Saravanan Sivakumar, popularly known by his adopted movie name Suriya, is very popular Indian actor, producer, television presenter and a philanthropist who has created a mass fan following over the years and released successful superhit movies till 2024. His fans are found in all over the world not just in India or regional cinema. Surya mostly appears in regional Tamil films and made his debut in the film Nerrukku Ner, which was released in the year 1997. He has since gone on to star in several successful films, including Kaakha Kaakha, Ghajini, Singam and 24.

Surya Biography

Name Surya
Net Worth $25 Million
Net Worth In Indian Rupees 186 Crore
Monthly Income 1.5 Crore
Yearly Income 30 Crore +
Per Movie Salary 20 To 25 Crore
Profession Actor
Gender Male
Net Worth In 2022 $25 Million
Net Worth In 2021 $24 Million
Net Worth In 2020 $20 Million
Net Worth In 2019 $18.5 Million
Net Worth In 2018 $16 Million

Here is the little review of his life before getting into the movie-business. Surya was born and brought up in Tamil Nadu on July 23, 1975 in Chennai. His father, Sivakumar is a veteran actor and his mother Lakshmi is a homemaker. He has a brother– Karthi who is also a popular actor in the South belt. Surya did his schooling at St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai and thereafter attended Loyola College for a degree in commerce.

Surya was married to Jyothika Saravanan on September 11, 2006. The couple has two children – Diya (born August 10, 2007) and Dev (born June 7, 2010).

Suriya has two younger siblings, a brother Karthi and a sister Brindha. His career in films began when he starred in the romantic-drama movie Nandha, which earned him a Film Award for Best Actor. This movie became the breakthrough role in his acting career.

After this, he went on to act in many successful movies such as Kaaka Kaaka, Pithamagan, Perazhagan, Ghajini, Vaaranam Aayiram and Vikram etc.

Suriya teamed up with AR Murugadoss once again in 2012 for science fiction drama ‘7aum Arivu’, which didn’t do well at the box office compared to their previous film. Hence, Suriya decided to take a break with the director and refused to do ‘Thuppakki’ with him. Instead, he decided to venture into other genres such as action and thriller movies like Singam, Anjaan and 24 and many more afterwards.

Suriya has also produced several films under his production banner 2D Entertainment. Some of his popular productions include Naan Mahaan Alla, Kuttram 23, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam and Gang etc..

His one of the most recent productions was Kaappaan starring Mohanlal and Arya which went to create a craze among the fans as his pairing opposite Mohanlal was a rare treat for the cinema-going masses.

1. “Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy every moment on the way and never look back with regret.”
2. “When you believe in yourself and what you do, success will find its way to you.”
3. “Be a dreamer, have faith and work hard. Only then will you be able to achieve your dreams.”
4. “The only thing that can stop you from achieving your goals is you. Don’t let yourself become your own obstacle.”
5. “If you have a goal and you want to pursue it, don’t wait for the right time because there is no such thing as a ‘right time’. The time is now.”
6. “You have to take risks if you want to succeed. Don’t be afraid of failure; it’s part of the learning process.”

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Apart from his acting career, Suriya is also involved in philanthropic activities. He is the founder of Agaram Foundation, an NGO that works towards providing educational opportunities to underprivileged children. He is also the brand ambassador for the social awareness campaigns of the Tamil Nadu Government.


Suriya is said to take home a paycheque of anywhere between 20 to 25 Crores per movie, and his annual income is estimated to be more than Rs. 30 Crores. He has won several awards and accolades throughout his career including four Vijay Awards, two Filmfare Awards, and two IIFA Awards. In 2019, he was honoured with the prestigious Kalaimamani Award. With a career spanning over two decades, Suriya has established himself as one of the most successful South Indian actors.

Net Worth

Surya has a net worth of more than $25 million dollars. His last 5 years’ net worth growth is shown in the table below.

Surya Last 5 Year Net Worth

Net Worth In 2023 $25 Million
Net Worth In 2022 $24 Million
Net Worth In 2021 $20 Million
Net Worth In 2020 $18.5 Million
Net Worth In 2019 $16 Million

FAQs about Surya FAQs about Surya

Where did Surya got his education from?

He attended Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School and St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Tamil Nadu. He obtained his undergraduate degree B.Com from Loyola College, Chennai. Just after finishing his B.Com he debuted in the movies.

What are the most popular movies roles played by Surya?

Surya has played some of the very popular movie roles including one as Rolex in Vikram 2022, Kathir in Kaappaan 2019 and Durai Singam in the Singam franchise.

Who is Surya's wife?

Surya married fellow-actor Jyothika in 2006. The couple has two children.

Who is Surya dating?

Surya is not dating anyone. He is completely a home-man after work. He married his love-life Jyothika in 2006.