Pooja Umashankar life and biography

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Pooja Umashankar biography

Date of birth : 1981-06-25
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Sri Lanka
Nationality : Sri Lankan
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-12
Credited as : Bollywood actress, Tamil films,

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Pooja Umashankar is a Sri Lanka-born actress who has appeared in Tamil, Malayalam and Sinhala films. Following a series of successful commercial ventures, Bala's Naan Kadavul saw Pooja's performance as a blind beggar praised by the critics, securing major awards, including the South Filmfare and Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, in the process.

Her mother is a Sri Lankan Sinhalese and her father is an Indian Kannadiga. The languages she can speak are Kannada, Sinhalese, Tamil, and English. She went to school and college in Bangalore, Baldwin's and Mount Carmel College respectively. Her father's name is Uma Shankar who was at Valparai working with Hindustan Unilever Limited as a manager. Her father was not at all interested in film industry but she was attached to it.

Her debut film was Ullam Ketkumae in Tamil with Shaam, Laila, Arya, and Asin Thottumkal which was directed by the late Jeeva. It wasn't released until her second and third films Jay Jay and Attagasam released in 2003 and 2004 respectively. She bagged one of the main roles in Bala's Naan Kadavul by replacing Bhavana and was appreciated by the critics for her fantastic performance.

She became a sensation in Sri Lankan film industry and a household name after the success of Anjalika (2005) and Asai Man Piyambanna (2007). This also earned her the role of broadband ambassador for SLT (Sri Lanka Telecom).

She is one of the judges in the popular reality dance show Aatam Paatam Kondatam opposite dance master Prasanna on Kalaignar TV,Suntv.


2010 : Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe ; Drohi ; Orange
2011 : Kusa-Paba

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