Suraj Vasudevan (born 30 June 1976), professionally credited as Suraj Venjaramoodu, is an Indian film actor, comedian, impressionist, and television presenter, who appears in Malayalam films, television and stage. He has acted in more than 250 films. Throughout 2000s and towards mid-2010s, he played comedic roles in numerous films and has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Comedian three times (2009, 2010, 2013). In his later career, he found success in playing character and leading roles. In 2014, Suraj won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his lead role in Perariyathavar. In 2019, he won Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 and Vikruthi.
30 June 1976
|Years active||2001 –present|
|Relatives||Saji Venjaramoodu (Elder Brother)|
Suraj is the youngest child of the three children of Venjaramood K. Vasudevan Nair, a retired soldier with the Indian Army and Vilasini, a housewife. He was called by his father, mother and relatives by the name "Kuttappan". His elder brother is V. Saji, who was an officer in Indian Army. His elder sister Sunitha V. V. is married and settled in Thiruvananthapuram. Suraj also wanted to serve the Army after completing his Secondary School Leaving Certificate, but had to give up as he broke his arm by falling from a bicycle. He had his primary education from K.V.M.L.P.S, Venjaramoodu. He completed his Mechanical course from Attingal Government ITI and turned to mimicry acting soon after that. His breakthrough came when he acted in Jagapoka, a comedy program which was broadcast on Kairali TV.
Suraj started his career as a stand-up comedian. His mimicry shows were a success with the audience and he was noted for his artificial mockery of the Thiruvananthapuram accent. Later, he was also criticised for this from some audience during his early film career. He first acted in a film named Jagapoga which was a spoof of Malayalam movies. He played the role of Pachan as well as Dadasahib in this film. However the movie was a box office flop and received negative reviews. Suraj then went on to act in several minor roles in films such as Rasikan, Achuvinte Amma, Bus Conductor and Rasathanthram. Suraj grabbed the attention in Malayalam film industry after he assisted Mammootty with the Thiruvananthapuram accent in Rajamanikyam (2005). His first breakthrough came with Thuruppugulan (2006) where he played the sidekick role for the character of Mammootty. Suraj then went on to play the comedy roles in several hit films such as Classmates, Pachakkuthira, Chotta Mumbai and Hallo. In 2007, he got his first major supporting role in Mayavi, which became another major breakthrough in his career. Suraj received appreciation for his role as Peethamparan in Annan Thambi and Jabbar in Lollipop, both of which released in 2008. He played the lead role for the first time with Duplicate (2009). Suraj's iconic comedy character Dasamoolam Damu came out with the movie Chattambinaadu (2009). The character became popular several years after the release of Chattambinaadu and eventually attained a cult status. He won his first Kerala State Film Award in 2009, by winning the award for the Best Comedian for his performance in Ivar Vivahitharayal. He won the award again two times in 2010 and 2013 for the movies Oru Naal Varum and Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus respectively. Suraj's another popular comedy character is Idivettu Sugunan which came out with Pokkiriraja (2010). He was also praised for his role as Vadivelu in the Dileep starrer comedy movie Karyasthan. Suraj played some memorable roles in the movies China Town and Teja Bhai & family, both released in 2011. His other memorable comedy roles came out with the movies such as Mallu Singh, Mr. Marumakan, 101 Weddings, Manthrikan, Sound Thoma, Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum, Ring Master, Bhaiyya Bhaiyya, Cousins and Two Countries.
Suraj's potential to play the character and lead roles came out in 2013 as he won that year's National Award for his performance in Perariyathavar, at the 61st National Film Awards. Noted filmmaker and jury chairman Saeed Mirza, while announcing Suraj's award in a press meet, said: "Suraj has played a municipal sweeper [in the film] but it is an incredibly dignified performance. He excels in comedy but in this film Suraj has brilliantly played a reticent character. I would not have been able to sleep had his name not been in the list of awardees".
Suraj received critical appreciation for his acting with a potent cameo in Action Hero Biju (2016). This movie was also a turning point in his career and a breakthrough performance as he underwent a complete evolution with his acting. In Karinkunnam 6’s, he portrayed a ruthless police officer and in Oru Muthassi Gadha, he played the lead role. Suraj returned to do the comedy role with the 2016 blockbuster Pulimurugan. In the movie Aby (2017) he played the character of a selfish neighbour. Suraj's another critically acclaimed performance came out with Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017), where he played a lead character alongside Fahad Fasil, who also received appreciation for his performance. He went on to play lead roles in Varnyathil Aashanka and Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri (2018). He bagged the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Actor in 2019 for his performance in Vikruthi and Android Kunjappan Version 5.25, both the films in which he played a lead role alongside Soubin Shahir. His performance in Driving License alongside Prithviraj also received appreciation. In 2021, Suraj played the lead role in The Great Indian Kitchen which received positive reactions from various film critics and was well received by the audience. His upcoming movies are Roy in which he plays the title role and Prithviraj starrer Jana Gana Mana.
In 2005, Suraj married Supriya at Vaikuntam Auditorium, near Padmanabhaswamy Temple. They have three children: Kashinathan, Vasudev and Hridya. His son, Kashinathan, has acted in the films Annan Thambi and Teja Bhai & Family.
Awards & NominationsEdit
|National Film Awards||2013||Best Actor||Perariyathavar||Won|
|Kerala State Film Awards||2009||Best Comedian||Ivar Vivahitharayal||Won|
|2010||Oru Naal Varum||Won|
|2013||Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus||Won|
Android Kunjappan Version 5.25
|South Indian International Movie Awards||2012||Best Comedian||Mr. Marumakan||Won|
|CPC Cine Awards||2019||Best Actor in a Lead Role||Vikruthi
Android Kunjappan Version 5.25
|North American Film Awards||2018||Best Supporting Actor||Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum||Won|
|Asianet Film Awards||2007||Best Actor in Humorous Role||Hallo||Won|
|2017||Best Character Actor||Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum||Won|
|2019||Best Actor Critics Award||Android Kunjappan Version 5.25||Won|
|Vanitha Film Awards||2010||Best Comedian||Various films||Won|
|2018||Best Supporting Actor||Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum||Won|
|2020||Special Performance (Actor)||Android Kunjappan Version 5.25
|Asiavision Awards||2013||Best Comedian||Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum
Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus
|2017||Outstanding Performer Of the Year(male)||Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum||Won|
|Asianet Comedy Awards||2016||Award for Multifaceted Talent||Various||Won|
|2017||Top TV Performer
All-time favorite of Media (TV)
|Various TV Shows||Won|
|The Great Indian Kitchen||The Husband|
|Jana Gana Mana|
|Jimmy Ee Veedinte Aishwaryam|
|Chila NewGen Nattuvisheshangal||Nair|
|Android Kunjappan Version 5.25||Bhaskara Poduval||2019 Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor|
|Vikruthi||Eldo||2019 Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor|
|Pathinettaam Padi||Kaniyapuram Narendran|
|Oru Yamandan Premakadha||Francis|
|Madhura Raja||Idivettu Sugunan||Cameo Appearance|
|Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel||P Mohanan Pillai SI of Police|
|Peranbu||Murugan (Malayalam version)|
|Mikhael||Police Officer - Issac|
|Njan Marykutty||Manoj Vaidyan|
|Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri||Kuttan Pillai|
|Role Models||News Reporter|
|Oru Muthassi Gadha||Siby|
|Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho||Susheelan Kochettan|
|Anyarku Praveshanamilla||Valanjavazhi shinjo|
|Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum||Detective Mathews|
|Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya||Ghost hunter Suni|
|Angane Thanne Nethave... Anjettennam Pinnale|
|Action Hero Biju||Pavithran|
|Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings)||Minister|
|Life of Josutty||Varkey|
|Jamna Pyari||S.P Sabu|
|Madhura Naranga||Kasargod Ibrahim (Icha)|
|Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander||Theeppori Thankappan|
|Chandrettan Evideya||Narayanan Ilayath|
|Perariyathavar||Father (200th Film)||National Award for Best Actor|
|Sreenivasan Paranja Kadha|
|How Old Are You||Benny|
|Law Point||Kurian Jose|
|Malayalakkara Residency||Advocate Sreekesh Kumar BA,LLB|
|Ettekaal Second||Sandeep's uncle|
|2013||Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal||Prem Raj|
|Good Bad & Ugly||Benz Vasu|
|Ms. Lekha Tharoor Kanunnathu||Edison Igneius|
|Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus||Kunjachan|
|Left Right Left||S P Mohammed Bilal|
|God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam||Kamalahasanan,Bhaskaran|
|Abhiyum Njanum||S. P. Mahesh|
|Rebecca Uthup Kizhakkemala||Balan|
|Ithu Manthramo Thanthramo Kuthanthramo||S.I. Premlal|
|Red Wine||Joe Sebastian|
|Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath||Sebastien Kuzhiveli|
|My Fan Ramu|
|Isaac Newton S/O Philipose||Kottur Stephen|
|2012||Vellaripravinte Changathi||Himself (Cameo appearance)|
|Manthrikan||Usthad Maambaram Maayankutty Sheikh/Payaruvila Pappan|
|Kaashh||as a trickster|
|Husbands in Goa||Vasco|
|Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam||Opposition Leader||Villain role|
|Mr. Marumakan||Chantha Hamsa|
|Mullassery Madhavan Kutty Nemom P. O.|
|Doctor Innocent aanu|
|Oru Kudumba Chithram||Govardhanan|
|Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu|
|Lakshmi vilasam renuka makan Raghuraman|
|Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty||Shibulal|
|Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar||Muttathara Babu|
|Venicile Vyaapari||Chandran Pillai|
|Innanu Aa Kalyanam|
|Ninnishtam Ennishtam 2|
|Teja Bhai & Family||Rajaguru Vashyavachassu|
|Adaminte Makan Abu||Hyder|
|Kottarathil Kutti Bhootham|
|Ulakam Chuttum Valiban||Thief|
|China Town||Chandran Valanjavazhi|
|2010||College Days||Shine Raj|
|Oru Small Family||Bejoysh|
|Senior Mandrake||S.I Kidukkan|
|Best of Luck||shangai pushpan|
|Elsamma Enna Aankutty||Broker Thomachan|
|3 Char Sau Bees|
|Swantham Bharya Zindabad|
|Advocate Lakshmanan - Ladies Only||Gumasthan|
|Sakudumbam Shyamala||Kollamkaavu pappan|
|Malarvaadi Arts Club||Shekharan|
|Oru Naal Varum||Driver Girijan|
|Pokkiri Raja||Idi-Vettu Sugunan|
|Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum||S.I Simon Sebastian|
|Drona 2010||Raghu Uthaman|
|Again Kasarkode Kaderbhai||Police officer|
|My Big Father||Brother of Kaniha|
|Banaras (2009 film)||Swami Bhogananda Chathi|
|Gulumal: The Escape||A T S Shambhu|
|Kerala Cafe||Kunjappayi (In Segment Off- Season)|
|Loudspeaker||Counselor (Eswarapilla Kumarapillai alias e.p.ku.pi)|
|Oru Black And White Kudumbam||Manjulan|
|Ee Pattanathil Bhootham||Shishupalan|
|Ivar Vivahitharayal||Adv. Mannanthala Susheel Kumar|
|Samastha Keralam PO||Abdu|
|Bharya Swantham Suhurthu|
|Hailesa||Ulpalaksha pankajaksha markendayen|
|Love in Singapore||Peethambharan Kalarikkavila|
|Veruthe Oru Bharya||Ali|
|Madambi||Thallu Kolli (Keedam)|
|One Way Ticket|
|Shakespeare M.A. Malayalam||Chalikkad Joshy(Junior ONV)|
|Malabar Wedding||Pookkatta Satheeshan|
|Katha Parayumbol||Pappan Kudumaloor|
|Rock & Roll||Music composer Maharaja (P. P. Shiju)|
|Ali Bhai||Podi paaty Kujashu|
|Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri||Thathamangalam Muthuraj|
|2005||Bus Conductor||Bus Conductor|
|Achuvinte Amma||Bus Conductor|
|Sethurama Iyer CBI||Broker|
|Jagapoga||Dada Sahib / Pachu (double role)|
|Ladies & Gentleman|
|2000||Comedy Thillana||Anchor||Kairali TV|
|2011-2012||Comedy Stars Season 1||Judge||Asianet|
|2013||Bhima Jewels Comedy Festival||Judge||Mazhavil Manorama|
|2014-2017||Manampole Mangalyam||Host||JaiHind TV|
|2015-2016||Comedy Super Nite||Anchor||Flowers TV|
|2015||Junior Chanakyan||Actor||Flowers TV|
|2016||Sell me the answer||Temporary Host (in for Mukesh)||Asianet|
|2016 - 2017||Deal Or No Deal||Host||Surya TV|
|2017–2018||Comedy Super night 3||Anchor||Flowers TV|
|2018 – 2019||Thakarppan Comedy Mimicry mahamela||Judge / Anchor||Mazhavil Manorama|
|2019||Comedy Nights with Suraj||Anchor||Zee Keralam|
|2020–Present||Funny Nights with Pearle Maaney||Anchor||Zee Keralam|
As dubbing artistEdit
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- "Kairali Tv". The Hindu. 9 September 2002. Archived from the original on 28 January 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
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- "Review :". Sify.com. 20 December 2001. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
- "How Suraj Venjaramoodu Went From Playing The Fool To Hero". HuffPost. 15 February 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
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- "Shafi: Suraj and I decided to do Dasamoolam Damu because of his fans - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- "ദശമൂലം ദാമു മടങ്ങി വരുമോ; ഒടുവില് ആ സര്പ്രൈസ് പൊട്ടിച്ച് സുരാജ്". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- "A flashback to 2013 | When Suraj was Best Comedian and Fahadh the Best Actor". OnManorama. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- "Happy Birthday Suraj Venjaramoodu: Interesting facts about the actor". The Times of India. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- Tankha, Madhur (16 April 2014). "Ship of Theseus named best film at National film awards". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- "Top cameos by Mollywood stars". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- Madhu, Vignesh (2 August 2017). "Action Hero Bjiu was the mega bumper after which offers started pouring in: Suraj Venjaramoodu". onlookersmedia. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- "Suraj Venjaramoodu: I wondered why Dileesh gave me the role that he had kept for Fahadh - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- നാരായണൻ, സംജദ്. "'നടപ്പില്, നോട്ടത്തില്, വെറുപ്പിക്കലില്, മുരടന്സ്വഭാവത്തില് ഒന്നിലും സുരാജെന്ന നടനില്ല'". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- Anand, Shilpa Nair (8 November 2019). "Suraj Venjaramoodu on getting selective and serious". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- "Suraj Venjaramoodu: I have always wished for good roles and now by working hard, I get to play them - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- "Happy Birthday Suraj Venjaramoodu | സുരാജ് വെഞ്ഞാറമൂടിന് പിറന്നാൾ ആശംസയുമായി താരങ്ങൾ". News18 Malayalam. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
- Balach, Logesh; ChennaiOctober 13, ran. "Kerala announces 50th State Film Awards: See full list of winners". India Today. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
- "Suraj selected as the Outstanding performer of the year in Asiavision Awards 2017".
- "'Vikrithi' is inspired by a true incident: Emcy Joseph". Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Review
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