Simran (actress)

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Born Rishibala Naval
(1976-04-04) 4 April 1976 (age 38)[1][2]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Deepak Bagga

Simran (born Rishibala Naval; 4 April 1976) is an Indian actress who has predominantly appeared in Tamil, Telugu and a few Malayalam films. She debuted in Bollywood and acted in several Hindi films, before starring in her first Tamil film V.I.P and her first Telugu film Abbai Gari Pelli in 1997.

Having a string of successes in her early career, in 1999, Simran received critical praise for playing a blind woman in Thulladha Manamum Thullum. However the turning point of her career came with the success of Vaali (1999) which made Simran the most sought-after actress in the industry. At the peak of her career she agreed to play the role of an antagonist in Parthen Rasithen (2000) and a suffering woman from a premarital agreement in Priyamaanavale (2000), both went on to become commercial and critical successes. She received her first Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), as the mother of an adopted 9 year old daughter. Other than romantic dramas, Simran had also appeared in two blockbuster comedy films alongside Kamal Hassan; Pammal K. Sambandam and Panchathantiram, both released in 2002. In Telugu, Simran starred in a series of commercially successful films, Samarasimha Reddy (1999), Kalisundam Raa (2000) and Narasimha Naidu (2001), and for the latter, she received her first Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress nomination. With the success of the 2004 sci fi film New, Simran left the film industry following her marriage with her childhood family friend Deepak Bagga.[3] In 2008 she made a comeback to Tamil cinema with Vaaranam Aayiram, where she played the role of a mother and a wife to the characters played by Suriya and won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1998, entertainment portal called her "one of Tamil cinema's top female draws".[4][5] In 1999, she was featured in Forbes Magazine as the most prolific actress with a diverse portfolio from the Indian sub continent.[6] Well noted for her dancing and acting skills in the Indian film industry, she won three Filmfare Awards South including Best Female Debut for Once More, V.I.P and Nerrukku Ner, one Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for Thulladha Manamum Thullum, three Cinema Express Awards and was awarded twice with the Kalaimamani award in 1999 and 2003.[7][8]

Personal life and background[edit]

Simran was born as Rishibala Naval in Mumbai; her father is Ashok Naval and mother is Sharda. Simran has two sisters, Monal and Jyothi Naval, and a brother named Sumith.[9] She did her schooling from St. Anthony's high school, Versova and finished her B.Com in Mumbai and was modelling simultaneously. She speaks Punjabi, Hindi, English, Tamil . Simran is a trained dancer and can perform Bharatanatyam and Salsa.

She married Deepak Bagga, her childhood family friend, on December 2, 2003. They have two sons, Adheep and Aadit, born in June 2005 and March 2011.[10][11][12]


1995–1997: Debut and breakthrough[edit]

Simran made her debut in the 1995 Hindi film Sanam Harjai directed by Saawan Kumar.It was the first Indian film to be shot in New Zealand and Simran stayed shot abroad for three months,[13] though the film was disaster at box office.[14] Jaya Bachchan saw Simran presenting the show Superhit Muqabla on Doordarshan’s Metro channel, and subsequently offered her a leading role in her production, the romantic drama Tere Mere Sapne (1996). She then starred in supporting roles in Muqaddar, Angaara and Daadagiri, Bal Bramhachari, Agni Morcha, Gunda Gardi opposite Ayub Khan and along with Dharmendra.[15] Meanwhile she was acting in South Indian languages and was a huge star in Tamil and Telugu.

She moved to south Indian movies by acting first in a high-budget Malayalam film, Indraprastham with megastar Mammootty in the lead role and she tasted success, too. In 1997, she appeared in her only Kannada film till date, Simhada Mari opposite Shivarajkumar. She then received her first film offer from the Tamil movie industry, Vasanth's multi-starrer Nerukku Ner], produced by Mani Ratnam, and she signed on to work on the film swiftly in order to work with the noted producer. Then Simran starred in several successful movies such as V.I.P (1997), Natpukkaga (1998), Aval Varuvala (1998) and Kannedhirey Thondrinal (1998) with leading actors Prabhu Deva, Sarath Kumar, Ajith Kumar and Prasanth respectively . She got her first break through the movie Thulladha Manamum Thullum opposite Vijay in 1999.It was a super hit Movie.

1998–2000: Success and stardom in South Indian films[edit]

Following successful debut in Tamil and Telugu films, in 1998 she had her first release in K. S. Ravikumar's Kondattam opposite Arjun Sarja.[16] She also appeared in a supporting role with Akkineni Nagarjuna and Deepti Bhatnagar in Auto Driver. Both performed averagely at box office. She tasted her first success with Ajith Kumar in Aval Varuvala, a remake of 1997 Telugu film Pelli.[17] Her role was well received by the critics.[18]

In the same year she acted in blockbuster Vaali opposite Ajith Kumar and she won several awards for her acting which includes a Kalaimaamani award; she was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She revealed that after working on the film, she became “alert in her choice of films”, only signing ventures which had big production banners.[19] Later in 1999 she acted in Jodi which was a super hit. Her success streak continued in 2000 with the films Priyamaanavale and Parthen Rasithen in which she acted in a negative role.

She saw a low in her Tamil career in 2001, as she concentrated in Telugu, and once again became the leading actress in 2002 with several successes such as Ramana opposite Vijaykanth, Pammal K. Sambandam and Panchathantiram opposite Kamal Haasan, Thamizh opposite Prasanth and Mani Ratnam’s Kannathil Muthamittal opposite Madhavan. She won several accolades for her performance in Kannathil Muthamittal including a Filmfare award. However the movie was an average grosser, although it won several accolades from the audience.

Telugu cinema career[edit]

She enjoyed stupendous success in Telugu movie industry as she acted with the superstars of Tollywood such as Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna and Venkatesh. Her debut Telugu movie was Abbai Gari Pelli in 1997 opposite Suman which was a flop. After starring in some unsuccessful movies in 1997 and 1998, she became overnight sensation with her first blockbuster Samarasimha Reddy opposite Balakrishna in 1999. In 2000 she starred in Kalisundam Raa opposite Venkatesh and Nuvvu Vastavani opposite Nagarjuna. Both of the movies were blockbusters.

2001 was a mixed year in her career since her movie Mrugaraju opposite Chiranjeevi becoming a flop and Bava Nachadu opposite Nagarjuna and Daddy opposite Chiranjeevi becoming above-average grossers. But her movie Narasimha Naidu opposite Balakrishna became a huge blockbuster.

In 2002 she starred with Balakrishna in Seema Simham and the film was just an average grosser in spite of great openings. This was her only release in 2002. With Seetayya opposite Harikrishna in 2003, she left the industry after her marriage. She made a comeback with Okka Magadu opposite Balakrishna in 2008 and John Appa Rao 40 plus.

Television career[edit]

After her marriage, Simran took a break from acting in films and moved on to the small screen where she acted in Jaya TV's serial Simran Thirai which hosted of a series of mini-serials all featuring Simran in the lead role and included many popular stars like Ramji, Raaghav, Saakshi Siva and Abitha playing supporting roles. In 2009, she started acting in the Telugu serial Sundarakanda telecast on Gemini TV, where she did a guest role appearing as an advocate who rescues Sujitha, the protagonist, from the troubles she suffers in America. The serial won the "Highest TRP Rating" as the "Most Watched Serial" and was dubbed in Tamil as Sundarakandam and telecast on Polimer TV. Now she is hosting Jackpot, a game show in Jaya TV which was earlier hosted by Kushboo and Nadhiya.

Brand ambassador[edit]

On March 2002, Simran was signed up to endorse Fanta, the tangy orange-flavoured drink from Coca-Cola. According to a company spokesperson, "Film stars cut across various segments to establish a direct connect with the brand." The ad has been conceived by the Lowe and directed by filmmaker Latha Menon.[20][21] On the same year, Jyoti Labs launched Jeeva soap with Simran to endorse the brand and the ad. The brand uses the tagline "The complete Ayurvedic Soap" which is further reinforced by the focus on 27 ingredients.[22]

On June 4, 2008, PepsiCo India Holdings (FritoLay Division) announced Simran as the new brand ambassador for Kurkure for their first brand ambassador in the South Indian market. She joined the brand's long-standing endorser Juhi Chawla as a part of the Kurkure family.[23]

Simran was chosen as the brand ambassador for a low calorie sugar substitute — 'Sugar Free Gold' by Cadila Healthcare Ltd. Anand Deo, senior vice-president, consumer division told reporters that the star was chosen since she was a "fitness icon."[24] Simran says it's her fitness secret and poses for that brand with her slim figure.[25] She is also tied with General Mills India for Pillsbury Atta to help spread the health message and has appeared in several TV commercials.[26]


Simran's real estate firm in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh Housing Board for low-income groups has developed a proposal to buy acreage in the outskirts of major cities and develop them into self-sustained communities for people under the poverty line. She has donated rupees 10 lakhs towards Kargil cause.

Simran's has 70 acres of land on Mumbai Nasik Highway named Rishi Farms out of which 7 acres was donated for old age homes managed by her father.



Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Sanam Harjai Tinu Hindi
1996 Muqaddar Pooja Hindi
1996 Indraprastham Chitra Malayalam
1996 Bal Bramhachari Seema Choudhary Hindi
1996 Angaara Pooja Pascal Hindi
1996 Tere Mere Sapne Pooja Mathur Hindi
1997 Abbai Gari Pelli Telugu
1997 Agni Morcha Hindi
1997 Gunda Gardi Hindi
1997 Simhada Mari Kannada
1997 Once More Kavitha Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South
(also for V.I.P and Nerrukku Ner)
1997 V.I.P Priya Tamil
1997 Daadagiri Uma Hindi
1997 Nerrukku Ner Asha Tamil
1997 Priya O Priya Telugu
1997 Poochudava Nandini Tamil
1997 Maa Nannaki Pelli Lahari Telugu
1998 Kondattam Lalitha Tamil
1998 Auto Driver Telugu
1998 Aval Varuvala Divya Tamil
1998 Natpukkaga Prabavathy Tamil
1998 Kannedhirey Thondrinal Priya Tamil
1999 Samarasimha Reddy Sampangi Telugu
1999 Thulladha Manamum Thullum Rukmani Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
1999 Kachche Dhaage Hindi Special appearance in song "Khali Dil Nahi"
1999 Edhirum Pudhirum Tamil Special appearance in song "Totthu Totthu"
1999 Anari No.1 Sona Hindi
1999 Vaali Priya Tamil Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1999 Sirf Tum Herself Hindi Special appearance
1999 Kanave Kalaiyadhe Amrita,
1999 Anthapuram Simran Tamil Special appearance in song "Mana Madurai"
1999 Jodi Gayathri Tamil
1999 Kannupada Poguthaiya Gowri Tamil
1999 Time Thulasi Tamil
2000 Annayya Telugu Special appearance in song "Aata Kavala"
2000 Kalisundam Raa Manga Telugu
2000 Khauff Ritu Pereira Hindi Special appearance
2000 Nuvvu Vastavani Indu Telugu
2000 Yuvaraju Srilatha Telugu
2000 Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven Indhu Tamil
2000 Goppinti Alludu Sowmya Telugu
2000 Parthen Rasithen Banu Tamil
2000 Priyamanavale Priya Tamil Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
2001 Mrigaraju Aishwarya Telugu
2001 Narasimha Naidu Sravanthi Telugu Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2001 Prematho Raa Geetha Telugu
2001 Bava Nachadu Kamakshi Telugu
2001 12B Priya Tamil
2001 Daddy Shanti Telugu
2001 Parthale Paravasam Simi Madhava Tamil
2002 Seema Simham Hema Telugu
2002 Pammal K. Sambandam Janaki Tamil
2002 Aakheer Suman Hindi
2002 Dhaya Tamil Special appearance in song "Thorakkaatha Pettiya"
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Indra Thiruchelvan Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil
ITFA Award for Best Tamil Actress
2002 Thamizh Meenakshi Tamil
2002 Ezhumalai Lakshmi Tamil
2002 Panchathantiram Mythili Tamil
2002 Youth Tamil Special appearance in song "Altothe Boopathi"
2002 Ramana Cithra Tamil
2002 I Love You Daa Priya Tamil
2003 Pop Carn Jamuna Tamil
2003 Arasu Meera Shastri Tamil
2003 Raghavendra Telugu Special appearance in song "Calcutta Pan"
2003 Kovilpatti Veeralakshmi Veeralakshmi Tamil
2003 Ottran Sudha Tamil
2003 Pithamagan Herself Tamil Special appearance
2003 Seetayya Bangaram,
2004 Jai Tamil Special appearance in song "Alek"
2004 Udhaya Vasanthi Tamil
2004 Yuva Radhika Hindi Uncredited appearance in one scene
Her scenes were re-shot with Esha Deol[27][28]
2004 New Priya Tamil
2005 Kichaa Vayasu 16 Nirmala Tamil Extended guest appearance
2005 Inidhu Inidhu Kaadhal Inidhu Tamil Special appearance in song "Naan Puttam Pudiyai"
2007 Heart Beats Thangam George Malayalam
2007 Vijayadasami Herself Telugu Special appearance
2008 Okka Magadu Sharada Telugu
2008 John Appa Rao 40 plus Pravallika Telugu
2008 Seval Gayathri Tamil
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram Malini Krishnan Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 TN-07 AL 4777 Subhalakshmi Mani Tamil
2009 Ainthaam Padai Devasena Tamil
2014 Aaha Kalyanam Chandralekha Tamil Extended guest appearance
2015 Trisha Illana Nayanthara TBA Tamil Announced


Year Title Role Language Channel Notes
2008 Simran Thirai Tamil Jaya TV
2008 Super Stars Main Judge Tamil Jaya TV
2010-2012 Sundarakanada Telugu Gemini TV dubbed in Tamil as Sundarakandam and telecast on Polimer TV & as Asoakavanam and telecast on Puthuyugam TV
2012 Jackpot Host Tamil Jaya TV
2013 Dance Tamizha Dance Season I Main Judge Tamil Zee Tamizh
2013-2014 Agni Paravai Madhavi Tamil Puthuyugam TV
2014-present DTD Little Masters Season II Main Judge Tamil Zee Tamizh
2015(April) Dance Tamizha Dance Season II Main Judge Tamil Zee Tamizh

See also[edit]


  1. ^
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  3. ^ Simran's comeback in style. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  4. ^ Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry. (1998-12-31). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  5. ^ Interviews – Part II. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  6. ^ "Simran makes Hilary’s acquaintance at IIFA". Mumbai: 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  7. ^ Harshini Vakkalanka (2011-08-14). "Filmi crossing over". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  8. ^ "Kalaimamani awards announced". The Hindu. 2003-10-11. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  9. ^ Simran Bagga Blog. (2003-12-02). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  10. ^ Simran Becomes Mom Again!. (2011-03-17). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  11. ^ Simran becomes mom again. March 17, 2011. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  12. ^ Mum is the word for Simran. Times Of India (2011-03-18). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  13. ^ "World film-makers court Bollywood". BBC News. 16 September 2003. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Surendra, Miglani (13 February 2005). "Hits and misses". The Tribune. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Simran starring in The Murderer, Aakheer, Seethaiah, Anari No 1, Daadagiri, Gunda Gardi, Agnee Morcha, Tere Mere Sapne (1996). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  16. ^ "Kondattam Movie Review". Retrieved 8 October 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  17. ^ "From Rs.390 to Rs.3.5 Crores. Ajith’s journey of hardship, from nowhere to stardom!!". 1 May 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  18. ^ S K, Sureshbabu. Aval Varuvala Review Retrieved 8 October 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  20. ^ The Hindu Business Line : Simran to endorse Fanta. (2002-03-16). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  21. ^ The Hindu Business Line : Coca-Cola may dump Life ho to aisi campaign &#151 Thanda matlab rural campaign top draw in urban areas too. (2002-12-19). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  22. ^ Marketing Practice: Jeeva : The Complete Ayurvedic Soap. (2007-02-26). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  23. ^ Cine Idol Simran appointed as the first brand ambassador for Kurkure in South India. PepsiCo India. June 4, 2008. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  24. ^ Cadila ropes in Simran to endorse Sugar Free. (2008-07-31). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  25. ^ ::Arigem::. (2008-06-05). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  26. ^ General Mills India. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
  27. ^ Anjum N (2004-01-02). "Films to look out for in 2004". Rediff. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  28. ^ Dasgupta, Priyanka (2003-10-17). "Mani returns with Ajay, Vivek in Nov". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 

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