Jayasurya (born 31 August 1978) is an Indian actor, film producer, distributor, playback singer, and impressionist, who works in the Malayalam film industry. He has appeared in more than 100 films and has won several awards, including a National Film Award, two Kerala State Film Awards, a Filmfare Awards South for acting and Best actor at the Cincinnati Film Festival held in Cincinnati, USA. Jayasurya has also appeared in a few Tamil films.[2][3]

Jayasurya in 2018

31 August 1978 (1978-08-31) (age 41)[1]
Years active1998–present
Saritha Jayasurya (m. 2004)
  • Mani (father)
  • Thankam (mother)
AwardsNational Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Cincinnati Film Festival

Jayasurya began his career as a mimicry artist and hosted a few television shows on Malayalam channels. He made his acting debut as a background actor in the 1999 film Pathram. His break-through was playing a mute in Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan (2002).[4] In the 2000s, Jayasurya was popular for his comic-oriented roles in Swapnakkoodu (2003), Pulival Kalyanam (2003), Chathikkatha Chanthu (2004), Chocolate (2007) and Gulumaal (2009), and at the same time villain roles in Classmates (2006), Arabikkatha (2007), and Kangaroo (2007).[5] By the 2010s, Jayasurya gained critical acclaim for his roles, in films such as Cocktail (2010), Janapriyan (2011), Beautiful (2011), Trivandrum Lodge (2012), Apothecary (2014), Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014), Lukka Chuppi (2015), Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam (2015), and Captain (2018). He was also popular for comedy films, such as Punyalan Agarbattis (2013), Amar Akbar Anthony (2015), Aadu (2015) and Aadu 2 (2017). Jayasurya made his debut as a producer by co-producing the film Punyalan Agarbattis and is also credited as playback singer in a few films.[6]

Jayasurya won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Apothecary at the 62nd Filmfare Awards South.[7] In 2016, Jayasurya won the Special Jury Award at the 46th Kerala State Film Awards and the Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards for his performances in the films Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam and Lukka Chuppi.[8] In 2019, he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for Captain and Njan Marykutty.[9]

Early and personal lifeEdit

Jayasurya was born on 31 August 1978 to Mani and Thankam in Tripunithura in Kochi, Kerala. He had his primary education from St. George U. P. School, Chambakkara and Government Sanskrit High School, Tripunithura. He pursued Bachelor of Commerce degree at All Saints College, Ernakulam. After studies he joined mimicry troupes like Crown of Cochin and Kottayam Nazir's Cochin Discovery.[10]

He married his longtime girlfriend Saritha on 25 January 2004. The couple have two children.[11]

Film careerEdit

Jayasurya anchored musical programs on Malayalam television including Jagathy Vs Jagathy in Kairali TV and Fun-Day Jokepot in Cochin ACV. He also dubbed for many characters in serials.[10] He also played minor roles in films including the comedy artist in Aparanmar Nagarathil. He entered the Malayalam film industry through the movie Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan, directed by Vinayan in 2002.[11] He then acted in Pranaya Mani Thooval and Kattu Chembakam. In 2003, he acted in one of the lead roles in Swapnakkoodu alongside Prithviraj Sukumaran and Kunchacko Boban. Jayasurya's next appearances were Pulival Kalyanam and Chathikatha Chanthu, directed by Shafi and Rafi-Mecartin respectively.

In 2006, Jayasurya appeared in Kilukkam Kilukilukkam, a sequel to Kilukkam. Jayasurya appeared in Bus Conductor. In Classmates, he played the role of Satheesan Kanjikkuzhi, an aspiring student leader; which was considered as one of his breakthrough performances. He was then cast in a negative role in Lal Jose's Arabikkatha. This followed villain roles in Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan and Kangaroo. He played a variety of roles in 2007–2008: the romantic lover with a comic touch in Chocolate, the serious police officer in Positive, the humorous drama scriptwriter in Shakespeare M.A. Malayalam, the small-time thief and antagonist in LollyPop, the supporting role in Love in Singapore, and the young politician in Balachandra Menon's De Ingottu Nokkiye.

In 2009, he appeared in Currency. His other releases included Ivar Vivahitharayal, which was his biggest box office success till that date and Oru Black and White Kudumbam which was also a box office success. The film Cocktail in 2010 was what established a new phase to his career as his performance was critically acclaimed.[12]

In 2011, he appeared in 20 get-ups in T. V. Chandran's fantasy film Sankaranum Mohananum.[13][14][15] The same year, he did the lead role in Beautiful which went on to become a great critical success. He played the role of a paraplegic named Stephen and was well received by audiences and critics alike, all saying he has shown the best performance till date and he was the one of the main contenders for best actor nominations in several film award events. Janapriyan and Beautiful were his commercially successful films of the year. In a year-end report on Malayalam cinema, Deepika newspaper applauded Jayasurya for choosing right roles and chose him as the "Star of the Year 2011".

In 2012 he appeared in Trivandrum Lodge and Husbands in Goa which were released on the same day, and were both box office successes. His role as a shady introverted pervert in Trivandrum Lodge was well received by critics and garnered more recognition for him as an established actor. In 2013 he appeared in a crucial role in one of Roshan Andrrews best films Mumbai Police and played the lead role of a don in Hotel California, despite being a box office failure; his role was well favoured by the audience and was recognized as a style statement for the youth of the time. The same year his performance in Shyamaprasad's English: An Autumn in London as a Kathakali artiste-turned-waiter who is an illegal immigrant in United Kingdom won immense critical praise.[16][17]

Jayasurya turned producer in 2013 with Punyalan Agarbattis, which turned out to be a success film.[18]

In 2014 his first release was the movie Happy Journey which was directed by Bobban Samuel, though an average grosser his performance in the role as a blind cricket player garnered praise from both critics and audience alike. In August of the same year Apothecary with director Madhav Ramadasan was released, in which he played the major role apart from Suresh Gopi's role as Dr. Vijay Nambiar, as Subin Joseph a poverty driven man who suffers from a neurological disorder. The actor lost more than 10 kilos for the role, and his portrayal of the character was immensely praised by critics and the audience, adding to Jayasurya's credibility and his list of notable roles.[19] In the same year Seconds with director Aneesh Upasana,[20] Iyobinte Pusthakam with director Amal Neerad,[21] Lal Bahadur Shastri with debutant director Rejishh Midhila's, Akku Akbar's Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla and Priyadarsan's Aamayum Muyalum[22] were released.

In 2019, he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performances in Captain and Njan Marykutty.


Year Award Film Category Result Ref.
2018 Kerala State Film Awards Captain, Njan Marykutty Best Actor Won [9]
2018 Asianet Film Awards Aadu 2 Popular actor Won
2018 Vanitha Film Awards Aadu 2 Performance of the year Won
2016 Asianet Comedy Awards Pretham Popular actor Won
2016 Pretham Popular Film Won
2016 Pretham Best actor Nominated
2016 5th South Indian International Movie Awards Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam Best actor Malayalam Nominated
2016 63rd Filmfare Awards South Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam Best actor Malayalam Nominated
2016 Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam Best actor critics Malayalam Won
2016 National Film Awards Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam, Lukka Chuppi Special Mention Won
2016 Kerala State Film Awards Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam, Lukka Chuppi Special Jury Award Won
2016 Vanitha Film Awards Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam Performance of the year Won
2016 1st IIFA Utsavam Kumbasaram Performance in a lead role male Malayalam Nominated
2016 Asianet Film Awards Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam Best actor Nominated
2015 Filmfare Awards South Apothecary Best Supporting Actor Won
2015 SIIMA Awards Apothecary Best Supporting Actor Won [23]
2015 Iyobinte Pusthakam Best Actor in a Negative Role Won [23]
2015 Vanitha Film Awards Iyobinte Pusthakam Best Actor in a Negative Role Won [23]
2015 Asianet Film Awards Iyobinte Pusthakam Best Actor in a Villain Role Won
2014 Asiavision Awards Apothecary Special jury Won
2012 Amrita FEFKA Film Awards Beautiful Entertainer of the Year Won
2011 Asiavision Awards Cocktail Best supporting actor Won
2009 Mathrubhoomi Amrita film awards Ivar Vivahithrayal Best pair Won
2009 Asianet Film Awards Utharaswayamvaram Best pair Won
2008 Asianet Film Awards Shakespeare M.A. Malayalam Best pair Won
2010 Asianet Film Awards Happy Husbands, Nallavan, Cocktail, 4 Friends Youth icon Won
2017 Asianet Film Awards Aadu 2, Punyalan Pvt Ltd Popular Actor Won
2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Captain Best Actor Nominated
2019 Cincinnati Film Festival Njan Marykutty Best Actor Won


As ProducerEdit

As a producer, his debut venture was the movie Punyalan Agarbattis (2013).

Year Film Language Notes
2013 Punyalan Agarbattis Malayalam
2015 Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam Malayalam
2015 Moonamidam Malayalam Short film
2016 Pretham Malayalam
2017 Punyalan Private Limited Malayalam
2018 Pretham 2 Malayalam

As playback singerEdit

Jayasurya debuted as a singer in movies in Immini Nalloraal (2005) by singing the song called "Komalavali" composed by M. Jayachandran. He has recorded a devotional song album at Vani Studio, Kochi. The album, 'Krishnakavyam', is produced by Goodluck Audios.[24]

Year Song Film Co-singers Music Director
2005 "Komalavalli" Immini Nalloraal Jyotsna M. Jayachandran
2008 "Adhyaamaai" Ormathalukal Manjari Anil Peter
2011 "Bilsila Hai Bilsila" Three Kings -- Ousepachan
2013 "Aashichavan" Punyalan Agarbattis Bijibal
2014 "Maiyya Morre" Happy Journey Gopi Sunder Gopi Sunder
2015 "Chingaariyaadu" Aadu Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu Harsha KH, Muhammad Ashad Shaan Rahman
2015 "Premamennaal" Amar Akbar Anthony Nadirshah, Prithviraj, Indrajith, Kalabhavan Shajon Nadirshah
2016 "Kuruthakkedinte Koodanu"[25] Paavada -- Aby Tom Cyriac
2016 "Chithira Muthe" Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum Vijay Yesudas, Afsal, Divya S Menon Gopi Sunder


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