Prithviraj, happy birthday!

The hottie from Malayalam cinema was born on October 16, 1982

One of southern cinema’s coolest poster boys, Prithviraj turns 30 today and he has plenty to celebrate. The actor, whose versatility covers the gamut from boy-next-door to romantic hero and action man, has just had his Bollywood debut Aiyyaa hit the screens. The actor has also signed for another Bollywood project for Yash Raj Films titled, Aurangzeb. And if Aiyyaa didn’t quite do justice to his talents, he has some enviable projects lined up in Malayalam; Ayalaum Njanum Thammil by Lal Jose which releases this Friday and he has Shaji Kailas’ D Company, and lastly an anthology film also starring Mohanlal in the pipeline.

Prithviraj, who arrived on the scenes, when he was barely 20, in the super successful Nandanam has a huge fan following in Tamil and Telugu as well. It’s been a great run in the past decade for this artistic Libra star. After his performance in Nandanam, which earned him rave reviews, offers came pouring. He took up remarkable roles in films like Stop Violence, Velli Thira (2002), Meerayude Dukham Muthuvinte Swapnam (2003), Swapnakoodu (2003), Vellinakshatram (2004), Akale (2004) and Ananathabhadhram (2005). To crown the list of his early films there was the blockbuster Classmates in 2006. That was the year in which he also won the Kerala state award for best actor for Vaasthavam. More films, both critically acclaimed and box-office successes followed, such as Arjunan Saakshi directed by Ranjith.

The goodlooking hero has not shied away from dark or negative roles either. In Vargam (2006) he pulled off the role of a corrupt police officer. His debut in Telugu, too, was in the role of a cop in Police Police in 2010. He played a cop again in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil Raavanan. In Tamil, he’s had hit films such as Parijatham and the endearing Mozhi, which earned him a great accolades from the female audiences.

The versatile Prithviraj is also an excellent singer and has sung playback for Puthiya Mukham, among other films. He also takes his role as a producer seriously, having formed August Cinema – the production company, along with Santosh Sivan and Shaji Natesan. August Cinema has produced films Urumi and more recently, Indian Rupee.

Here’s wishing the successful and super-busy Prithviraj a very happy birthday and a grand welcome to Bollywood!