EARLY LIFE :
Jayam Ravi was born Mohan Ravi in Tirumangalam, Madurai. His father is the veteran film editor A. Mohan, a Tamil Rowther.
His elder brother Mohan Raja and sister Roja. Ravi grew up in both Chennai and Hyderabad. He completed his schooling at Jawahar Vidyalaya in Ashok Nagar, Chennai. He studied dancing under the Bharatnatyam dancer Nalini Balakrishnan and performed his arangetram at 12. After completing his degree in Visual Communication from Loyola College, Chennai, he decided to enter the film industry. He also trained in acting at the Kishore Namit Kapur Institute in Mumbai. Before becoming an actor, Ravi had been an assistant director to Suresh Krishna for Aalavandhan (2001), starring Kamal Haasan. His mother is Telugu and hails from Andhra Pradesh.
Jayam Ravi acted as a child actor in two Telugu films: Bava Bavamaridi and Palnati Pourusham, produced by his father. Jayam Ravi made his acting debut in the action-masala film Jayam, produced by his father and directed by his brother Mohan Raja. It was a remake of the 2002 Telugu film of the same name. His next venture was the sentimental drama M. Kumaran Son Of Mahalakshmi (2004), the remade version of the Telugu film Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, in which he starred alongside Asin Thottumkal. Of Ravi’s performance, a critic from Sify wrote that he “makes you want to see more of him.” At the same time, The Hindu’s Malathi Rangarajan noted that he came out with an “appreciable portrayal throughout.” The film, considered a family entertainer, received the Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Film and fetched Ravi himself the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. It also emerged as a financial success.
His next release, Daas (2005), another action-masala flick, and his first original film following two remakes featured him as a football player.The film took an even bigger opening than his previous ones.Sify’s reviewer described his performance as “impressive,” calling Ravi a “hundred percent convincing as an action hero.” Mazhai, a remake of the Telugu film Varsham, was his other release that year, which was “lukewarm” at the box office. In 2006, he starred in Saran’s Idhaya Thirudan, which performed poorly at the box office. After that, he acted in Unakkum Enakkum (initially released and promoted as Something Unakkum Enakkum), again under his brother’s direction in another remake of a Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana. Ravi portrayed a rich, happy-go-lucky NRI from London who has to live and fight for his love in dire conditions in a rural milieu. The film featured Trisha Krishnan alongside Ravi and became a highly critical financial success, emerging as one of the highest-grossing and most-profitable films of the year. The N. Linguswamy-produced Deepavali under Ezhil’s direction became his only 2007 release.
In 2008, Ravi appeared in three films. Following a cameo appearance in Velli Thirai, he acted in the family drama Santhosh Subramaniam again under his brother’s direction in a remake. In the Tamil version of the 2006 Telugu film Bommarillu, starring Genelia D’Souza, he played a young man whose choices and wishes are continually subdued by his father. Ravi received a nomination for the Best Tamil Actor Award at the 56th Filmfare Awards South. Next, he starred in the action thriller Dhaam Dhoom, directed by cinematographer-director Jeeva, who died amid the film’s shooting in Russia. Completed by Jeeva’s assistant Manikandan, his wife Aneez Tanveer and his guru P. C. Sreeram, Dhaam Dhoom was released in mid-2008 in which he portrayed Gautham Subramaniyam, a man accused in a murder he did not commit. Sify’s reviewer wrote that he was “simply amazing in his role,” labeling the film as an “out and out Jayam Ravi movie,”
while Indiaglitz noted that Ravi was “probably the perfect choice to play the character.”
In 2009, he starred in the action-adventure film Peranmai. In 2010, he starred in the action-comedy Thillalangadi, a remake of the 2009 Telugu-language film Kick. In 2011, he starred in the romantic drama Engeyum Kaadhal. In 2013, he starred in the action film Ameerin Aadhi-Bhagavan. In 2014, he starred in the action film Nimirndhu Nil, which was also shot simultaneously in Telugu as Janda Pai Kapiraju with Nani in the lead.
In 2015, Ravi appeared in four films: the romantic comedy Romeo Juliet, the action-comedy Sakalakala Vallavan, the action-thriller Thani Oruvan (directed by his brother Mohan Raja) and the sports action film Bhooloham. In 2016, he starred in the action-horror film Miruthan revolving around a zombie apocalypse. In 2017, he appeared in the action-thriller Bogan (reuniting with actor Arvind Swami after Thani Oruvan) and the action-adventure film Vanamagan.
In 2018, he starred in the sci-fi action film Tik Tik Tik (considered India’s first space film) and the action-thriller Adanga Maru. In 2019, he made a cameo in the adventure film Thumbaa and starred as the lead in the comedy film comali.
In 2021, he made his debut on OTT platforms through his 25th film Bhoomi. He was seen in Mani Ratnam’s Magnum Opus Ponniyin Selvan as Arulmozhivarman, who later became the great Chola Emperor Raja Raja Chola.
PERSONAL LIFE :
He has married Aarti, daughter of noted television producer Sujatha Vijayakumar since 2009. They have two sons: Aarav (born on 29 June 2010) and Ayaan (born on 10 August 2014).
April played a role in his film Tik Tik Tik (2018)