Sanjay Suri is an Indian actor and producer from Bollywood. He made his debut in 1999 with Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi. He went on to star in many supporting roles, but finally got his big break with Jhankaar Beats in 2003, where audiences started to recognise him as a seasoned actor. He is co-producer and actor in the film I Am. He is also the co-founder of the film production company Anticlock Films.
|Years active||1999 – present|
Sanjay Suri was born on 6 April 1971 in Srinagar, Kashmir, where he spent 19 years of his life. He has an elder brother and an elder sister. Living in Srinagar, he developed a strong love for nature and the outdoors. As a child, Suri was a star squash player and was on his school and state teams. In 1990, his father was killed in a terrorist attack and the family was forced to flee to Jammu where they briefly lived in a refugee camp. They then shifted to Delhi.
Suri and his wife, Ambika, have two children.
1999 witnessed Suri's breakthrough in Bollywood with a supporting role in the movie Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi, co-starring with Rinke Khanna and Dino Morea. Although the movie flopped, Suri was noticed. His next films were Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001), Filhaal... and the musical Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002).
With 2003's Pinjar co-starring Urmila Matondkar he got rave reviews, but it was not until Jhankaar Beats later that year that he became popular. His role alongside Juhi Chawla was greatly appreciated. Slowly he got more roles in movies, but his movies were not box office successes. Despite the failure of his films, his performances continued to be appreciated.
In 2005, he delivered a critically acclaimed performance in My Brother... Nikhil, as a homosexual who happens to be HIV positive, once again co-starring Juhi Chawla. The movie received unanimous praise among Indian film critics. The movie fared decently in Mumbai, but was a failure elsewhere in India.
Suri and Onir (who also directed My Brother Nikhil) also worked on Sorry Bhai! and under the banner of Anticlock Films have produced I Am, which weaves together four stories on different topical issues. With this film they have ventured into a new mode of production involving crowdsourcing, a concept that had not been explored before in Indian cinema. The movie released on 29 April 2011 and went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
Awards and recognitions
Sanjay Suri has been honoured by Sandeep Marwah with membership of the International Film and Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television. I Am, co-produced and directed by Sanjay Suri, was awarded the David Flint honorary award for promoting human rights. The film also won the best in Asian Cinema award (NETPAC) at the international Kerala film festival 2010 and went on to win the audience choice award, best film at the Florence "River to River" festival 2010. Suri was a part of the Incredible India team that represented 'I AM' at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.
|1999||Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi||Bhargav / Bugs|
|2000||Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa||Raj Oberoi|
|2001||Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence||Sunil Saikia|
|2002||Dil Vil Pyar Vyar||Dev|
|2002||Chalo Ishq Ladaaye||Rahul|
|2003||Dhoop||Capt. Rohit S. Kapoor|
|2004||Insaaf - The Justice||IAS Officer Vishwanath Prasad|
|2004||Shaadi Ka Laddoo||Som Dutta|
|2005||My Brother... Nikhil||Nikhil Kapoor|
|2005||Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak||Special appearance|
|2006||My Bollywood Bride||Bobby|
|2006||Bas Ek Pal||Nikhil Kapoor|
|2007||Say Salaam India||Hari Sadu|
|2012||Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare||Abhijit Shandilya||Assamese film|
|2016||Nil Battey Sannata||District Commissioner||Cameo|
|2017||Hindi Medium||Kabir||Guest appearance|
|2017||Dev DD||Rana||ALTBalaji series|
|2017||Inside Edge||Niranjan Suri||Amazon original series|
|2018||My Birthday Song||Rajiv Kaul|
|2018||Raazi||Samar Syed||Special Appearance|
|2019||Love, Lust and Confusion Season 2||RC Sir||Viu series|
|2019||Mentalhood||ALT Balaji web series|
|2019||Mentalhood||Web series on ZEE5 & ALT Balaji|
|2019||Bhram||Web series on ZEE5|
- "Sanjay Suri: Movies, Photos, Videos, News & Biography". Times of India. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
- Sharma, Garima (25 April 2011). "Sanjay wants 'I Am' premiere in Kashmir". timesonindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- Manali Shah (8 May 2010). "Onir raises funds through Facebook". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 19 January 2011.
- "'I AM' to be screened in Spain film fest". Times of India. IANS. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
- Mumbai, Entertainment (8 May 2011). "Kashmiri Pandits applaud Suri's 'I Am'". HindustanTimes. Archived from the original on 21 July 2013.
- "Sanjay Suri turns CJ to fight migrants' cause". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- "Juhi matures to mum roles!". Mumbai Mirror. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- Verma, Sukanya (25 March 2005). "My Brother Nikhil is heartfelt and touching". Rediff. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- "Onir releases I AM trailer on YouTube". Hindustan Times. 27 March 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011.
- "National Awards: 'I AM' wins Best Hindi Film Award". IBN Live. 7 March 2012.
- "Onir & Sanjay Suri's 'I AM' slated for April 29, 2011". indiaglitz.com. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- "I AM jodi Onir & Sanjay Suri at Cannes 2012". ndtv.com. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- "My Birthday Song Review: A Thriller That Messes With Your Head". News18. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- ""In Conversation with Sanjay Suri for upcoming movie 'My Birthday Song'". The Moviean.
- Sanjay Suri's Official Website & biography