Ananya (actress)

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Ananya
Born Ayilya Gopalakrishnan Nair
(1987-03-29) 29 March 1987 (age 27)[1]
Kochi, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present
Spouse(s) Anjaneyan (2012–present)

Ayilya Nair (born 29 March 1987), better known by her stage name Ananya, is an Indian film actress, who appears in Malayalam and Tamil films. She made her acting debut in Malayalam with Positive (2008) and debuted the following year in Tamil with Naadodigal, which emerged a critical and commercial success.[2] She has a list of films in Malayalam and Tamil. She received a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil for Engaeyum Eppothum.

Personal life[edit]

A Ananya was born as Ayilya to Malayali parents Gopalakrishnan Nair, a noted film producer, and Praseetha in kothamangalam, Kerala.[3] She has one brother Arjun, who is an engineering student. She appeared as a child artist in one of her father's productions (executive producer), Pai Brothers (1995).[4] Ananya pursued a B.A. degree in Communicative English at St. Xavier's College, Aluva.[3][4] During her childhood, she was an archer and won the State Championship.[5] While representing her college in a television reality show "Star Wars",[3] she was spotted by various directors and received acting offers. After declining five projects, she decided to give it a try, accepting to act in Positive.[4]

Film career[edit]

Her screenname changed to Ananya, when she was working in her debut Tamil film Naadodigal.[5] The film was a high commercial success,[6] and Ananya rose to fame, with her performance in the film being appreciated.[7] She went on to reprise the same role in its Malayalam remake Ithu Nammude Katha. The film Shikkar alongside Mohanlal, gave her a big break in Malayalam. She did some thrilling scenes in the climax of the movie Shikkar that impressed Mohanlal, which made him call her the "Vijayashanti" of Malayalam.[8] She also played a supporting role in Kandahar, which saw her sharing screen space with Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan.[9] In 2011, Ananya played one of the female lead roles in Engeyum Eppodhum, which received rave reviews and became a sleeper hit.[10][11]

In 2014, she appeared in Pulivaal, her first Tamil release after three years.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Ananya got engaged to Anjaneyan, a businessman from Trichur on 3 February 2012. However 2 weeks later news came that she has called off her engagement after knowing that Anjaneyan had a previous marriage from which he had sought divorce.[13] This news hasn't been confirmed by the actress nor by her family. Then in July the actress went and married Anjaneyan in a highly secretive event in Tirupati.[14] Recently she revealed that she is married to Anjaneyan in a TV show Idavelayil.[15] They have since been giving T.V (Asianet) interviews together as a couple.[16]

Awards[edit]

Kerala State TV Awards
  • 2012 - Best Actress : Doore
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Award
Vijay Awards

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Pai Brothers Malayalam Child artist
2008 Positive Jyothi Malayalam Credited as Ayilya
2009 Naadodigal Nallammaal Tamil Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
Rahasya Police Bhama Malayalam
2010 Seetha Ram Malayalam
Shikkar Ganga Malayalam
Fiddle Gayatri Malayalam
Oru Small Family Ammu Vishwanathan Malayalam
Kandahar A passenger on the plane Malayalam Special appearance
2011 Ithu Nammude Katha Kalyani Malayalam
Seedan Mahalakshmi Tamil
Seniors Jeni Malayalam Asianet Film Award For Best Supporting Actress
Amayakudu Divya Telugu
Doctor Love Gowri Malayalam Asianet Film Award For Best Supporting Actress
Engaeyum Eppothum Amudha Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Sandwich Kanmani Malayalam
2012 Kunjaliyan Maya Malayalam
Masters Ashley Jacob Malayalam
Mullamottum Munthiricharum Ranimol Malayalam
Gokula Krishna Aishwarya Kannada
2013 D Company Malayalam Segment - "Oru Bolivian Diary 1995"
Nadodimannan Meera Malayalam
Dhoore Malayalam Telefilm for Mazhavil Manorama
2014 Pulivaal Selvi Tamil
Thomson Villa Sheelu Malayalam
Raktharakshassu 3D Malayalam [17]
Athithi Vasuki Tamil [18]
100 Degree Celsius Ganga Malayalam
The Reporter Malayalam Filming
Ameya Malayalam Filming
Achan Balavan Makan Bheeman Malayalam Filming
Iravum Pagalum Tamil Filming[19]
Intintaa Annamayya Telugu Filming
Sadharanakkaran[20] Malayalam Pre Production
Kalyanism Malayalam Filming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Actress Ananya profile and biography". Spiderkerala.net. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  2. ^ http://www.mathrubhumi.com/mb4eves/online/malayalam/kerala/women/articles/infocus_interview-article-127902
  3. ^ a b c "MediaMatiqx". MediaMatiqx. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  4. ^ a b c Shilpa Nair Anand (2011-09-16). "Life & Style / Metroplus : Arching towards success". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  5. ^ a b September 3, 2011 By Keerthy Ramachandran DC Kochi (2011-09-03). "Name to fame". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Nadodigal actress Ananya not the leading lady". desifox.com. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Ananya". mollywoodactress.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Ananya Films". zimbio.com. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  9. ^ "Ananya Profile". zimbio.com. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  10. ^ "Engaeyum Eppothum is aiming for a century". The Times Of India. 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  11. ^ "'Didn't think people would love Amudha so much'". Rediff.com. 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  12. ^ Zachariah, Ammu. "'Chappa Kurishu' turns 'Pulival' in Kollywood". Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Malayalam actor Ananya calls off engagement". India Today. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  14. ^ "Ananya gets married to Anjaneyan". Times of India. 2012-07-06. 
  15. ^ "Idavelayil with Ananya". youtube.com. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.mangalam.com/cinema/interviews/6516
  17. ^ "Raktharakshas 3D Malayalam Movie Preview". Theater Balcony (theaterbalcony.wordpress.com). 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  18. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/regional/tamil/news-interviews/Trouble-in-Nandhaa-Ananyas-paradise/articleshow/26583399.cms
  19. ^ "Ananya on a signing spree". The Times Of India (The Times Of India). 2010-12-24. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  20. ^ http://timesofap.com/cinema/Bhagath-and-Ananya-to-star-in-Sadharanakkaran.html

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