Nivin Pauly is an Indian film actor and producer best known for his work in Malayalam cinema.
Nivin applied for the audition of Vineeth Sreenivasan's directional debut Malarvaadi Arts Club in 2009, and was selected to play the main role. Malarvaadi Arts Club produced by actor Dileep released on July 2010. After playing several small roles, Nivin got his breakthrough with his lead role in Thattathin Marayathu (2012), which was also directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. Later, he went on to do lead roles in successful films including Neram (bilingual) (2013), 1983 (2014), Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014), Bangalore Days (2014), Mili (2015), Oru Vadakkan Selfie (2015), Premam (2015), Action Hero Biju (2016), Jacobinte Swargarajyam (2016) and Sakhavu (2017).He has also made guest appearances in successful movies like Traffic (2011), Vikramadithyan (2014) and Aanandam (2016).
Nivin made his debut as a producer with the film Action Hero Biju under his production company Pauly Jr. Pictures, which also starred him in the title role. Nivin Pauly is also the youth ambassador of Kerala Blasters for the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) football team.
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.
Early and personal life
Nivin Pauly was born into a Christian 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 was a nurse at a Swiss hospital. Nivin used to spend his holidays with his parents in Aarau where they stayed for 25 years. He was brought up in Kerala. He graduated with a B.Tech degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT), Angamaly in 2006. In his school days he was a fan of actor Rajesh Khanna , Mohanlal, Mamooty and Kamal Haasan. In 2003 he while being in college,was part of the local album named Olive, which was directed by Shyamjith and edited by Alphonse Puthren.
Nivin was employed at Infosys in Bangalore from 2006 to 2008 through campus placements where he worked as software engineer. 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 Church in Aluva, Ernakulam. They have a son born in 2012 and a daughter born in 2017.