Andrea Jeremiah

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Andrea Jeremiah
Andrea Jeremiah.jpg
Jeremiah in 2013
Born
Andrea Jeremiah

NationalityIndian
OccupationActress, singer, lyricist, composer, voice actress
Years active2005–present

Andrea Jeremiah is an Indian actress, playback singer and musician. She works predominantly in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. She also appeared in Telugu Films. She began her career as a playback singer, and has subsequently appeared in films.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jeremiah was born in an Anglo-Indian Roman Catholic Christian family in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu, then moved to Chennai.[2] Her father is a lawyer at the High Court in Chennai.[3] She has one younger sister who lives and works at Leuven, Belgium as a research assistant.[4] Jeremiah was raised near Chennai and went to National Public School and graduated from Women's Christian College.[5] She has said that she was quite a geek and wanted to be a psychiatrist until she completed her 12th board exams.[4]

Jeremiah learned classical piano when she was eight. At age 10, she was a part of a Jackson Five-style troupe called Young Stars which formed the base of her early singing and music composing career. She was also a theatre artist in her college and appeared in several stage plays organised by The Madras Players and EVAM.[6][7] She was the President of the Student Senate at Women's Christian College. She also organised a company, The Show Must Go On (TSMGO Productions), to promote live art and artistes.[8] Jeremiah said that as a college student, she turned down every film offer she got as she had no intention of becoming a film actor.[9]

Career[edit]

Andrea Jeremiah performing at Sangarsh a concert for a cause (2009)

Acting[edit]

She began her theatre career with Girish Karnad's Nagamandala. She acted in new leo coffee advertisement with actor shiva in 2006. She also acted in a serial which relayed Podhigai channel. She has performed all over India. After she rendered a song in Gautham Menon's Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu,[5] he asked her to play a lead female character in his next venture, Pachaikili Muthucharam.[7] This film was a film adaptation of James Siegel's novel Derailed,[10] with Jeremiah portraying Kalyani, a homemaker, whose husband engages in an affair and is blackmailed. Jeremiah was selected for the role after actresses Simran, Shobana and Tabu were approached.[10][11][12]

She signed for Selvaraghavan's fantasy-adventure film Aayirathil Oruvan,[7] which released in early 2010. In 2011, she agreed to play a minor supporting role in Venkat Prabhu's multi-starrer Mankatha, which was released in August 2011.[13] In 2013, she made her debut in Malayalam cinema with Rajeev Ravi's romance film Annayum Rasoolum. She has rated this film as the best in her career.[14] She played a role in Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam and reprised the role in its sequel, which released in 2018.[15]

Jeremiah has completed filming for Puthiya Thiruppangal, in which she plays a journalist.[16] In Endrendrum Punnagai, she played a model[17] and she also acted in the Malayalam film London Bridge.[18] She had signed on to director Ram's Taramani,[19] which released in 2017.

In 2015, Jeremiah was cast alongside Mohanlal in Loham, directed by Ranjith. This was her third Malayalam film, and the first with Mohanlal.

She is currently filming Kaa, in which she plays the lead role. She reportedly plays a wildlife photographer.[20]

Singing[edit]

Jeremiah has stated that her focus was always on music,[9] that she chose to be a professional singer and that acting happened by chance.[21] In 2005, she ventured into playback singing in feature films.[22] She has sung several popular songs for composers Harris Jayaraj, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Anirudh Ravichander, Thaman Devi Sri Prasad and G. V. Prakash Kumar[23] and has also received nominations at Filmfare and Vijay Awards for a few of them. She considers the song "Maalai Neram" as the most challenging she has sung.[9]

Composing[edit]

Apart from singing under other composers' direction, Jeremiah also produces her own music. She composed, wrote and sang a single, "Soul of Taramani", as a promo for her Tamil romantic-drama Taramani. She has composed several music themes, songs and albums.

Personal Life[edit]

In a public function at Bengaluru, she had opened up about a difficult time she faced due to an affair with a married man, she was abused physically and mentally in the relationship, which put her in depression.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Girl at the final wedding scene Tamil
2007 Pachaikili Muthucharam Kalyani Venkatesh Tamil Nominated — Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
2010 Aayirathil Oruvan Lavanya Chandramouli Tamil Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
2011 Mankatha Sabitha Prithviraj Tamil
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Murugan's girlfriend Tamil Guest appearance
Saguni Andrea Tamil Guest appearance
2013 Annayum Rasoolum Anna Malayalam Malayalam debut
Vishwaroopam Ashmita Subramaniam Tamil Nominated — Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Vishwaroop Hindi Hindi debut
Tadakha Nandu Telugu Telugu debut
Endrendrum Punnagai Sonia Tamil
2014 Inga Enna Solluthu Raghu's girlfriend Tamil Guest appearance
London Bridge Pavithra Malayalam
Aranmanai Madhavi Tamil
Poojai Herself Tamil Special appearance
2015 Aambala Herself Tamil Guest appearance
Valiyavan Subhiksha Tamil
Uttama Villain Arpana Tamil
Loham Jayanthi Malayalam
2016 Idhu Namma Aalu Priya Tamil
Thoppil Joppan Annie Malayalam
2017 Taramani Althea Johnson Tamil Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Thupparivaalan Pritha Tamil
The House Next Door Lakshmi Hindi
Aval Tamil
Gruham Telugu
2018 Vishwaroopam II Ashmita Subramaniam Tamil
Vishwaroop 2 Hindi
Vada Chennai Chandra Tamil
2020 MasterFilm has yet to be released TBA Tamil Filming
Vattam Film has yet to be released TBA Tamil Filming
Maaligai Film has yet to be released TBA Tamil Filming
KaaFilm has yet to be released TBA Tamil Filming
Aranmanai 3Film has yet to be released TBA Tamil Filming

As voice actor[edit]

Year Film Actress Notes
2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Kamalinee Mukherjee
2011 Aadukalam Taapsee Pannu[25]
2012 Nanban Ileana D'Cruz[26]
2015 Thanga Magan Amy Jackson
2019 Avengers: Endgame Scarlett Johansson[27] Tamil version

Television[edit]

Year Program Role Language Channel
2013 Koffee with DD Celebrity Tamil Vijay TV
2014 Bhima Music India Judge Malayalam Asianet
2016 V Voice Judge Tamil Vendhar TV
2017 Vijay TV's Super Singer Judge Tamil Vijay TV
2018 Sun Naam Oruvar Celebrity Tamil Sun TV

Discography[edit]

Year Song Film Language Composer Notes
2005 "Kannum Kannum Nokia" Anniyan Tamil Harris Jayaraj
2006 "We Have a Romeo" Bommarillu Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2006 "Karka Karka" Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Tamil Harris Jayaraj
2006 "Zara" Rakhi Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2006 "Gili" Desamuduru Telugu Chakri
2008 "Oh Baby Oh Baby" Yaaradi Nee Mohini Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2008 "Nenu Nee Raja" King Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2009 "Ammailu Abbailu" Current Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2009 "Adadaa Vaa Asathalam" Sarvam Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2010 "Maalai Neram" Aayirathil Oruvan Tamil G. V. Prakash Kumar
2010 "Um Mella Asanthan" Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil (with Aishwarya R. Dhanush)
2010 "Yeno Yeno" Aadhavan Tamil Harris Jayaraj
2010 "Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai" Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2010 "Idhu Varai" Goa Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja Vijay Music Award for Popular Duet of the Year (with Ajeesh)
Nominated — Vijay Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Nominated – Vijay Music Award for Popular Female Singer of the Year
2010 "Pookal Pookkum" Madrasapattinam Tamil G. V. Prakash Kumar
2010 "Thediyae Thediyae" Va Tamil G. V. Prakash Kumar
2010 "Who's The Hero?" Manmadan Ambu Tamil Devi Sri Prasad
2010 "Naa Pere Malleswari" Sye Aata Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2011 "Enakkaaga Unakkaaga" Kadhal 2 Kalyanam Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2011 "No Money No Honey" Vaanam Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2011 "Diwali Deepaanni" Dhada Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2011 "Kadhalikka" Vedi Tamil Vijay Antony
2011 "Oru Murai" Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Tamil G. V. Prakash Kumar
2012 "Yelelo" Marina Tamil Girish
2012 "Chill Out" Endukante... Premanta! Telugu G. V. Prakash Kumar
2012 "Madurai Ponnu" Billa II Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2012 "O Crazy Minnal" Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom Tamil S Ved Shanker
2012 "Google Google" Thuppakki Tamil Harris Jayaraj Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil
Nominated – Edison Award for Best Female Playback Singer
2012 "Jikkimukki" Maranthen Mannithen Tamil Ilaiyaraaja
2012 "Poda Podi" Poda Podi Tamil Dharan Kumar
2012 "Google" Rebel Telugu Raghava Lawrence
2013 "Kando Kando" Annayum Rasoolum Malayalam K
2013 "Laila Laila" Settai Tamil S. Thaman
2013 "Nakula" Vallinam Tamil S. Thaman
2013 "Mama Douser" Soodhu Kavvum Tamil Santhosh Narayanan
2013 "Podhum Podhum" Virattu Tamil Dharan Kumar
2013 "Mouname Mouname"
2013 "Mazhaye Mazhaye" Iruvar Ullam Tamil Vijay Antony
2013 "Oye Oye" Yevadu Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2013 "Engadi Porantha" Vanakkam Chennai Tamil Anirudh Ravichander
2013 "Festival Anthem " 11th Chennai International Film Festival Tamil Prakash Nikki
2014 "Neeyum Dhinamum" Thegidi Tamil Nivas K. Prasanna
2014 "Vaanavil" Vennira Iravuggal Tamil Lawrence Soosai
2014 "Vaada Vaada Nanba" Bramman Tamil Devi Sri Prasad
2014 "Udal Vaangalaiyo" Tenaliraman Tamil D. Imman
2014 "Saga Saga" Damaal Dumeel Tamil S. Thaman
2014 "Low Aana Life" Vadacurry Tamil Vivek-Mervin
2014 "Ek Do Theen" Anjaan Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2014 "Po Mone Dinesha" Peruchazhi Malayalam Arrora
2015 "Nee Sunno New Moono" Nannbenda Tamil Harris Jayaraj
2015 "Casanova" Jil Jung Juk Tamil Vishal Chandrasekher
2017 "Yaarada" Aval Tamil Girishh
2017 "Oru Koappai" Taramani Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2018 "Ide Kalala Vunnadhe" Bharat Ane Nenu Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
2018 "Saadhi Madam" Vishwaroopam 2 Tamil Ghibran
2018 "Mayakkuraane" Annanukku Jai Tamil Arrol Corelli
2019 "Sorgaththa" Thiruttu Kalyanam Tamil Vaidhy [28]
2019 "Tuckulingu" KD Tamil Karthikeya Murthy
2020 "Rainbow Thirayil" Takkar Tamil Nivas K Prasanna

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  28. ^ "Simbu, Andrea sing for Thiruttu Kalyanam". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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