Ananya (actress)

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Born Ayilya Gopalakrishnan Nair
(1987-03-29) 29 March 1987 (age 30)[1]
Kochi, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present
Spouse(s) Anjaneyan (2012–present)

Ayilya Nair (born 29 March 1987), better known by her stage name Ananya, is an Indian film actress, who appears in Malayalam films. She made her acting debut in Malayalam with Positive (2008) and debuted the following year in Tamil with Naadodigal, which emerged a critical and commercial success.[2] She has a list of films in Malayalam and Tamil.She received a Kerala state television award for best actress in 2012 for the telefilm Doore & a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil for Engaeyum Eppothum.

Early life[edit]

Ananya was born as Ayilya to Malayali parents Gopalakrishnan Nair, a noted film producer, and Praseetha in Kothamangalam, Kerala.[3] She has one younger brother Arjun. She appeared as a child artist in one of her father's productions (executive producer), Pai Brothers (1995).[4] Ananya pursued a B.A. degree in Communicative English at St. Xavier's College, Aluva.[3][4] During her childhood, she was an archer and won the State Championship.[5] While representing her college in a television reality show "Star Wars",[3] she was spotted by various directors and received acting offers. After declining five projects, she decided to give it a try, accepting to act in Positive.[4]

Film career[edit]

Her screenname changed to Ananya, when she was working in her debut Tamil film Naadodigal.[5] The film was a high commercial success,[6] and Ananya rose to fame, with her performance in the film being appreciated.[7] She went on to reprise the same role in its Malayalam remake Ithu Nammude Katha. The film Shikkar alongside Mohanlal, gave her a big break in Malayalam. She did some thrilling scenes in the climax of the movie Shikkar that impressed Mohanlal, which made him call her the "Vijayashanti" of Malayalam.[8] She also played a supporting role in Kandahar, which saw her sharing screen space with Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan.[9] In 2011, Ananya played one of the female lead roles in Engeyum Eppodhum, which received rave reviews and became a sleeper hit.[10][11]

In 2014, she appeared in Pulivaal, her first Tamil release after three years.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Ananya got engaged to Anjaneyan, a businessman from Trichur on 3 February 2012. However 2 weeks later news came that she has called off her engagement after knowing that Anjaneyan had a previous marriage from which he had sought divorce.[13] This news hasn't been confirmed by the actress nor by her family. Then in July the actress went and married Anjaneyan in a highly secretive event in Tirupati.[14] Recently she revealed that she is married to Anjaneyan in a TV show Idavelayil.[15] They have since been giving T.V (Asianet) interviews together as a couple.[16]


Kerala State Television Awards
  • 2012 - Best Actress : Doore
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Award
Vijay Awards


Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Pai Brothers Malayalam Child artist
2008 Positive Jyothi Malayalam Credited as Ayilya
2009 Naadodigal Nallammaal Tamil Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
Rahasya Police Bhama Malayalam
2010 Shikkar Ganga Malayalam
Fiddle Gayatri Malayalam
Oru Small Family Ammu Vishwanathan Malayalam
Kandahar Student (A passenger on the plane) Malayalam Special appearance
2011 Ithu Nammude Katha Kalyani Malayalam
Seedan Mahalakshmi Tamil
Seniors Jeni Malayalam Asianet Film Award For Best Supporting Actress
Amayakudu Divya Telugu
Doctor Love Gowri Malayalam Asianet Film Award For Best Supporting Actress
Engaeyum Eppothum Amudha Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Sandwich Kanmani Malayalam
2012 Kunjaliyan Maya Malayalam
Masters Ashley Jacob Malayalam
Mullamottum Munthiricharum Ranimol Malayalam
Gokula Krishna Aishwarya Kannada
2013 D Company Indumathi Malayalam Segment - "Oru Bolivian Diary 1995"
Nadodimannan Meera Malayalam
Dhoore Malayalam Telefilm for Mazhavil Manorama
Double role
2014 Pulivaal Selvi Tamil
Thomson Villa Sheelu Malayalam
Raktharakshassu 3D Vampire Malayalam [17]
Athithi Vasuki Tamil [18]
100 Degree Celsius Ganga Malayalam
2015 Kalyanism Kalyani Malayalam
The Reporter Tara Viswanath Malayalam
Iravum Pagalum Divya Tamil
Urumbukal urangarilla Sheela Malayalam [19]
2016 A.. Aa - Anasuya Ramalingam Vs Anand Vihari Bhanumathi Telugu
2017 Tiyaan Amba Malayalam
Sigappu Rojakkal 2' Kajal Tamil Post-Production
Intintaa Annamayya Telugu Delayed
100 degree celsius -Part 2 Ganga Malayalam Announced
Ameya Malayalam Delayed


  • Star Challenge (Flowers TV)
  • Doore (Mazhavil Manorama)


  1. ^ "Actress Ananya profile and biography". 9 August 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  2. ^ "ml:സിനിമയല്ലാതെ മറ്റൊന്നും മോഹിപ്പിക്കുന്നില്ല". Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  3. ^ a b c "MediaMatiqx". MediaMatiqx. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  4. ^ a b c Shilpa Nair Anand (2011-09-16). "Life & Style / Metroplus : Arching towards success". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  5. ^ a b Keerthy Ramachandran DC Kochi (2011-09-03). "Name to fame". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Nadodigal actress Ananya not the leading lady". Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Ananya". Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Ananya Films". Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  9. ^ "Ananya Profile". Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  10. ^ Nandita Ravi (2011-11-06). "Engaeyum Eppothum is aiming for a century". The Times Of India. TNN. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  11. ^ "'Didn't think people would love Amudha so much'". 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  12. ^ Zachariah, Ammu. "'Chappa Kurishu' turns 'Pulival' in Kollywood". Times of India. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  13. ^ "Malayalam actor Ananya calls off engagement". India Today. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  14. ^ "Ananya gets married to Anjaneyan". Times of India. 2012-07-06. 
  15. ^ "Idavelayil with Ananya". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  16. ^ "ml:എന്റെ ഫ്‌ളാറ്റിലാണ് ഞാനും ആഞ്ജനേയനും ഒരുമിച്ചു താമസിക്കുന്നത്". 
  17. ^ "Raktharakshas 3D Malayalam Movie Preview". Theater Balcony. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  18. ^ V Lakshmi (2013-11-30). "Trouble in Nandhaa, Ananya’s paradise!". The Times of India. TNN. 
  19. ^ Deepa Soman (2015-05-06). "Ananya to act in Urumbukal Urangarilla". The Times of India. TNN. 

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