Sai Kumar (Malayalam actor)

Sai Kumar, also credited as Saikumar, is an Indian actor who appears in Malayalam films. He is the son of Malayalam actor late Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair. He appears in both positive and negative roles. He notably plays the hero role in Ramji Rao Speaking, and the villain in Makkal Mahatmyam.

Saikumar
Born (1963-03-30) March 30, 1963 (age 59)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor
Years active1977 – present
Spouses
  • Prasanna Kumari
    (m. 1986; div. 2007)
  • (m. 2009)
Children1
Parents
Relatives

Personal lifeEdit

Sai Kumar is the son of actor Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair and Vijayalakshmi Amma. He has seven sisters, five elder and two younger. Actress Shobha Mohan is his elder sister and actor Vinu Mohan and Anu Mohan are his nephews. He was first married to Prasanna Kumari, but their marriage collapsed. They have a daughter named Vaishnavi from this marriage. He later married actress Bindu Panicker.[1]

CareerEdit

Sai Kumar started his career in theatre. He was offered the lead role in the film Swathi Thirunal (film), but it was later done by Anant Nag. He made his debut in the blockbuster Ramji Rao Speaking (1989). It was directed by two debutantes, Siddique and Lal (Siddique-Lal), and had debutant actors Sai Kumar and Rekha in the lead. Sai Kumar debuted in cinema in the 1977 film Vidarunna Mottukal as a child artist. He started his career with comedy roles, and gradually moved to character roles. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor for his performance in the 2007 film Anandabhairavi.

The success of the film helped him to earn a lot of opportunities in the next few years. He has done leading roles in a few films such as Sauhradam, Thudarkkatha, Khoshayathra, Anantha Vrithantham, and Thooval Sparsam. But in that age of comedy, he could not make an impact as a hero, while Mukesh, Jagadeesh and Siddique were cast in low-budget movies. Sai Kumar remained active in the industry with supporting, character and negative roles in films including In Harihar Nagar, Saandram, Makkal Mahalmyam, Griha Pravesam and Ayushkalam. The sequel to Ramji Rao Speaking; Mannar Mathai Speaking was a blockbuster of 1995. This time Mukesh played the lead role. His villain role in Mammootty's 1996 blockbuster Hitler was noted. This earned him the reputation of acting the intelligent villain. Sai Kumar's real talent was shown once again in the year 2004 in the film Sethuramayyar CBI. He wisely recreated the sound modulation and mannerisms of actor Sukumaran, because the character which Sai Kumar had done was the son of "Inspector Devadas" in the film Oru CBI Diary Kurippu.

Sai Kumar's golden period started in the late 1990s. He was cast in the super hit Aaraam Thampuran by Shaji Kailas where he played the close friend of hero acted by the Malayalam film star Mohanlal. Then he became the inevitable ingredient of all the superstar movies. He played villain to Mohanlal in Narasimham (2000), Thandavam (2001) and Chathurangam (2001). His prominence was evident from the posters of Thandavam, where his pictures were printed the same size as Mohanlal's. In movies such as Valliettan and Vesham he played villain to Mammootty. In the Dileep movie Kunjikkoonan (2002), he appeared in a completely different get-up of a cruel Goonda called Keeri Vasu, which was much acclaimed.

2005 was a very good year for Sai Kumar in which he acted in Rajamanikyam, Mammootty's mega-hit where he played an older man. This made the directors rethink his range of characters. In Suresh Gopi's comeback film Bharathchandran I.P.S., he played the villain. He described the role as an anti-hero, not a villain, since he leads the story in the first 45 minutes until Suresh Gopi appears. He also played the supporting role as DYSP Pothen in the Suresh Gopi hit The Tiger.

He lent his voice for Sathyaraj in Aagathan and also dubbed for Thiagarajan in Thilakkam.

In 2007, he won accolades for his performance as a Kathakali artist and the father of a highly talented but ailing son in Anandabhairavi. Director Vinayan described him as talented as Mohanlal, which is the best compliment for his acting abilities.

AwardsEdit

Partial filmographyEdit

As an actorEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Vidarunna Mottukal Vikraman Child Artiste
1981 Kathayariyathe
1982 Ithum Oru Jeevitham
1989 Ramji Rao Speaking Balakrishnan Debut Film as Lead Role
Nagapanchami
1990 Purappad
Annakutty Kodambakkam Vilikunnu Chandi Kunju
Sunday 7.P.M Williams
Rajavazhcha Vijayaraghavan
Orukkam Freddy
In Harihar Nagar Andrews
Kuruppinte Kanakku Pustakom
Ee Kannikoodi Ravindran
Anantha Vruthantham Ananthan
Oliyambukal Thampi
Thoovalsparsham Vinod
Saandhram Unni
Ananthanum Appukkuttanum Aanayundu
1991 Kakkathollayiram
Bhoomika
Kadalorakattu Vijayan
Kilukkampetti Raju
Agni Nilavu Dileep
Vacation
Souhridham
Oru Tharam Randu Tharam Moonu Tharam Suresh
Thudar Katha Vishnu Narayanan
Khanta Kavyam
Arangu
Vasudha
Apoorvam Chilar
May Dinam Martin
Irikku M. D. Akathundu Suresh
1992 Maanthrika Cheppu Sabu Cheriyan
Makkal Mahatmiyam Krishnankutty
Satyaprathinja
Kasarkode Kadarbhai
Neelakurukkan
Ezhara Ponnana Balan
Pramanikal
Sooryachakram
Vasudha
Congratulations Miss Anitha Menon
Ellarum Chollanu
Aayushkalam Alex
Oru Kochu Bhoomikulukkam
1993 Ghoshayathra Abdu
Kulapathy
Journalist Venu
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons
Chamayam Charlie
1994 Kambolam Royachan
Paalayam Arun
Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Binoy Vishwam
Gothram
1995 Mannar Mathai Speaking Balakrishnan
Thriumanassu Nandan
1996 Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar Mathews
Hitler Nandakumar
Easwaramoorthy IN SI Ramesh/Hari
1997 Bhoopathi Sasi Varma
Rajathanthram Rameshan
Asuravamsam Bobby
Vamsam Kurishinkal Vavachan
Janadhipathyam K. Gopinatha Menon
Aaram Thampuran Nandakumar
1998 Samantharagal
Alibabayum Ararakallanmarum MLA Jose Parakkan
The Truth John DySP
Ayushman Bava
1999 Ustaad Giri
Stalin Sivadas Commissioner Sarath
Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum
Vazhunnor Aloshi
The Godman MP Jayadevan
Pallavur Devanarayanan Zachariah
Independence Raghavan (CM)
Aayiram Meni Bharathan
Jananayakan Eliyas
2000 Narasimham Manappally Sudheeran IPS
Life Is Beautiful
Neelathadakathile Nizhalpakshikal
Punaradivasam
Valliettan Patteri Sivaraman Nair
Summer Palace
Varavai Vijayachandran
Dada Sahib Mohammad Kutty
2001 Karumadikkuttan
Rakshasa Rajav ADGP Gomas Alexander
Ravanaprabhu Unni
Nagaravadhu Narendra Babu
Agraharam
Suryachakram
Unnathangalil Antony
2002 Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan Rajasekhara Varma
Krishnapakshakilikal
Devan Chetta Raghu Tamil film
Kunjikoonan Vasu
Shivam Medayil Devarajan
Thandavam Sankar Das
Videsi Nair Swadesi Nair Sivapal
Chathurangam K.C. Korah
Nandanam Ramadasan
Ente Hridhayathinte Udama Rajeevan
2003 Vasanthamallika Varadarajan
Arasu Sabapathy Tamil film
Pattalam Vishwanathan
Mizhi Randilum R. P
The Kingmaker Leader Varghese
Janakeeyam Ravi
War & Love Maj. Prabhakaran
Ammakilikkoodu Sidharth
2004 Sethurama Iyer CBI Sathya Das
Sasneham Sumithra DYSP Sathyadas, son of retd. DYSP Devadas
Kerala House Udan Vilpanakku Mahendran Kondody
Udayam Kochu Varkey
Koottu Vishwambharan
Agninakshathram Swami
Thalamelam C.R. Dasan
Mayilattam Thevar
Thudakkam Jacob Mathew I.A.S
Vesham Sivan
2005 Finger Print
Chandrolsavam Karunakaran
Viralthumbilaaro
Pauran Gopalji
Bharathchandran I.P.S. Haidar Ali Hassan
Naran
OK Chacko Cochin Mumbai CI Ramanathan
Manikyan
Rajamanikyam Rajarathnam Pillai
Mayookham Indira's father
The Tiger Joseph Pothan
2006 Lion Pavithran
Parayam
The Speed Track Doctor
Achante Ponnumakkal
Rashtram Nooruddin
Chinthamani Kolacase Kannai Parameshwaran
Balram vs. Tharadas
Ashwaroodan Manikoth Marthandan
Prajapathi M. L. A. Kuttikrishnan
Chess Krishnadas
Keerthi Chakra Dutta
Aanachandam Anirudhan
Bhargavacharitham Moonnam Khandam Ramanathan
Mahha Samudram MLA Sebastian
Pathaka Faruk Sha
The Don Subrahmaniam Swamy
Pothan Vava Sivankutty
Chakkara Muthu Police Officer
Yes Your Honour Isaac Samuel
Baba Kalyani Isa Muhammad Haji
2007 Maayavi Aaranimuttom Sivasankaran Pillai
Detective James Joseph
Payumpuli
Anandabhairavi Vasudeva Panikker
Chotta Mumbai Phylwan Michael Ashan
Time Koshi Ebraham Koshi
Sooryan Harinarayanan
Ayurrekha Venugopal
Flash
2008 Roudram Sethu Madhavan/Sethu Mohan Das
Chithrasalabhangalude Veedu
Cycle
Kanichukulangarayil CBI Ajith
Positive
Madambi Madhava Menon
Minnaminnikkoottam Charulatha's father
Mayakazhcha Narendran
Mayabazar Simon Joseph
Twenty:20 Minister Mathai
2009 Black Dahlia
Vaigai Mandakalai Tamil film
Daddy Cool
Puthiya Mukham Sudhi's brother
Meghatheertham Balunarayana Swamy
Shudharil Shudhan Joseph
Sanmanasullavan Appukuttan Dr Mukerji
Dalamarmarangal Pratapan
Utharaswayamvaram
2010 Drona
Yugapurushan
Ringtone
Thanthonni David
Simha Veerakesavudu Telugu film
Alexander The Great
Kutti Sranku Unnithan
Inganeyum Oral Balachandra Menon
Sakudumbam Shyamala Vasudevan
Anwar
Nizhal
Thoovalkattu
2011 Traffic Dr. Saifudeen
Ithu Nammude Katha
Christian Brothers Captain Varghese Mappila
August 15
Manikyakkallu
Lucky Jokers
Kunjettan
Azhakkadal
Veeraputhran
Kathayile Nayika
Innanu aa Kalyanam
2012 Masters Advocate Narayanan Thambi
The King & the Commissioner Veerabhadra Chandramousilurn
Mallu Singh Govindan kutty
Ezham Sooryan
Nadabrahmam
Cinema Company
Simhasanam Madhava Menon
Run Baby Run Bharathan Pillai
Vaidooryam Bhadran
My Boss Thekkepurakkal Prabhakara Varma,Manu' father
Face 2 Face
Ardhanaari
Karmayodha
2013 Lokpal Manuel
Black Ticket Gabriel
Cowboy (2013 film)
Sound Thoma Plapparambil Paulo
Mazhavillinattam Vare
Rebecca Uthup Kizhakkemala Uthup
Blackberry Kurian Joseph
Caribbeans Natarajan
For Sale Joseph
Nadodimannan CM Thomas Chacko
2014 Mannarmathai Speaking 2 Balakrishanan
Ringmaster Elizabeth's husband
Mr. Fraud Intelligence DySP Sajan
Parayan Bakki Vechathu
Mylanchi Moonchulla Veedu Narayana Kurup
Garbhasreeman Dr.Ravishankar
2015 Mili Prabhakaran Nair
Ammakkoru Tharattu
Ennu Ninte Moideen Unni Moideen Sahib
2016 Pavada Joseph
Sahapadi 1975
Jacobinte Swargarajyam Philip
Dooram
Paulettante Veedu
Angane Thanne Nethave Anjettennam Pinnale
James and Alice
Shikhamani
2017 Puthan Panam Chandrababu
History of Joy Andrews
Ramaleela Sakhavu P. Sugathan
Vedham
Villain Dr.Ram
2018 Neerali
Koodasha
Aanakkallan
Theetta Rappai
Krishnam
Chanakya Thanthram Ram Mohan
Orayiram Kinakkalal
2019 Mr & Ms Rowdy Varghese Mapla
Lucifer Mahesha Varma
Moonam Pralayam
1948 Kaalam Paranjathu
Pattabhiraman
Subharathri Ummer
My Santa
2021 Drishyam 2 Vinayachandran
Yuvam
Kaalchilambu
Karannakaran
2022 Aaraattu Satyasheelan
CBI 5: The Brain DYSP Satyadas
Salute Augustine Thomas
Kaduva Kuncheria
Varaal
Bachelors
Ulkkanal
Ram

As dubbing artistEdit

Television serialsEdit

  • Neelaviriyitta Jalakam (Doordarshan)
  • Sathi (Dooradarshan)
  • Amma (Dooradarshan)
  • Vajram (Asianet)
  • Crime and Punishment (Asianet)
  • Silence (Asianet)
  • Snehadooram (Asianet)
  • Manthram (Surya TV)
  • Swantham (Asianet)
  • Kayamkulam Kochunni (surya TV)
  • Omanathinkal Pakshi (Asianet)
  • Sahadharmini (Asianet)
  • Srimahabhagavatham (Asianet)
  • Vishudha Thomasleeha (Asianet)
  • Pazhassiraaja (Asianet)
  • Jagratha (Amritha TV)
  • Vedanayude Viralppaadukal (Kairali TV)
  • Pournami Thinkal (Asianet)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Famous controversies of Malayalam film celebrities". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 December 2020.

External linksEdit