Sanjjanaa

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Sanjjanaa
Born Archana Galrani
(1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 24)[1]
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2007-present
Relatives Nikki Galrani (sister)

Archana Galrani (born October 10, 1989)[1] better known by her stage name Sanjjanaa, is an Indian model and film actress. She made her film debut in the Tamil film Oru Kadhal Seiveer (2006) and soon became famous for her controversial role in the Kannada film Ganda Hendthi (2006). Her supporting role in the 2008 Telugu film Bujjigadu directed by Puri Jagannadh brought her to limelight in the Telugu industry.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Sanjjanaa was born in 1989 and brought up in Bengaluru. She is of Sindhi origin.[4] She has a sister Nikki Galrani, who is also an actress. When she was doing her PUC, she received her first modelling offer. She continued her studies while working as a part-time model.[5] She appeared in over 60 television advertisements,[5] the most notable being a Fasttrack advert with John Abraham.[4] After appearing in a couple of advertisements, she signed her first film Ganda Hendathi in Kannada.[5] Her first release, however, became the low-budget Tamil film, Oru Kadhal Seiveer, which met with negative reviews and poor box office returns. S. R. Ashok Kumar of The Hindu noted that Sanjjanaa, then credited under her birth name, was "beautiful but has to work on her acting".[6]

Ganda Hendathi, Kannada remake of the Hindi film Murder (2004), itself an adaptation of the Hollywood film Unfaithful (2002),[7] was also panned by critics.[8][9] The film was released in Telugu as Mogudu Pellam O Boy Friend. Sanjjanaa's performance drew mixed reviews, with a reviewer from Nowrunning.com claiming that she "utterly fails to deliver" in the emotional sequences, while Sify wrote "Sanjana has made a decent debut and she is extremely daring and does justice to her role".[7] In 2008, she made her Telugu film debut in Puri Jagannadh's Bujjigadu, in which she played a notable role alongside Prabhas and Trisha Krishnan. Although her role was small, the film gained her considerable attention and helped her growing in popularity.[4][10] In 2010, she was first seen in the Telugu film Police Police, which was followed by a cameo role in Huduga Hudugi. Her final release of that year was Mylari that featured her opposite Shivrajkumar. It was the biggest milestone in her Kannada career as she was subsequently flooded with offers in Kannada cinema. Regarding her performance in the film, the Times of India wrote that she "shines in her lively and mischievous role".[11] She won the Bangalore Times Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Female in 2012 for I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona.[12][13]

In January 2012 released her Malayalam debut she played one of the lead female roles in Casanovva, her maiden Malayalam venture. Reportedly the costliest Malayalam production of all time,[4] co-starring Mohanlal and Shriya Saran, the film saw Sanjjana portray a salsa dancer.[14] Director Rosshan Andrrews signed her for the particular role, since she was trained in salsa.[4] Her last release is her second Malayalam film, the Shaji Kailas directed The King & the Commissioner, co-starring Mammooty and Suresh Gopi. Later in 2012 she was seen in films including Narasimha, Ondu Kshanadalli, Sagar, all of which being Kannada projects, and Yamaho Yama.

In 2013 she appeared in Jagan Nirdoshi in Telugu which was made under Padmalaya Films and in Mahanadhi in Kannada, which was her first heroine centric film. She was then seen in Nenem…Chinna Pillana? in which she played a NRI again.[15] She is currently filming for a Telugu comedy film, Saradha, directed by RP Patnaik,[16] while her Kannada films Agarja, opposite Jaggesh, and Rebel which film has Aditya in the lead, and the Telugu film, Once Upon a Time have been finished.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2006 Oru Kadhal Seiveer Subha Anand Tamil
2006 Ganda Hendathi Sanjana Kannada
2007 Autograph Please Kannada
2008 Arjun Kannada
2008 Bujjigadu Kangana Telugu
2009 Satyameva Jeyathe Sunjana Telugu
2009 Mast Maja Maadi Sanjana Kannada Special appearance
2009 Samardhudu Telugu
2010 Police Police Sundhya Telugu
2010 Huduga Hudugi Sanjana Kannada Guest appearance
2011 Ee Sanje Snu Kannada
2011 Rangappa Hogbitna Sneha Kannada
2011 Dusshasana Sunjana Telugu
2011 I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona Sinchana Kannada
2011 Take It Easy Kannada Guest appearance
2011 Mugguru Yamini Telugu
2012 Ko Ko Kannada Special appearance
2012 Casanovva Nidhi Malayalam
2012 The King & the Commissioner Nitha Rathore Malayalam
2012 Narasimha Rani Kannada
2012 Sagar Jenny Kannada
2012 Ondu Kshanadalli Shilpa Kannada
2012 Yamaho Yama Nisha Telugu
2013 Jagan Nirdoshi Jyothi Telugu
2013 Mahanadhi Meenakshi Kannada
2013 Nenem…Chinna Pillana? Telugu
2014 Love You Bangaram Telugu Special appearance[18]
2014 Agraja Kannada
2014 Rebel Laila Kannada Post-production
2014 Siva Kesav Telugu Post-production
2014 Once Upon a Time Telugu Post-production[19]
2014 Saradha Telugu Filming
2014 Bangalore 23 Kannada Filming[20]
2014 Mandya to Mumbai Kannada Filming[21]

Awards[edit]

  • Best Actor in a Negative Role Female for Mathe Banni Preethsona - The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Twitter / actressanjjanaa: Still working on resolving". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Sanjana hopes to make a mark - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  3. ^ "Sanjana on a roll - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  4. ^ a b c d e [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Sanjana Interview - Oneindia Entertainment
  6. ^ "Sordid affair - Oru Kadhal Seiveer". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2006-03-10. 
  7. ^ a b Movie Review : Ganda Hendathi
  8. ^ Ganda Hendathi Review - Kannada Movie Review by RGV
  9. ^ Ganda Hendathi Kannada Movie Review - cinema preview stills gallery trailer video clips showtimes
  10. ^ Sanjana loves auto ride - Oneindia Entertainment
  11. ^ "Mylari - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  12. ^ "The Times of India: Latest News India, World & Business News, Cricket & Sports, Bollywood". The Times Of India. 
  13. ^ "Sanjjanaa took home the Best Actor in a Negative Role Female award". The Times Of India. 
  14. ^ A season of releases for Sanjjanaa - Entertainment - DNA
  15. ^ "Sweden calling for Sanjjanaa's next Telugu film - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  16. ^ "Three men for Sanjjanaa - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  17. ^ Features, Express. "Sanjjanaa lives her dreams". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  18. ^ "Sanjjanaa’s wait continues". Deccan Chronicle. 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  19. ^ "Sanjjanaa returns to Mollywood - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  20. ^ The writer has posted comments on this article (2014-05-07). "Sanjjanaa enjoying 'spicy' song shoot for Bangalore 23 - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  21. ^ "Sanjjana in `Life In a Metro`". Sify.com. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  22. ^ "The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011". The Times Of India. 21 June 2012. 

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