Aishwarya Rajesh at Rummy Audio Launch
10 January 1990|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Sri Lakshmi (aunt)|
Aishwarya Rajesh is an Indian film actress, who has appeared in leading roles primarily in Tamil cinema. She started her career as Anchor in a famous comedy show called Asathapovadhu Yaru on Sun TV. After winning the reality show Maanada Mayilada, she made her debut in Avargalum Ivargalum (2011) and became known after starring in Attakathi (2012) portraying the role of Amudha. Her first Malayalam film was Jomonte Suvisheshangal and she also acted with Nivin Pauly in her second Malayalam film Sakhavu. She is debuting in Hindi, in the film Daddy opposite to Arjun Rampal and also acting in two big films Vada Chennai and Dhruva Natchathiram opposite Dhanush and Vikram. She received Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for the 2014 film Kaaka Muttai at Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
Aishwarya was born in Chennai. Aishwarya's father Rajesh was also an actor who had appeared in 54 films in Telugu. Her grandfather Amarnath too acted in lead roles, while her aunt Srilakshmi, is a Telugu comedian with over 500 films to her credit.
She studied at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai and graduated with a B.Com degree. She started to learn dance since she needed to choreograph a stage show for a student cultural fest and later entered the reality show Maanada Mayilada on Kalaignar TV. She won the show's third season and got offered roles in films thereafter.
In 2014, she was seen alongside Vijay Sethupathi in two film, Rummy, and Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, released within two weeks. While the first film was a village drama set in the 1980s, the latter was based on a short film of the same name, and revolved around an old man and his vintage car Premier Padmini. Critics praised her performances, especially in Rummy. Hindustan Times wrote that she was "extremely promising" while film critic Baradwaj Rangan noted that she was "expressive", calling her "a tonic for nerves frayed by the alabaster automatons we usually get as heroines". Later that year, she appeared in a song sequence in R. Parthiepan's Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam and as the female lead in Thirudan Police.
Aishwarya's first release in 2015 was Kaaka Muttai. Her portrayal of a slum dweller and mother of two children was lauded by critics. Baradwaj Rangan wrote, "it features stunning performances from everyone...especially Aishwarya Rajesh, who plays the kids' mother with a world-weariness that belies her years". Other reviewers stated that she was "excellent", played her role "with extraordinary ease"  and that she "leaves you awe-struck". That year, she also made her the stage debut, playing Cinderella from the same-titled fairytale that was adapted as a "musical dance drama".
As of late 2015, she is working simultaneously on multiple upcoming projects. She has completed filming for Seenu Ramasamy's Idam Porul Yaeval, in which she portrays a patti mandram (debate) speaker, Kutramae Thandanai that sees her collaborating with Kaaka Muttai director Manikandan and the horror comedy film Hello Naan Pei Pesuren, in which she plays a tele-shopping sales girl. Aaradhu Sinam, a remake of the Malayalam film Memories, and newcomer Bhuvan Nullan's Mo.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||Herself||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2015||Kaaka Muttai||The protagonist kids' mother||Tamil||Won, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress|
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
|Hello Naan Pei Pesuren||Kavitha||Tamil|
|Dharma Durai||Anbuselvi||Tamil||Won, SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
|Parandhu Sella Vaa||Madhavi||Tamil|
|Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum||Pooja||Tamil|
|2018||Dhruva Natchathiram||Ragini||Tamil||Post Production|
|Saamy 2||Bhuvana||Tamil||Post Production|
|Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kadhai||TBA||Tamil||Post Production|
|Vada Chennai||Padma||Tamil||Post Production|
|Idam Porul Yaeval||TBA||Tamil||Delayed|
|Chekka Chivantha Vaanam||TBA||Tamil||Post Production|
Awards and nominations
|2015||63rd Filmfare Awards South||Best Actress – Tamil||Kaaka Muttai||Nominated|
|Edison Awards||Best Actress – Tamil||Kaaka Muttai||Nominated|
|2016||5th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actress – Tamil||Kaaka Muttai||Nominated|
|3rd Behindwoods Gold Medal Ceremony||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Kaaka Muttai||Won|
|1st IIFA Utsavam||Performance In A Supporting Role - Female||Kaaka Muttai||Nominated|
|Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards||Best Actress||Kaaka Muttai||Won|
|Provoke Awards||Best Actress - Jury||Kaaka Muttai||Won|
|Radio City Awards||Best Actress for 2016||Won|
|2017||Ananda Vikatan Nambikkai Awards||Top 10 Youngsters of TN Award - Nambikkai Nayagi||Won|
|64th Filmfare Awards South||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Dharmadurai||Nominated|
|6th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Dharmadurai||Won|
|Tamil Nadu State Film Awards||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress||Kaaka Muttai||Won|
|13th WE Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Asiavision Awards||Best Actress - Multi Languages||Won|
|2018||Forum Keralam Film Awards 2017||Best Actress||Sakhavu||Nominated|
|JFW Golden Divas Awards||JFW Golden Diva||Won|
|Pride Of TamilNadu Awards||Pride of TamilNadu in Entertainment Emerging Category||Won|
|Filmfare Awards South||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam||Jomonte Suvisheshangal||Nominated|
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- I want to do responsible roles: Ramesh – Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (9 November 2015). Retrieved on 2016-02-01.
- Aishwarya Rajesh says she is willing to work in a film if the story is good. The Hindu (5 October 2015). Retrieved on 2016-02-01.
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