Iko Uwais is a Film star from Indonesia. He was born in Jakarta of Indonesia. His parents are Mustapha and Maisyaroh. H. Achmad Bunawar, who was his grandfather, was a master of Silat and founded a Silat school. With acting, he also does stunts, choreography and is also a martial artist. Iko is well known for starring in action movies like
The Raid: Redemption, Merantau, The Raid 2: Berandal and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While talking about his career, the credit of his entry to film line goes to his hard work and off course to his good looks. In 2007,
Gareth Evans, who is a director by profession, was once in training hall of Iko and was doing a project of filming documentation on Silat. There he found Iko looking fabulous in front of a camera and found him to be very devoted. Then this director decided to cast Iko for Merantau, the first movie of martial art. In this film, Iko was in leading role. Iko signed a contract for five years with his company and after than he gave resignation from the old job, where he was an operational driver in Asia, a firm in telecoms, where he was working in day shifts. In Indonesia, On 6 August 2009, Merantau was released. This movie was also a part in South Korea and South film festivals named Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and South Festival in Austin, Texas respectively.
There were highly positive reviews about the movie in the festival. In a fest in 2010, this film won an award for best film. Inui Takumi, who is a reviewer for movies in Risingsuntokusatsu.com, said that Iko took the charm of innocence in his movie that was a plus point for him. He said that surely director of a film would have got fascinated by Iko’s enthusiasm as well as personality. He looked for quality of star in him and therefore started working immediately on him. With this, he added, that his looks and his god gifted talent would take him in a status of martial art legend.
Iko’s second project with Evans was for the film, The Raid. The shooting began in 2011, mid of March and this movie came to cinemas in the mid of 2012. In various festivals, this film was praised as the best film in martial arts. He joined Evans in the third project in the film Raid 2. While talking about his personal life, he married singer Audy, on June 25, 2012, in Jakarta at Hotel Gran Mahakam.