Meghna Naidu

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Meghna Naidu
Meghna Naidu at Press conference of Rivaaz (5).jpg
Meghna Naidu at Press conference of Rivaaz
Born Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India[1]
Occupation actress, dancer
Years active 1999–present

Meghna Naidu is an Indian actress and dancer. Her first major appearance was in the music video for UMI10's "Kaliyon Ka Chaman" (2000),[2][3] an official remix of Lata Mangeshkar's 1981 song "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" (in turn, the 2002 song "Addictive" by Truth Hurts was inspired by the remix). She also featured in Saru Maini's video Dil De Diya Tha (Sutta Mix),[4] before starting to work in Indian films.

Early life and career[edit]

Meghna Naidu was born on 19 September 1980 in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India.[1] Her father Ethiraj works for Air India and was a tennis coach and her mother Purnima, a half-Bengali,[5] was a school teacher.[6] She has one younger sister, Sona.[7][8] She told that she requested her mother to quit her job and accompany her to shooting locations, after her sister who used to travel with her got a job abroad.[1] She grew up in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and considers herself "more of a Mumbaiite".[1] She studied at Bhavan's College, Andheri, Mumbai,[9][10] and graduated with a B.Com degree.[5] She has learnt classical bharatanatyam dance for seven years.[6] She stated that she also was coaching tennis in the US for 4 years.[9]

At age 18, she met a model co-ordinator at the wedding of her cousin in Chennai, who called her for a screen test for a feature film.[11][12] She secured a role in the Telugu film Prema Sakshi (1999), following which she appeared in one more Telugu and two Kannada films.[11] She then appeared in UMI10's music video "Kaliyon Ka Chaman", directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru, which she says happened by accident.[1][12] She was accompanying her friend to the audition for the video, when she was approached by the team. She was asked to send in her photographs and within few days, she was selected for the video. "Kaliyon Ka Chaman" became a grand success and gained her recognition. She subsequently went on to do many stage performances in and outside of India.[1][11]

She made her Bollywood debut with the B-grade film Hawas (2004),[13] which dealt with extramarital affair. It was followed by lead roles in Classic Dance of Love (2005), which featured her as a dancer, and Rain: The Terror Within... (2005), in which she played a blind author.[12] In Mashooka, she played a character with negative shades. In her latter career, she mostly made special appearances in item numbers in South Indian films.[14][15]

She also participated in the television shows Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi and Dancing Queen.[13] She is currently playing the role of Benazir in Jodha Akbar.[16]

Personal life[edit]

She got engaged with actor, Kushal Punjabi in September 2009,[17] though the couple parted ways in March 2010.[18]


Year Title Role Language Other notes
2002 Prudhvi Narayana Telugu
Vendi Mabbulu Shanaaya Sardesai aka Shanaya Telugu
2003 Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu Kannada
2004 Hawas Sapna R. Mittal Hindi
AK 47 Hindi Special appearance
Coolie Bengali
Satruvu Club dancer in Dubai Telugu
2005 Jackpot - The Money Game Gauri Hindi
Classic Dance of Love Doli Hindi
Mashooka Sanjana Hindi
Bhama Kalapam Anjali Telugu
Rain: The Terror Within... Sandhya Bhatnagar Hindi
Bad Friend Sargam Hindi
2006 Saravana Saravana's cousin Tamil
Eight: The Power of Shani Sapna Hindi
Vikramarkudu Dancer Chameli Telugu Special appearance
Jambhavan Tamil
Bada Dosth Malayalam Special appearance
2007 Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule Telugu Special appearance
Veerasamy Tamil
2008 Vaitheeswaran Roopa Tamil
Pandurangadu Telugu Special appearance
Pandhayam Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
2009 Kutty Dancer on Train Tamil Special appearance
Vaadaa Tamil
2011 Siruthai Azhagha Poranthuputa song Tamil Special appearance
100% Love Telugu Special appearance
Rivaaz Chanda Hindi
Puli Vesham Tamil Special appearance
Vellore Maavattam Tamil Special appearance
Pilla Zamindar Telugu Special appearance
2012 Love at First Sight Hindi
Ishq Deewana Hindi
2013 Parari Kannada Special appearance
Election Kannada Special appearance
2014 Sikkapatte Ishta Patte Kannada Filming
Ranathantra Kannada Special appearance[15]
Dhamak Marathi Special appearance[19]
Television shows
Music videos
  • UMI10's Kaliyon Ka Chaman (2000)
  • Saru Maini's Dil De Diya Tha (Sutta Mix)
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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Meghana Naidu – Telugu Cinema interview – Telugu film & Bollywood Heroine". Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Meghna: Blast from the past". The Times of India. August 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Meghna Naidu: I can act well too!". Rediff Movies. September 29, 2005. 
  4. ^ Meghna Naidu Biography. Imdb
  5. ^ a b "I'm already booked: Meghna Naidu – movies". 2005-07-28. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Meghna Naidu". The Times Of India. 
  7. ^ "Celebrity News – Interviews – Meghna Naidu". 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Meghna's Father's Day Gift – Oneindia Entertainment". 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  9. ^ a b "'It's embarrassing doing bold scenes'". 2005-07-29. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  10. ^ "The kaliyon ka chaman girl – The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  11. ^ a b c "News". 2003-09-07. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  12. ^ a b c "'They won't ban skin show'". 2005-08-04. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  13. ^ a b "'I'm non-controversial, so I don't get any offers' – Movies". 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
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  16. ^ "Meghna Naidu to enter 'Jodha Akbar' - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  17. ^ "Meghna Naidu, Kushal Punjabi to marry". The Times of India. Sep 20, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Kushal-Meghna call it quits". The Times of India. Mar 6, 2010. 
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