama Aayutha Ezhuthu, which was based on George Reddy, a student leader in Hyderabad during the late 60s and early 70s. In 2005, he appeared in Ghajini and then in Aaru. He played a patient suffering from short-term memory loss in the former. Surya then set up a production company called Studio Green which distributed movies in the Chennai district.citation needed In 2006 he appeared opposite his wife Jyothika and actress Bhoomika in N. Krishna's Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. In 2007, his only release was Vel.
Vaaranam Aayiram onwards
In 2008, he appeared in Vaaranam Aayiram directed by Gautham Menon. He won several awards, including a Filmfare Award for Best Actor, a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor and a Vijay Award for Best Actor. Surya played dual roles, of a son and a father, ranging from 17 to 75 years. His next film Ayan in 2009 was directed by K. V. Anand, which went on the 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. 2010, he had his 25th release with Singam, directed by Hari, in which he played the role of a police officer. He made his Bollywood debut in Ram Gopal Varma's two-part political drama Rakta Charitra. He is currently working on A. R. Murugadoss' 7aam Arivu and is slated to perform cameo roles in Manmadhan Ambu and Avan Ivan.
In 2008, Surya began the Agaram Foundation, working to help children who drop out of school early in Tamil Nadu. With the Ministry of Education in Tamil Nadu, he created a short commercial video outlining child poverty, labour and lack of education, titled Herova? Zerova? . The film was written and produced by Sivakumar and also starred Joseph Vijay, R. Madhavan and Jyothika. Agaram has sponsored 159 underprevileged students in 2010 for their higher education in various disciplines. With the firm belief that the educated mind can not only eliminate social evils but also aid in the socio-economic upbringing of society, Agaram Foundation works towards providing appropriate learning opportunities to the rural populace who do not otherwise have access to quality education.
After several years of being engaged, he married actress Jyothika Sadanah on 11 September 2006, with whom he has appeared in seven films; Poovellam Kettuppar, Uyirile Kalanthathu, Kaakha Kaakha, Perazhagan, Maayavi, June R and Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. The couple have two children, daughter Diya (born August 2007)9 and son Dev (born June 2010).