|Portrayed by||Erick Avari, |
Ravi Kapoor (in 1961)
|First appearance||Seven Minutes to Midnight|
|Date of death||September 28, 2006|
|Home||New York, NY, formerly Madras, India|
|Residence||Chandra Suresh's apartment|
|Occupations||Geneticist, professor, taxi cab driver|
|Significant other||Mrs. Suresh|
|Children||Mohinder Suresh, |
Shanti Suresh (deceased)
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Chandra Suresh was the author of Activating Evolution, a book which appears to explain the reason so many people with powers are suddenly appearing. He found a means of tracking and locating potential powered people. He was also connected with Sylar, whom he referred to as "Patient Zero". On a taped telephone conversation, however, he wanted nothing more to do with Sylar and insisted the strange man stop calling him. Before his death, Suresh kept a male lizard named after his son. Eden McCain, a friend Chandra made while living in New York called him "Papa Suresh" because she had difficulty pronouncing his first name.
For an episode-by-episode summary, see Chandra Suresh: Season One History.
Theorizing that evolution still affects human species and is granting them extraordinary abilities, Chandra leaves his university in India and travels to New York in search for the clues which can prove his theory. He makes friends with his neighbor, Eden McCain, who is in fact an undercover agent from a mysterious organization known only as "the Company", assigned to watch Chandra. He meets a watchmaker, Gabriel Gray, whom he believes to be an evolved human, and runs some tests on him, but fails to detect his ability of intuitive aptitude and gives up on him. After Gabriel discovers his ability on his own and learns to use it offensively, he returns to Chandra, and he accepts Gabriel's offer to help him find other people with abilities. Eventually, Chandra learns that Gabriel, who has adopted the alias of Sylar, is responsible for deaths of other evolved humans, and is ultimately killed by him.
Mohinder pushes in the lock to Chandra's old apartment only to find that Danko's men have emptied the apartment of its contents, including Chandra's research. The landlord informs Mohinder that Chandra did leave some things in storage elsewhere in the building.
Amongst Chandra's items is a file on Coyote Sands. In the file, there is a copy of Chandra's identification from the center dated February 13, 1961.
In 1961, Chandra Suresh works at Coyote Sands as a doctor. He greets young Angela Shaw and her family as they step off a bus. He gives them a tour of the camps and introduces them to Dr. Zimmerman. Angela trusts Chandra, but Alice Shaw and Charles Deveaux do not. Chandra tests and films people to see their abilities. He tests Angela and she tells him that she dreamed that he was going to kill every one here. When Chandra goes to test Alice, she refuses and her dad helps her get free from his grasp. Alice then starts a huge storm and the armed guards start shooting. The camps are ruined and most of the people there, are dead.
Mira Shenoy shows Mohinder the box of Chandra's work from 1960s and says she is disappointed he hasn't thrown it away. She warns that every time he studies his father's work, it leads to a dark place. Mohinder admits that she might be right and places the box in the garbage.
Later, Mohinder gets up to retrieve Chandra's box and then takes out a spool of film. He plays it and watches his father make an entry from the Coyote Sands Relocation Center on March 5, 1961. Chandra talks of a small but measurable force that is dangerous around large number of special persons. It increases exponentially and seismic energy is radiating from a pregnant woman. Chandra plans to document the birth of the child. As he makes the recordings, tremors shake the compound. Using the equations on Chandra's chalkboard in the film, Mohinder assembles a compass.
Samuel watches Chandra's tape that explains how the power of certain evolved humans can increase exponentially in the presence of more evolved humans. He smiles as the baby begins to unleash waves of seismic power.
On March 5, 1961, Chandra recorded several films while at Coyote Sands. In the films, Chandra shares his observations on a force inherent in evolved humans which amplifies exponentially when the forces approximate. He also reports that there has been an unusual amount of seismic activity emanating from a pregnant woman, who gives birth to a baby during one of the films.
In an interview, Mohinder speaks to the reporter about his father.
"Why? It was always this way with my father. Every question met with another question. Never an answer. Only 'why?' Even after he's dead."
- On coming to New York City, Chandra worked as a cabbie for the Chelsea Cab Company. (Monsters)
- It is unknown whether Mohinder's grandmother is Chandra's mother or mother-in-law.
- Mohinder looks at a family photo featuring Chandra. (The Hard Part).
- There was initially another actor cast for the role of Chandra Suresh. In a graduation photo seen in Genesis, a bearded Chandra stands next to Mohinder. In a later graduation photo seen in Homecoming, Erick Avari is standing next to Mohinder. In fact, Monsters shows a bearded Chandra rather than a likeness of Erick Avari. The actor change is also evident in the photo on the back of Activating Evolution. In all aired episodes, the jacket photo showed Erick Avari. However, the recap before Collision showed the scene with Peter giving the book to Nathan, and a different photograph of a man in a turban was used. When earlier episodes were rebroadcast, the Erick Avari cover was again used. A closer analysis indicates that it is the other photograph of the man wearing a turban that is obsolete: in the scene with Peter and Nathan, the book shows the Erick Avari photo. Then as the book is put down, the other photo appears briefly in a wide shot, and finally in the next scene it's the Erick Avari cover again. It would have been difficult to cover, alter, or refilm the wide shot, so what probably happened was that the turbaned photo was used as a stand-in until Erick Avari was cast, and then the close-ups of the cover were re-filmed before the episode was broadcast. Somehow, the original shot was inadvertently used for the recap before Collision.
- "Chandra" is a Hindu moon god. There is a picture of the moon in Chandra's apartment. The moon god is sometimes identified with Soma, the Hindu bull/bird god that evolved into a lunar deity.
- The story was originally meant to follow Chandra tracking down evolved humans, however, when Sendhil Ramamurthy was cast, the character of Mohinder was created as Chandra's son.
- For other uses of Chandra, see Chandra (disambig).
Please refer to Theory:Chandra Suresh for fan-created theories and other speculation.