Bobby Simha (born 6 November 1983) is an Indian actor who mostly stars in Tamil films, with a few Telugu and Malayalam films thrown in for good measure. He played a kidnapper in Nalan Kumarasamy’s Soodhu Kavvum and a comedic villain in Alphonse Putharen’s Neram after making brief appearances in Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi and Pizza (2012). Simha’s subsequent appearance in Karthik Subbaraj’s Jigarthanda (2014) as Madurai gangster Sethu earned him critical praise and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Simha’s family is originally from Hyderabad, but in 1995 they relocated to Kodaikanal, which he considers his hometown. He then finished high school in a Telugu medium school in Mopidevi, Andhra Pradesh, and went on to Pioneer College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore for college.
He attended a Naalaya Natchathiram function in Coimbatore in 2005, where chief guests Sundar C and E. Ramdoss proposed that he try his hand at acting in Tamil films. Simha said that he was offered a part in a TV serial in Chennai and that it was only after he traveled from Coimbatore that he realized he had been duped. Simha completed his degree and returned to Chennai to pursue a career in acting, but in order to meet his financial needs, he worked in marketing, insurance, and business process outsourcing. Following that, he met short-film director Manikandan, who introduced him to another short-film director, Karthik Subbaraj. Subbaraj cast Simha in his directorial debut Pizza, and the two went on to make a string of short films together.
Simha had a minor part in Balaji Mohan’s first feature film, Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi, which was also a short film. Both projects received critical praise and were among the most successful in 2012. Simha then starred as Pagalavan in Soodhu Kavvum (2013) and played the antagonist in the bilingual Neram; his roles in both films were well received. In 2014, he starred in Jigarthanda as an elderly Madurai gangster, receiving critical acclaim for his performance.
He said in an interview that he worked with true gangsters to understand their behavior and complexities in order to get into character. He stood in the sun at midday, still wearing his jeans, to tan his face. The film debuted to favorable reviews in August 2014, and within a week of its release, it had reached “cult status,” according to The Hindu. Simha’s portrayal of Sethu received good feedback, according to Rediff.com “takes the show by storm. He’s chillingly threatening at moments, absolutely funny at others, but equally compelling in both,” says the critic, who also calls it “a genuinely impressive performance.” “.. A reviewer for Sify.com came to the same conclusion, writing: “Simhaa is the true star of the film. He’s particularly electrifying in the first minute, as he brings out the character’s viciousness and aggressive streak, as well as that creepy laughter.”
He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film. Bobby Simha’s career as a lead actor was boosted by the success of Jigarthanda, despite the fact that most of his subsequent films underperformed commercially. His first film as a solo action hero, Urumeen, was released in December 2015.
In 2016, he starred in Bangalore Naatkal, a coming-of-age drama in which he played a lighter character than in his previous action films. Simha had offered the producers his own dates to play a role in the film, and his performance was met with mixed feedback. He signed on to play the antagonist in Saamy Square, the sequel to Saamy, directed by Hari, in June 2016.
Simha’s role in Jigarthanda was named one of the 100 Greatest Performances of the Decade by Film Companion in 2019.
On November 8, 2015, Bobby Simha proposed to actress Reshmi Menon, and the couple married on April 22, 2016. Mudhra Simha, their daughter, was born on May 2, 2017. Reshmi gave birth to their second child, a son, in November of this year.
Vijay Award for Best Villain
Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
National Film Awards
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards
Nominated – Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Soodhu Kavvum
Nominated – Best Actor in a Negative Role (Tamil) – Neram
Nominated – Best Actor in a Negative Role (Malayalam) – Neram
4th South Indian International Movie Awards
Nominated – Best Actor in a Negative Role (Tamil) – Jigarthanda