Jayaram Subramaniam (born 10 December 1964), known mononymously as Jayaram, is an Indian actor who predominantly appears in Malayalam films and several Tamil. He is also a chenda percussionist, mimicry artist, and occasional playback singer. Jayaram has acted in more than 200 films and has received several awards, including the Padma Shri, two Kerala State Film Awards, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, and four Filmfare Awards South.
Jayaram at AMMA meeting in 2008
10 December 1964
|Residence||Valasaravakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Years active||1988 – present|
Parvathy (m. 1992)
|Relatives||Malayattoor Ramakrishnan (uncle)|
|Awards||Padma Shri (2011)|
Jayaram started as an mimicry artist at the Kalabhavan institute during the 1980s. He made his acting debut in a leading role in Padmarajan's 1988 film Aparan. He established himself as a successful leading actor in 1990s by starring in family dramas and comedies—such as, but not limited to Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989), Shubhayathra (1990), Sandhesam (1991), Georgootty C/O Georgootty (1991), Malootty (1992), Ayalathe Adheham (1992), Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993), CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed. (1994), Puthukkottayile Puthumanavalan (1995), Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava (1995), Thooval Kottaram (1996), Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997), Summer in Bethlehem (1998), Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999), One Man Show (2001), and Manassinakkare (2003). The 2000 Tamil film Thenali won him two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. Jayaram won his first Kerala State Film Award, the Special Jury Award for his performance in Thooval Kottaram (1996). He won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor for his performance in Swayamvara Panthal (2000). Jayaram won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor 3 times, for his performances in Thooval Kottaram (1996), Theerthadanam (2001), and Manassinakkare (2003).
Jayaram was born in a Tamil Iyer family as the second among three children of late Subramaniyam and late Thankam at Perumbavoor, Kerala on 10 December 1964. He had an elder brother named Venkataram, who died at a young age, and a younger sister named Manjula. He had his primary education from Government Boys High School, Perumbavoor. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics from Sree Sankara College, Kalady. He became a medical representative soon after college and later joined the Kalabhavan institute and learned and performed mimicry on a number of stages, which paved his way to the Malayalam film industry. Malayalam writer Malayattoor Ramakrishnan is Jayaram's maternal uncle.
After college, he joined Kalabhavan, a professional mimicry troupe in Kochi. At the age of 22, he was introduced into the cinema field by script writer and filmmaker Padmarajan who gave Jayaram his launching pad with the 1988 film Aparan. Jayaram subsequently acted in Padmarajan's Moonnam Pakkam (1988) and Innale (1989). Padmarajan became his mentor in his film career till the former's death in January 1991.He became one of the Superstars of Malayalam film industry through the film Meleparambil Aanveedu(1993) which was directed by Rajasenan. The film was commercial success and ran more than 200 days in theatres.
He is noted for playing in Kamal's films during the late 1980s and early 1990s, in films such as Pradeshika Varthakal (1989), Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989) and Shubha Yathra (1990) (all of which scripted by Ranjith), where he co-starred with his wife Parvathy. He later did a film scripted by Ranjith with the story by Jagathy Sreekumar and directed by Viji Thampi named Witness (1988). He teamed up with Viji Thampi and Ranjith in Nanma Niranjavan Srinivasan (1990), where he played a police constable who is in search of a criminal played by Mukesh. During the early 90s he acted in Bharathan's Keli (1991) and Malootty (1992).
He has acted in several of Sathyan Anthikkad's films. Their first film was Ponn Muttayidunna Tharavu (1988). Around that time, Jayaram played a supporting role in Sathyan Anthikkad's Artham (1989). Thalayanamanthram (1990) and Sandesham (1991), were both written and co-starred by Sreenivasan. Anthikkad and Jayaram later went on to make Thooval Kottaram(1996), which was commercial success and ran over 300 days in theatres, Irattakuttikalude Achan (1997), Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal (1999), Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000), Yathrakarude Sradhakku (2002), Manassinakkare (2003), Bhagya Devatha and Kadha Thudarunnu.
In his films, he regularly ensured cast included K.P.A.C Lalitha, Unnikrishnan and Jagathy Sree.
He acted in a supporting role with Mammootty in Joshi's Dhruvam (1993). Other films with Gopi include Viji Thampi's Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam (1990), Thooval Sparsam (1990), Jayaraj's Paithrukam (1993), and Sibi Malayil's Summer in Bethlehem (1998). He co-starred with Mohanlal in Bharath Gopi's Ulsavapittennu, Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989) and Priyadarshan's Advaitham (1991).
His association with director Rajasenan created many movies such as Kadinjool Kalyanam (1991), Ayalathe Addeham (1992), Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993), CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed. (1994), Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava (1995), Aadyathe Kanmani (1995), Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996), and Kadhanayakan (1997). He also played Aravindan in Siddique's Friends (1999) in which he co-starred with Sreenivasan and Mukesh was the highest grossing Malayalam movie of 1999 and collected ₹11 crore. In the first decade of the 21st century his commercial successful films include Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2000), Yathrakarude Sradhakku (2002), Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum (2003), Manassinakkare (2003), Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008). His critical acclaimed roles include Karunakaran in B. Kannan's Theerthadanam (2001) and Lonappan in Rajeev Kumar's Sesham (2002).
He also forayed into Tamil cinema including roles in Gokulam, Purushalakshanam, Priyanka, Kolangal, Murai Mamman and Pathini. He played the roles of Dr. Kailash and as Ayyappan Nair in the Kamal Haasan-starred Thenali and Panchathanthiram. They first came together on-screen in Chanakyan (1989). Recently he has done more supporting roles in Tamil, such as antagonist roles in Saroja and Dhaam Dhoom, and a comic role in Aegan.
His movies include Manassinakkare (2003) Njaan Salperu Raman Kutty (2004), Finger Print (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2005), Madhuchandralekha (2006), Moonnamathoral (2006), and Anchil Oral Arjunan (2007). In mid-2008, he played Sugunan in Akku Akbar's Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008) and Thuppakki (2012), which established him as one of the leading comedy actors of Malayalam and Tamil films.
In 2008, he made a comeback after a series of commercial flops by the film Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008), which was both critical and commercial success at the box office and ran over 100 days in theatres.
In 2009, he performed in Sathyan Anthikkad's Bhagyadevatha, a commercial success and in 2010 his first film was Happy Husbands, commercial success with 150 days theatrical run, and next he again joined with Sathyan Anthikkadu for Kadha Thudarunnu. In 2011, he was featured in commercially successful films like Makeup Man, along with comedic roles in Seniors and Chinatown and also Swapna Sanchari.
Jayaram got married to actress Parvathy on 7 September 1992, who is no longer active in films. Their son Kalidas Jayaram is an actor as well winner of the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2003 for his second movie Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum. Jayaram also has a daughter Malavika. Currently, he resides at Valasaravakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu with family.
- Civilian awards
- 2000 – Special Prize – Thenali
- 2000 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male) – Thenali'
- 1996 – Best Actor – Thooval Kottaram
- 2001 – Best Actor – Theerthadanam
- 2002 – Best Supporting Actor – Panchathantiram
- 2003 – Best Actor – Manassinakkare
- 1998 – Best Actor Award – Sneham
- 2001 – Best Actor Award – Theerthadanam, Uthaman
- 2008 – Most Popular Actor Award – Veruthe Oru Bharya
- 2011 – Most Popular Actor Award – Swapna Sanchari
- 2012 – Special Commomeration
- 2014 – Golden Star of the year
- 2012 — Nominated—Best Comedian – Thuppakki
- Other awards
- 1996 – Sini Best Actor Award for Thooval Kottaram
- 1996 – Rotary Club Award for Thooval Kottaram
- 2002 – V. Shantaram Award for his performance in Shesham
- 2008 – J.C Foundation award for the best actor for his performance in Veruthe Oru Bharya
- 2011 – Sathyan Award for Lifetime Achievement
- 2014 – Vayalar Film award for Best Actor for Nadan and Swapaanam
- 2014 – Kerala Kalamandalam M. K. K. Nair Puraskaram
- Jaihind TV awards 2011: Best actor (Kadha Thudarunnu)
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