From being the youngest actor to bag the Kerala State Film Award to being an IT graduate, here’s all you need to know about Prithviraj Sukumaran
Prithviraj Sukumaran returns in khaki as a police officer, in Cold Case, on the hunt for a murderer. The actor known for portraying several high profile police officer roles in films including, Raavanan, Memories, 7th Day, and Mumbai Police, has effortlessly transitioned into his new avatar in Cold Case, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Here are 7 interesting facts about the Mollywood actor that you may not know.
1. In 2006, at the age of 24, Prithviraj became the youngest recipient of the 'Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor' for his performance in the political-crime thriller Vaasthavam which is loosely based on the novel Enippadikal by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.
2. Prithviraj was an outstanding student during his school days and along with his brother Indrajith, they both used to play lead roles in school plays and often performed Shakespearean characters on stage. While doing his bachelor's degree in IT at University of Tasmania, he auditioned and won the lead role in 'Nandanam' released in 2002.
3. Director Fazil is responsible for Prithviraj entering the film industry. It was Fazil who showed the results of his screen test to director Ranjith, who directed him in 'Nandanam'. In the film, Ranjith had asked him to grow a beard as the actor was only 19 years old and looked very young and the director wanted him to look more mature in the film.
4. In 2009, Prithviraj ventured into production by starting his own company, August Cinema, along with director Santosh Sivan and entrepreneur Shaji Natesan. His first movie as a producer was the 2011 multi-lingual Urumi directed by Santosh Sivan which at that time was the second-most expensive Malayalam film.
5. Prithviraj made his directorial debut in 2019 with the action film Lucifer starring Mohanlal which became the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever, making over Rs 150 crore in just 21 days. Lucifer is the first installment in a trilogy, with 'L2:Empuraan' under production and an untitled sequel in development.
6. Prithviraj has also made his mark in playback singing with his debut song being 'Kaane kaane' for the 2009 film Puthiya Mukham for which Deepak Dev was the composer. Subsequently, he has gone on to sing many more songs in other movies. Earlier in 2007, he had played a musician in the Tamil romantic comedy Mozhi starring alongside Prakash Raj and Jyotika.
7. In 2010, Prithviraj became the brand ambassador of the hi-tech ambulance service ‘108’, operated by Arogyakeralam (National Rural Health Mission), which was part of a pilot project under the Kerala Emergency Medical Services Project. Aiming to provide emergency care to the needy, 25 hi-tech ambulances have been pressed into service by the NRHM and many more have been commissioned since.