Ravi Mohan (born 10 September 1980), better known by his stage name Jayam Ravi, is an Indian (Tamil) film actor who works in the . The son of veteran film editor Mohan, Ravi made his debut as an actor in the romantic drama Blockbuster film (2003), directed by his elder brother and produced by his father. The success of the film prompted the title to become a prefix to his stage name, and he continued to collaborate with his brother for other Blockbuster films including (2003), (2004), (2006), (2008), (2010) and (2015).
Ravi's parents are the veteran film editor Mohan and Varalakshmi Mohan; he was born in . He has two siblings; his elder brother is a film director, with most of his films featuring Ravi in the lead role, while his sister Roja is a dentist. He completed his schooling at Jawahar Vidyalaya in . He studied dancing under the dancer Nalini Balakrishnan and performed his at the age of 12. After completing his degree in from , he decided to get into the film industry. He also then trained in acting at the Kishore Namit Kapur Institute in .he trained film stunt from master power pandian, Before debuting as an actor, Ravi had been an assistant director to for (2001), starring . He has been married to Aarti, daughter of noted television producer Sujatha Vijayakumar since 2009. They have two sons: Aarav (born on 29 June 2010) and Ayaan (born August 10, 2014). Aarav has played a role in his film .
During his childhood, Ravi acted as a child actor in two Telugu films; [[Bava Bavamand , which were produced by his father. Jayam Ravi made his acting debut in the action- film , produced by his father and directed by his brother . It was a remake of the 2002 . His next venture was the sentimental drama (2004), the remade version of the Telugu film , in which he starred alongside . Ravi's performance was widely positively received; a critic from wrote that he delivered a performance that "makes you want to see more of him", while 's Malathi Rangarajan cited that he came out with an "appreciable portrayal throughout." The film, considered a family entertainer, received the and fetched Ravi himself the . It also emerged a high financial success.
His next release, (2005), another action-masala flick, and his first original film following two remakes, featured him as a . The film took an even bigger opening than his previous ones and was declared a hit as well. He garnered positive remarks from critics, with Sify's reviewer claiming that Ravi was a "hundred percent convincing as an action hero," further labelling his performance as "impressive.", a remake of the Telugu film , was his other release that year, which was "lukewarm" at the box office. In 2006, he starred in , which was a , following which, he acted in (initially released and promoted as Something Something Unakkum Enakkum), again under his brother's direction in another remake of a Telugu film. Ravi portrayed a rich, happy-go-lucky from London, who has to live and fight for his love in dire conditions in a rural milieu. The film, which featured alongside Ravi, became a high critical as well as financial success, emerging one of the highest-grossing and most-profitable films of the year. The -produced under Ezhil's direction became his only 2007 release.
In 2008, Ravi appeared in three films. Following a in , he acted in the family drama , once again under his brother's direction in a remake. In the Tamil version of the 2006 Telugu film , starring opposite , he played the role of a young man, whose choices and wishes are continually subdued by his father. Ravi received a nomination for the at the . Next, he starred in the action thriller , directed by cinematographer-director , who died in the midst of the film's shooting in . Completed by Jeeva's assistant Manikandan, his wife Aneez Tanveer and his guru , released in mid-2008 in which he portrayed Gautham Subramaniyam, a man accused in a murder he did not commit. His performance was met with favourable reviews from critics, with Sify's reviewer writing that he was "simply amazing in his role", labelling 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 film , directed by , in which he enacted the role of Dhruvan, a tribal forest officer. In his next film (2010), he paired up with his brother for the fifth time to appear in a remake of a Telugu work. , the Tamil version of the 2009 film , opened to average grossing and could not repeat the success of its original version. In 2011, he played a character in choreographer-turned-director 's romantic musical , which also fetched mixed reviews. In 2013, he acted in the gangster-thriller under the direction of . The film opened to mixed to negative reviews from critics and was declared a below average grosser at the box office. His next film , released in March 2014. It received mixed reviews, but was a commercial success.
In 2015, Ravi appeared in four films: , , and . His first film in 2015 was the directorial romantic comedy and he was paired with for the second time. The film received an average reviews from critics. His next was 's comedy film . The film opened to negative reviews and was a commercial failure. He again paired with his brother in his direct film . His next film was , which was a commercial success.
In 2016, his only release was the zombie-thriller . The film received positive to mixed reviews from critics. Ravi's performance was appreciated. In 2017, he appeared in the fantasy-thriller , paired opposite to for the third time. Next,released an adventurous directorial as a jungle man, Shakti Soundar Rajan's ' was a biggest box office collection' and the magnum opus ' '& [ADANGA MARU] And Thani Oruvan 2 is going on
FilmographyKey Denotes films that have not yet been released Year Film Role Notes 1993 Child Raju film 1994 Young Bheemineni Brahmanna Telugu film 2003 Ravi 2004 M. Kumaran 2005 Antony Daas Arjun 2006 Mahesh Aalwar Unnakum Ennakum Santhosh Krishnan 2007 Billu Mudaliar 2008 Himself Cameo appearance Santosh Subramaniam Nominated,
Nominated, Gautham Subramaniam 2009 Dhuruvan
Nominated, 2010 Krishna 2011 Himself Cameo appearance Kamal 2013 Aadhi Shanmugam,
Baghavan Bhai 2014 Himself Cameo appearance Aravindan Sivasamy,
Narasimha Reddy 2015 Himself Telugu film (Cameo appearance) Karthick Shakti Mithran
Nominated, Bhooloham 2016 Karthick 2017 Vikram/Adithya Jara (Vaasi) 2018 M. Vasu 2019 S. Subash Filming Mithran Filming Filming