Nivin Pauly (born 11 October 1984) is an Indian film actor and producer best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. Nivin made his acting debut with Malarvaadi Arts Club (2010) directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan and produced by Dileep. Later, he went on to act in successful films including Thattathin Marayathu (2012), Neram (2013), 1983 (2014), Bangalore Days (2014), Oru Vadakkan Selfie (2015), Premam (2015), and Action Hero Biju (2016). Nivin made his debut as a producer with the film Action Hero Biju (2016) under the banner Pauly Jr. Pictures, which starred him in the title role. Nivin received the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his Tamil debut Neram (2013). In 2015, Nivin Pauly received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performances in Bangalore Days and 1983. Nivin was selected as the “Most Desirable Man of 2015” by Kochi Times, a subsidiary of The Times Group.
Nivin Pauly – Early and personal life
Nivin Pauly was born into a Malayali Syro-Malabar Catholic family from Aluva, Ernakulam on 11 October 1984. Nivin’s father, Pauly Bonaventure, was a mechanic who worked in Aarau, Switzerland and his mother a nurse at a Swiss hospital. Nivin used to spend his holidays with his parents in Aarau where they stayed for 25 years. He graduated with a B.Tech degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT), Angamaly in 2006. Nivin was employed at Infosys in Bangalore from 2006 to 2008. However, he resigned and came back home after his father’s death. Nivin and Rinna Joy were classmates at FISAT. He married Rinna Joy on 28 August 2010 at St. Dominic Syro-Malabar Church in Aluva, Ernakulam. They have a son born in 2012.
Nivin applied for the audition of Malarvaadi Arts Club, but was not included in the 12 shortlisted actors. However, when one dropped out, he was given a second chance to the audition, and got his debut role. Since then, he had acted in the films The Metro and Sevenes, and brief appearances in Traffic and Spanish Masala. He appeared in music video Nenjodu Cherthu from the album Yuvvh, what The Hindu called “a hugely popular” , which became a viral hit on YouTube. The 2012 film Thattathin Marayathu was his acting vehicle which became the biggest hit of the year.
After Thattathin Marayathu he was called “the current youth sensation” and “hot property”. He received offers from directors including Sathyan Anthikad, Rajesh Pillai, Aashiq Abu and Shyamaprasad. Nivin made his debut in Tamil with the bi-lingual film Neram. His other Malayalam films in 2013 includes Anju Sundarikal and Sunil Ibrahim’s Arikil Oraal. In 2014 he appeared in Abrid Shine’s directorial debut, 1983 where he played the role of Rameshan. Followed with debutant Jude Anthany Joseph’s Ohm Shanthi Oshaana was a romantic comedy in which he portrayed the role Giri, which released a week after 1983. His next release Bangalore Days was directed by Anjali Menon. In the same year, he played a cameo role in the Lal Jose film Vikramadithyan. In 2015, Nivin appeared in Mili, Oru Vadakkan Selfie and Ivide . He then acted in Premam where he played the role of George David. It went on to become one of the highest grossing Malayalam movies.It grossed about 67 crores. After the release of Premam, Nivin Pauly was described as the next Mohanlal in the social medias and got a “superstar” tag.