ABOUT NAYAN

Nayantara is an Indian film actress and best known in South Indian films. Who mainly appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam films.

  • Birth Name
    Diana Mariam Kurian
  • Screen Name
    Nayanthara
  • Other Name
    Nayan
  • Date of Birth
    18th November
  • Religion
    Syrian Christian converted to Hindu
  • Education
    Graduation in English Literature
  • Occupation
    Actress and Model
  • Height
    165 cm
  • First Debut Movie
    Manassinakkare(Malayalam)
  • Hobbies
    Listening Music, Reading & Traveling

Actress Nayanthara was born as Diana Mariam Kurian on 18 November 1984, in Bangalore, Karnataka. Due to her father’s job, she has done schooling in different places including Chennai, Jamnagar, Gujarat and Delhi. She has completed her education at Balikamadom Girls Higher Secondary School in Tiruvalla, Prestigious Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in North India and then attended Marthoma College for her bachelors degree in English Literature.

Family

Nayanthara was born to Malayali Syrian Christian parents Kurian Kodiyattu and Omana Kurian. Her father was an Indian Air Force officer. She has one brother Leno, who is nine years elder to her and lives in Dubai.

Personal Life

On 7 August 2011, Nayantara has converted to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai. She went through Shuddhi Karma, a procedure involving a Vedic purification and a Homam where Nayan chanted the hymns from Veda and Gayatri Mantra under the guidance of the priest. After this, a Certificate of Conversion to Hinduism was issued to her. From that time her stage name Nayantara has became her official name, which means beautiful eyes.

Career

During her college days, Nayanthara has started her career as a Model and got noticed by director Sathyan Anthikkad. Then she bagged a lead role in the Malayalam film Manassinakkare. Later she co-starred alongside Mohanlal in Natturajavu and in Fazils Vismayathumbathu. She was also cast with Megastar Mammootty in Thaskaraveeran and Raapakal.

She subsequently started appearing in Tamil and Telugu films. In 2005, she was cast opposite Sarath Kumar in Ayya, debuting in the Tamil film industry, and followed it up with Chandramukhi. The comedy horror film, in which she starred alongside Rajinikanth, became one of the most successful Tamil films in history, running for over 700 days in theatres, turning Nayantara eventually into one of the most-sought after actresses in Tamil. Later that year her third Tamil film, A. R. Murugadoss Ghajini released, where she played a secondary female character, which again was a commercially highly successful venture. She then made her debut in Telugu, starring in the film Lakshmi, following which she performed in Boss, alongside Venkatesh and Nagarjuna, respectively. She regained her star billing in Kollywood acting opposite Ajith Kumar in the Vishnuvardhan-directed Billa. The gangster film, a remake of the same-titled 1980 Tamil film, went on to become a blockbuster success at the box office.

In 2008 she had five releases, four of which in Tamil. Her first release, the family entertainer Yaaradi Nee Mohini was one of the highest grossing Tamil films of the year, besides receiving seven nominations at the 56th Filmfare Awards South, including a Best Actress nomination for Nayantara for her portrayal of Keerthi. Her subsequent releases, however, Kuselan opposite Rajnikanth, Sathyam opposite Vishal, Aegan opposite Ajith Kumar and Villu opposite Vijay were all unsuccessful. Her only successful release in 2009 was Aadhavan with Surya which released in October 2009, and become one of the few hits of 2009 which ran for 100 days.

Her 2010 releases, Bodyguard in Malayalam and in Telugu (Adurs and Simha), all proved to be successful. Her forthcoming films include Boss Engira Bhaskaran with Tamil actor Arya and acclaimed director Shyamaprasads Malayalam film entitled Electra. She is also making a glamorous debut into the Kannada film industry opposite huge star Upendra.

FILMS

2003 - 2005

Film
Language
Year
Manassinakkare
Malayalam
2003
Vismayathumbathu
Malayalam
2004
Natturajavu
Malayalam
2004
Ayya
Tamil
2005
Chandramukhi
Tamil
2005
Thaskara Veeran
Malayalam
2005
Rappakal
Malayalam
2005
Ghajini
Tamil
2005
Sivakasi (Special appearance)
Tamil
2005
2006 - 2008

Film
Language
Year
Kalvanin Kadhali
Tamil
2006
Lakshmi
Tamil
2006
Boss
Telugu
2006
Thalaimagan
Tamil
2006
E
Tamil
2006
Yogi
Telugu
2007
Dubai Seenu
Telugu
2007
Sivaji: The Boss (Special appearance)
Tamil
2007
Tulasi
Telugu
2007
Billa
Tamil
2007
Yaaradi Nee Mohini
Tamil
2008
Kuselan
Tamil
2008
Kathanayakudu
Telugu
2008
Satyam
Tamil
2008
Salute
Telugu
2008
Aegan
Tamil
2008
Twenty:20 (Special appearance)
Malayalam
2008
2009 - 2011

Film
Language
Year
Villu
Tamil
2009
Anjaneyulu
Telugu
2009
Aadhavan
Tamil
2009
Adhurs
Telugu
2010
Bodyguard
Malayalam
2010
Goa (Cameo appearance)
Tamil
2010
Simha
Telugu
2010
Boss Engira Bhaskaran
Tamil
2010
Elektra
Malayalam
2010
Super
Kannada, Telugu
2010
Sri Rama Rajyam
Telugu
2011
2012 - 2014

Film
Language
Year
Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum
Telugu
2012
Ethir Neechal (Special appearance)
Tamil
2013
Greeku Veerudu
Telugu
2013
Raja Rani
Tamil
2013
Arrambam
Tamil
2013
Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal
Tamil
2014
Anaamika
Telugu
2014
Nee Enge En Anbe
Tamil
2014
2015 - 2017

Film
Language
Year
Nannbenda
Tamil
2015
Bhaskar the Rascal
Malayalam
2015
Masss
Tamil
2015
Thani Oruvan
Tamil
2015
Maya
Tamil
2015
Life of Josutty (Cameo appearance)
Malayalam
2015
Naanum Rowdydhaan
Tamil
2015
Puthiya Niyamam
Malayalam
2016
Idhu Namma Aalu
Tamil
2016
Thirunaal
Tamil
2016
Babu Bangaram
Telugu
2016
Iru Mugan
Tamil
2016
Kaashmora
Tamil
2016
Dora
Tamil
2017
Aramm
Tamil
2017
Velaikkaran
Tamil
2017
2018 - present

Film
Language
Year
Jai Simha
Telugu
2018
Imaikkaa Nodigal
Tamil
Filming
Kolaiyuthir Kaalam
Tamil
Filming
Kolaiyuthir Kaalam
Tamil
Filming
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy
Telugu
Filming
Kolamavu Kokila
Tamil
Filming

AWARDS

  • Awards Won
    38
  • Nominations
    51
CIFF Awards

Year
Film
Category
2015
Maya
Amitabh Bachchan Youth Icon Award
2015
Maya | Thani Oruvan | Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
K. Balachander Award for Best Female Actor
IIFA Utsavam Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2015
Maya
Tamil
Best Actress
Kalaimamani Awards

Year
Artist/Work
Category
2010
Contribution of Tamil Cinema
Kalaimamani
Vikatan Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2015
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
Tamil
Best Actress
2017
Aramm
Tamil
Best Actress
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2013
Raja Rani
Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Edison Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2013
Raja Rani
Tamil
Best Actress
2015
Thani Oruvan
Tamil
Best Actress
Filmfare Awards South

Year
Film
Language
Category
2011
Sri Rama Rajyam
Telugu
Best Actress
2013
Raja Rani
Tamil
Best Actress
2015
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
Tamil
Best Actress
2016
Puthiya Niyamam
Malayalam
Best Actress
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2017
Puthiya Niyamam
Malayalam
Best Actress
Nandi Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2011
Sri Rama Rajyam
Telugu
Best Actress
CineMAA Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2011
Sri Rama Rajyam
Telugu
CineMAA Award for Best Actress(Jury)
Bharatamuni Film Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2011
Sri Rama Rajyam
Telugu
Best Actress
Ugadi Puraskar Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2011
Sri Rama Rajyam
Telugu
Best Actress
TSR-TV9 Film Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2011
Sri Rama Rajyam
Telugu
Best Actress
Asianet Film Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2003
Manassinakkare
Malayalam
Best New Face of the Year
2010
Bodyguard
Malayalam
Best Actress
Santosham Film Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2011
Sri Rama Rajyam
Telugu
Best Actress
South Indian International Movie Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2011
Sri Rama Rajyam
Telugu
Best Actress
2013
Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum
Telugu
Best Actress(Critics)
2016
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
Tamil
Best Actress
2016
Bhaskar the Rascal
Malayalam
Best Actress
2017
Iru Mugan
Tamil
Best Actress
201
Puthiya Niyamam
Malayalam
Best Actress
Vijay Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2007
Billa
Tamil
Favourite Heroine
2008
Yaaradi Nee Mohini
Tamil
Favourite Heroine
2013
Raja Rani
Tamil
Favourite Heroine
2013
Raja Rani
Tamil
Best Actress
Sunfeast Tamil Music Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2007
Billa
Tamil
Best Actress
Behindwoods Gold Medal

Year
Film
Language
Category
2013
Raja Rani
Tamil
Best Acting Performance
IBN Live Movie Awards

Year
Film
Language
Category
2015
Maya
Tamil
Best Actress (South)
South Scope Style Awards

Year
Artist/Work
Category
2009
Nayanthara
Youth Icon (Female)

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CONTACT

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  • E-mail
    contact@nayanthara.info
  • Address
    144 King St
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