Keerthy Suresh

Keerthy Suresh (born 17 October 1992) is an Indian film actress who appears predominantly in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for portraying actress Savitri in the biopic Mahanati (2018).[3]

Keerthy Suresh
Keerthy Suresh at Thodari Audio Launch.jpg
Keerthy Suresh at Thodari Audio Launch
Born (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 27)[1]
Years active2000–2005
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu

Keerthy is the daughter of producer G. Suresh Kumar and actress Menaka.[4] Keerthy began acting as a child actress in the early 2000s and returned to films after studying fashion design. She had her first lead role in the 2013 Malayalam film Geethaanjali.[5] She went on to star in films such as Ring Master (2014), Idhu Enna Maayam (2015), Rajini Murugan (2016), Remo (2016), Nenu Sailaja (2016), Bairavaa (2017), Nenu Local (2017), Thaana Serndha Kootam (2018), Mahanati (2018), Sandakozhi 2 (2018) and Sarkar (2018).

Early life

Keerthy was born to Malayalam[6] film producer and director G. Suresh Kumar and Tamil actress Menaka.[7][8] She has an elder sister Revathy Suresh. Until class four, Keerthy did her schooling in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[9] She then studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram before coming back to Chennai to join the Pearl Academy, where she completed her degree in fashion design.[10] She also spent time on an exchange program in Scotland for four months, before completing a two-month internship in London. Despite making a career in acting, she has stated that she was also "seriously considering a career in designing".[11][12] Keerthy also plays the violin.[13]


In the early 2000s, Keerthy worked as a child actress in a few of her father's productions, such as Pilots (2000), Achaneyanenikkishtam (2001) and Kuberan (2002) and some television serials.[10] 11 years after Kuberan, she made her debut as a lead actress in Priyadarshan's horror film Geethaanjali,[14] in which she had a dual role. She was still studying during that time and shot for Geethanjali during her semester break.[15] Reviews on the film and her performance were mixed, with Sify writing that she "does put in some effort but makes only a limited impression in a double role",[16] while Rediff wrote that she "has got a plum role but whether she impresses with her acting prowess is another matter".[17] In 2014, Keerthy had her next release Ring Master, directed by Rafi of Rafi Mecartin duo, in which she shared screen space with Dileep. She played a blind girl,[18] which she said was much more challenging than her double role in Geethanjali.[19] The film was a commercial success,[20][21] being termed a "super hit" by Sify.[22]

In 2014, Keerthy accepted her first projects outside of Malayalam and signed on to appear in several Tamil film projects simultaneously. Her first film release was A. L. Vijay's romantic comedy Idhu Enna Maayam (2015), opposite Vikram Prabhu, though the film did not perform well at the box office.[23] Her busy schedule throughout 2015 meant that she had to opt out of films which she had already started working on, including Krishna's Maane Thaene Paeye and Deekay's Kavalai Vendam, in order to accommodate bigger projects.[24] She consequently worked on two films with Sivakarthikeyan in quick succession, Rajini Murugan and Remo, while also playing the lead role in Prabhu Solomon's Thodari, alongside Dhanush.[25] Her Telugu debut film was planned to be Ainaa Ishtam Nuvvu[26] but it was canceled.[citation needed] Subsequently, the debut was the 2016 film Nenu Sailaja with actor Ram Pothineni. In January 2017, Keerthy appeared in Bairavaa, opposite actor Vijay and directed by Bharathan.[27] She also appeared in Tamil film Paambhu Sattai and Telugu film Nenu Local in 2017.[28][29]

In early 2018, she appeared in Agnyaathavaasi and Thaana Serndha Kootam. She also acted in Nag Ashwin's Telugu-Tamil bilingual epic Mahanati where she portrayed the late southern actress Savitri and for which her performance has received critical acclaim.[30] In late 2018, she appeared in three consecutive commercial films, Saamy 2 opposite Vikram,[31] Sandakozhi 2 opposite Vishal,[32] and Sarkar starring Vijay, directed by AR Murugadoss.[33]

In mid-2019, she made a cameo appearance in the Nagarjuna starrer Manmadhudu 2, which was directed by Rahul Ravindran.[34]

In 2020, she appeared in the thriller film Penguin, which released on Amazon Prime due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As of 2020, she has signed on to appear in multiple projects such as a Malayalam film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham alongside Mohanlal and directed by Priyadarshan,[35] and three Telugu films: Miss India,[36] Good Luck Sakhi [37] and Rang De opposite Nithiin.[38] She has also announced that she is one of the female leads in Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe directed by Siva.[39]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2000 Pilots Church kid Malayalam Child artist
2001 Achaneyanenikkishtam Kunjunni's classmate
2002 Kuberan Siddharth's adopted child [40]
2013 Geethaanjali Geetha, Anjali
2014 Ring Master Karthika
2015 Idhu Enna Maayam Maya Tamil
2016 Nenu Sailaja Sailaja Telugu
Rajini Murugan Karthika Devi Tamil
Thodari Saroja
Remo Kavya
2017 Bairavaa Malarvizhi
Paambhu Sattai Veni
Nenu Local Keerthi Telugu
2018 Agnyaathavaasi Sukumari
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Madhu Tamil
Mahanati Savitri Telugu
Nadigaiyar Thilagam Tamil
Seema Raja Bhoomi Tamil Cameo appearance
Saamy Square Diya Also singer for "Pudhu Metro Rail" [41]
Sandakozhi 2 Sembaruthi
Sarkar Nila
2019 Manmadhudu 2 Suma Telugu Cameo appearance [42]
2020 Penguin Rhythm Tamil
Amazon Prime film [43][44]
Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham   Aarcha Malayalam Post-production [45]
Miss India   Manasa Telugu Post- production [46]
Good Luck Sakhi   Sakhi Filming [47]
Annaatthe   TBA Tamil Filming [48]
2021 Rang De   Anu Filming [49]


Year Serial Channel Language Notes Ref
2004 Santhana Gopalam Surya TV Malayalam Child artist [50]
2005 Krishna Kripa Sagaram Amrita TV Malayalam Child artist [51]
2016 Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi Star Vijay Tamil Contestant Game reality show
2018 Sun Naam Oruvar Sun TV Tamil Herself Chat Show on Social Causes

Awards and nominations

Keerthy Suresh awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2014 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut – Malayalam Geethaanjali Won [52]
16th Asianet Film Awards Best New Face of the year Won [53]
2015 Edison Awards Best Female Rising Star Idhu Enna Maayam Won [54]
2016 5th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut - Tamil Won [55]
2017 64th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Nenu Sailaja Nominated [56]
6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debut Actress – Telugu Nominated [57]
Zee Telugu Golden Awards Best Debut Actress Nominated [58]
Entertainer Of The Year Nominated
2018 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Actress Mahanati Nominated [59]
2019 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Actress Nadigaiyar Thilagam Nominated [60]
Special Jury Award Won
Edison Awards Best Actress Nominated [61]
National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Actress Mahanati Won [62]
Zee Cine Awards – Telugu Best Actress Won [63]
8th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress – Telugu Won [64]
TSRTV9 National Film Awards Best Actress Won [65]
66th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Won [66][67]


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