Nayantara is an Indian film actress and best known in South Indian films. Who mainly appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam films.
- Birth NameDiana Mariam Kurian
- Screen NameNayanthara
- Other NameNayan
- Date of Birth18th November
- ReligionSyrian Christian converted to Hindu
- EducationGraduation in English Literature
- OccupationActress and Model
- Height165 cm
- First Debut MovieManassinakkare(Malayalam)
- HobbiesListening 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.
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.
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.
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.