Nivin Pauly (born 11 October 1984) is an Indian film actor and producer, who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema.Pauly applied for the audition and was selected to play one of the main roles in Vineeth Sreenivasan's directional debut Malarvaadi Arts Club in 2009 which was produced by actor Dileep. After playing several small roles, Pauly got his breakthrough with his lead role in the romantic film Thattathin Marayathu (2012), which was also directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. He became quite successful with his "boy next door" image with back-to-back commercial hits, including the bilingual black-comedy thriller Neram (2013), the sports-drama 1983 (2014), the romantic-comedy Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014), the romantic-drama Bangalore Days (2014), the comedy road-thriller Oru Vadakkan Selfie (2015), and the coming-of-age romantic drama Premam (2015). Bangalore Days and Premam became two among the highest-grossing Malayalam films. Later, he went on to star in the police-drama Action Hero Biju (2016), the family-drama Jacobinte Swargarajyam (2016), the political-satire Sakhavu (2017) and the family-comedy Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela (2017). He has also made guest appearances in successful films like Vikramadithyan (2014) and Aanandam (2016). Pauly made his debut as a producer with Action Hero Biju under his production company Pauly Jr. Pictures. He again produced Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela.Pauly won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his Tamil debut Neram (2013). In 2015, Pauly won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performances in Bangalore Days and 1983. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam for Action Hero Biju in 2016.