Jiiva, also written Jeeva, (born Amar on 4 January 1984) is an Indian film actor who predominantly appears in Tamil films. Son of film producer R. B. Choudry, 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. 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).
4 January 1984
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Years active||1990, 1997, 2003–present|
|Children||Sparsh (b. 2010)|
|Parent(s)||R. B. Choudary|
|Relatives||Jithan Ramesh (Brother)|
Jiiva choudry had 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, and Thithikudhe (2003) His subsequent release, Ameer's mystery thriller Raam (2005). Raam 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) 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 His final 2006 release was E. He then starred in Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), 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, Jiiva's portrayal as Prabhakar was praised by critics and widely termed as the best in 2007; 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". 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". He stated that he had to undergo therapy to "come out of the character" as it was "too emotional". Sify called the film a "commercial disaster.". During the filming of Ko at Bergen in 2010 . In 2008, he starred in Thenavattu (2008).
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, which for hr 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 released to highly positive reviews and become a big blockbuster. 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.
His other upcoming films include cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran's directorial debut Yaan and Nee Nalla Varuvada.
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. His wife Supriya is a MBA graduate and an interior designer by profession. Jeeva met Supriya in 1994 when he was studying in a school in T Nagar. They have a son born in 2010.