Shaam (actor)

Shamshuddin Ibrahim (born 4 April 1977), known professionally as Shaam, is an Indian actor and model who mainly appears Tamil and Telugu-language films. Starting his career as a professional model, he soon made his acting debut in the film 12B (2001). He further appeared in lead roles in critically successful films such as Lesa Lesa (2003), Iyarkai (2003), and Ullam Ketkumae (2005), which was also successful commercially. He garnered acclaim for his role in Kick (2009), which earned him the name Kick Shaam. Kick enabled Shaam to star in other successful films such as Race Gurram (2014). After a hiatus, he returned to Tamil cinema with 6 (2013) and Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (2015), both of which released to positive reviews.

Shamshuddin Ibrahim[1]

(1977-04-04) 4 April 1977 (age 44)
Other namesMuhammad Shamshuddin Ibrahim
OccupationFilm actor, model
Years active2000–present
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Spouse(s)Kashish (m. 2003)

Early lifeEdit

Shaam was born on 4 April 1977 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu,[2] into a Tamil Muslim Rowther family. His father hails from Madurai, while his mother is from Tiruppathur.[3] He grew up in Bengaluru,[3] where he pursued his studies. After completing his B Com, he did modelling through which he hoped to become an actor.[4]


2000–2005: Debut and successEdit

Shaam began his career as a model in Bengaluru, modelling for various ads. Keen on pursuing an acting career, he was vainly searching for acting offers for four years.[5] He auditioned for the lead role in Kadhalar Dhinam (1999), but did not receive the role.[6] He then, following the recommendation of his model coordinator Biju Jayadevan, got to meet cinematographer Jeeva, who was planning to make his directorial debut and was on the lookout for a new face for the film's lead role.[2] Shaam was given the role for the film 12B.[7] Shaam recollects that during his first meeting with Jeeva, he handed over his portfolio and introduced himself in English, when Jeeva heard him out, and then said, "Repeat what you just said, in Tamil" and Shaam did, and was subsequently signed on the next day after a meeting with producer Vikram Singh.[8][5] The promos of the film were critically praised with Shaam signing on to appear on several projects before 12B even released.[9]

His second feature film, however, the S J Suryah-directed Kushi, in which he appeared in a cameo role, released first, since 12B got stuck in production and released in 2001 only.[10] The film which was a blatant rip-off of Sliding Doors, fetched rave reviews and was seen as a "dream entry" for Shaam,[5] his performance was praised as "apt"[11] His subsequent releases including Vasanth's Yai! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukey! (2002), Bala (2002), Anbe Anbe (2003) and Priyadarshan's Lesa Lesa (2003), garnered only average or poor box office returns.[12] Shaam was approached to play the third male lead role in Aaytha Ezhuthu, but was unable to sign the film because of date issues with Iyarkai.[13] His final release of 2003 was Iyarkai by debutant S P Jananathan, which also failed at the box office due to a delayed release, but opened to high critical acclaim, even winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.[14]

Ullam Ketkumae, directed by Jeeva, finally was a commercial success.[12] It is Shaam's first successful film and a critic noted that "he is able to bring out the sensibilities of the character".[15] ABCD, a romance film released in August 2005.[16]

2006–2008: DownfallsEdit

In 2006, he acted in love story, Manathodu Mazhaikalam. The film was released to negative reviews.[17] He made his Kannada debut in the film Tananam Tananam.[18]

In 2007, post the death of Jeeva, Shaam struggled to succeed in the Tamil film industry.[19]

In 2008, he appeared in the film, Thoondil directed by K. S. Adhiyaman.[20] The next is Inba alongside Sneha. It's the third collaboration between Shaam and actress Sneha.[21] These films had no impact at the box office.

2009–2018: Kick and beyondEdit

Following several more unsuccessful films, he got a major break in Surender Reddy's Telugu action film Kick (2009) as a police officer. He went on to play similar roles in Veera (2011)[22] and Race Gurram (2014).[23] Shaam signed his second Telugu film, a biopic Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. However, due to the crisis in Andhra Pradesh at the time, the film failed to materialize.[24] Shaam tried his luck in Hindi with director Faisal Saif in the Hindi-Tamil bilingual titled Mujhe Maaf Karo.[25] The film, however, got stuck in production.[26] He reprised the role in the Tamil remake, titled Thillalangadi (2010).[27] Regarding his role in Veera, a critic noted that "Shaam fits into his character perfectly, but he has hardly any screen time to shine".[28] Post the release of Kick, Shaam further collaborated with Reddy in Oosaravelli (2011),[29] Race Gurram (2014),[25] and Kick 2 (2015).[30] He was cast in negative roles in several other Telugu-language films including Kalyanram Kathi (2011)[31] and Oxygen (2017).[32] He also signed several Tamil and Telugu bilingual ventures including 6, but the film released only in Tamil.[1][33]

In late 2011, he appeared in the film 6, which released to positive reviews. For his role in the film, Shaam spent more than a dozen sleepless nights, which resulted in a big swelling below his eyes and for another look, hereduced his weight and grew his hair long and a beard.[34] Although the film released to positive reviews, the film failed to do well at the box office.[35] After the positive response of the film, Kannada actor, Sudeep, announced that he was going to do a multilingual film with Shaam.[36]

In mid 2014, Shaam appear as Allu Arjun's brother in the film Race Gurram (2014). In a review of the film, a critic stated that "Shaam as the arrogant elder brother Ram delivers a good performance".[37] He was signed to portray one of the lead roles in Kaala Koothu in 2015 and grew his beard for the role. However, he left the role due to differences with the director.[38] In 2015, he won critical acclaim for his portrayal of an honest police officer in Jananathan's political drama Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (2015), which had an ensemble cast featuring Arya and Vijay Sethupathi.[3] In an IBT review of the film, the reviewer stated that "Shaam as a police officer stands out among all the leading characters, with the intensity he portrays in his role".[39] Shaam's next release was the Kannada suspense thriller Game, which was also shot in Tamil as Oru Melliya Kodu alongside Arjun and Manisha Koirala.[40] The Kannada version released in February 2016 to positive reviews and the Tamil version released in July 2016 to mixed reviews.[41][42] That same year, he played a negative role in the Kannada-language film Santhu Straight Forward.[43] He made his Malayalam debut with The Great Father (2017).[44] In August 2017, he was cast in Venkat Prabhu's multi-starrer Party in a negative role; however, the film remains unreleased as of 2020.[45][46]

2019–present: Career decline and resurgenceEdit

After a brief sabbatical in Tamil films, Shaam returned with the long delayed Tamil film Kaaviyyan in 2019.[47] The film released to negative reviews. The Times of India wrote that "The film, however, is sure to disappoint those who even go without any expectation".[48][49] He will star in Naanga Romba Busy with Prasanna.[50]

Personal lifeEdit

Shaam has three brothers and two sisters.[5]

He is married to a Punjabi, Kashish, who was his collegemate.[51][52][4]


Year Title Role Language Notes
2000 Kushi Shiva's friend Tamil Uncredited role
2001 12B Shakthivel
2002 Yai! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukey! Hari
Bala Bala
2003 Anbe Anbe Cheenu
Lesa Lesa Rakesh
Iyarkai Marudhu
2005 Girivalam Arjun
Ullam Ketkumae Shyam
ABCD Anand
2006 Manathodu Mazhaikalam Siva
Tananam Tananam Shankar Kannada
2008 Thoondil Sriram Tamil
Inba Inba
2009 Kick Kalyan Krishna Telugu
Anthony Yaar? Anthony Tamil
2010 Thillalangadi Krishna Kumar
Kalyanram Kathi Krishna Mohan Telugu
Agam Puram Thiru Tamil
2011 Veera Shyam Prasad Telugu
Oosaravelli Niharika's Brother
Kshetram Chakradeva Rayalu
2013 Action 3D Ajay
6 Ram Tamil Also co-producer
2014 Race Gurram Ram Prasad Telugu
2015 Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai Macaulay Tamil 25th Film
Kick 2 Kalyan Krishna Telugu Cameo appearance
2016 Game Akshay Kannada
Oru Melliya Kodu Tamil
Santhu Straight Forward Deva Kannada
2017 The Great Father Samuel Malayalam Cameo appearance
Oxygen Mahendra Raghupathi Telugu
2019 Kaaviyyan Akilan Vishwanath Tamil
2020 Naanga Romba Busy ACP Ravichandran Tamil Television film


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  2. ^ a b "Stars : Star Interviews : Excl: Interview with Shaam". Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Srinivasan, Sudhir (23 May 2015). "Acting is the last thing an actor should do". The Hindu.
  4. ^ a b "Stars : Star Interviews : Excl: Interview with Shaam". Archived from the original on 31 August 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d Rangarajan, Malathi (24 November 2003). "Sailing with SHAAM". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
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  8. ^ "Making progress steadily, surely". The Hindu. 19 October 2007.
  9. ^ "The Hindu : Riding high on '12B' fame".
  10. ^ "Actor Shaam made his debut in Vijay's 'Kushi' – Times of India". The Times of India.
  11. ^ "The Hindu : Film Review: 12 B".
  12. ^ a b "The ABCD of Shaam's life!". Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  13. ^ "Bhoot, now in Tamil". Retrieved 9 March 2020.
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  20. ^ "Review: Thoondil fails".
  21. ^ "Review: A dull Inba".
  22. ^ "They call me Kick Shaam!". Rediff.
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  27. ^ "Thillalangadi is a ridiculous pot-boiler". Rediff.
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  29. ^ "NTR Jr's back with Oosaravelli this Dussehra". Rediff.
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  32. ^ "Oxygen Review: Entire first half runs on flimsy sequences". Sify.
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  40. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (27 February 2016). "Where every character plays a 'Game'". The Hindu.
  41. ^ "Game Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  42. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (2 July 2016). "Oru Melliya Kodu movie review: Despite glitches, worth a watch". Deccan Chronicle.
  43. ^ "Review: Santhu... is out-and-out Yash's show". The New Indian Express.
  44. ^ "Arya helps Shaam make his Mollywood debut – Times of India". The Times of India.
  45. ^ "Shaam plays a stylish baddie in VP's 'Party'". Sify.
  46. ^ "Venkat Prabhu is disappointed with the delay in 'Party' release!". Sify.
  47. ^ "Shaam's 'Kaaviyan', a cop thriller set in Las Vegas". The New Indian Express.
  48. ^ "Kaaviyyan Movie Review: A sloppy script staged in an artificial set up with hardly any character arc". The Times of India.
  49. ^ "Tamil Actor Arrested In Chennai For Gambling, Tokens Found At Flat: Cops".
  50. ^ "Mayabazar 2016 Tamil remake goes on floors". The New Indian Express.
  51. ^ "With love, my dear!". Times of India. 19 December 2009.
  52. ^ "Shaam to tie the knot!". The Hindu. 9 December 2002.

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