Suraj Sharma (born 21 March 1993) is an Indian actor who made his debut with 2012 film Life of Pi. Directed by Ang Lee, Life of Pi was adapted from the novel of the same name, and earned him critical acclaim as well as a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination. In 2014, he portrayed Aayan Ibrahim in season 4 of the Showtime series Homeland. He currently stars as Rakesh Singh in the CBS comedy-drama series God Friended Me. In his next feature film The Illegal, directed by Danish Renzu, he is cast alongside Shweta Tripathi.
Sharma promoting Life of Pi, 2012
|Born||21 March 1993|
|Alma mater||St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi|
Life and careerEdit
Sharma was born and brought up in a Malayali family in New Delhi, India. His father, Gokul Churai, is a software engineer from Thalassery, Kerala, and his mother, Shailaja Sharma, is an economist from Palakkad, Kerala. He has a younger brother, Sriharsh Sharma, who has also acted in two films, and a younger sister, Dhruvatara Sharma. Among schools, he attended Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and later studied at St. Stephen's College. With no prior acting experiences, he auditioned along with his brother for the role of Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel in Life of Pi (2012). Sharma went through several rounds of auditions before winning the title role, beating out 3,000 other young men including Rajiv Surendra and Naren Weiss. Director Ang Lee has stated that he selected Sharma primarily based on his expressive eyes and innocent appearance. According to him, Sharma had not only the emotion, but also the "look" of Pi. His "medium complexion" and "average build" were deemed perfect for the role. The film was met with critical acclaim, winning four Academy Awards; Sharma's performance received positive reviews, and he was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Since filming Life of Pi, Sharma returned to studying philosophy at St. Stephen's College, Delhi of Delhi University. He intends to continue working in filmmaking in some capacity. He is currently undertaking a Mass Communication course at New York University. In 2014, he portrayed Aayan Ibrahim, nephew of a terrorist, in season 4 of the Showtime political thriller series Homeland. That same year, he portrayed Rinku Singh in the sports biopic Million Dollar Arm. He then co-starred with Tony Revolori in the Indian comedy-drama Umrika, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, he starred in the Mongolian-American adventure drama film Burn Your Maps. He has also portrayed the role of Kanan Gill in his first Bollywood venture, Anshai Lal's romance comedy Phillauri co-starring Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh. He currently stars as Rakesh Singh in the CBS comedy-drama series God Friended Me. His next feature film is titled The Illegal directed by Danish Renzu a drama film based on an immigrants experience in Los Angeles. The film also stars Shweta Tripathi and Iqbal Theba alongside him.
|2012||Life of Pi||Pi Patel||Nominated – BAFTA Rising Star Award|
|2014||Million Dollar Arm||Rinku Singh|
|2016||Burn Your Maps||Ismail|
|2017||The Hungry||Ankur Joshi|
|2017||The Lost||Dev Mukherjee||Short film|
|2019||Happy Death Day 2U||Samar Ghosh|
|2014–2015||Homeland||Aayan Ibrahim||7 episodes|
|2018||God Friended Me||Rakesh Singh||Series regular|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2012||British Academy Film Awards||Rising Star||Life of Pi||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Young Actor/Actress||Nominated|
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society||Youth in Film||Won|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Breakthrough Performance On Camera||Nominated|
|2013||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|Best Scared-As-Shit Performance||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Won|
|Empire Awards||Best Male Newcomer||Nominated|
|Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance – Male||Nominated|
|2015||London Indian Film Festival||Pure Heaven Outstanding Young Talent||Himself||Won|
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- "Memoir by Rajiv Surendra traces actor’s parallels with Life of Pi". The Globe and Mail, November 18, 2016.
- "Shuttling between worlds". Deccan Chronicle, June 22, 2017.
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- Sneider, Jeff (17 April 2013). 'Life of Pi' Star Suraj Sharma Joins Jon Hamm in Disney's 'Million Dollar Arm'. TheWrap. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- McNary, Dave (23 July 2015). "Vera Farmiga, Virginia Madsen Starring in Comedy-Drama 'Burn Your Maps'". Variety. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "Anushka Sharma announces new romantic movie 'Phillauri' under her production house". DNA India. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- "First 'Happy Death Day 2' Casting Announced; Jessica Rothe Returns as Tree! - Bloody Disgusting". bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 1 May 2018.