Priyanka Kothari

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Priyanka Kothari
Priyanka Kothari FilmiTadka.jpg
Priyanka Kothari at LAKME Fashion Week 2011
Born Priyanka Kothari
(1983-11-30) November 30, 1983 (age 30)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Other names Nisha Kothari
Occupation Actress, Stage performer
Years active 2003–present

Priyanka Kothari (born 1983), often credited as Nisha Kothari or Amoga, is an Indian actress and model. She has appeared in Bollywood, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films.[2][3][4][5][6] She has frequently appeared in Ram Gopal Varma films and is considered a sex symbol.[7][8][9][10]

Early life[edit]

Kothari was born in Kolkata. She moved to New Delhi while in grade 10 and got her bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Delhi University at Dyal Singh College, Delhi. She chose chemistry as her father is a chemical businessman, while her mother is a home-maker. She has learnt Kathak for six years and attended acting classes with Kishore Namit Kapoor.[10]


After college, Kothari became a model and appeared in a number of advertisement campaigns. She appeared in the music video of the remix of Chadti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani.[11][12] In 2003, she got her big break through actor Madhavan, who recommended her for an audition in his film after viewing her photographs. She made her acting debut with him in the Tamil film Jay Jay, credited as Amoga.[13] She made her Bollywood debut in the 2005 film Sarkar and then later that same year appeared in James, directed by Ram Gopal Varma and Rohit Jugraj respectively. James turned her into a sex symbol overnight.[7] She then went on to do The Killer with Emraan Hashmi. Since then she had appeared in less significant films and roles. She was regularly seen in Ram Gopal Varma's films [14][15] like Shiva,[16] Darna Zaroori Hai,[17] Aag, in which she played a tapori called Ghungroo,[18] Darling [19] and Agyaat [20] and also his productions like Go and Stalker.[21] Most of the films were unsuccessful.[15][22][23][24] She made her Sandalwood debut with Raaj-the Showman opposite Puneet Rajkumar in 2009 [25] and later did a supporting role in Dandupalya.[26] She was seen in a Telugu film with Balakrishna, Okka Magadu which also bombed [27] and also acted in a film titled Hari Om.[28]

Her only 2011 release was Bin Bulaye Baraati. In 2013, she appeared in a Malaysian Tamil film titled, Ops Kossa Dappa 3.[29] She will be seen in the Tamil film Padam Pesum [30] and has signed up a Telugu thriller titled Criminals.[31]

Other work[edit]

Kothari is a member of the International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film & Television.

In the 2011 West Bengal state assembly elections, she campaigned for Dr Nirmal Majhi, an All India Trinamool Congress candidate contesting from North Uluberia, Kolkata.[32]

In 2011, she walked the ramp at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW), which she describes as her comeback in Bollywood.[33]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Jay Jay Jamuna Tamil Credited as Amoga
2004 Madhyanam Hathya Telugu
2005 James Nisha V. Rawat Hindi
Sarkar Sapna Hindi
2006 Shiva Sandhya Joshi Hindi
The Killer Priya Hindi
Darna Zaroori Hai Hindi Special appearance
2007 Go Vasundhara 'Vasu' Dave Hindi
Darling Hindi Special appearance in a promotional video
Aag Ghungroo Hindi
2008 Okka Magadu Alivelu Telugu
2009 Agyaat Aasha Hindi
Raaj-The Showman Parvathy Kannada Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Karthigai Pooja Tamil
2010 Kacheri Arambam Item number Tamil Special appearance
2011 Bin Bulaye Baraati Shreya Hindi
2012 Dandupalya Kannada
2013 Ops Kossa Dappa 3 Tamil Malaysian film
Padam Pesum Tamil
Psycho Meera Telugu
Yaaradre Nanagenu Kannada
Nuvve Naa Bangaram Telugu
Criminals Telugu Filming


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  2. ^ Nisha Kothari comes back to Kollywood!
  3. ^ Nisha says, my foot!
  4. ^ Luck by chance
  5. ^ I am who I am
  6. ^ Vodafone updates on Puneet’s new film
  7. ^ a b "'I am not sexy" : Nisha Kothari - Times Of India". 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
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  9. ^ Saturday, 27 June 2009 (2009-06-27). "Priyanka Kothari grows up in 'Agyaat'". Masala!. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
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  12. ^ "Bollywood's hottest faces". Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
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  14. ^ "The Ten Worst Films Of Ram Gopal Varma - Movies". 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  15. ^ a b MADHU DAIHTOTA (2007-10-01). "Remaking Shola was a mistake:Nisha - Times Of India". Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  16. ^ Nikhat Kazmi (2006-09-16). "Shiva - Times Of India". Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  17. ^ "Nisha Kothari’s item number in Boo - Darna Zaroori Hai". 2005-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  18. ^ "Nisha Kothari does a Basanti - Times Of India". 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  19. ^ "Nisha Kothari's item number in Darling". 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  20. ^ "RGV's heroine nurses broken leg". 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
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  22. ^ "Priyanka Kothari ki Aag ! - Times Of India". 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  23. ^ Richa Bhatia (2012-04-02). "Nisha Kothari to do RGV's new film - Times Of India". Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  24. ^ Aparna Phadke (2007-11-07). "Nisha Kothari:The name is Priyanka - Times Of India". Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  25. ^ "Nisha Kothari’s next is Criminals - Times Of India". 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  26. ^ "Review: Dandupalya tells a spine chilling story - Movies". 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  27. ^ "Nisha Kothari comes back to Kollywood! - Times Of India". 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  28. ^ m.l.n (2012-05-27). "Antidote to betting". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  29. ^ "Priyanka is back!". Deccan Chronicle. 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  30. ^ "Nisha is on a song now - Times Of India". 2013-07-06. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  31. ^ IANS (2013-08-18). "Second innings in Telugu". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  32. ^ "Priyanka Kothari supports Woman Power". The Times of India. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  33. ^ "Consider ramp walk as my comeback: Nisha Kothari". Indiavision news. October 10, 2011. 

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