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Tamannaah Bhatia
Tamannaah on the sets of Nach Baliye 5
Born Tamanna Bhatia
(1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 24)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2005–present
Height 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm)[1]

Tamannaah Bhatia (born 21 December 1989[2]) is an Indian film actress and model,[3] who performs under the mononym Tamannaah and predominantly appears in South Indian cinema. In 2005, she made her acting debut in the Bollywood film, Chand Sa Roshan Chehra, before working in the major South Indian film industries. Also in 2005, Tamannaah made her Telugu film debut in Sri, and in the following year she appeared in her first Tamil film, Kedi Which is noted for her performance. In 2007, she starred in two college-life-based drama films, Happy Days in Telugu and Kalloori in Tamil, which both earned her critical acclaim.

After being part of the several commercially successful films, including Ayan (2009), Paiyaa (2010) and Siruthai (2011), she emerged as a leading contemporary actress in Tamil cinema. She staged a successful comeback in Telugu cinema in 2011 with the romance film 100% Love (2011), which won her several accolades. With successful films such as Racha (2012), Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu (2012) and Thadaka (2013), she established herself as one of Telugu cinema's leading contemporary actresses.[4]

Early life[edit]

Tamannaah Bhatia was born on 21 December 1989 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, to Santhosh and Rajani Bhatia and she has an elder brother, Anand. Her father is a diamond merchant. She is of Sindhi descent.[3] She did her schooling in Maneckji Cooper Educational Trust School, Juhu, Mumbai. She later changed her screen name for numerological reasons, varying it slightly to Tamannaah.[5][6] She has been working since the age of 13 since she was spotted at her school’s annual day function and offered the lead role which she took up, and then also became a part of Mumbai's Prithvi Theatre for a year.[7] She also appeared in the music video of Lafzon Mein Keh Na Saku by Abhijeet Sawant, the winner of the first Indian Idol.



Tamannaah in October 2008

Tamannaah started her acting career in 2005, essaying the female lead role in Chand Sa Roshan Chehra, her only Hindi film to date before Himmatwala. The same year, she debuted in Telugu cinema in Sri, playing the leading female role opposite Manoj Manchu. In 2006, she made her debut in the Tamil film industry in Kedi, produced by A. M. Rathnam, along with Ravi Krishna and another newcomer, Ileana D'Cruz. In 2007, she had three releases. After her role in the unsuccessful Vyapari, Tamannaah rose to popularity with the Sekhar Kammula-directed Telugu film Happy Days which received positive reviews and became her first major box office success. Her next release was the Tamil drama film Kalloori, directed by Balaji Sakthivel, that won her accolades and critical acclaim in Tamil as well. In 2008, Tamannaah again had three releases, appearing only in cameo roles in two of them.


In 2009, she received box office success with Padikathavan, with Dhanush. Her next release was the Telugu film Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam opposite Siddharth. It became a success and she was praised for her refreshing performance.[8][9] Her next film was Ananda Tandavam, which sank without a trace although her performance was praised by critics. Her next Tamil film Ayan alongside Suriya became a huge blockbuster and made her a leading star in the Tamil film industry. Her successive release Kandein Kadhalai, which was a remake of the 2007 Hindi blockbuster Jab We Met, was considered a moderate success. She did the role originally played by Kareena Kapoor and was praised by critics for her performance.

Her first 2010 release was Lingusamy's romantic-action flick Paiyaa co-starring Karthi, which went on to become a blockbuster. Tamannaah's chemistry with Karthi in the film was widely praised.[10] Her next release was Sura opposite Vijay.Her next release was Thillalangadi with Jayam Ravi, which became an above average grosser, but her performance was praised.[11] Her success in Tamil films during 2009 and 2010 established her as the numero uno actress in Kollywood at the time.[3]


Tamannaah at the trailer launch of Himmatwala in January 2013

Tamannaah and appeared in six films in 2011, five of which featured her in a starring role. Her first release was the Tamil action film, Siruthai, which was the remake of the Tollywood blockbuster Vikramarkudu and was her second film alongside Karthi. The film becoming a blockbuster, although her character was received poorly by critics, with a reviewer citing that she offered "little more than arm-candy".[12] Her next release was her first Telugu release after two years, the highly successful romantic comedy 100% Love (2011) with Naga Chaitanya, which fetched positive reviews from both critics and viewers. Tamannaah won the CineMAA Award for Best Actress, besides receiving nominations at various award ceremonies. She was next seen in the Telugu historical masala film Badhrinaadh (2011) opposite Allu Arjun that became an average grosser, which was followed by a Tamil action-masala film again, Hari's Venghai (2011), where she acted alongside Dhanush for the second time in her career. The film was not well received, however critics lauded her performance.[13][14][15] Her final release of 2011 was Oosaravelli, starring Jr. NTR, which was average at the box office, but was praised for her acting.[16] Her first film in 2012 was the Ram Charan Teja starrer Rachaa, which became a huge blockbuster. Rachaa's success established her as one of the leading and in-demand actresses in Tollywood.[4] Her next releases were Endhukante Premanta featuring her opposite Ram and Rebel starring Prabhas, which both opened to mixed reviews. Later that year she starred opposite Pawan Kalyan in Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu.[17]

In March 2013 she starred opposite Ajay Devgan in her second Hindi film, Himmatwala, which is a remake of the 1983-film with the same title.[18] She then appeared in Thadaka, the Telugu remake of the 2012 Tamil hit Vettai, opposite Naga Chaitanya.[19]

She has signed her next Hindi films, Entertainment opposite Akshay Kumar and Sajid Khan's Hamshakals opposite Saif Ali Khan[20] In December 2013, she joined S. S. Rajamouli's epic film Baahubali.[21] In March 2014, she shot for a song in V. V. Vinayak's Alludu Sreenu.[22]

Brand endorsement[edit]

Tamannaah at Sri B.Nagi Reddy Memorial Awards Event

Tamannaah also has experience as a model appearing in various television commercials.[4] She is endorsing popular brands like Celkon Mobiles, Fanta and Chandrika Ayurvedic soap.[23][24] She is also the brand ambassador of the Salem based jewellery shop AVR and Khazana Jewellery. Before entering the film industry, she also acted in Tamil advertisements like Shakthi Masala, Power Soap and Sun Direct. She also worked with Virat Kohli for an ad shoot of Celkon Mobile.[25]

In 2014, she posed in a PETA ad, encouraging consumers to purchase cosmetics that have not been tested on animals.[26]


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As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Chand Sa Roshan Chehra Jiya Oberoi Hindi
2005 Sri Sandhya Telugu
2006 Kedi Priyanka Tamil
2007 Vyabari Savithri Tamil
2007 Happy Days Madhu Telugu
2007 Kalloori Shobana Tamil
2008 Kalidasu Archana Telugu
2008 Ninna Nedu Repu Telugu Guest appearance
2008 Ready Swapna Telugu Guest appearance
2008 Netru Indru Naalai Tamil Guest appearance
2009 Padikathavan Gayathri Reddy Tamil
2009 Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam Geeta Subramanyam Telugu
2009 Ayan Yamuna Tamil
2009 Ananda Thaandavam Madhumitha Tamil
2009 Kanden Kadhalai Anjali Tamil
2010 Paiyaa Charulatha Tamil
2010 Sura Poornima Tamil
2010 Thillalangadi Nisha Tamil
2011 Siruthai Swetha Tamil
2011 Ko Herself Tamil Special appearance
2011 100% Love Mahalakshmi Telugu
2011 Badrinath Alakananda Telugu
2011 Venghai Radhika Tamil
2011 Oosaravelli Niharika Telugu
2012 Rachcha Chaitra (Ammu) Telugu
2012 Endhukante... Premanta! Srinidhi/Sravanthi Telugu
2012 Rebel Nandini Telugu
2012 Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu Ganga Telugu
2013 Himmatwala Rekha Hindi
2013 Tadakha Pallavi Telugu
2014 Veeram Koperundevi Tamil
2014 Humshakals Shanaya Hindi
2014 Alludu Sreenu Telugu Special appearance in item song
2014 Entertainment Saakshi Hindi
2014 Aagadu Films that have not yet been released Saroja Telugu Post-production
2014 Nanbenda Films that have not yet been released Herself Tamil Cameo appearance [27]
2015 BaahubaliFilms that have not yet been released Avanthika Telugu filming
2015 Rajini Murugan Films that have not yet been released Tamil



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