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Amar B. Choudary (born 4 January 1984), known professionally as Jiiva, is an Indian film actor, producer and philanthropist, who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He is the youngest son of film producer R. B. Choudary. He began his career as a child actor in 1991 in films produced by his father (Production company: Super Good Films). He made his debut as a lead actor in his father's 50th production, Aasai Aasaiyai (2003). After Sivaji Ganesan, Jiiva is the only Tamil actor to have been awarded at the Cyprus International Film Festival for his performance in the film Raam (2005).

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Amar B. Choudary

(1984-01-04) 4 January 1984 (age 35)
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm actor, producer
Years active1990, 1997, 2003–present
Spouse(s)Supriya (2007–present)
Parent(s)R. B. Choudary
RelativesJithan Ramesh (brother)

After this, he has acted in other movies that have been successful, such as E (2006), Katradhu Tamizh (2007), Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009), Ko (2011), Nanban (2012), Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012) and Endrendrum Punnagai (2013).

Early lifeEdit

Jiiva was born on 4 January 1984 in Chennai to R. B. Choudary and Mahjabeen. He is the youngest of four; his brothers are Suresh Choudary (co-producer in their home banner, Super Good Films), Jeevan Choudary (entrepreneur of a steel company), and Jithan Ramesh Choudary (film actor and producer). R. B. Choudary is a noted independent south Indian film producer (Super Good Films) who has been a launchpad for now-famous directors and actors.


2003–2008: Debut and journey aheadEdit

Jiiva during the filming of Ko (2011) in Bergen

Jiiva made his debut in his father's 50th production (Super Good Films), Aasai Aasaiyai, directed by Ravi Mariya in 2003. The film performed averagely at the box office, but critics felt that Jiiva left an impression.

His second film Thithikudhe (the Tamil remake of Uday Kiran's Telugu movie Manasantha Nuvve) was also produced by Super Good Films. The film opened to mixed reviews but the actor gained appreciation for his good looks and expressive emotions. It was his third movie, Ameer's crime thriller, Raam (2005) that was called a 'dream break' for his calling in the film industry. The racy screenplay and his role of an eccentric 17-year-old gained positive feedback from audience and critics. The movie was screened at the International Film Festival in Goa and later at the Cyprus International Film Festival, where he won the Best Actor award.

Jiiva next starred in Dishyum (2006), opposite Sandhya of Kaadhal fame. "A feel-good movie for youngsters", reviewed various local publications. "Jeeva continues from this point and has matured as an actor. His acting is impeccable and natural; his emoting, expressions, emotions expressed by looks, body-language – all are perfect," remarked Galatta.[1]

The same year, he made his debut as an NSG Commando in Malayalam cinema with Major Ravi's film Keerthi Chakra (2006) starring Mohanlal. The movie had a great opening and was one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. Jiiva also won the Best Pair Award along with Gopika at Asianet Film Awards. "Jeeva the Tamil actor has a more heroic role which he has done with felicity. The physical energy he imparts to the role has to be seen to be believed," wrote Sify.[2] Later, the movie was dubbed and released in Tamil as Aran. His last movie in 2006 was E, where he portrayed the role of a slum dweller, opposite Nayanthara.

The year 2007 saw the release of Kattradhu Thamizh, which turned out to be a sleeper hit. Jiiva's role as Prabhakar, a lower middle-class post-graduate student in Tamil Literature, who turns out to be a sociopath, frustrated by the inequality in society, was praised highly by critics and widely called one of his best films to date. According to a review,[3] "Prabhakar, Jeeva leads you through dimensions that are frankly amazing, endearing as the young, vulnerable Prabha, [...] perfect as the ganja-smoking near-lunatic [...] and freaking brilliant as the frustrated Tamil graduate". A Behindwoods review labelled it "a performance of his lifetime". Jiiva said that after completing the shoot, he had to undergo therapy to "come out of the character" as it was "too emotional".

Jiiva had two more releases after that, Rameswaram in 2007 and Thenavattu in 2008. Both movies performed averagely at the box office.

2009–2014: Success and breakthroughEdit

Among his releases in the 2000s, Jiiva garnered the most appreciation for portraying various roles that were critically and commercially successful. In 2009, Jiiva experienced major commercial success with Director Rajesh's maiden venture, Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009), opposite Anuya , still hailed as one of the best romantic comedies of all time and has since become a cult rom-com in the Tamil film industry . In 2010, he signed up with Super Good Films for a movie titled Kacheri Arambam, which was called an commercial entertainer with lots of action and comedy by various news channels (Behindwoods, Indiaglitz, IANS)

His next film was Singam Puli (2011), where he played dual roles, following which K. V. Anand's political thriller Ko (2011) released. Rediff stated that his role as Ashwin in Ko was a "cake-walk for Jiiva: he's had a ball with the camera, clicking shots in almost impossible situations and making sure his trademark effervescence is present at all times", while Sify said that "with this performance he was going to be a force to reckon with in Tamil cinema".

His next films were Rowthiram (2011), directed by Gokul, and Vandhaan Vendraan (2011) by R. Kannan, released in quick succession. The Hindu review stated, "Jiiva... does a decent job in both. In fact, in Rowthiram, his agility in action sequences is very impressive."[4]

From the sets of Nanban (2012), (from left to right) Srikanth, Jiiva and Vijay

In 2012, he appeared in S. Shankar's comedy-drama Nanban (a remake of the Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots). Jiiva reprised the role of Sharman Joshi in the Tamil version as Sevarkodi Senthil and starred alongside Vijay, and Srikanth. At the cost of 550 million (INR), it was one of the most expensive films to be made at that point, and was released on Pongal in 925 screens worldwide. The movie received highly positive reviews and became a blockbuster. Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu stated, "As for Jiiva, you give him characters with scope and he delivers". His next project was Mysskin's Mugamoodi (2012), the first ever Tamil superhero movie. Reports claimed that Jiiva underwent special training at Mansuria Kung Fu YMCA, Nandanam, Chennai, the same place where he had trained in Kung-Fu for a few years before venturing into movies.[5] High-end gadgets were used in the film, designed by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), while teams from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) created the costumes and looks of the characters. It is said that Jiiva's super hero costume, designed by Gabriella Wilkins, weighed more than 10 kg.

Jiiva during an 8-hour head casting session in Hong Kong for make up for the superhero film Mugamoodi (2012)

The movie opened to mixed reviews, and a few cited it as "different and refreshing" The movie got a lot of attention from children. Jiiva received appreciation from critics for his role as Lee. "The titular role fits Jiiva well, very much like the armour he dons. But your heart goes out to him — performing stunts in a costume that looks unbearably heavy, with a face-mask to boot must have been quite a task," commented The Hindu review.[6][7] called Jiiva's role a "rewarding performance".[8] "Jiiva has obviously given his best, and his martial arts sequences are worthy of applause," said[9]

Jiiva's next venture was Gautham Menon's Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012), starring opposite Samanatha. The film had an average run at the box office. Critics and audiences felt that the actor brought dignity to the screen as Varun Krishnan.[10] After this, he worked on Bejoy Nambiar's David (2013) alongside Vikram, which garnered positive reviews. His next movie was Endrendrum Punnagai, where he was paired with Trisha for the first time.

Following this film, Jiiva experienced a setback in his career. In 2014, he worked in cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran's directorial debut Yaan, which was a box office failure.

2015–present: Challenges and comebackEdit

Jiiva took a break for a year in 2015 and returned with three releases in 2016. He starred in his 25th film Pokkiri Raja, which opened to mixed to negative reviews. His next film was the long delayed Thirunaal in which he united with Nayantara for the second time. He was next seen in an romantic comedy, Kavalai Vendam (2016), directed by Deekay, where he was paired opposite Kajal Aggarwal. The movie had mixed reviews. "Jiiva seems like the perfect choice for the role, being effortlessly flippant, funny and intensely emotional", said's review.[11]

His 2017 release, Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae, a horror comedy by debut director Ike, received a huge success and performed well at the box office. His next movie was Kalakalappu 2 (2018), directed by Sundar C., released in February. Jiiva was seen alongside Shiva, Jai, Nikki Galrani and Catherine Tresa. A comedy entertainer, the movie was panned by audiences.[12]

Jiiva's next film Kee, a cyber thriller, released in May 2019 was received with mixed reviews. He has completed shooting for his upcoming film Gorilla, directed by Don Sandy and featuring a live chimpanzee. The actor has also completed shooting for Gypsy which is to release in July 2019. Besides this the actor is also playing an important role in the Bollywood film 83 alongside Ranveer Singh.

Other workEdit

Jiiva was a judge on STAR Vijay's reality dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season along with Sangeetha and Aishwarya Rajinikanth. He was also a judge on Astro's Yuttha Medai All Stars Grand Finals in Malaysia.[13]


  • All films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director Notes Ref
2003 Aasai Aasaiyai Vinod Ravi Mariya [14]
Thithikudhe Chinnu (Venu) Brinda Sarathy [15]
2005 Raam Rama Krishna Ameer [16]
2006 Dishyum Bhaskar Sasi [17]
Keerthi Chakra Havildar Jaikumar Major Ravi Malayalam film [18]
E Easwaran (E) S. P. Jananathan [19]
2007 Pori Hari Subramaniam Siva [20]
Kattradhu Thamizh Prabhakar Ram [21]
Rameswaram Jeevan S. Selvam [22]
2008 Thenavattu Kottaisami V. V. Kathir [23]
2009 Siva Manasula Sakthi Siva Rajesh [24]
2010 Kacheri Arambam Paari Thiraivannan [25]
Boss Engira Bhaskaran Shiva Rajesh Cameo appearance [26]
2011 Singam Puli Ashok Kumar, Shiva Sai Ramani [27]
Ko Ashwin Kumar K. V. Anand [28]
Rowthiram Siva Gokul [29]
Vandhaan Vendraan Arjun R. Kannan [30]
2012 Nanban Sevarkodi Senthil Shankar [31]
Mugamoodi Anand (Bruce Lee) Mysskin [32]
Neethaane En Ponvasantham Varun Krishnan Gautham Menon Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor [33]
Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu Train Passenger Gautham Menon Special appearance in song "Koti Koti" (Telugu film) [34]
2013 David David Bejoy Nambiar [35]
Endrendrum Punnagai Goutham Sridhar Ahmed [36]
2014 Jilla Himself R. T. Neason Special appearance in "Paatu Onnu" Song [37]
Yaan Chandrasekhar Ravi K. Chandran [38]
2015 Inji Iduppazhagi Himself Prakash Kovelamudi Cameo appearance in Tamil version [39]
2016 Pokkiri Raja Sanjeevi Ramprakash Rayappa 25th film [40]
Thirunaal Blade Ganesh Ramnath [41]
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru Karthik Kumar Rajesh Cameo appearance [42]
Kavalai Vendam Aravind Baskar Deekay [43]
2017 Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae Vasu Ike Radha [44]
2018 Kalakalappu 2 Srinivas Sundar C [45]
Tamizh Padam 2 Himself C. S. Amudhan Special appearance [46]
2019 Kee Siddharth Kalees [47]
Gorilla Jiiva Don Sandy
Gypsy TBA Raju Murugan Completed
Seeru TBA Rathina Siva Completed
Kalathil Santhipom TBA N. Rajasekhar Completed
2020 83 Krish Srikkanth Kabir Khan Hindi Film


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  25. ^ "Commercial cocktail -- Kacheri Aarambam". The Hindu.
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  36. ^ Sudhish Kamath. "Endrendrum Punnagai: Needed more smiles, less drama". The Hindu.
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  38. ^ Srinivasa Ramanujam. "Yearning for Yaan". The Hindu.
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  40. ^ Kaushik L M. "Jiiva Hansika starrer Pokkiri Raja nears the finish line". Behindwoods.
  41. ^ "Jiiva Nayanthara Thirunaal movie to be released on January 14 2016 pongal day - Tamil Movie News".
  42. ^ "Jiiva's cameo in Rajesh's film - Times of India".
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  46. ^ "'Tamizh Padam 2' review: a laugh riot". The Hindu. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  47. ^ "Tamil film 'Kee' a techno thriller". 8 May 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

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