Nayantara popularly referred to as ‘Nayanthara’ is an Indian actress and model famous for her work in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu movies. She has predominantly established herself in the Tamil film industry. She made her debut in 2003 with the Malayalam film Manassinakkare with Jayaram. Find out more about the 32-year-old actress in Nayantara’s Wiki
Diana Mariam Kurian is the name that Nayantara was given at birth
Diana Mariam Kurian was born on 18 November 1984 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. She was born to a Malayali Orthodox Christian family. Her parents, Kurian Kodiyattu and Omana Kurian hail from the aristocratic Kodiyattu family from Thiruvalla, Kerala. Her brother, Leno, is nine years old and lives in Dubai. He often posts pictures with her on Instagram. Her father was an Indian Air Force official. Diana studied in various parts of India, which mainly included Northern India. She completed her schooling from Jamnagar, Gujarat, and Delhi. In Tiruvalla, she went to Balikamadom Girls Higher Secondary School. She got her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Marthoma College.
Diana Mariam Kurian became Nayantara in 2011
Nayantara was raised in a Christian Family. She decided to convert her religion from Christianity to Hinduism in 2011. She did the procedure of Shuddhi Karma (purification) at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai. After the ceremony, she received the certificate of conversion to Hinduism and Nayantara became her official name.
Nayantara worked as a part-time model which got her first film
When in college, Nayantara worked as a part-time model. This beautiful young lady immediately caught the eye of the director, Sathyan Anthikkad. She was offered to play a pivotal role in his upcoming movie Manassinakkare which was huge commercial success and Nayantara made her big break. She was seen in two movies in the year 2004, Natturajavu by Shaji Kailas, and Fazil’s psychological thriller Vismayathumbathu. She was also seen in Thaskara Veeran and Rappakal.
Nayantara is not only famous for Malayalam movies but she gained fame in Telugu and Tamil also
In 2005 Nayantara made her debut in Tamil cinema with Ayya. In 2006 she made her debut in Telugu with Lakshmi. Both were big hits at the box office. Later she was cast as the female lead in numerous Tamil and Telugu films like Chandramukhi, Dubai Seenu, Tulasi, Billa , Yaaradi Nee Mohini ,Aadhavan, Adhurs, Simha, Boss Engira Bhaskaran, Sri Rama Rajyam, Raja Rani, Arrambam, Thani Oruvan, Maya, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, Babu Bangaram and Iru Mugan. She is the highest paid actress in South Indian cinema. Her first and only Kannada film was Super in 2010.
Nayantara is a recipient of numerous awards
Nayanthara won the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress for her portrayal of Sita in Sri Rama Rajyam in 2011. She also won the Nandi Award for Best Actress for the same. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress in 2013 for her performance in Raja Rani. Due to her class apart movies, hottest pics and huge fan base, Kochi Times named her in its “List of 15 Most Desirable Women in 2014”. She has an ever growing fan base, a list of great movies and tremendous dedication for her work which has got her the designation of ‘Lady Superstar’.
India’s Michael Jackson, Prabhu Deva was Nayantara’s boyfriend.
Nayanthara and Prabhu Deva started dating in 2008. Prabhu Deva was already married to Ramlath who later changed her name to Latha. In 2010, his wife Latha filed a petition at the family court, seeking directions against Deva for being in a live-in relationship with Nayanthara and requesting a reunion with him. She threatened to go hunger strike if Prabhu Deva Nayanthara got married. Due to this several women’s organizations conducted protests against Nayanthara for bringing disrepute to the Tamil culture. This destroyed the reputation of Nayanthara amongst her fans and rest of the public. As a result, Nayanthara confirmed that she had ended her relationship with Deva in 2012.