Thursday, 13 January 2011


Birth Name: Jayaram Subramaniyam

Jayaram (Malayalam: ജയറാം) is a film actor in Malayalam and Tamil languages. He is also a mimicry artist. He is one of the reigning superstars in Malayalam cinema. Jayaram has been active in films since the 1980s. He is quite widely appreciated for his easiness in handling comedy, being the hero of the film. There was some criticism towards him being stereotyped in comic roles. Jayaram despite the criticism has managed to hold on to the top list of Malayalam film actors.
He had plenty of flops in the last 8 years,but he had continous hits in early stages of his career to 2001. He acted in many super hit family comedy entertainers which had decent comedy without any double meanings or crude comedy which is a trade mark of malayalam cinema. It was highly appreciated by family audiences and made him a family hero. He and director Rajasenan delivered 13 super maga hit films which ran for more than 100 days.

Early life
Jayaram Subramaniyam was born in a family of "Palakkad Iyers" in Perumbavoor, Kerala. The brahminic origin of many in the aforementioned sect is clearly a suspect.perubavoor was previously a buddist centre. He completed his education from Sri Sankara College, Kaladi. When he was studying there, he won several awards in state level for mimicry. That made him to make the decision to make art as his profession. He is the nephew of Malayatoor Ramakrishnan, a famous malayalam writer.

After college, he joined Kalabhavan, a well known professional mimicry troupe. He was spotted by the noted malayalam film director, Padmarajan who gave Jayaram his launching pad with the 1988 film Aparan. Padmarajan became his mentor in his film career till the former's death in January, 1991.

He has acted in several critically acclaimed films like Moonnampakkam (1988),Mazhavilkavadi (1989), Thooval Sparsham (1990), Keli (1991),Thooval Kottaram (1996), Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal(1999) and Sesham (2002). His association with directors Sathyan Anthikkad, Rajasenan created many commercially successful movies.

He also forayed into Tamil film industry, and became moderately successful. Some of his impressive Tamil films are Gokulam, Purushalakshanam, Priyanka, Kolangal, Murai Mamman and Pathini . His friendship with Kamal Haasan is also famous. His roles as Dr. Kailash and as Mr.Ayyappan Nair in Kamal Haasan starrers Thenali and Panchathanthiram are well-appreciated.

Till date, he has done nearly 200 films.

Personal life
He is married to actress Parvathy who is no longer active in films. Their son Kalidasan is a child film artist who has won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2003 for his second movie. He also has a daughter, Malavika. The Jayaram family lives in Chennai.

Jayaram is a well known aficionado of elephants. It is said that he can recognize an elephant if he had seen it anytime before.
Jayaram is an able chenda percussionist. Jayaram reportedly said that he used to wake up at 4:30 AM and practice the instrument.
Jayaram, who did nearly 200 films has never won a state or national award for best actor, but his son Kalidas won both for best child artist with only two films to his credit.

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