Nayanthara, the ravishing beauty with luminous eyes and a charming smile is the new face of South Indian film actresses. Apart from her sizzling looks, her acting prowess and professionalism are her assets.
Born as Diana Kurien, she was renamed a Nayanthara by veteran film maker Satyan Anthikkad, who cast her opposite Jayaram in his film Manasinakkare in 2004. She went on to work with the best directors of the industry, with acting stalwarts like Mammootty and Mohanlal. In Fazil’s Vismayathumbathu, she enacted the role of a ghost who falls in love with the male protagonist of the film, played by Mohanlal. Mammootty was her hero in the Malayalam films Thaskaraveeran and Raapakal. Later, she debuted in Tamil films with Ayya along with Sarath Kumar. Her stellar performance in Schandramukhi opposite Tamil superstar Rajnikanth marked he rise to fame. She has to her credit blockbusters like Chandramukhi, Ghajini and Kalvanin Kathali. The year 2006 saw a golden phase in her acting career, with four Tamil films releasing one after another and all her Telugu films namely Lakshmi alongside Venkatesh, Boss with Nagarjuna and Yogi with Prabhas all declared hits.
Nayanthara upholds the image of a diva, keeping her distance from the media and staying away from public appearances. She prefers not to get embroiled into controversies just for the sake of publicity. She chooses her roles with care, knowing that the audience nowadays chooses to see her films solely because she is a part of the film. Hence she is very cautious about scripts and does not shoot for multiple movies simultaneously. She even turns down advertisement campaigns and endorsements that are offered to her while she is involved in the filming of any movie. This is also because she fears overexposure. This glamorous actress is one of the busiest leading ladies in south Indian films of this time.
Awards: In 2002 Nayanthara won the Best Model Award of Kerala.
Sivaji: The Boss (2007)
Kalvanin Kadhali (2006)
Thaskara Veeran (2005)
Ayya (2005) Selvi
Natturajavu (2004) Clara