Selvaraj Justin Surya was born in Vasdevanallur, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. He pursued his graduation from Chennai. He is a renowned Actor, Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer and a Music Composer in the Kollywood. He is known as Suryah.
He started his career in films at an early age of 20. In 1988, he acted in the movie ‘Nethaidi’. After that, in 1993, he made a cameo appearance in ‘Kizhakku Cheemayile’. The music of the movie was composed by legendary A.R Rehman, and this film was later remade in Telugu. He did numerous small guest appearance and cameo roles. He played an auto driver in ‘Asai’(1995). The movie was honored with the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for best director, music director, and best playback singer. He made his debut in direction with the movie ‘
Vaali’in 1999. He was inspired by director Vasanth and always emulated him. He was the writer for the film and also made a guest appearance in it. Vaali was a box-office hit and was critically acclaimed. It was a romantic thriller. In the next year, he directed and wrote ‘
Kushi’ wherein he also made a guest appearance. It was such a successful and well praised a movie that it was remade in Telugu, Hindi and twice in Kannada. He directed ‘
Naani’ in 2003 and made a cameo appearance in it. He played a math professor. Naani was first released in Telugu and later remade in Hindi. He directed another movie ‘New’ in 2004 which was inspired by Hollywood. Surya was the main lead and essayed the character of ‘Pappu’. It was a super hit and sold 4 million tickets worldwide. It was written and produced by Surya. He later made a cameo appearance in the Tamil film ‘Maha Nadigan’. He played ‘
Shiva’ in his next venture ‘Anbe Aaruyire’. He was the director, writer, and producer for the film. In the year 2006, he played ‘
Sathya’ in the movie ‘Kalvanin Kadhali’ and made a cameo appearance in the movie ‘Dishyum’. He continued with small roles in movies. ‘Thirumagan,' ‘Vyabari,' ‘Newtonin Moondram Vidhi,' ‘Nanaban,’ were some of the movies where he played such roles. In 2010, he directed Telugu movie ‘
Puli’ and enacted his usual cameo appearance. His movie ‘
Isai’ released in 2015 was a commercial success and is one of the best films of his career.
Surya is also a well-known music director and singer. He gave the music for the Marathi movie ‘
Ishq Wala Love’ in 2014 and for ‘Isai’ in 2015. He was the composer for ‘Vyabari’ and ‘Newtonin Moondram Vidhi’.
Upcoming projects: He will be playing in the upcoming movies ‘Iraivi', ‘174’ and ‘