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. In January 2020, he contested in the second season of Malayalam reality TV show Bigg Boss.
P. T. Saju
14 October 1973
|Other names||Pashanam Shaji|
|Years active||2014 – present|
Saju Navodaya was born sixth among nine children to Pappanikunnel Thankappan and Manka at Udayamperoor, Kochi in Kerala, India. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2014||Mannar Mathai Speaking 2||Thief||Mamas|
|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|
|Life of Josutty||Rameshan||Jeethu Joseph|
|Pathemari||Narayanan's Roommate||Salim Ahamed|
|Amar Akbar Anthony||Rejimon||Nadirshah|
|Marubhoomiyile Aana||Kamal's asst||V. K. Prakash|
|Thoppil Joppan||Eldho||Johny Antony|
|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|
- Bhima Jewels Comedy Festival
- Comedy Stars season 1
- Comedy Super Nights 2
- Cinemaa Chirima
- Pashanam Shaji Speaking
- Kaliyil Alpam Kaaryam
- Tamaar Pataar
- Comedy Stars Plus
- Onam Upperi
- Nalla Best Family
- Bigg Boss (Malayalam season 2)
- Priyapetta Nattukare
- Comedy stars season 2
- Star Singer season 8
- Boeing Boeing (Web Series)
- Sura Chettai (Web Series)
- Funs Upon a time
|1||2016||"Manja Kattil Pokande"||Aadupuliyattam||Jayaram, Ramesh Pisharody||Malayalam||Ratheesh Vegha|
|1||2015||Ramu Karyat Film Awards||Best Comedian||Multiple movies||Malayalam||Kerala|
|2||2016||Asianet Comedy Awards||Most Promising Actor||Multiple movies||Malayalam||Kerala|
- "Saju Navodaya". Filmibeat.
- "Manam Pole Mangalyam: Pashanam Shaji & Reshmi". jaihind.tv. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
- 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.
- "Bigg Boss Malayalam 2 update, Day 7: Saju Navodaya becomes the new captain". The Times of India. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.