Meera Nandan

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Meera Nandan
Born Meera Nandakumar
(1990-11-26) 26 November 1990 (age 24)[1]
Kochi, Kerala, India
Other names Meera Nandaa, Meera Nandha(a)
Occupation Actress, model, host, singer
Years active 2007–present

Meera Nandan is an Indian actress who works in the South Indian film industries. She started her career as a television host in Malayalam television and went on to become an actress, mostly appearing in Malayalam language films.

Early life[edit]

Meera Nandan was born as Meera Nandakumar on 26 November 1990 as the daughter of Nandakumar and Maya at Perandoor, Elamakkara, Kochi.[1] She has a younger brother Arjun Nandakumar. She did her schooling in Bhavans Vidya Mandir. After completing her degree in English literature from St. Teresa's College Ernakulam, she is pursuing her masters in Mass Communication with Journalism through distant education from Manipal University.[2][3] Actress Divya Unni is a distant relative of her.[4] Recently she took a break from films and moved to Dubai to work as a radio jockey in Red FM.[5][6][7]

Career[edit]

Meera first appearance before the camera was in an advertisement for Mohanlal's Taste Buds. In 2007, she auditioned as a competitor in Idea Star Singer aired on Asianet Television but was selected as an anchor for the programme. She was anchoring television programmes on Amrita TV and Jeevan TV, too.[8]

She made her acting debut in Malayalam cinema the following year, playing the female lead in Lal Jose's Mulla.[9] Lal Jose was looking for "a new face with a girl next door look" and Poornima, wife of actor Indrajith Sukumaran, thought that Meera suited the role and approached her. After discussing with her parents, she accepted the role of Lachi, a "bold, smart and outgoing girl",[8] which won her accolades. The next year she made her Tamil cinema debut with Valmiki and quickly signed a few more Tamil films: K. T. Kunjumon's Kadhalukku Maranamillai, Ayyanar[10] and Suriya Nagaram. During the filming of Suriya Nagaram, its director Chellamuthu, "impressed by Meera's good heart and discipline", proposed to her,[11] but Meera rejected his proposal, telling him that her parents had fixed her marriage with someone else.[12] She, however, confessed years later that she said was not engaged but lied to "escape from the situation".[13]

She debuted in Telugu cinema in 2011 with Jai Bolo Telangana. The Malayalam film, Seniors saw her playing the role of a villain, with Meera stating that the film was "a revelation even to me".[4] Including Seniors she had four Malayalam releases in 2011, but she felt that it was not a good year for her as none of them helped her career.[4] In 2013, she was first seen as a journalist in Lokpal. That year she also turned playback singer. She sang the romantic number "Mazhayude Ormakal" composed by Ratheesh Vegha for V. K. Prakash's Silence.[14][15] Her debut Kannada film Karodpathi, for which she had begun shooting in 2012, then titled as Kotyadhipathi,[4] released after a long delay in 2014. She played the role of a tribal girl in Black Forest, which won the National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation.[13]

She was seen playing a prominent role in Madhav Ramadasan's Apothecary.[16] She has been signed up for two Malayalam films, Mylanchi Monchulla Veedu in which she will play a Muslim girl.[17] In Telugu, she has completed filming for Gunde Ninda Gudigantalu, in which she will be seen as a tribal woman in three different stages, as a 14-year-old teenager, as a 23-year-old youngster and as a 35-year-old woman.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 Mulla Lachi Malayalam Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South
Winner, Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
2009 Currency Rose Malayalam
Valmiki Vandhana Tamil
Puthiya Mukham Sreedevi Malayalam Winner, AMMA Award for Best Supporting Actress[19]
Kerala Cafe Malayalam Segment: Mritunjayam
Patham Nilayile Theevandi Indu Malayalam
2010 Pulliman Radha Malayalam
Elsamma Enna Aankutty Jeni Malayalam
Ayyanar Anitha Tamil
Oridathoru Postman Usha Malayalam
2011 Jai Bolo Telangana Sahaja Telugu
Kadhalukku Maranamillai Tamil
Seniors Lakshmi Malayalam
Shankaranum Mohananum Rajalakshmi Malayalam
Ven Shankhu Pol Nandan's sister Malayalam
Swapna Sanchari Lakshmi Malayalam
2012 Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar Actress Malayalam Special appearance in the song "Kesu"
Suriya Nagaram Thamizhselvi Tamil
Mallu Singh Neethu Malayalam
Madirasi Bhama Malayalam
Bhoomiyude Avakashikal Saradha Malayalam
2013 Lokpal Jain Malayalam
Red Wine Jasna Malayalam
Yathra Thudarunnu Malayalam
Aattakatha Sethulakhsmi Malayalam
Tourist Home Reshma Malayalam
Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty Kunjumol Malayalam
2014 Black Forest Tribal girl Malayalam [20]
Karodpathi Vidya Kannada [21]
Apothecary Daisy Malayalam
Mylanchi Monchulla Veedu Malayalam
4th Degree Telugu Filming[22]
Kaattum Mazhayum Anjaly Malayalam Filming
Naanu Nam Hudgi Kannada Filming[21]
Ennu Swantham Elinjikkavu PO Lakshmi Malayalam Filming
Sandamarutham Tamil Filming[23]
Gundeninda Gudigantalu Telugu Filming

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2007 Idea Star Singer Host
2007 Veedu Actress Winner, Kerala State TV Award for Second Best Actress[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Meera Nandan celebrates her birthday in LA!". Sify. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "മീര എഴുതുകയാണ്". mangalamvarika.com. Oct 20, 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "മീരയ്ക്ക് പുതിയ മുഖം – articles,fashion – Mathrubhumi Eves". Mathrubhumi.com. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d admin on 1 (16 June 2012). "'I have not yet found true love' -Meera Nandan". Southscope.in. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/devayaniinto-teacher-profession-malayalam-news-120313
  6. ^ http://www.ibtimes.co.in/exclusive-birthday-special-meera-nandan-slams-rumours-quitting-acting-photos-615147
  7. ^ http://www.filmibeat.com/malayalam/news/2014/meera-nandan-turns-rj-in-real-life-165471.html
  8. ^ a b "Welcome to". Sify.com. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Sahadevan, Sajini V. (5 April 2008). "Scent of jasmine". Metro Plus Thiruvananthapuram (Chennai, India: The Hindu). Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "Meera Nandan signs Ayyanaar". Sify.com. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Director falls in love with Meera Nandan – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz.com. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Wire, Sampurn. "Director harassing Meera Nandan". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Tabitha Marion (29 June 2013). "Vivacious Meera Nandan". Fwdlife.in. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Meera Croons for Silence – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Meera Nandhaa to croon in 'Silence'". Deccan Chronicle. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Meera-Jayasurya to play a couple in Apothecary – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  17. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Entertainment/Malayalam/Movies/News/Meera-Nanda-to-romance-Asif-in-her-next/articleshow/40792686.cms
  18. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/ready-for-the-challenge/article6465696.ece
  19. ^ "youtube.com". 
  20. ^ Sathyendran, Nita (10 April 2013). "One for the environment". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  21. ^ a b "Meera Nandhaa shoots for second Kannada film – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  22. ^ "Meera's excited for second innings in M – Town – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  23. ^ "Oviya, Meera Nandan to pair with Sarathkumar – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "'Daya' and 'Typewriter' bag State TV awards". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 15 November 2008. 

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