|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 (deceased), |
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.
Mohinder's grandmother tells a young Mohinder stories of Kali, but Chandra refutes them; he believes in science over religion. A present day Mohinder goes to his father's place of employment in New York and views the cab in which his father was killed.
Eden McCain, Chandra's former neighbor, joins Mohinder in searching Chandra's research, which Mohinder believes was the catalyst for his father's murder. Mohinder listens to a message in which Chandra refutes Sylar's claims that his "hunger" was caused by Chandra.
Mohinder takes Chandra's ashes to India.
As Mohinder dozes off at the desk in his father's office at Chennai University, he has a vivid dream of his last conversation with his father. Chandra is arguing with his son, expressing how he believes his theories are correct. Mohinder replies it is becoming harder to "cover for him", referring that his theories are generating displeasure at the university. Chandra tells him he'll see who the fool will be.
Mohinder's location suddenly changes and now he watches Chandra admit that his plan to go to New York City may be a bad idea after all. His wife tells Chandra that if he doesn't go then it will consume him. Chandra expresses concern that Mohinder will hate him for it. Chandra suggests that maybe he should stay for Mohinder's sake, but his mother convinces him not to.
The attacker grabs Chandra's head, smashing it against the glass window. In the mêlée, the killer breaks his watch. Chandra is killed after his neck is snapped.
Mohinder has another dream, in which he sees Chandra trying to persuade Nirand about Sanjog's abilities. The setting of the dream shifts and Mohinder watches a conversation he had with his father where he tried to offer his assistance with the research but was rebuffed by his father.
Later, Mohinder's mother tells him that she heard from Mira that he turned down the job offer and is returning to New York City. She tells him that Chandra didn't tell him that he succeeded in finding the evolved humans because he wanted Mohinder to live his own life. Mohinder tells his mother that he's going to find them and tell them who they are and warm them of the dangers. His mother worries about who will protect him.
Chandra tracks down Gabriel Gray at his watch repair shop. They discuss human evolution and he gives Gabriel a copy of his book, Activating Evolution. In Chandra's apartment, Chandra and Gabriel discuss running tests on Gabriel's brain, and Chandra notes that everything the human body does is controlled in the brain. Later, after running tests, Chandra seems doubtful of Gabriel's powers.
After Gabriel leaves, Mr. Bennet, whom Chandra telephoned earlier, arrives. They discuss their respective daughters, Shanti and Claire. Chandra confesses that Shanti's genetic mutation was the portal to his study of human evolution. He hopes that "no one would suffer as she did."
Mohinder tries in earnest to continue Chandra's research. He remembers that Chandra identified Gabriel Gray as Patient Zero, so he takes spinal fluid sample from Sylar. He realizes the key to his father's research. Sylar tells Mohinder that Chandra used to confide things in him, including things about Shanti. Sylar says that Mohinder was always seeking approval from Chandra, but Sylar gave Chandra the stimulation he needed. Sylar calls Chandra a parasite. Mohinder attempts to avenge his father's murder by shooting Sylar, albeit unsuccessfully.
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.
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 during one of the films.
"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.