Full Biography of Actor Jayam Ravi
Ravi Mohan known professionally as Jayam Ravi is an Indian Tamil film actor. Debuting in the 2003 Tamil film Jayam, Ravi is best known for his appearances in the M. Raja-directed M. Kumaran Son Of Mahalakshmi, Something Something ... Unnakum Ennakum and Santhosh Subramaniam.
Ravi was born to tamil parents editor Mohan and Varalakshmi Mohan. He has one brother, M. Raja, who is a Director. He also has a sister, Roja Mohan, who is a dentist. He completed his schooling at Jawahar Vidyalaya in Ashok Nagar, Chennai. He studied dancing with the bharatnatyam dancer Nalini Balakrishnan and performed his arangetram at the age of 12. After completing his degree in Visual Communications from Loyola College, Chennai, he decided to get into the acting industry. He has also undergone training in acting with Kishore Namit Kapur Institute in Mumbai.
He is a martial arts expert and a trained bharatanatyam dancer. He also learned martial arts for the character in his second film, M. Kumaran Son Of Mahalakshmi. Prior to acting, Ravi had been an assistant director to Suresh Krishna in the 2001 film Aalavandhan.
Ravi made his acting debut in the 2003 Tamil film Jayam, produced by his father and directed by his brother M. Raja. The film, a remake of the 2002 Telugu blockbuster of the same name, became highly successful at the box office, running up to 200 days. Thanks to the enormous success of the film, the prefix \\\\\\\"Jayam\\\\\\\" was given to his name Ravi.
His next venture was 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. 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. Then came Daas (2004) which marked 100 days in theaters and termed as an average. Mazhai, a remake of the Telugu movie Varsham is also became an average. This was followed by Sarans Idhaya Thirudan unlike his previous films, this film garnered negative reviews as well as very poor box office returns.
In 2006 he appeared in the film Something Something Unakkum Enakkum, which turned out to be a super mega hit, much like the original version. It made a huge mark on the Tamil film industry. Trisha Krishnan acted alongside Ravi in the film, (she was in the original version too). His next film Deepavali under director Ezhils direction released February 2007. This film, which saw him pairing with Bhavana Balachandran, was good but not good as expected. It was an average movie.
In 2008 Ravi appeared in three films. In his first release Velli Thirai, he appeared in a cameo role, whilst his second release was the family-drama Santhosh Subramaniam, once again under his brother M. Rajas direction in a remake again. In the Tamil version of the 2006 Telugu film Bommarillu, in which he starred opposite Genelia DSouza, he essayed the role of a young man, whose choices and wishes are continually subdued by his fathers. The film won high accolades and went on to become one of the most successful films of the year, whilst Ravi received a Filmfare nomination for the Best Actor Award. Next he starred in the action thriller Dhaam Dhoom, directed by late cinematographer-director Jeeva, who died in the midst of the films shooting in Russia. Completed by Jeevas assistant Manikandan, his wife Aneez Tanveer and his guru P. C. Sreeram, Dhaam Dhoom released in mid 2008. Though the film had the biggest opening of Jayam Ravis career, it turned out to be only a moderate hit. For his portrayal of a Gautham Subramaniyam, a man accused in a murder he did not commit, however, Ravi received rave reviews from critics.
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. His performance was widely appreciated and praised, whilst the film itself was lauded for its patriotic theme. Ravi also did something few Indian male stars have done, appearing in his opening scenes in the film near nude and proudly showing off his bare body.
Ravi is currently working on the film Thilalangadi, pairing up with his brother for the fifth time to appear in a remake of a Telugu film. In the Tamil version of the 2009 blockbuster film Kick, he will be sharing screen space with Shaam, Tamannaah for the first time and with veteran actor Prabhu for the second time after Something Something Unakkum Enakkum.
Ravi is married to Aarthi Vijayakumar, daughter of film producer Sujatha Vijayakumar, on 4 June 2009.
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