Prithviraj Sukumaran born October 16, 1982 in Trivandrum, Kerala, India) is an Indian film actor. He made his debut in 2002 with the critically acclaimed Malayalam film Nandanam, and has since established himself in Malayalam cinema through a variety of roles in films such as Ananthabhadram, Chocolate, Vaasthavam, Classmates, Thirakkatha and Thalappavu. He has also made strides in Tamil cinema with hits like Kana Kandaen, Parijatham and Mozhi. Prithviraj was introduced to cinema by Renjith who cast him in his directorial debut film Nandanam. After this he was flooded with offers and was able to appear in films directed by the leading figures of Malayalam film industry such as Lohithadas, Vinayan, Kamal and Bhadran. He was noted for his performances in Stop Violence and Swapnakoodu, films that did well at the box-office. Shyamaprasad, who cast him in lead role in his much acclaimed film Akale, comments that Prithviraj's advantages are his talent and intelligence irrespective of his box office successes. He was critically acclaimed for the portrayal of Sub Inspector Solomon Joseph in Vargam. In this film his character had to go through a wide range of emotions. In the first half of the film he was the corrupt and malicious Inspector, in the second half he falls victim to his arrogance and repents and tries to turn a new leaf. In 2006, Lal Jose's Classmates was released and it turned out to be one of the biggest blockbusters in Malayalam cinema. The film had an ensemble cast consisting of Jayasurya, Narain, Indrajith and Kavya Madhavan. After Vargam, Prithviraj acted in another film Vaasthavam with the same director, M. Padmakumar. It was a hard hitting film in which Prithviraj again got noticed for his intense acting. The role fetched him the Kerala State Award for Best Actor for 2006, and in the process Prithvi became the youngest actor to win the award. In 2007, his film Chocolate directed by Shafi received glowing reviews. His performance in the film has been praised as contributing to the success of the film. In 2008, he starred in Thalappavu directed by Madhupal and Thirakkatha directed by Renjith, in which he took up roles which serve as pivotal characters. One of the reviews of Thalappavu describes it as a film which is truly the coming-of-age film for Prithviraj the actor and that there is a spartan dignity that he brings into his commanding portrayal of Naxalite Joseph. Thirakkatha also received widespread praises from the reviewers. Prithviraj made his Tamil debut as the villain in Kana Kandaen in 2005. His performance as the handsome, sophisticated and suave villain grabbed quick attention and was praised for his unconventional portrayal of the character. Soon he got an opportunity to act under the direction of Bhagyaraj in the film Parijatham. Bhagyaraj has said in an interview that he became keen on involving Prithviraj in his project essentially influenced by the Media acclaim the actor received in Tamil Nadu following his amazing performance in Kana Kandaen. "The entire media unanimously appreciated him in Kana Kanden. So it was with that confidence that I signed him". His performance in Parijatham also received similar attention and appreciation in Kollywood. In 2007, Mozhi was a film in which his splendid performance was highly praised. The film ran in packed houses for more than 100 Days. He also starred in Satham Podathey and Kannamoochi Yenada, both of which were moderate successes. The success of the films and his own intense performance in them have helped him to enhance his stardom in Tamil tinsel world. The subtle performance of Prithviraj in Kannamoochi Yenada has received special mention by many reviewers. In 2008, Prithviraj starred in Vellithirai, the Tamil remake of Udayananu Tharam, a Malayalam box office success. Most reviewers of the film unequivocally praise Prithviraj's performance. He was described as "flawless" in his role as an aspiring director. "His character demands underplaying and he exactly does the same. Prithviraj was able to express the anger and agony of being cheated with aplomb. The way he reacts to the betrayal stands out". Yet another review echoes the same feeling: "Prithviraj makes the best of his assets - his expressive eyes, which glint in fury, soften with love, or brim over with frustrated tears". It was Fazil, a leading Malayalam film director, who introduced him to Renjith. Following a decent performance in Nandanam he was flooded with several exciting offers from the industry so that he decided to take a break from his studies and concentrate on acting.