Nayantara is an Indian film actress, who is best known in South Indian films. She made her acting debut with 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare and later in Telugu with Lakshmi. She then acted in several films like Tulasi, Dubai Seenu, Greeku Veerudu, Anaamika and more. Her portrayal of Lord Sita in Sri Rama Rajyam has earned her Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress and Nandi Award for Best Actress. She was last seen in the movie Kaashmora opposite Karthi. In 2014, she was listed in “List of 15 Most Desirable Women in 2014”.
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 has completed her education in Tiruvalla, at Balikamadom Girls Higher Secondary School and 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/Debut 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.
As per the reports, Nayantara is in relationship with a Kannada filmmaker Vignesh Shivan. Now the buzz is that, they got married in May 2016 at Arya Samaj in Chennai. Talk is that, the couple are keeping marraige under wraps because Nayantara has half-dozen projects in her hands.
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.
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.
In Babu Bangaram
Babu Bangaram is an action romantic comedy film written and directed by Maruthi and produced by S. Naga Vamshi under Sitara Entertainments banner. It featured Nayanthara and Daggubati Venkatesh in lead roles. Nayanthara played the role as Selvi.
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)
2003 Manassinakkare (Malayalam)
2004 Natturajavu (Malayalam)
2005 Ayya (Tamil)
2005 Chandramukhi (Tamil)
2005 Thaskara Veeran (Malayalam)
2005 Rappakal (Malayalam)
2006 Lakshmi Nandhini (Telugu)
2006 Boss, I Love You (Telugu)
2007 Dubai Seenu (Telugu)
2007 Tulasi (Telugu)
2009 Anjaneyulu (Telugu)
2010 Simha (Telugu)
2011 Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu)
2012 Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (Telugu)
2014 Anaamika (Telugu)
2016 Babu Bangaram (Telugu)
2016 Iru Mugan (Tamil)
2016 Kashmora (Tamil)
2016 Imaikkaa Nodigal
2016 Untitled Minjur Gopi’s Project