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Suman (born Suman Talwar; 28 August 1959) is an Indian film actor known for his work predominantly in Telugu cinema. He was one of the most prominent stars of Telugu cinema during the 1980s. He has also played the roles of Gods like Venkateswara, Shiva, and Rama in Telugu. Suman has also starred in Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada films.[1] He enacted the historic character Pazhayamveedan Chandhu Nambiar in the biopic Pazhassi Raja.[2]

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Suman Talwar

(1959-08-28) 28 August 1959 (age 59)
Other namesMr.Agar Io
Years active1977 - Present

Suman started his career in the role of a police officer in the Tamil movie Neechal kulam (1977) produced by T.R.Rammanna. Then he appeared in Tamil film Thee (1981) where he played a sincere police officer. In a career spanning almost 4 decades, he acted in more than 150 films as a hero in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and English language films. He has acted as the male lead in 99 Telugu films. He returned to acting by playing the villain in the Tamil films Sivaji and Kuruvi. He was cast as the main antagonist in the Malayalam movie Sagar alias Jacky.[3] He won Nandi Award for Best Actor for the film Bava Bavamaridi.[4] He has also won the Asianet Film Honour Special Jury Award in 2009. Suman is also starred in the Hollywood film Death And Taxis.[5]


Early lifeEdit

Born in Mangalore to a tulu speaking billava(Poojary) family, his family later moved to Chennai where he did his schooling from The Besant Theosophical High School, Chennai and B.A. in English Literature. His mother, Kesari Chandra, was the Principal of the Ethiraj College for women in Chennai. His father, Susheel Chandra, worked for I.O.C. Chennai. His mother tongue is Tulu. Suman learnt music and Sanskrit from H.A.S. Shastri.[6]


He was one of the prominent actors of the Tamil and Telugu screens, earning Rs 5 lakh per film and completely booked up to the end of 1988. And then, suddenly, the bubble burst. One night police arrived at Suman's house, seized some pornographic video tapes and arrested Suman. The charge against him was far more serious than the mere illegal possession of a few blue films. Suman was arrested on the basis of far more offensive complaints filed by three young girls claiming that he had abducted, raped and forced them to act in blue films. Overnight, the hero of the film industry became its blackest villain. Later all these allegations were proved to be false in Tamil Nadu court.[7]



  1. ^ Suman recalls services of Jayashankar - The Hindu
  2. ^ Mangalore: Telugu Actor Suman Talwar's Heart Beats for Tulunadu
  3. ^ Actor Suman talks about 'Amma Nanna O Sneham' - Video | The Times of India
  4. ^ "Nandi Awards - 1993 - Winners & Nominees".
  5. ^ "Angel Of Death". youtube. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  6. ^ Tuluva Hero. Mangalore Today News Network. Mangalore, 24 October 2012,
  7. ^ "Tamil Nadu: Fallen hero".

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