Jiiva Lifestyle & Biography
Amar B. Choudary (born 4 January 1984), known professionally as Jiiva, is an Indian film actor, producer and philanthropist, who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He began his career as a child actor in 1991 in films produced by his father R. B. Choudary. He made his debut as a lead actor in the film Aasai Aasaiyai (2003). After Sivaji Ganesan, Jiiva is the only Tamil actor to have been awarded at the Cyprus International Film Festival for his performance in the film Raam (2005).
After this, he has acted in other movies that have been successful, such as E (2006), Katradhu Tamizh (2007), Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009), Ko (2011), Nanban (2012), Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012) and Endrendrum Punnagai (2013).
|Real Name||Amar Choudary|
|Famous Role||Ram in film Raam (Tamil, 2005)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height||in centimeters- 182 cm
in meters- 1.82 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 11½”
|Weight (Approx.)||in Kilograms- 70 kg
in Pounds- 154 lbs
|Body Measurements||Chest: 40 Inches
Waist: 32 Inches
Biceps: 12 Inches
|Date of Birth||4 January 1984|
|Age (as in 2016)||32 Years|
|Birth Place||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Capricorn|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|School||Adarsh Senior Secondary School, T Nagar, Chennai|
|Education Qualifications||Multimedia Graphics course|
|Debut||Film Debut: Cheran Pandiyan (Tamil, 1991)
TV Debut: Jodi Number One (Season 3)
|Hobbies||Listening to music, watching films, playing cricket, playing computer games|
|Favorite Actors||Al Pacino, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hanks, Shah Rukh Khan, Nana Patekar, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan|
|Favorite Actresses||Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Sridevi|
|Favorite Music Directors||A. R. Rahman, Harris Jayaraj|
|Favorite Directors||James Cameron, Mel Gibson, Ashutosh Gowariker, Farhan Akthar, Mani Ratnam, Vikraman, S. Shankar|
|Favorite Singers||Kumar Sanu, Uthara Unnikrishnan|
|Favorite Films||Hollywood: Philadelphia (1993)
Tamil: Alaipayuthey (2000)
Bollywood: Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
|Favorite Colors||Black, White|
|Favorite Food||Burgers, pizzas|
|Favorite Sports||Badminton, Cricket|
|Favorite Gadgets||Apple products|
|Favorite Vacation Spots||Kodaikanal, Pondicherry, Melbourne, Miami|
|Favorite Book||Peoplewatching by Desmond Morris|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Marriage||21 November 2007|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Supriya (Childhood friend, Interior Designer)|
Son- Sparsha Choudary
Jiiva was born on 4 January 1984 in Chennai to R. B. Choudary and Mahjabeen. He is the youngest of four; his brothers are Suresh Choudary (co-producer in their home banner, Super Good Films), Jeevan Choudary (entrepreneur of a steel company), and Jithan Ramesh Choudary (film actor and producer). R. B. Choudary is a noted independent south Indian film producer (Super Good Films) who has been a launchpad for now-famous directors and actors.
2003–2008: Debut and journey ahead
Jiiva made his debut in his father's 50th production (Super Good Films), Aasai Aasaiyai, directed by Ravi Mariya in 2003. The film performed averagely at the box office, but critics felt that Jiiva left an impression.
His second film Thithikudhe (the Tamil remake of Uday Kiran's Telugu movie Manasantha Nuvve) was also produced by Super Good Films. The film opened to mixed reviews but the actor gained appreciation for his good looks and expressive emotions. It was his third movie, Ameer's crime thriller, Raam (2005) that was called a 'dream break' for his calling in the film industry. The racy screenplay and his role of an eccentric 17-year-old gained positive feedback from audience and critics. The movie was screened at the International Film Festival in Goa and later at the Cyprus International Film Festival, where he won the Best Actor award.
Jiiva next starred in Dishyum (2006), opposite Sandhya of Kaadhal fame. "A feel-good movie for youngsters", reviewed various local publications. "Jeeva continues from this point and has matured as an actor. His acting is impeccable and natural; his emoting, expressions, emotions expressed by looks, body-language – all are perfect," remarked Galatta.
The same year, he made his debut as an NSG Commando in Malayalam cinema with Major Ravi's film Keerthi Chakra (2006) starring Mohanlal. The movie had a great opening and was one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of the year. Jiiva also won the Best Pair Award along with Gopika at Asianet Film Awards. "Jeeva the Tamil actor has a more heroic role which he has done with felicity. The physical energy he imparts to the role has to be seen to be believed," wrote Sify.Later, the movie was dubbed and released in Tamil as Aran. His last movie in 2006 was E, where he portrayed the role of a slum dweller, opposite Nayanthara.
The year 2007 saw the release of Kattradhu Thamizh, which turned out to be a sleeper hit. Jiiva's role as Prabhakar, a lower middle-class post-graduate student in Tamil Literature, who turns out to be a sociopath, frustrated by the inequality in society, was praised highly by critics and widely called one of his best films to date. According to a Rediff.com review, "Prabhakar, Jeeva leads you through dimensions that are frankly amazing, endearing as the young, vulnerable Prabha, [...] perfect as the ganja-smoking near-lunatic [...] and freaking brilliant as the frustrated Tamil graduate". A Behindwoods review labelled it "a performance of his lifetime". Jiiva said that after completing the shoot, he had to undergo therapy to "come out of the character" as it was "too emotional".
Jiiva had two more releases after that, Rameswaram in 2007 and Thenavattu in 2008. Both movies performed averagely at the box office.
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", while Sify said 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 appeared in S. Shankar's comedy-drama Nanban which released to highly positive reviews and become a blockbuster. His next projects were Mysskin's superhero film Mugamoodi and Gautham Menon's Neethaane En Ponvasantham. Both these films turned out to be average grossers at the box office. After that, he worked on Bejoy Nambiar's David alongside Vikram which failed at the box office, despite getting positive reviews. His Next movie was the super hit movie Endrendrum Punnagai with director I. Mueenuddin Ahmed with an ensemble cast of Trisha Krishnan, Vinay Rai, Sathanam and Andrea Jeremiah. Following this film, Jiiva experienced a setback in his career. In 2014 he worked in cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran's directorial debut Yaan, which was a box office failure. Gone from the screen for one year, he had three releases in 2016, though all of his films bombed at the box office. He first starred in his 25th film Pokkiri Raja which was directed by Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum fame Ramprakash Rayappa and was touted to be his 'comeback' film. However, the film, which released on 4 March 2016 to mixed to negative reviews from critics and was a box office failure. His next film was the long delayed Thirunaal in which he is paired with Nayantara for the second time was released in August 2016, was again a critical and commercial failure for the actor. His last release of the year was the adult romantic comedy Kavalai Vendam opposite Kajal Aggarwal directed by Deekay. Although the film was praised for the comedy part, it released to mixed reviews and it was a commercial failure at the box office.
2017 - present (comeback and success)
His 2017 release was Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae. The film became a success and got positive reviews. His next film is Kee.
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.
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. 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. They have a son named Sparsh born in 2010.
From 1998 to 2002, he learned Mansuria Kung Fu under the supervision of R. Shekhar.
Aasai Aasaiyai - 2003
Thithikudhe - 2003
Dishyum - 2005
Keerthi Chakra - 2005
Pori - 2007
Kattradhu Thamizh - 2007
Rameswaram - 2007
Thenavattu - 2008
Siva Manasula Sakthi - 2009
Kacheri Arambam - 2010
Boss Engira Bhaskaran - 2010
Singam Puli - 2011
Ko - 2011
Rowthiram - 2011
Vandhaan Vendraan - 2011
Nanban - 2012
Mugamoodi - 2012
Neethaane En Ponvasantham - 2012
Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu - 2012
David - 2013
Endrendrum Punnagai - 2013
Jilla - 2014
Yaan - 2014
Inji Iduppazhagi - 2015
Size Zero - 2015
Pokkiri Raja - 2016
Thirunaal - 2016
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru - 2016
Kavalai Vendam - 2016
Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae - 2017
Kalakalappu 2 - 2018
Tamizh Padam 2 - 2018
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