Nayantara is a well known South Indian film actress. She made her acting debut with 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare and in Telugu with Lakshmi. Since then she acted in several films like Tulasi, Dubai Seenu, Greeku Veerudu, Anaamika and more. Her role of Lord Sita in Sri Rama Rajyam has earned her Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress and Nandi Award for Best Actress. Nayantara was last seen in the movie Kaashmora opposite Karthi. She has been declared as the ‘Most Desirable Woman of Chennai’ in a poll conducted by a leading daily – Nayantara Biography .
Actress Nayantara was born as Diana Mariam Kurian on 18 November 1985, in Bangalore, Karnataka. Due to her father’s job, she has done schooling in different places including Chennai, Jamnagar, Gujarat and Delhi. She finally completed her education in Tiruvalla, at Balikamadom Girls Higher Secondary School. She then attended Marthoma College for her bachelors degree in English Literature. If she wouldn’t be an actress she would have become a Chartered Accountant (CA).
Birth Name : Diana Mariam Kurian
Name : Nayantara
Other Names : Nayan & Mani
Birthplace : Bangalore, Karnataka
Date of birth : 18 November 1984
Age : 32 years
Religion : Syrian Christian converted to Hindu
Height : 5’5″
Weight : 55 kgs
Zodiac Sign : Scorpio
Hobbies : Listening music, traveling & Reading
Education : Graduation in English Literature
Occupation : Model and Actress
First movie : Manassinakkare (Malayalam), Lakshmi (Telugu)
Nayantara 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.
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During her college days, Nayantara 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. While shooting for her first Tamil film Ayya, she was selected for Rajinikanth’s comedy horror film Chandramukhi. Later she made her debut in Telugu, with the film Lakshmi and later in Boss: I Love You. Nayantara after her film Sri Rama Rajyam as Sita, she was seen in Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum and Greeku Veerudu. Later she was seen in thriller film Anaamika. Her Latest movie is Dora. For the first time Nayantara is paired opposite Gopichand in an upcoming movie ‘Aaradugula Bullet’. It is being directed by B. Gopal and the film will hit the screens on May 19.
Being a Christian, Nayantara has converted to Hinduism on 7 August 2011 at a Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai. She went through Shuddhi Karma, a procedure involving a Vedic purification. She also has done Homam and chanted the hymns from Veda and Gayatri Mantra under the guidance of the priest. She has received a certificate of ‘Conversion to Hinduism’. Since then her stage name Nayantara has became her official name, which means beautiful eyes.
Awards and Nominations
2003 Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year
2007 Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress
2008 Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
2009 Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
2010 Asianet Award for Best Actress
2011 SIIMA Award for Best Actress
2011 Nandi Award for Best Actress
2011 Bharatamuni Film Award for Best Actress
2011 Ugadi Puraskar Award for Best Actress
2012 SIIMA Award for Best Actress (Critics)
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