Catherine Tresa

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Catherine Tresa
Catherine Tresa SIIMA Award.jpg
Catherine after winning SIIMA Award 2015 for Best Female Debutant - Tamil
Born Catherine Tresa Alexander
(1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 27)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates[1]
Other names Katherine
Occupation Actress
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Parent(s) Frank Mario Alexander and Tresa Alexander

Catherine Tresa (born 10 September 1989) is an Indian film actress and model, who appears mainly in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada films.

Early life[edit]

Catherine was born to Malayali Frank Mario Alexander and Tresa Alexander in Dubai.[1] She said, "I don't speak fluent Malayalam, it's mostly English that we speak at home. I speak decent Hindi though and now I'm taking lessons in Telugu".[2] She did her Class 12 in Dubai and moved to Bengaluru for higher education. She studied for two years in St Joseph's College, Bengaluru.[3]

While studying, she pursued extra-curricular activities. She learnt to play piano, and got trained in singing, dancing, ice skating and debating,[2] stating that she believes that she is "good at anything I put my mind to".[4] In Dubai, Catherine was an Emirates Environment volunteer. At the age of 14, Catherine did some amateur modelling for fashion design graduate students.[5] After coming to India, she modelled for Nalli Silks, Chennai Silks, Fast Track, Josco Jewellers and Deccan Chronicle. She has also shot for Srikantadatta Wodeyar's Maharaja Calendar and had participated with Prasad Bidapa in many ramp shows in many cities.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Catherina and Allu Arjun at promoting Sarainodu film (2016)

Catherine Tresa made her acting début in 2010 Kannada film Shankar IPS opposite Duniya Vijay.[3] Catherine went on to act in the Malayalam films, The Thriller and Uppukandam Brothers Back in Action.[7] In 2011, she did a role in the Kannada film Vishnu that she said was "equally opposite to her real life".[8]

It was followed by the Kannada film Godfather opposite Upendra, which was directed by cinematographer turned film-maker Sethu Sriram. Catherine's character in the film was that of an older mentally challenged woman.[9] Her performance earned her her first nomination for an award in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 60th Filmfare Awards South.

She next signed up for Chammak Challo directed by Neelakanta, in which she played "an urbane, bold and dynamic girl".[10] It released in February 2013 and failed at the box office,[4] but she got noticed and received positive reviews. APHerald.com called her "a treat to watch"[11] and 123telugu.com noted that "she has the potential to be a superstar in future if she plays her cards right".[12]

Catherine played one of the female leads in Puri Jagannath's Telugu film Iddarammayilatho.[13] The film released in June 2013 and won her rave reviews. Times of India reported "Catherine Tresa perfectly suits the character of Akanksha".[14] Shirirag.com called her "cigarette smoking hot"[15] while Idlebrain Jeevi in his review noted "with a bit of fine-tuning she can become big in Telugu films".[16]

She next appeared in Paisa by Krishna Vamsi playing a Muslim in the film, "who is sweet, very inhibited and talks a lot with her eyes" and called it "a total contrast to what I play(ed) in Chammak Challo".[17] In 2014, she made her foray into the Tamil film industry with Madras in which she starred opposite Karthi.[18] The second Tamil film is the S Thanu production, Kanithan directed by débutante Santosh in which she will be starring opposite Adharvaa.[19] She has been signed for two Telugu films: Gunasekhar's Rudhramadevi,[20] touted to be the first Indian 3D historic film,[21] and Errabus which is being directed and produced by Dasari Narayana Rao.[22] Her upcoming projects include a Selvaraghavan romantic—thriller film titled Kaan opposite Silambarasan which would feature music by Yuvan Shankar Raja

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2010 Shankar IPS Shilpa Kannada
2010 The Thriller Meera Malayalam
2011 Uppukandam Brothers Back in Action Vinila Sathyaneshan Malayalam
2011 Vishnu Meenakshi Kannada
2012 Godfather Vaani Kannada Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Kannada
2013 Chammak Challo Sunaina Telugu Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Female Débutante – Telugu
2013 Iddarammayilatho Akanksha Telugu
2014 Paisa Noor Telugu
2014 Madras Kalaiarasi Tamil Ananda Vikatan Award for Best Début Actress
Edison Awards for Best Début Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Female Début – South
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Début Actress
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
SIIMA Award for Best Female Débutante – Tamil
2014 Errabus Raji Telugu
2015 Rudhramadevi Annambika Telugu
2016 Kathakali Meenu Kutty Tamil
2016 Kanithan Anu Tamil
2016 Sarainodu MLA Hansitha Reddy Telugu
2017 Kadamban Rathi Tamil
2017 Katha NayaganFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filming
2017 Nene Raju Nene Mantri Films that have not yet been released Devika Rani Telugu Filming
2017 Goutham NandaFilms that have not yet been released Mudhra Telugu Filming

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Catherine Tresa is truly multi-faceted". 123telugu.com. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Riding high". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Catherine Exclusive Interview". Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Iddarammayilatho actress Catherine Teresa exclusive interview". Times of India. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Catherine Tresa rocks the bikini look!". Southscope.in. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Catherine Heroine In S Narayan Movie". Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Delectable Catherine again!". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "THUNDER THIES CATHERINE IS WONDER TOO!". Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Catherine Teresa gushes about Upendra's Godfather". Oneindia. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Interview With Katherine Teresa". Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Chammak Challo Telugu Movie Review, Rating". Apherald.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Review : Chammak Challo – Nothing flashy about this". 123telugu.com. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Katherine Teresa replaces Richa Allu Arjun's Iddarammayilatho". Oneindia. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Iddarammayilatho Telugu movie review highlights". Times of India. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Iddarammayilatho Movie Review". shrirag.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Iddarammayilatho review - Telugu cinema - Allu Arjun, Amala Paul & Catherine Tresa". Idlebrain.com. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Interview With Catherine Tresa". Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "Catherine Tresa cast opposite Karthi". Times Of India. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Catherine Tresa to pair with Atharvaa". Times Of India. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Catherine in Rudramadevi". Times Of India. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Glad we finished Rudhramadevi on time: Gunasekhar". The Hindu. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Dasari-Vishnu's 'Errabus' releasing on Nov 14th". Indiaglitz.com. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

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