Nayantara life and biography

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Nayantara biography

Date of birth : 1984-11-18
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Bangalore, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-10-06
Credited as : Actress, Tamil films, Telugu cinema

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Nayantara (born Diana Mariam Kurien on November 18, 1984), Indian actress, who has acted in many Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies.

She debuted in Tamil cinema with Ayya (2004) and in Telugu cinema with Lakshmi (2005), following which she starred alongside popular lead actors. Following several commercial successes such as Chandramukhi (2005), Ghajini (2005) and Billa (2007), she had established herself as one of the leading actresses in Tamil cinema.

Nayantara was born in Bangalore, Karnataka to Jacobite Christian Malayali parents, Kurian Kodiyattu and Omana Kurian. Her brother, Leno, who is nine years elder to her, lives in Dubai. As her father was an Indian Air Force official, she studied in various parts of India, mainly in North India.She did her schooling in Chennai, Jamnagar, Gujarat and Delhi. Following his retirement, they settled in Kerala, where she continued her college studies, at the Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Kerala. In Tiruvalla, she studied at Balikamadom Girls Higher Secondary School and then attended Marthoma College for her bachelor's degree in English Literature.

While shooting for her Tamil film Vallavan, she was romantically linked with the film's director and co-actor Silambarasan Rajendar, which she, however, denied. During the making and after the release of her film Villu, reports suggested that she was in a relationship with its director Prabhu Deva, with some sources even claiming that both had married secretly in June 2009. She had tattooed his name on her wrist, and began appearing with him in public, while keeping silence and refusing to comment about the issue, neither denying nor confirming the relationship.In September 2010 then, Prabhu Deva openly confessed his love for Nayantara and further stated that he would marry her soon. The issue soon gained media attention and turned into a controversy, since Prabhu Deva was already married and not divorced yet, with his wife Ramalath, unwilling to agree for a divorce, filing a petition at the family court, seeking directions against her husband and Nayantara from marrying, attending functions together and receiving awards as husband and wife and requesting a reunion with him.Furthermore, Ramalath threatened to go on hunger strike, if Prabhu Deva married Nayantara, while several women's organizations also conducted protests against Nayantara for "bringing disrepute to Tamil culture", burning an effigy of her.


2003 - Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year - Manassinakkare
2007 - Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine - Billa
2007 - Tamil Best Music Award for Best Stylish Heroine - Billa
2008 - Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine - Yaaradi Nee Mohini
2010 - Close-Up Super Jodi Award
2010 - Asianet Award for Best Actress - Bodyguard

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