Suraj Venjaramoodu

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.[1] In 2019, he won Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 and Vikruthi.[2]

Suraj Venjaramoodu
Suraj Venjaramoodu 2011 MA.jpg
Suraj in 2010
Suraj Vasudevan

(1976-06-30) 30 June 1976 (age 45)
Years active2001 –present
Supriya Suraj
(m. 2005)
RelativesSaji Venjaramoodu (Elder Brother)

Early lifeEdit

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Film careerEdit

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.[6] He first acted in a film named Jagapoga which was a spoof of Malayalam movies.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

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".[14]

Suraj received critical appreciation for his acting with a potent cameo in Action Hero Biju (2016).[15] This movie was also a turning point in his career and a breakthrough performance as he underwent a complete evolution with his acting.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] His performance in Driving License alongside Prithviraj also received appreciation.[19] 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.[20] His upcoming movies are Roy in which he plays the title role and Prithviraj starrer Jana Gana Mana.

Personal lifeEdit

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.[21]

Awards & NominationsEdit

Suraj Venjaramoodu awards and nominations
The President, Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Rajat Kamal Award for Best Actor (for Perariyathavar) to Suraj Venjaramoodu, at the 61st National Film Awards function held at New Delhi on May 03, 2014
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Award Year Category Film Result
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
2019 Best Actor Vikruthi
Android Kunjappan Version 5.25
South Indian International Movie Awards 2012 Best Comedian Mr. Marumakan Won
2013 Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum Nominated
CPC Cine Awards 2019 Best Actor in a Lead Role Vikruthi
Android Kunjappan Version 5.25
Driving Licence
North American Film Awards 2018 Best Supporting Actor Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Won
Asianet Film Awards 2007 Best Actor in Humorous Role Hallo Won
2010 Various films Won
2011 Various films Won
2014 Cousins Won
2017 Best Character Actor Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Won
2018 Theevandi
Njan Marykutty
Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri
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
Driving Licence
Asiavision Awards 2013 Best Comedian Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum
Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus
2017 Outstanding Performer Of the Year(male) Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Won[23]
Asianet Comedy Awards 2016 Award for Multifaceted Talent Various Won
2017 Top TV Performer
All-time favorite of Media (TV)
Various TV Shows Won



Year Film Role Notes
Kaanekkaane TBA Upcoming Movie
Roy Roy
The Great Indian Kitchen The Husband
Jana Gana Mana
Anugraheethan Antony Antappan
2019 Driving License Kuruvila
Jimmy Ee Veedinte Aishwaryam
Chila NewGen Nattuvisheshangal Nair
Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 Bhaskara Poduval 2019 Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor
Vikruthi[24] Eldo 2019 Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor
Finals Varghese 250th film
Subharathri Adv. Harikumar
Pathinettaam Padi Kaniyapuram Narendran
Evidey Satheeshan
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
2018 Theevandi Madhu
Neerali Veerappa
Njan Marykutty Manoj Vaidyan
Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri Kuttan Pillai
Savari Savari
Parole Varghese
Hey Jude
2017 Varnyathil Aashanka Dayanandhan
Vilakkumaram Fawas Ali
Dance Dance
Role Models News Reporter
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum[25] Prasad
Aby Xavier
Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Thilothaman
2016 Pulimurugan Poongayi Sasi
Oru Muthassi Gadha Siby
Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho Susheelan Kochettan
Karinkunnam 6'S Nelson
Campus Diary
Anyarku Praveshanamilla Valanjavazhi shinjo
Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum Detective Mathews
Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya Ghost hunter Suni
Kammatipaadam Sumesh
Angane Thanne Nethave... Anjettennam Pinnale
Action Hero Biju Pavithran
2015 Two Countries Jimmy
Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings) Minister
Female Unnikrishnan Unnikrishnan
Ben Justin
Life of Josutty Varkey
Jamna Pyari S.P Sabu
Madhura Naranga Kasargod Ibrahim (Icha)
Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander Theeppori Thankappan
Aashamsakalode Anna
Chandrettan Evideya Narayanan Ilayath
She Taxi
Perariyathavar Father (200th Film) National Award for Best Actor
Ammakkoru Tharattu
Elanjikkavu P.O
2014 Cousins Poly
Sreenivasan Paranja Kadha
Garbhasreeman Sudheendran
Bhaiyya Bhaiyya Soman
Ulsaha Committee Natholi
How Old Are You Benny
Law Point Kurian Jose
Ring Master Shravan
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
Nadodimannan Sarasappan
Vishudhan Thomachan
Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus Kunjachan
Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum Mamachan
Left Right Left S P Mohammed Bilal
Pigman Dr Daniel
God for Sale: Bhakthi Prasthanam Kamalahasanan,Bhaskaran
Abhiyum Njanum S. P. Mahesh
Rebecca Uthup Kizhakkemala Balan
Ithu Manthramo Thanthramo Kuthanthramo S.I. Premlal
Sound Thoma Uruppadi
Red Wine Joe Sebastian
Kutteem Kolum Chandran
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
101 Weddings Sundareshan
Ee Thirakkinidayil
Ezham Suryan
Gruhanathan Thampan
Kaashh as a trickster
Husbands in Goa Vasco
Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam Opposition Leader Villain role
Mr. Marumakan Chantha Hamsa
Spirit Minister Muralikrishnan
Mallu Singh Susheelan
Mullassery Madhavan Kutty Nemom P. O.
Josettande Hero
Thiruvambadi Thamban
Prabhuvinte Makkal
Doctor Innocent aanu
Oru Kudumba Chithram Govardhanan
Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu
Lakshmi vilasam renuka makan Raghuraman
Perinoru Makan Sugunan
Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty Shibulal
Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar Muttathara Babu
Kunjaliyan Preman
2011 Oru Nunakkadha Chachappan
Venicile Vyaapari Chandran Pillai
Oru Marubhoomikkadha Koya
Pachuvum Kovalanum
Sandwich Andipetty Naykkar
Happy Durbar
Three Kings
Innanu Aa Kalyanam
Ninnishtam Ennishtam 2
Teja Bhai & Family Rajaguru Vashyavachassu
Kadhayile Nayika Sugunan
Adaminte Makan Abu Hyder
Film Star
Shankaranum Mohananum
Kottarathil Kutti Bhootham
Priyappetta Nattukare
Ulakam Chuttum Valiban Thief
Lucky Jokers
Seniors Thavala Thampi
Doubles Adv. Lawrence
China Town Chandran Valanjavazhi
Christian Brothers Chef
Nadakame Ulakam
Khaddama Usman
Makeup Man Kichu
Arjunan Saakshi
The Metro Sujathan
Note Out Vasu
2010 College Days Shine Raj
Koottukaar 100th Film
Oru Small Family Bejoysh
Senior Mandrake S.I Kidukkan
Best of Luck shangai pushpan
Kaaryasthan Vadivelu
Four Friends
Oridathoru Postman
Elsamma Enna Aankutty Broker Thomachan
Shikkar Barber Kuttappan
3 Char Sau Bees
Swantham Bharya Zindabad
Advocate Lakshmanan - Ladies Only Gumasthan
Sakudumbam Shyamala Kollamkaavu pappan
Malarvaadi Arts Club Shekharan
Thaskara Lahala
Oru Naal Varum Driver Girijan
Plus Two Professor
Nallavan Chittaranjan muthalaali
Pokkiri Raja Idi-Vettu Sugunan
Pramaani Maoist Murugan
Bombay Mittai
Puthumughagal Sandeep Menon
Sarkar Colony
Thanthonni Achu
Cheriya Kallanum Valiya Policum S.I Simon Sebastian
Drona 2010 Raghu Uthaman
Again Kasarkode Kaderbhai Police officer
Happy Husbands Rajappan
2009 Chattambinaadu Dasamoolam Damu
My Big Father Brother of Kaniha
Banaras (2009 film) Swami Bhogananda Chathi
Gulumal: The Escape A T S Shambhu
Kappal Muthalaali Josekutty
Utharaswayamvaram Pathalam Shaji
Kerala Cafe Kunjappayi (In Segment Off- Season)
Parayan Marannathu
Duplicate Shivankutty/Jeevanraj Lead Role
Loudspeaker Counselor (Eswarapilla Kumarapillai alias e.p.ku.pi)
Kaana Kanmani Bhaskaran
Shudharil Shudhan
Oru Black And White Kudumbam Manjulan
Daddy Cool Mayankutty
Rahasyappolice Prayikara Appy
Ee Pattanathil Bhootham Shishupalan
Dr. Patient Indrabalan
Ivar Vivahitharayal Adv. Mannanthala Susheel Kumar
Operation Duryodhana
Currency Indrabalan
Samastha Keralam PO Abdu
Bharya Swantham Suhurthu
Venal Maram Manoharan
Hailesa Ulpalaksha pankajaksha markendayen
Love in Singapore Peethambharan Kalarikkavila
2008 LollyPop Jabbar
Twenty:20 Ramu
Mayabazar Paachu
Veruthe Oru Bharya Ali
Parunthu Mahendran
Madambi Thallu Kolli (Keedam)
One Way Ticket
Shakespeare M.A. Malayalam Chalikkad Joshy(Junior ONV)
Annan Thambi Peethambaran
Mulla Bijumon
Malabar Wedding Pookkatta Satheeshan
Kabadi Kabadi Rameshan
College Kumaran Bhargavan
2007 Kangaroo Babychan
Kanaka Simhasanam Gopalan
Katha Parayumbol Pappan Kudumaloor
Rock & Roll Music composer Maharaja (P. P. Shiju)
Ali Bhai Podi paaty Kujashu
Veeralipattu Pavithran
Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri Thathamangalam Muthuraj
Hallo Inspector
Arabikkatha James Thiruvanathapuram
Chotta Mumbai Suni
Mayavi Giri
Sketch Bhaskaran
2006 Classmates Ousepp
Thuruppu Gulan
Rasathanthram Suresh
Rashtram Pashupathi
Shyamam Sankaran
2005 Bus Conductor Bus Conductor
Kalyana Kurimanam Sugunan
Achuvinte Amma Bus Conductor
2004 Rasikan
Kottaram Vaidyan Veeramani
Sethurama Iyer CBI Broker
2003 Anyar Minor role
2002 Basket
Jagapoga Dada Sahib / Pachu (double role)
2001 Sukhamo Sukam
Ladies & Gentleman


Year Title Role Channel
2000 Comedy Thillana Anchor Kairali TV
2003-2005 Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam Actor Asianet
2005 Sandanagopalam Actor Asianet
2005 Ladies Hostel Actor Asianet
2011-2012 Comedy Stars Season 1 Judge Asianet
2013 Jagapoga Anchor Kairali TV
2013 Bhima Jewels Comedy Festival Judge Mazhavil Manorama
2013 Bharthanganmarude Sradhakku Judge Asianet
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
2017 Midukki Judge Mazhavil Manorama
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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