Nayanthara (Diana Mariam Kurian), born on November 18, 1984, in Bangalore, Karnataka, is an Indian actress known for her roles in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, and Kannada films. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in India and was featured in Forbes India’s “Celebrity 100” list in 2018. With over 80 films and numerous awards, she has been dubbed the “Lady Superstar” of South Indian cinema.
Nayanthara, a Malayalam actress, made her acting debut in 2003 with Manassinakkare. She later made her Tamil and Telugu cinema debuts with Ayya and Lakshmi respectively. Her role in Sri Rama Rajyam (2011) earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu and the Nandi Award for Best Actress. She also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for her roles in Raja Rani (2013), Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015), and Aramm (2017).
Nayanthara is a prominent South Indian actress known for her roles in female-led films like Anaamika, Maya, Kolamavu Kokila, Airaa, and Netrikann. She has also appeared in films like Chandramukhi, Ghajini, Billa, Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Bodyguard, Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, Thani Oruvan, Kaashmora, Viswasam, Bigil, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, Darbar, Annaatthe, and Godfather.
Nayanthara, a philanthropist and actress, owns the production house “Rowdy Pictures” and is married to filmmaker Vignesh Shivan, with whom she has two children.
Nayanthara started her acting career in 2003 with the Malayalam film Manassinakkare. She initially turned down the offer due to her interest in films, but eventually agreed to do one. Manassinakkare became a financial success, and she continued to receive acting offers. In 2004, she co-starred in Natturajavu by Shaji Kailas and Fazil’s psychological thriller Vismayathumbathu, playing the protagonist’s adopted sister and a ghost. Her performance in Vismayathumbathu was praised, with critics claiming she stole the thunder with her author-backed role and was “the revelation of the film.”
The South Indian film industry is set to expand its focus to Hindi cinema and undertake additional projects in 2023.
Nayanthara made her Hindi film debut in Jawan, starring as NSG officer Narmada Rai. Despite receiving positive reviews, her chemistry with Shah Rukh Khan was criticized. Monika Rawal Kukreja of Hindustan Times noted that Nayanthara’s performance was fresh but lacking sparks. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama praised Nayanthara’s stunning appearance but noted that the chemistry between the two was not as electrifying as intended.
Nayanthara is set to star in Tamil film Iraivan, earning Rs 10 Crore, making her the only South Indian actress to receive a double-digit crore remuneration. She is also set to star in two untitled films, Lady Superstar 75 and NT-81. Netflix has documented her cinema journey in “Nayanthara beyond the fairytale.”
Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan, who worked together on Naanum Rowdy Dhaan in 2015, got married in June 2022 in Mahabalipuram. In October 2022, they announced the birth of twin children, Uyir and Ulagam, via surrogacy.
Nayanthara has won five Filmfare Awards South, including Best Actress Telugu for Sri Rama Rajyam (2011), Best Actress Tamil for Raja Rani (2013), Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015), and Aramm (2018), and Best Actress Malayalam for Puthiya Niyamam (2016). The actress has won several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Tamil, Tamil Nadu’s Best Actress Award, Nandi Award, Kerala State Film Award, Edison Award, Vijay Award, SIIMA Award, and National Film Award for Best Actress.
Nayanthara Net worth
Nayanthara, a highly-paid actress in India, has a net worth of around Rs. 200 crore, making her a prominent figure in the Forbes India “Celebrity 100” list.