4 April 1977 (age 44)
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Spouse||Kashish, married in 2003|
Shamshuddin Ibrahim known professionally as Shaam is an Indian actor and model who mainly appears in Tamil and Telugu-language films. He was born on 4 April 1977, Starting his career as a professional model, he soon made his acting debut in the film 12B (2001). He further appeared in lead roles in films such as Lesa Lesa (2003), Iyarkai (2003), and Ullam Ketkumae (2005). He garnered acclaim for his role in the Telugu film Kick (2009), which earned him the name Kick Shaam. Kick enabled Shaam to star in other prominent Telugu films such as Race Gurram (2014). After a hiatus, he returned to Tamil cinema with 6 (2013) and Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (2015).
Shamshuddin Ibrahim was born on 4 April 1977 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, into a Tamil Muslim Rowther family. Shamsuddin has three brothers and two sisters. He is married to a Punjabi, Kashish, who was his college mate. His father hails from Madurai, while his mother is from Tirupattur. He grew up in Bengaluru, where he pursued his studies. After completing his B Com, he did modeling through which he hoped to become an actor, tv artist.
In 2013, a Tamil crime thriller titled 6 was released, and we were left mind blown with its content as well as the acting talent of Shamshuddin Ibrahim. Shaam, as he is fondly known in the Tamil and Telugu film industries, portrayed six different looks in this V. Z.
In 6, Shaam plays a software engineer who travels to six different states in India while sporting different looks in each as he searches for his kidnapped son. But did you know the actor went without sleep for days together to ace one of the six looks? Many actors under preps of different kinds to get into the characters needed for a film. But Shaam took it to a whole other level with this film.
As per 2012 reports, one of the six looks in the film was nothing short of spine-chilling and featured Shaam with swelling below his eyes. So how did he get that look? Well, the Race Gurram actor spent more than a dozen sleepless nights to attain those bags. The look was so drastic that he was unrecognizable. Shaam spent 12 days without proper sleep and food and stunned everyone when he returned to sets as he was almost unrecognizable. Appreciating the efforts put in, Durai immediately shot the required scenes and requested the actor to get back home and take a good rest.
Shaam was quoted in a throwback Time Of India report saying, by talking about his transformation, “By god’s grace, I got my original look back within a week. Rajini sir and Kamal sir have been my inspiration to take such risks for the character. I was shocked when I saw Rajini sir’s risky efforts for the Robot character in Enthiran. Kamal sir surprised me with films like Dasavatharam. For 6, I am following the footsteps of Rajini and Kamal as this is the most important film in my career.”
2005 – 2008
Shaam began his career as a model in Bengaluru, modeling for various ads. Keen on pursuing an acting career, he was vainly searching for acting offers for four years. The film which was a blatant rip-off of Sliding Doors, which itself had numerous comparisons with director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 1982 Polish film Blind Chance, fetched rave reviews and was seen as a “dream entry” for Shaam. His next releases include Vasanth’s Yai! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukey! (2002), Bala (2002), Anbe Anbe (2003), and Priyadarshan’s Lesa Lesa (2003), garnered only average or poor box office returns.
2006 – 2008
In 2006, he acted in the love story, Manathodu Mazhaikalam. The film was released to negative reviews 2007, post the death of Jeeva, Shaam struggled to succeed in the Tamil film industry. In 2008, he appeared in the film, Thoondil directed by K. S. Adhiyaman. The next is Inba alongside Sneha.
2009 – 2018
After several more unsuccessful films, he got a major break in Surender Reddy’s Telugu action film Kick (2009) as a police officer. He got to play similar roles in Veera (2011) and Race Gurram (2014). Shaam signed his second Telugu film, a biopic Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Then he tried his luck in Hindi with director Faisal Saif in the Hindi-Tamil bilingual titled Mujhe Maaf Karo. He reprised the role in the Tamil remake, titled Thillalangadi (2010). Regarding his role in Veera, a critic noted that “Shaam fits into his character perfectly, but he has hardly any screen time to shine”. Post the release of Kick, Shaam further collaborated with Reddy in Oosaravelli (2011), Race Gurram (2014), and Kick 2 (2015). He was cast in negative roles in several other Telugu-language films including Kalyanram Kathi (2011) and Oxygen (2017). He also signed several Tamil and Telugu bilingual ventures including 6, but the film was released only in Tamil.