Sneha (actress)

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Sneha
Born Suhasini Rajaram Naidu
(1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 32)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, Promotional model
Years active 2000 – present
Spouse(s) Prasanna (m. 2012)
Parents Rajaram Naidu
Padmavathy Rajaram

Suhasini Rajaram Naidu (born 12 October 1981), popularly known by her stage name Sneha, is an Indian film actress, who works in the South Indian film industry. She debuted in the Malayalam film Ingane Oru Nilapakshi (2000), directed by Anil and had her first commercial success with Aanandham (2001). She became one of Tamil cinema's contemporary lead actresses in the 2000s, following appearances in several commercially successful films.

She has won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award (Tamil) for her performance in Unnai Ninaithu (2002) Autograph and also received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress twice, in 2001 for her performances in the films Virumbugiren, Aanandham, Punnagai Desam and later for Pirivom Santhippom (2008). She has also won Nandi Special Jury Award-Telugu for her performance in the movie, Radha Gopalam and she has also won many awards for her films.

Personal life[edit]

Sneha, born as Suhasini, is the daughter of Rajaram and Padmavathy, and is the youngest of four children. Her father was from Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, and later, her family moved to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates where she attended school. The family later settled in Panruti, Tamil Nadu where she owns a Marriage Hall (She sold this in early 2012 to local business man, which now is renamed to R.C. Mahal). She got married to Prasanna, a Tamil actor on 11 May 2012.[1]

Career[edit]

2000 – 2004[edit]

Fazil nazeem recommended Sneha to Anil-Babu who was searching for a heroine for his love story Ingane Oru Nilapakshi (2000). The film featured Sneha as an aspiring dancer, with the actress performing for seven classical songs.[2] She was signed by Susi Ganeshan for his directorial debut Virumbugiren in2000, which however became long delayed and Ennavale opposite Madhavan became her first Tamil release. She won many accolades for her outstanding performance. Later that year, Sneha starred in N. Linguswamy's family drama Aanandham and won many awards , which featured her as part of an ensemble cast and in K. Balachandar's Parthale Paravasam. She finished the year with a foray into Telugu cinema, with an appearance in Priyamaina Neeku, followed by Tholi Valapu.

She was part a part of eight films that were released in 2002. M. Raja's Hanuman Junction became a major success. Other films that year included the Vasanth's Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke, Unnai Ninaithu and April Madhathil. The former bombed at the box office, while the latter emerged commercially successful.[3] Her performance in Unnai Ninaithu led to her being awarded the first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.[4] She also won other award for her perfomance. Subsequently she acted in lead role in King and a supporting role in Pammal K. Sambandam with Kamal Haasan and Abbas, respectively. Virumbugiren that featured Sneha as a rustic village belle, eventually released in December 2002 and went on to win several Tamil Nadu State Film Awards; Sneha herself won the Best Actress award.[5]

Sneha acted in two films in 2003, Vaseegara with Vijay and a heroine-oriented double role in Parthiban Kanavu. While the former was a failure, the later was a huge success. She received high praise for her performance in Parthiban Kanavu,[6] with The Hindu writing: "Till date this is the best role that has come Sneha's way and the charming actress has utilised the opportunity well. With make-up or without it, Sneha sparkles".[7]

2004 was a mixed year for the actress, with Jana, Bose and Adhu all failing at the box-office. However, Vasool Raja MBBS opposite Kamal Haasan and Autograph and the Telugu film Venky were huge successes and won several awards.

2005 – 2008[edit]

The years 2005 and 2006 saw her acting in Telugu films such as Sankranthi with Venkatesh, Radha Gopalam with Srikanth, Sri Ramadasu with Nagarjuna, and Thuruppu Gulan with Mammootty winning plaudits at box office, while others released in the respective years turning as average grosser at the box office. She essayed the role of a commercial sex worker in Selvaraghavan's Pudhupettai, starring Dhanush. With Thuruppu Gulan, she paired with Mammootty. In the year 2006, she made her debut into Kannada film industry through Ravi Shastri, which remains her only Kannada project till date.

In 2007, Sneha starred in Naan Avanillai a super hit and first hit since 2004, while her Telugu films Madhumasam which run over 100 days and Maharadhi and Tamil film Pallikoodam turned out to be above-average grosser at box office.

Pirivom Santhippom, which saw her collaborating with Karu Pazhaniappan again, was her first film in 2008. Co-starring Cheran, the film opened to critical acclaim and emerged a sleeper hit, while fetching Sneha plaudits and several accolades. A review from Sify noted that she was "superb as Sala a woman torn by the dualities of her existence", labelling it as her "career best performance".[8] She won her second Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress, besides the Vijay Award for Best Actress and nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress Award. Her Cameo appearance in the film Kuselan with Rajinikanth marked her 50th film in her career. She tried highly glamorous roles with Pandi and Inba, both turning out to be average grossers. She paired with Silambarasan in Silambattam which gave her another commercial success. Her Telugu films Nee Sukhame Ne Korukunna and Pandurangadu turned out to be average grossers while Adivishnu flopped at the box office.

2009 – present[edit]

The thriller films Achchamundu Achchamundu, co-starring Prasanna and Hollywood actor John Shea, and Amaravathi, were her only releases of 2009 in Tamil and Telugu, respectively. Both films won many plaudits for dealing with bold themes of pedophiles and womb stealing, respectively. The former film won many awards in the International Panorama and the later grossed average at box office.

In 2010, she starred in Venkat Prabhu's Goa. She again forayed into a glamorous ultra-modern chick role with a few shades of grey. She made cameo appearances in Vishal's Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai and the critically acclaimed Vasanthabalan directorial Angadi Theru. She also appeared in three Malayalam films. She acted in Pramani with Mammootty and paired up with Mohanlal for the first time in Shikkar, The Hunt, which was a huge success and considered as a milestone in Mohanlal's history. Her last release of 2011 was Vande Mataram. Starring opposite Mammootty again, she played an aviator in the film, which released to mixed critical response and bombed at the box-office.

In 2011, she was first seen as a tough Police Officer in Bhavani IPS, which opened to mixed reviews and bombed at the box office, although Sneha received praise for her performance. Ponnar Shankar, a period film penned by M. Karunanidhi, where she appeared as a warrior-princess, opened to mixed reviews and didn't do well at the box-office. Rajanna, a period film based on Telangana issue opposite Nagarjuna for the second time, released on December 22, 2011 to stupendous reviews.

In 2012, she appeared in a guest role along with actor Vikram for the film Marina and as an Air Hostess in a cameo role in the movie Oru Kal Oru Kannadi. Her long canned movie, Murattu Kaalai with Sundar C was released on June 15, 2012 to mixed reviews, being her first movie post marriage.

Sneha was to make her Bollywood debut with Mad Dad, alongside Naseeruddin Shah and Ayesha Takia to be directed by Revathy S Varma. Sneha was also roped in to play Sita in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Ramayan featuring Ajay Devgn in lead. However, both the projects failed to take off.[9] She was also reported to play a major role in Kochadaiyaan to be written by K. S. Ravikumar and directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth.[10] In December 2011, Sneha confirmed in an interview that she will be starring opposite Rajinikanth.[11] But later, she opted out of the project to allocate dates for the film Haridas to which, is already committed.[12][13][14] She has been rumoured to have signed Venkat Prabhu's Biriyani.[15] Currently, Sneha is waiting for her delayed project Vidiyal, where she appears as a Muslim girl for the first time and also alongside actor R. Sarath Kumar. She also have some scripts to act.

Modeling[edit]

She has appeared in many commercials like Saravana Stores, Horlicks, Roobini Oil, Aashirvaad, Idhayam Dots, Jos Aalukkas, Power Shampoos, Shree Devi Textiles, Preethi Mixi, GRB Udhayam Ghee, Papilon, Vencobb Chicken, Nisha Fairness Cream, Kellogg's Chocos, Tata Salt etc. In 2010, she was announced the brand ambassador for Dabur Amla Nelli Hair Oil and Cavin Kare's Chinni's Pickle. Post marriage, Sneha along with her husband Prasanna worked on Univercell commercials which created viral response.[16][17]

She also appeared in numerous Fashion Shows like Chennai International Fashion Week, Sydney Sladen Fashion Week and other shows which were held in Chennai and Mumbai.

Marriage[edit]

Sneha was paired with Prasanna for the first time in Achchamundu! Achchamundu! (2009). Since then, there were numerous reports in the media on their affair. Prasanna was spotted in all her modeling shows and both were spotted together in Movie Previews. Though, both declined it as rumour, later, on November 9, 2011 Prasanna announced, "Yes... Sneha and I decided to marry soon with the blessings of our parents. They got married on May 11, 2012 in Chennai.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Ingane Oru Nilapakshi Manasi Malayalam
Ennavale Lakshmi Tamil Dukes Film Award for Sensational Actress
Medimix Dinakaran Award for Best Debut Actress
Film Fans Association Award for Best Debut Actress
CinemAA Express Award for Best Actress
2001 Aanandham Viji Tamil Pale Cine Award for Best Actress
Cinema Express Award for Best Actress
Barata Cine Award for Best Actress
Paarthale Paravasam Chella Tamil Dukes Film Award for Sensational Actress
Priyamaina Neeku Sandhya Telugu
Tholi Valapu Soumya Telugu
2002 Virumbugiren Thavamani Tamil Tamilnadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Yei! Nee Romba Azhagey Irruke Raji Tamil
Hanuman Junction Meenkashi Telugu
Unnai Ninaithu Radha Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil </>Tamil Nadu Cinema Kalaimandram Best Actress
King Tamil Tamil
Punnagai Desam Priya Tamil
Pammal K. Sambandam Malathi Anand Tamil
April Madhathil Swetha Tamil Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2003 Vaseegara Priya Vishwanathan Tamil
Parthiban Kanavu Sathya, Janani Tamil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Variety Film Award for Sensational Actress
Film Fans Association Award for Best Actress
2004 Vasool Raja MBBS Janaki Vishwanathan Tamil
Jana Manimegalai Tamil
Bose Charu Tamil
Autograph Divya Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Adhu Meera Tamil
Venky Sravani Telugu TV9 Award for Best Actress
2005 Aayudham Maha Tamil
Sankranthi Kalyani Telugu
Radha Gopalam Radha Telugu Nandhi Special Jury Award for Best Actress
Chinna Gayathri Vikram Tamil
ABCD Chandra Tamil Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Actress-Tamil
That is Pandu Anjali Telugu
2006 Sri Ramadasu Kamala Telugu CinemAA Award for Best Actress
Evandoy Sreevaru Divya Telugu
Thuruppu Gulan Lakshmi Malayalam
Pudhupettai Krishnaveni Tamil
Ravi Shastri Bhanu Kannada
Manasu Palike Mouna Raagam Gowri Telugu
2007 Maharadhi Bhairavi Telugu
Madhumasam Hamsa Vahini Telugu
Naan Avanillai Anjali Tamil
Pallikoodam Kokila Vetrivel Tamil
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Visalakshi Nadesan Tamil Vijay Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Award for Best Actress
Edison Award for Best Actress
Meera Music Award Best Actress in Song Sequence
ITFA Award for Best Actress
Benze Award for Best Actress
Ritz Award for Best Actress
Inba Priya Tamil
Nee Sukhame Ne Korukunna Swapna Telugu
Pandi Bhuvana Tamil
Pandurangadu Lakshmi Telugu
Kuselan Herself Tamil
Telugu
Cameo appearance in the song 'Cinema Cinema'
Adivishnu Anjali Telugu
Silambattam Gayathri Tamil
2009 Achchamundu! Achchamundu! Malini Kumar Tamil
English
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Edison Award for best actress
Global Award for Best Actress
Amaravathi Latha Venkat Telugu
2010 Goa Suhasini Fernando Tamil
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Dr. Ramya Tamil Cameo appearance
Pramaani Janaki Malayalam
Angaadi Theru Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
Shikkar, The Hunt Kaveri Malayalam
Vandae Maatharam Nandhini Malayalam
Tamil
2011 Bhavani IPS Bhavani Tamil Jaya Award for best actress
Ponnar Shankar Arukkaani Tamil
Rajanna Lachamma Telugu TV9 Award for Best Actress
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Jennifer Tamil Guest appearance
Murattu Kaalai Bhuvana Tamil
2013 Haridas Amudhavalli Tamil Nominated for Filmfare Award Best Actress Nominated for Vijay Award Best Actress
2014 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Shanmugam's daughter Tamil Special appearance
Un Samayal Arayil Gowri Tamil
Ulavacharu Biryani Telugu
Oggarane Kannada
Vidiyal Tamil Delayed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sneha and Prasanna Marriage". Times of India. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Smiling her way to stardom". The Hindu. 2002-10-20. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to". Sify.com. 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ "Manikchand Filmfare Awards: Sizzling at 50". BSNL. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Tamil Nadu News : 6 film artistes win top award". The Hindu. 2004-10-01. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to". Sify.com. 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Parthiban Kanavu". The Hindu. 2003-05-23. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  8. ^ "Movie Review:Pirivom Santhipom". Sify.com. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  9. ^ Sneha to debut in Bollywood. Indiaglitz (2011-04-16). Retrieved on 2012-07-16.
  10. ^ Sneha with Rajinikanth in Kochadaiyaan. Indiaglitz (2011-12-02). Retrieved on 2012-07-16.
  11. ^ "Sneha: I am doing a film with Rajnikanth – Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  12. ^ 'Sneha out of Kochadaiyaan for Haridas'. Deccan Chronicle, retrieved on February 10, 2012
  13. ^ 'Sneha in Haridas'. Indiaglitz (2012-03-05), retrieved on March 5, 2012
  14. ^ 'Sneha with Kishore in Haridas'. TOI, retrieved on March 5, 2012
  15. ^ "Sneha and Prasanna for Venkat Prabhu". Behindwoods. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Univercell Ad". campaignindia.in. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Sneha Prasanna Separated? Ad Concept!". tamilko.com. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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