Shiv Kumar Subramaniam was an Indian actor, playwriter, theatre artist, film and play director, and screenwriter who played the role of Ananya Krish Malhotra’s (played by Alia Bhatt) father in the Hindi film ‘2 States’ (2014). He passed away on 10 April 2022 due to prolonged illness and pancreatic cancer.
Shiv Kumar Subramaniam aka Shiv Subrahmanyam was born on Wednesday, 23 December 1959 (age 62 years; at the time of death) in Mumbai.
His zodiac sign is Capricorn. He did his schooling at AISSMS Shri Shivaji Preparatory Military School, Pune, from 1967 to 1976. He then pursued BA in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, from 1977 to 1980.
While he was studying in school, he used to participate in drama competitions and was the editor of his school’s newspaper.
Height (approx.): 5′ 11″
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Balaram Subrahmanyam. His sister’s name is Rajlakshmi Dravid, and his brother’s name is Raja Subrahmanyam.
Wife & Children
On 17 November, he used to celebrate his wedding anniversary with the Indian film actor and theatre artist Divya Jagdale. Together, they had a son named Jahaan Subrahmanyam, who died in February 2022 due to a brain tumour.
He debuted as an actor-screenwriter-assistant director with the Hindi film ‘Parinda’ (1989). He played the role of Francis in the film.
Some of his popular Hindi films as an actor are ‘1942: A Love Story’ (1994), ‘Kaminey’ (2009), ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ (2011), ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots’ (2010), and ‘Hichki’ (2018).
He worked as a screenwriter in the Hindi films like ‘1942: A Love Story’ (story & screenplay; 1994), ‘Arjun Pandit’ (screenplay; 1999), ‘Chameli’ (screenplay; 2003), and ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’ (original story & screenplay; 2005). Shiv played the role of Ishwarlal Motilal Virani in the Hindi TV serial ‘Mukti Bandhan’ (2011) for which he gained immense popularity.
He performed in various Hindi theatre plays, and he also worked as a writer-director in many theatre plays. Shiv was featured in a few TV commercials like OLX, Cadbury Dairy Milk Crispello, and PhonePe.
Due to prolonged illness caused by pancreatic cancer, he took his last breath on 10 April 2022. His last rites were performed at Mokshdham Hindu Shamshanbhoomi, Ceasar Rd, Amboli, Andheri West, Mumbai. On his demise, the Pakistani journalist, artist, and filmmaker Beena Sarwar tweeted,
Gutted to hear this news. Incredibly tragic, esp as it happened just two months after the passing of his and Divya’s only child – Jahaan, taken by a brain tumour 2 weeks before his 16th birthday. RIP #ShivkumarSubramaniam”
- 1990: Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Parinda
- 2006: Filmfare Award for Best Story for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi shared with Sudhir Mishra and Ruchi Narain
- In his younger days, he loved doing horse riding and playing football and basketball.
- Shiv used to read books and spend time with his family and friends in his leisure time.
- As per his Facebook account, his favourite quote was,
The meaning of life is…I forget.”