Saravanan Sivakumar (Tamil : சரவணன் சிவகுமர்) popularly known as Surya (Tamil : சூர்யா) (born in 23 July 1975), is an Indian actor in the Tamil film industry. Saravanan’s name was officially changed into Suriya when he came into the film industry. This was done because there was already a Tamil actor in the name of Saravanan and they wanted no cunfusion to happen. Suriya said "I had to practice signing my new name many times". He is the son of Tamil actor Sivakumar. He is well-known for trying out off-beat roles in different films.Early life:Surya studied at PSBB and St. Bede's, Chennai. He completed his commerce graduation from Loyola College, Chennai. He was employed in a garment manufacturing company in Ambattur, Chennai. A notable point is Vijay, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja (both Ilayaraaja's sons), Arinthum Ariyamalum director Vishnuvardhan, and Surya were all class mates during their studies. Personal life:His father is actor Sivakumar. He is the eldest son in the family with one younger brother Karthik and younger sister Brindha. He married actress Jyothika on September 11, 2006. His mother’s name is Lakshmi.Career:His debut film, Nerrukku Ner (1997) was a big hit but all his succeeding films did not do well. His first reasonable success was in the movie Poovellam Kettuppar (1999). His next movie with Vijay, Friends was a big hit. But he did not get any big breaks and his career seemed to be stalled until director Bala approached him for a role in his next venture titled Nandha.Surya’s next venture was with Vikraman in the movie Unnai Ninathu and the movie was able to record good collections . This was followed by Mounam Pesiyadhe which also did decently well.Surya’s first all round hit was Kaaka Kaaka, a movie about the life of a police officer.In the movie Perazhagan, Surya acted in two roles, one as a boxer and the other as a handicapped but a confident phone booth keeper. His role as the handicapped was praised by critics, and he received a Filmfare for Best Actor for his performance. His role in Aayitha Ezhuthu as a student leader was also favoured by the critics. In 2005, Surya delivered more successful films in the form of Maayavi and Ghajini - afterwards he set up a production company called Studio Green which distributed the movie in the Chennai district. Ghajini was one of the most sensational hits of 2005, with Surya playing a STML patient, for which he even tonsured his head.