Jiiva life and biography

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Jiiva biography

Date of birth : 1984-01-04
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-07-21
Credited as : Film actor, ,

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Jiiva, born Amar Choudary is a Tamil film actor. He debuted in the film Aasai Aasaiyai produced by his father R. B. Choudary.

He performed his first lead role in the 2003 romance film Aasai Aasaiyai, before rising to fame with his breakthrough performance in Raam (2005), for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Cyprus International Film Festival. Since, he became known for his versatility, essaying distinctly different roles in his subsequent films, such as a stuntman in Dishyum (2006), a slum dweller in E (2006) and a psychopath in Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), and garnered high critical acclaim for his performances,while also achieving commercial success with Siva Manasula Sakthi (2008) and Ko (2011).

Jeeva had appeared in 1996 as a child artist in minuscule roles in two of his father's productions. He made his feature film debut as a lead actor in 2003 with Aasai Aasaiyai, following which he essayed the lead role in Thithikudhe (2003). Both the ventures, being romance films, were produced by his father R. B. Choudry as well, and failed to succeed at the box office. His subsequent release, Ameer's mystery thriller Raam eventually gained him recognition in the film industry. Jeeva played an autistic teenager, who is highly attached to his mother, but is suspected of having murdered her. The film received critical acclaim and garnered Jeeva positive remarks, with a Sify critic claiming that "as an actor Jeeva has arrived, as he exudes menace with his expressive body and eye language as Ram". Raam also earned accolades on international platform, being screened at the International Film Festival in Goa and later at the Cyprus International Film Festival, where it won two awards, with Jeeva being chosen as the Best Actor, while its music director, Yuvan Shankar Raja, was awarded for the film's score.

Jeeva next starred in Dishyum directed by Sasi, which portrayed him as a stuntman, who falls in love with a sculptor (Sandhya). The film, too, carried favorable reviews, emerging commercially successful, whilst Jeeva's performance was lauded, with a review by Indiaglitz citing that he "seems to have taken off from where he had left in Ram" and was "impressive". Jeeva later quoted that he had risked his life in many of the stunts he performed in the film. Later that year, Jeeva made his debut in Malayalam cinema with Major Ravi's war film Keerthi Chakra, which saw a dubbed release as Aran in Tamil Nadu. The film, again produced by Jeeva's home banner, featured him as an Indian army soldier alongside Mohanlal. While the original version opened to positive reviews and was declared a financial success, its Tamil version, which had additional footage of Jeeva, comedy tracks with Ganja Karuppu and song montages featuring Jeeva and the lead actress Gopika, bombed at the box-office, with the additional scenes being lamented as the reason for the failure.

His final 2006 release was S. P. Jananathan's E alongside Nayantara which saw him in an unusual slum dweller role and the movie was a success. He then starred in Kattradhu Thamizh opposite then newcomer Anjali. The film, which was shot for over a year across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Chennai, featured him as a lower middle class post-graduate degree holder in Tamil literature, who gradually turns a psychopath, frustrated by the inequality in the social structure. Whilst the film itself opened to exceptional reviews,Jeeva's portrayal as Prabhakar was unanimously praised by critics and widely termed as the best in 2007; a Behindwoods review labelled it as "a performance of his lifetime", while Rediff wrote that he was "endearing as the young, vulnerable Prabha, [...] perfect as the ganja-smoking near-lunatic [...] and freaking brilliant as the frustrated Tamil graduate". "He was, in a nutshell, simply superb". Jeeva had grown a full length beard for the character and cited the hardships during the shoots of the film, which he considered as his most painful experience and a "torturous affair". He revealed that he even had to undergo therapy to "come out of the character" as it was "too emotional". He was highly anticipated to win several awards for his performance, but eventually failed to garner a single nomination, since the film ended up as a commercial failure and went unnoticed.

Following a failure Thenavattu, in which he was cast alongside Poonam Bajwa, he appeared in director M. Rajesh's maiden venture, the comedy film Siva Manasula Sakthi. His performance was highly praised by critics and the film became a sleeper hit. In 2010, he starred alongside Poonam again in Kacheri Arambam a failure. Singam Puli, which for the first time features him in dual roles, was his first 2011 release, following which K. V. Anand's highly anticipated political thriller Ko released. The latter, which featured him as a brave photojournalist, became a commercial success upon release. His upcoming projects include Vanthaan Vendraan by R. Kannan, Rowthiram, S. Shankar's Nanban, which features Jeeva as part of an ensemble cast including Vijay, Srikanth and Ileana D'Cruz. In June 2011, Jeeva was signed up for two high-profile projects, Myshkin's superhero film Mugamoodi as well as Gautham Menon's next directorial, while going on to confirm that he would also be part of S. P. Jananathan's forthcoming project co-starring Jayam Ravi.

He was a judge on STAR Vijay's reality dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season along with Sangeetha and Aishwarya Rajinikanth. In mid-2011, he announced that he would start a film production company called Spiral Dreams with his brother Githan Ramesh in order to promote new directors like his father.

Filmography:
2010 Kacheri Arambam
2010 Boss Engira Bhaskaran
2011 Singam Puli
2011 Ko Ashwin
2011 Vanthaan Vendraan
2011 Rowthiram
2011 Nanban
2012 Mugamoodi

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