This article is about the Tamil film actor. For other uses, see Jeeva (disambiguation).

Jiiva at Ko (film) shooting spot
Born Amar Choudary
(1984-01-04) 4 January 1984
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Amar
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990, 1997, 2003–present
Spouse(s) Supriya (2007–present)
Children 1, b. 2010
Parent(s) R. B. Choudary
Relatives Jithan Ramesh (Brother)
Website http://jiiva.weebly.com/

Jiiva, also written Jeeva, (born Amar Choudary on 4 January 1984) is an Indian film actor who predominantly appears in Tamil films. Son of film producer R. B. Choudary, he started his career as a child actor in his father's films in 1996.

He performed his first lead role in the 2003 romantic film Aasai Aasaiyai, before starring in Raam (2005), for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Cyprus International Film Festival.[1] In his subsequent films, he has taken on roles of various types such as a stuntman in Dishyum (2006), a slum dweller in E (2006) and a psychopath in Kattradhu Thamizh (2007).[2]


Early career: 2003–2009

Jiiva first appeared as a child artist in minuscule roles in two of his father's productions. He made his feature film debut as an actor in 2003 with Aasai Aasaiyai,[3] and Thithikudhe (2003).[4] His subsequent release, Ameer's mystery thriller Raam (2005)[5][6] screened at the International Film Festival in Goa and later at the Cyprus International Film Festival, where he won the Best Actor award.[1][7]

Jiiva next starred in Dishyum (2006).[5][8][8] Later that year, Jiiva made his debut in Malayalam cinema with Major Ravi's war film Keerthi Chakra, which saw a dubbed release as Aran in Tamil Nadu.[9] His final 2006 release was E. He then starred in Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), 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,[10][11] Jiiva's portrayal as Prabhakar was praised by critics and widely termed as the best in 2007;[12] a Behindwoods review labelled it as "a performance of his lifetime",[10] 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".[11] "He was, in a nutshell, simply superb".[13] Jiiva 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".[14][15] He stated that he had to undergo therapy to "come out of the character" as it was "too emotional".[15][16] Sify called the film a "commercial disaster."[17]


He appeared in director M. Rajesh's maiden venture, the comedy film Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009). In 2010, he starred alongside Poonam again in Kacheri Arambam. Singam Puli, where played dual roles, was his first 2011 release, following which K. V. Anand's political thriller Ko (2011) released. Rediff stated 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",[18] while Sify said that with this performance he was "going to be a force to reckon with in Tamil cinema".[19] His next two films Rowthiram and Vandhaan Vendraan by R. Kannan released in quick succession; both opened to mixed critical reception.[20][21][22]

In 2012, he appeared in S. Shankar's comedy-drama Nanban which released to highly positive reviews and become a blockbuster.[23] His next projects were Mysskin's superhero film Mugamoodi and Gautham Menon's Neethaane En Ponvasantham. After that, he worked on Bejoy Nambiar's David. His Next movie was Endrendrum Punnagai with director I. Mueenuddin Ahmed. In 2014 he worked in cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran's directorial debut Yaan, which was a box office failure. Afterwards he starred in his 25th film Pokkiri Raja which was directed by Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum fame Ramprakash Rayappa. The film released on 4 March 2016 to mixed to negative reviews from critics and was a box office failure. Currently he is busy with his next action film Thirunaal in which he is paired with Nayantara.

Other work

Jiiva was a judge on STAR Vijay's reality dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season along with Sangeetha and Aishwarya Rajinikanth. In mid-2011, he announced that he would start a film production company called Spiral Dreams with his brother Jithan Ramesh in order to promote new directors like his father.[24]

Personal life

Jiiva was born as Amar to film producer R. B. Choudary 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.[25] Supriya is a MBA graduate and an interior designer by profession. The two first met in 1994 when he was studying in a school in T Nagar.[26] They have a son named Sparsh" born in 2010.[27]

From 1998 to 2002, he learned Mansuria Kung Fu under the supervision of R. Shekhar.[28]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Film Year Role Director Notes Ref
Aasai Aasaiyai 2003 Vinod Ravi Mariya [29]
Thithikudhe 2003 Chinnu (Venu) Brinda Sarathy [30]
Raam 2005 Rama Krishna Ameer [31]
Dishyum 2006 Bhaskar Sasi [32]
Keerthi Chakra 2006 Havildar Jaikumar Major Ravi Malayalam film;
Simultaneously made in Tamil as Aran
E 2006 Easwaran (E) S. P. Jananathan [34]
Pori 2007 Hari Subramaniam Siva [35]
Kattradhu Thamizh 2007 Prabhakar Ram [36]
Rameswaram 2007 Jeevan S. Selvam [37]
Thenavattu 2008 Kottaisami V. V. Kathir [38]
Siva Manasula Sakthi 2009 Siva Rajesh [39]
Kacheri Arambam 2010 Paari Thiraivannan [40]
Boss Engira Bhaskaran 2010 Shiva Rajesh Cameo appearance [41]
Singam Puli 2011 Ashok Kumar, Shiva Sai Ramani [42]
Ko 2011 Ashwin Kumar K. V. Anand [43]
Rowthiram 2011 Siva Gokul [44]
Vandhaan Vendraan 2011 Arjun R. Kannan [45]
Nanban 2012 Sevarkodi Senthil Shankar [46]
Mugamoodi 2012 Anand (Bruce Lee) Mysskin [47]
Neethaane En Ponvasantham 2012 Varun Krishnan Gautham Menon [48]
Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu 2012 Train Passenger Gautham Menon Special appearance (Telugu film) [49]
David 2013 David Bejoy Nambiar [50]
Endrendrum Punnagai 2013 Goutham Sridhar Ahmed [51]
Jilla 2014 Himself R. T. Neason Special appearance in "Paatu Onnu" Song [52]
Yaan 2014 Chandrasekhar Ravi K. Chandran [53]
Inji Iduppazhagi 2015 Himself Prakash Kovelamudi Cameo appearance [54]
Size Zero 2015 Himself Prakash Kovelamudi Cameo appearance (Telugu film) [54]
Pokkiri Raja 2016 Sanjeevi Ramprakash Rayappa [55]
Thirunaal 2016 Blade Ganesh Ramnath [56]
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru 2016 Karthik Kumar Rajesh Cameo appearance [57]
Kavalai Vendam 2016 Aravind Baskar Deekay [58]
Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae 2016 Ike Radha Post-production [59]
Kee 2017 Kaleesh Filming
Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu 2017 Arun Kumar Announced


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  2. "'I am being realistic in films'". Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
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  31. "The Hindu : Waiting for a win".
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  40. "Commercial cocktail -- Kacheri Aarambam". The Hindu.
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  53. Srinivasa Ramanujam. "Yearning for Yaan". The Hindu.
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