Saju Navodaya

Pappanikunnel Thankappan Saju (born 14 October 1973), better known by his stage name Saju Navodaya, is an Indian actor and comedian who works in Malayalam films, television and stage. He began his career as a comedian on stage shows and later forayed into television and into films.[1] In January 2020, he contested in the second season of Malayalam reality TV show Bigg Boss.

Saju Navodaya
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Saju during Kairali TV event in Doha, 2016
Born
P. T. Saju

(1973-10-14) 14 October 1973 (age 47)
Other namesPashanam Shaji
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • mimicry artist
Years active2014 – present
Spouse(s)Resmi

Personal lifeEdit

Saju Navodaya was born sixth among nine children to Pappanikunnel Thankappan and Manka at Udayamperoor, Kochi in Kerala, India.[2] He did his schooling at SNDP HSS, Udayamperoor. He was a regular participant in almost all the competitions in school youth festivals. Saju has directed many dramas which won prizes in Ernakulam district level youth festivals in late 1990s. He studied at Sree Rama Varma Government Sanskrit College, Thrippunithura before starting a dance institute in Udayamperoor to teach classical and cinematic dance.[3] He is also an ardent follower of sports and enjoys playing Cricket and Association football. He has organized and managed sports teams, sports clubs and sports events, such as cricket and football tournaments. Saju Navodaya is married to Resmi, a trained classical dancer.

CareerEdit

Saju began his career as an amateur mimicry artist performing in stage shows for some local clubs and festivals in his hometown. A professional mimicry artist Manoj Guinness gave him an opportunity in his professional mimicry troupe in Kochi named Cochin Navodaya. Later on, Saju's name was changed to Saju Navodaya after associating with the troupe.[4] He was known for imitating actors that made him a regular performer during stage shows presented by his troupe in India and abroad.

As of 2020, Saju is the Captain of the Mimicry Artists Association Fighter (MAA Fighters), a team in the Celebrity Cricket Fraternity (CCF), a Cricket league that includes film actors, directors, assistant directors, musicians, producers, choreographers, television actors, mimicry artistes, and media professionals.[5] In January 2020, he entered as a contestant in the second season of the 15 week-long Malayalam reality television show Bigg Boss (Malayalam season 2), broadcast on Asianet and hosted by actor Mohanlal. He was elected as the Captain of the Bigg Boss house four times, in week 2, 6, 7, and 8.[6]

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director Note
2014 Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 Thief Mamas
Vellimoonga Kochappy Jibu Jacob
Little Superman
2015 Mariyam Mukku Nazerath James Albert
Ivan Maryadaraman Traveler in train Suresh Divakar
Bhaskar The Rascal Vikraman Siddique
Oru Second Class Yathra Biju Jexson Antony & Rejis Antony
Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare Jayadevan's Helper Kannan Thamarakkulam
Acha Dhin Police Officer G Marthandan
Jamna Pyari Sreenivasan Thomas Sebastian
Utopiayile Rajavu Kamal
Life of Josutty Rameshan Jeethu Joseph
Pathemari Narayanan's Roommate Salim Ahamed
Amar Akbar Anthony Rejimon Nadirshah
2016 Kattumakkan Shalil Kallur
Hallelooya Uthaman Sudhi Anna
Aadupuliyattam Saju Kannan Thamarakkulam
Marubhoomiyile Aana Kamal's asst V. K. Prakash
Thoppil Joppan Eldho Johny Antony
2017 Achayans Kannan Thamarakkulam
2018 Kalyanam Panchayath Member Rajesh Nair
Ladoo Itoope Arungeorge K David
Karinkannan Das Pappan Narippatta Leading role
2019 Old is Gold Prakash Kunjhan Moorayil
Prakashante Metro Haseena Suneer
Kochin Carnival Nazeer Anish Krishna Filming
March Randam Vyazham Jahangir Ummar
Vattamesha Sammelanam Vipin Atley
A for Apple B. Madhu and S. Kumar
Mattoru Kadavil Kuliscene 2 Rahul K. Shaji Short film debut
2020 Panavally Pandavas Himself Debut as writer and director
2021 Velukkakka Oppu Ka Ashok R Klatha OTT Release

TelevisionEdit

Playback singerEdit

No. Year Song Film Co-singers Language Music Notes
1 2016 "Manja Kattil Pokande" Aadupuliyattam Jayaram, Ramesh Pisharody Malayalam Ratheesh Vegha

AwardsEdit

No. Year Organization Category Movie Language Place Notes
1 2015 Ramu Karyat Film Awards Best Comedian Multiple movies Malayalam Kerala
2 2016 Asianet Comedy Awards Most Promising Actor Multiple movies Malayalam Kerala

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Saju Navodaya". Filmibeat.
  2. ^ Mangalam.com
  3. ^ "Manam Pole Mangalyam: Pashanam Shaji & Reshmi". jaihind.tv. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  4. ^ Manoramaonline.com
  5. ^ Anand, Shilpa Nair (20 February 2020). "Malayalam film and media celebrities come together to form a league, Celebrity Cricket Fraternity to play cricket". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Bigg Boss Malayalam 2 update, Day 7: Saju Navodaya becomes the new captain". The Times of India. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.

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