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Gender
Male
Birthday
4-Jan-1984
Marital Status
Married

About Jeeva

Jiiva had first appeared as a child artist in minuscule roles in two of his father's productions. He made his feature film debut as a lead actor in 2003 with Aasai Aasaiyai, following which he essayed the lead role in Thithikudhe (2003). Both the ventures, being romance films, were produced by his father R. B. Choudry as well, and failed to succeed at the box office. His subsequent release, Ameer's mystery thriller Raam (2005) eventually gained him recognition in the film industry. Jiiva played an autistic teenager, who is highly attached to his mother, but is suspected of having murdered her. The film received critical acclaim and garnered Jiiva positive remarks, with a Sify critic claiming that "as an actor Jiiva has arrived, as he exudes menace with his expressive body and eye language as Ram". Raam also earned accolades on international platform, being screened at the International Film Festival in Goa and later at the Cyprus International Film Festival, where it won two awards, with Jiiva being chosen as the Best Actor, while its music director, Yuvan Shankar Raja, was awarded for the film's score.

Jiiva next starred in Dishyum (2006) directed by Sasi, which portrayed him as a stuntman, who falls in love with a sculptor (Sandhya). The film, too, carried favorable reviews, emerging commercially successful, whilst Jeeva's performance was lauded, with a review by Indiaglitz citing that he "seems to have taken off from where he had left in Ram" and was "impressive". Jeeva later quoted that he had risked his life in many of the stunts he performed in the film.[5] Later that year, Jeeva made his debut in Malayalam cinema with Major Ravi's war film Keerthi Chakra, which saw a dubbed release as Aran in Tamil Nadu. The film, again produced by Jeeva's home banner, featured him as an Indian army soldier alongside Mohanlal. While the original version opened to positive reviews and was declared a financial success, its Tamil version, which had additional footage of Jeeva, comedy tracks with Ganja Karuppu and song montages featuring Jeeva and the lead actress Gopika, bombed at the box-office, with the additional scenes being lamented as the reason for the failure. His final 2006 release was S. P. Jananathan's E alongside Nayantara which saw him in an unusual slum dweller role and the movie was a success. He then starred in Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), directed by Ram, opposite then newcomer Anjali. The film, which was shot for over a year across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Chennai, featured him as a lower middle class post-graduate degree holder in Tamil literature, who gradually turns a psychopath, frustrated by the inequality in the social structure. Whilst the film opened to rave reviews, Jeeva's portrayal as Prabhakar was unanimously praised by critics and widely termed as the best in 2007;[16] a Behindwoods review labelled it as "a performance of his lifetime", while Rediff wrote that he was "endearing as the young, vulnerable Prabha, perfect as the ganja-smoking near-lunatic and freaking brilliant as the frustrated Tamil graduate "He was, in a nutshell, simply superb".Jeeva had grown a full length beard for the character and cited the hardships during the shoots of the film, which he considered as his most painful experience and a "torturous affair". He revealed that he even had to undergo therapy to "come out of the character" as it was "too emotional". He was highly anticipated to win several awards for his performance, but eventually failed to garner a single nomination, since the film ended up as a commercial failure and went unnoticed.
During the filming of Ko at Bergen (2010)

Following another financially as well critically unsuccessful film Thenavattu (2008), in which he was cast alongside Poonam Bajwa, he appeared in director M. Rajesh's maiden venture, the comedy film Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009). His performance was highly praised by critics and the film became a sleeper hit. In 2010, he starred alongside Poonam again in Kacheri Arambam a failure. Singam Puli, which for the first time features him in dual roles, was his first 2011 release, following which K. V. Anand's political thriller Ko (2011) released. The latter, which featured him as a brave photojournalist, became a commercial success upon release, while his performance received favorable reviews. Rediff noted that the role was a "cake-walk for Jiiva: he's had a ball with the camera, clicking shots in almost impossible situations and making sure his trademark effervescence is present at all times",while Sify cited that with this performance he was "going to be a force to reckon with in Tamil cinema". His next two films Rowthiram and Vandhaan Vendraan by R. Kannan released in quick succession; both opened to mixed critical reception.

In 2012, he was first seen in S. Shankar's comedy-drama Nanban, which featured him as part of an ensemble cast including Vijay, Srikanth and Ileana D'Cruz released to highly positive reviews and become a big blockbuster. His upcoming projects include Mysskin's superhero film Mugamoodi and Gautham Menon's next directorial titled Neethaane En Ponvasantham. Furthermore, he has confirmed that he would be part of S. P. Jananathan's untitled forthcoming project as well, co-starring Jayam Ravi and also an untitled project with director Ahmed.

Jiiva was born as Amar to film producer R. B. Choudry and Mahjabeen on 4 January 1984 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is the youngest of four brothers. His eldest brother B. Suresh is a co-producer in their home banner Super Good Films, while his second brother Jeevan is an entrepreneur in the steel industry. His third brother is Jithan Ramesh, an actor in the Tamil film industry. On 21 November 2007, Jiiva married his childhood friend Supriya in New Delhi.They have a son named Sparsha born 14 October 2010.
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