Meghana Raj

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Meghana Raj
Born Meghana Sunder Raj
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation actress, model
Years active 2009–present
Parents
  • Sundar Raj
  • Pramila Joshai

Meghana Raj is an Indian film actress, who works mainly in Malayalam films as well as in the other South Indian languages. She made her acting debut in the 2009 Telugu film Bendu Apparao R.M.P.[1][2] She is noted for her flexibility in portraying various kinds of roles in her short career so far.

Early life[edit]

Meghana Raj was born in Bangalore, Karnataka as the only daughter to film actors Sundar Raj and Pramila Joshai. Her father Sundar Raj has acted in more than 180 films, predominantly in Kannada language,[3] while her mother Pramila Joshai is a noted Kannada film actress and film producer. .[2] She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in psychology at Christ University, Bangalore.[4]

Career[edit]

Meghana Raj debuted as a theater artist, when she was a child, acting alongside her father Sunder Raj in the play Jokumaraswamy. During the audio launch function of the Tamil film Poi in February 2006, she was invited by its director K. Balachander to pursue an acting career, starring in one of his forthcoming films. Accepting his offer, she was given the lead female role in the Tamil film Krishnaleelai, a Balachander production, directed by Selvan.[5] However, despite continuing shooting throughout 2008, which was completed in early 2009, the film got stuck in production hell, and its release got delayed for various reasons.

Even before the release of that film, she commenced shooting for a Telugu film Bendu Apparao R.M.P, which would eventually be her first feature film release. She played the character of a school teacher in the comedy entertainer, starring Allari Naresh and Kamna Jethmalani as well, which released in October 2009 and went on to become highly successful at the box office.[6] She debuted in the Kannada films by enacting the female lead role in Punda, a remake of the 2007 Tamil film Polladhavan.[4] Meghana's next release was her debut Tamil film, the Boopathy Pandian-directed Kaadhal Solla Vandhen, which was a commercial failure, while she also signed up her first Malayalam project, the horror film Yakshiyum Njanum under Vinayan's direction, which was released in August 2010.[7] The film was an average grosser, but its glamorously picturized songs on Meghana was a hit among the youth. During that time she also acted in two more Tamil projects, Nandha Nanditha, which is a remake of the 2008 Kannada film Nanda Loves Nanditha and Kalla Siripazhaga.

After a series of flops for most of 2011 where she was seen repeatedly cast merely as a glamour actress, Meghana reverted to winning ways with the Malayalam film Beautiful which was released in the first week of December. The film was a success both commercially and critically and critics widely regarded it as one of the best Malayalam movies of 2011.[8] Meghana's portrayal of Anjali, a home nurse in the film won her very good reviews. Since getting noticed with Beautiful, Meghana got a lot of Malayalam films offers.[9]

Meghana then underwent a total physique revamp by going through a strict diet and exercise regime. She made this decision partly because she was getting constantly ignored in Kannada films (her mother tongue) and the reason told was she was fat.

Her 2012 Malayalam film Namukku Parkkan did a decent business at the box office. Subsequent films Mullamottum Munthiricharum, Banking Hours 10 to 4, Maad Dad, 'Madirashi and 'Red Wine failed to perform. However, her next film Memories opposite Prithviraj Sukumaran opened to overwhelmingly positive reviews and was a success.

Meghana Raj repeated the success in her next release Raja Huli in Kannada. The film opened to rave reviews and has been declared a super hit.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2009 Bendu Apparao R.M.P Gayatri Telugu
2010 Punda Megha Kannada Won, Suvarna Film Award for Best Debut Actress
Kaadhal Solla Vandhen Sandhya Panchacharam Tamil
Yakshiyum Njanum Aathira Malayalam
2011 August 15 Lakshmi Malayalam
Raghuvinte Swantham Rasiya Rasiya Malayalam
Uyarthiru 420 Iyal Tamil
Pachuvum Kovalanum Sukanya Malayalam
Beautiful Anjali/Annie Malayalam Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam
2012 Nandha Nandhitha Nandhitha Tamil
Achante Aanmakkal Meera Malayalam
Namukku Parkkan Renuka Malayalam
Mullamottum Munthiricharum Suchitra Malayalam
Banking Hours 10 to 4 Revathy Malayalam
Lucky Telugu
Poppins Malayalam
Madirasi Maya Malayalam
2013 Maad Dad Annamma Malayalam
Red Wine Ann Mary Malayalam
Up & Down - Mukalil Oralundu Mysterious lady Malayalam
Memories Teena Malayalam
Raja Huli Kaveri Kannada
Good Bad and Ugly Kavya Malayalam
Kalla Siripazhaga Tamil
100 Degree Celsius Revathy Malayalam
2014 Bahuparak Kannada Filming
The Dolphin Bar Malayalam Filming

Awards[edit]

The Kochi Times Film Awards 2011- Promising Newcomer in Beautiful.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prescription for laughter". The Hindu. July 3, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Meghana Raj excited about Punda" Oneindia.in. September 10, 2009.
  3. ^ "The New Indian Express". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Meghana Raj arrives - Kannada Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ Super Admin (2009-06-19). "Sundar Raj's daughter debuting in Kannada". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Bendu Appa Rao RMP is a hit - Teluguc inema trade report". Idlebrain.com. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  7. ^ "The New Indian Express". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  8. ^ "'Beautiful' is a milestone in Malayalam cinema". rediff.com. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Meghana Raj blasts her way to the top of Mollywood". http://malayalam.oneindia.in. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  10. ^ "The Kochi Times Film Awards 2011". 23 June 2012. 

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