Jayam Ravi

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Jayam Ravi
Jeyam Ravi.jpg
Ravi in July 2012
BornRavi Mohan
(1980-09-10) 10 September 1980 (age 33)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationActor
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Aarthi
 
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Jayam Ravi
Jeyam Ravi.jpg
Ravi in July 2012
BornRavi Mohan
(1980-09-10) 10 September 1980 (age 33)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationActor
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Aarthi

Ravi Mohan (born 10 September 1980), better known by his stage name Jayam Ravi, is an Indian film actor of the Tamil film industry. Ravi has appeared in films including Jayam, which since then became part of Ravi's stage name, M. Kumaran Son Of Mahalakshmi, Unakkum Enakkum, Santhosh Subramaniam and Thillalangadi, all of which have been directed by his brother, M. Raja.

Background[edit]

Ravi was born in a Tamil family to Mohan S, who was trained by Senthil Kumar Vajjiravelu editor of South Indian cinema and Varalakshmi. He has two siblings; his elder brother M. Raja is a noted film director, with most of his films featuring Ravi in the lead role, while his sister Roja is a dentist. He completed his schooling at Jawahar Vidyalaya in Ashok Nagar, Chennai. He studied dancing under the Bharatnatyam dancer Nalini Balakrishnan and performed his arangetram at the age of 12. After completing his degree in Visual Communication from Loyola College, Chennai,[2] he decided to get into the film industry. He has also undergone training in acting at the Kishore Namit Kapur Institute in Mumbai.[3]

He is a martial arts expert. Before acting, Ravi had been an assistant director to Suresh Krishna in the 2001 film Aalavandhan. He was also involved in several discussions and scenes for his brother's directional venture Velayudham.

Film career[edit]

Jeyam Ravi made his acting debut in the action-masala film Jayam, produced by his father and directed by his brother M. Raja. It was a remake of the 2002 Telugu film of the same name. His next venture was the sentimental drama M. Kumaran Son Of Mahalakshmi (2004), the remade version of the Telugu film Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, in which he starred alongside Asin Thottumkal. Ravi's performance was widely positively received; a critic from Sify wrote that he delivered a performance that "makes you want to see more of him"[4] while The Hindu's Malathi Rangarajan cited that he came out with an "appreciable portrayal throughout."[5] The film, considered a family entertainer, received the Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Film and fetched Ravi himself the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor.[6] It also emerged a high financial success.[7]

His next release, Daas (2004), another action-masala flick,[8] and his first original film following two remakes,[9] featured him as a football player.[10] The film took an even bigger opening than his previous ones and was declared a hit as well.[11] He garnered positive remarks from critics, with Sify's reviewer claiming that Ravi was "hundred percent convincing as an action hero," further labelling his performance as "impressive."[12] Mazhai, a remake of the Telugu film Varsham, was his other release that year, which was "lukewarm" at the box office.[13] In 2006 he starred in Saran's Idhaya Thirudan, which was a box office bomb,[14][15] following which he acted in Unakkum Enakkum (initially released and promoted as Something Something Unakkum Enakkum), again under his brother's direction in another remake of a Telugu film. Ravi portrayed a rich, happy-go-lucky NRI from London, who has to live and fight for his love in dire conditions in a rural milieu.[16] The film, which featured Trisha Krishnan alongside Ravi, became a high critical as well as financial success,[17] emerging one of the highest-grossing and most-profitable films of the year.[18][19] The N. Linguswamy-produced Deepavali under Ezhil's direction became his only 2007 release.

In 2008 Ravi appeared in three films. Following a cameo appearance in Velli Thirai, he acted in the family drama Santhosh Subramaniam, once again under his brother's direction in a remake. In the Tamil version of the 2006 Telugu film Bommarillu, starring opposite Genelia D'Souza, he essayed the role of a young man, whose choices and wishes are continually subdued by his father's.[20][21] Ravi received a nomination for the Best Tamil Actor Award at the 56th Filmfare Awards South.[22] Next he starred in the action thriller Dhaam Dhoom, directed by cinematographer-director Jeeva, who died in the midst of the film's shooting in Russia.[23] Completed by Jeeva's assistant Manikandan, his wife Aneez Tanveer and his guru P. C. Sreeram,[24] Dhaam Dhoom released in mid-2008 in which he portrayed Gautham Subramaniyam, a man accused in a murder he did not commit.[25] His performance was met with favorable reviews from critics, with Sify's reviewer citing that he was "simply amazing in his role", labelling the film as an "out and out Jayam Ravi movie",[25] while Indiaglitz noted that Ravi was "probably the perfect choice to play the character".[26]

In 2009, he starred in the action film Peranmai, directed by S. P. Jananathan, in which he enacted the role of Dhruvan, a tribal forest officer. In his next film, Thillalangadi(2010), he paired up with his brother for the fifth time to appear in a remake of a Telugu work. Thillalangadi, the Tamil version of the 2009 film Kick, opened to mixed critical response and could not repeat the success of its original version. In 2011, he played a playboy character in choreographer-turned-director Prabhu Deva's romantic musical Engeyum Kaadhal, which also fetched mixed reviews. His latest film was Ameerin Aadhi Baghavan. Ravi's upcoming films are Boologam directed by N. Kalyanakrishnan, Nimirndhu Nil directed by Samuthirakani and an untitled project directed by his brother Raja.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Ravi's works are mostly remakes of Telugu hit films, which have been successful as their originals.[28]

As Actor[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2003JayamRavi
2004M. Kumaran Son Of MahalakshmiKumaran EashwarTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
2005DaasAntony Daas
2005MazhaiArjun
2006Idhaya ThirudanMahesh Aalwar
2006Something Something ... Unnakum EnnakumSanthosh Krishnan
2007DeepavaliBillu Mudaliar
2008Velli ThiraiHimselfCameo appearance
2008Santhosh SubramaniamSanthosh SubramaniamNominated - Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Actor
2008Dhaam DhoomGautham Subramaniam
2009PeranmaiDhruvanNominated - Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Actor
2010ThillalangadiKrishna
2011KoHimselfSpecial appearance
2011Engeyum KadhalKamal
2013Aadhi BhagavanAadhi Shanmugam,
Baghavan Bhai (Dual Role)
2014Nimirndhu NilAravindan Sivasamy,
Narasimha Reddy (Dual Role)
Post-production
2014BoologamBoologamPost-production
2014Untitled Jayam Raja filmFilming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". Official Website. Jayam Ravi. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "`Jayam` Ravi meets fans on". Sify. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jayam Ravi talks to his fans". Sify. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Movie Review:M.Kumaran son of Mahalakshmi". Sify. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Entertainment / Film Review : M. Kumaran Son of". The Hindu. India. 8 October 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ cinesouth (13 February 2006). "Dailynews – Tamilnadu State Film Awards â€" awards for Vikram, Jyotika". Cinesouth.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "'Jayam' Ravi is victorious second time!". Sify. 22 November 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Daas Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 30 July 2005. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jeyam Ravi on a hat-trick". Rediff. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Interview : 'Jayam' Ravi". Behindwoods. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Welcome to". Sify. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Movie Review:Dass". Sify. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ravi’s big white hope!". Sify. 5 February 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Arya with Saran – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Ravi in a fix!". Sify. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ "Kollywood in 2006 – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "2006– Hits & Misses". Sify. 29 December 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Tamil cinema in 2006 – an analysis". Cinesouth.com. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  20. ^ "Cinema Plus / Film Review : The ‘Jayam’ jamboree – Santosh Subramaniam". The Hindu. India. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Santhosh Subramaniyam Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  22. ^ "56th Idea Filmfare Awards Nominations". Reachouthyderabad.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "'Dhaam' Dhoom' – The last one from Jeeva – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "What is Aneez Jeeva up to?". Behindwoods. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  25. ^ a b "Movie Review:Dhaam Dhoom". Sify. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  26. ^ "Dhaam Dhoom Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  27. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/100526.html
  28. ^ "Jayam Ravi to shift base to Tollywood". The Times of India. 14 Apr 2011. 

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