Jayasimha (born 6 November 1983), better known as Bobby Simha, is an Indian actor who predominantly appears in Tamil and Telugu films. After making brief appearances in the films Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi and Pizza (2012), he portrayed a kidnapper in Nalan Kumarasamy's Soodhu Kavvum and a comic villain in Alphonse Putharen's Neram. Simha's subsequent performance as the Madurai gangster Sethu in Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda (2014) won him critical acclaim and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.[3]

Bobby Simha
Bobby Simha at the audio launch of Urumeen (2015)

(1983-11-06) 6 November 1983 (age 40)[1]
Secundrabad, Andhra Pradesh, India[1] (now in Telangana, India)
Other namesSimha[2]
Years active2007–present
(m. 2016)
RelativesReshma Pasupuleti (Cousin)

Early life


Bobby Simha was born in a Telugu family on 6 November 1983 in Secundrabad, Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana).[1] Simha's family is from Mopidevi, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh but they moved to Kodaikanal in 1995.[4] He subsequently completed his schooling at Priyadarshini Vidyalayam, a Telugu Medium School, in Mopidevi, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh and then attended college at Pioneer College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore.[4]

In 2005, he participated in a Coimbatore-based event called Naalaya Natchathiram, where chief guests Sundar C and E. Ramdoss suggested that he should attempt to become an actor in Tamil films.[4] Simha stated that he received an offer to feature in a TV serial in Chennai and only after making the journey from Coimbatore, did he realise he had been conned.[4] Simha subsequently finished his degree and came back to Chennai to pursue a career in acting but ended up working in marketing, insurance and business process outsourcing to fulfill his financial needs.



2007–2012: Early work


Bobby Simha appeared in uncredited role in Maya Kannadi (2007). Balaji Mohan, was short-film maker, gave a small role in his first feature film, Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi. Both ventures became critically acclaimed and amongst the most profitable of 2012.[5][6][7] He subsequently became acquainted with short-film maker Manikandan, who introduced him to his friend, another short-film maker Karthik Subbaraj.[8] The pair subsequently made a series of short films together, with Subbaraj giving Simha a role in his directorial debut Pizza, too.[9]

2013–2017: Critical acclaim


Simha then appeared in Soodhu Kavvum (2013) portraying the role of Pagalavan, and played the antagonist in the bilingual Neram,[10] his performances in both films were received well.[11] In 2014, he was seen in the role of an ageing Madurai gangster in Jigarthanda[5] with his portrayal winning him critical praise.[12][13] In an interview he said that in order to get into the character, he had interacted with real gangsters to learn their behaviour and nuances. To tan his skin, he stood in the sun at noon wearing only his shorts.[14] The film opened to positive reviews in August 2014,[15] with The Hindu writing that it had achieved "cult status" within a week of its release.[16] Simha won positive reviews for his depiction of Sethu, with Rediff.com noting that Simha "steals the show. He is chillingly menacing at times, while completely hilarious in others, but equally convincing in both", stating it is "a truly remarkable performance".[17] A critic from Sify.com delivered a similar verdict, writing "truly the film belongs to Simhaa. He is electrifying especially in the first half, where he brings out the viciousness and violent streak of the character along with that eerie laughter."[18] His performance in the film earned him the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.[19] After Jigarthanda he played a lead role in the Malayalam film Beware of Dogs,[20] while in Aadama Jaichomada he played Bhoominathan, a "serious, intelligent cop but with a comic touch".[21] The success of Jigarthanda had created opportunities for Bobby Simha to become a lead actor, though several of his subsequent films did not perform well commercially.[22] In December 2015, he appeared in Urumeen, his first film as a solo action hero.

In 2016, he appeared in the coming-of-age drama, Bangalore Naatkal, where he portrayed a softer role in comparison to his earlier action films. Simha had offered his own dates to the producers to portray a character in the film, with his performance receiving mixed reviews.[23] He play the role of a young and enthusiastic reporter in political thriller Ko 2.[24] Director Karthik Subbaraj scripts a story of male arrogance in the multi-starrer Iraivi.[25] In 2017, Susi Ganesan's Thiruttu Payale 2 is the sequel to the 2006 thriller film which went on to become a hit at the box-office.[26]



He has signed to play as antagonist for Saamy Square (2018), which is the sequel of Saamy, directed by Hari.[27]

Bobby Simah's first release of the year 2019 was Petta, in which he shared screen space with Rajinikanth. He later went on to do Agni Devi and Edaina Jaragocchu.[28] In November 2019, Film Companion ranked Simha's performance in Jigarthanda among the 100 Greatest Performances of the decade.[29]

In 2020, he played the antagonist with Ravi Teja's in Telugu movie Disco Raja.[30] He was seen in Amazon Prime Video's Anthology Putham Pudhu Kaalai, where he played the lead role in Karthik Subbaraj's segment titled, Miracle. In 2022, Bobby Simha play in pivotal role with Vikram in Mahaan directed by Karthik Subbaraj exclusively on Prime Video.[31] Later, Bobby Simha play a cameo for his debut in the Kannada film industry with Rakshit Shetty's 777 Charlie.[32] In Telugu, he did Ammu (2022) for Amazon Prime and worked with Chiranjeevi in Waltair Veerayya (2023) where he plays the villain.[33] He is also playing pivotal roles in Vallavanukkum Vallavan (2023) and the project of S. Shankar, Indian 2 (2024) with Kamal Haasan.

Personal life


Bobby Simha got engaged to Urumeen co-star Reshmi Menon in November 2015, and they married on 22 April 2016. The couple has two children– a daughter (born 2017),[34][35] and a son (born 2019).[36][37]


Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2007 Maya Kannadi Barber customer Tamil Uncredited role
2012 Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi Jayasimha Credited as Jayasimha
Pizza Bobby Credited as Simha
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren Shankar Subramaniam
Soodhu Kavvum Pagalavan
Neram Vatti Raja Malayalam Bilingual film
2014 Beware of Dogs Amir Malayalam
Jigarthanda 'Assault' Sethu Tamil
Aadama Jaichomada Inspector Bhoominathan
Aaaah Prosper
2015 Oru Vadakkan Selfie John Mathew Bhaskar Malayalam Cameo appearance
Chennai Ungalai Anbudan Varaverkirathu Chellapandi Tamil
Masala Padam Amudhan
Inji Iduppazhagi Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
Size Zero Telugu
Urumeen Selvaa Tamil
2016 Bangalore Naatkal Kannan (Kutty) Also narrator
Aviyal The Gangster Segment: Eli
Run Vatti Raja Telugu
Ko 2 Kumaran Tamil
Meera Jaakirathai Sivanesan
Iraivi Jagan
Metro Guna
Kavalai Vendam Arjun
2017 Mupparimanam Himself Cameo appearance
Paambhu Sattai Dakshna
Karuppan Kathir
Thiruttu Payale 2 Inspector Selvam
2018 Rosapoo Actor Malayalam Cameo appearance
Kammara Sambhavam Pulikeshi
Saamy Square Raavana Pichai Tamil
Ladoo Joseph Dayanidhi Malayalam Cameo appearance
2019 Petta Michael Tamil
Agni Devi Agni Dev IPS
Edaina Jaragocchu Kali Telugu
2020 Disco Raja Burma Sethu
Putham Pudhu Kaalai Devan Tamil Segment: Miracle
2021 Gully Rowdy Ravi Nayak IPS Telugu [38]
2022 Mahaan Sathyavan Soosaiyappan Tamil [39]
777 Charlie Vamsinadhan Kannada Cameo appearance [40]
Ammu Prabhu Telugu [41]
2023 Waltair Veerayya Solomon Caesar [42][43]
Vallavanukkum Vallavan Alexander Tamil also producer [44]
Vasantha Mullai Rudhran [45]
Thugs Durai
Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire Bhairava Telugu
2024 Razakar Rajireddy [46]
Indian 2 TBA Tamil Post Production [47]


Year Title Role Network


2018 Vella Raja Deva Amazon Prime Video [48]
2021 Navarasa Nilavan Netflix Segment: Peace [49]
2022 Kaiyum Kalavum Anna/Partner (Narrator) Sony Liv Voice only. Along with Chinmayi [50]

Awards and nominations

Vijay Awards
Filmfare Awards South
National Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards[54]
  • Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Soodhu Kavvum
  • Nominated - Best Actor in a Negative Role (Tamil) - Neram
  • Nominated - Best Actor in a Negative Role (Malayalam) - Neram
4th South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Nominated - Best Actor in a Negative Role (Tamil) - Jigarthanda
Edison Awards


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