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Hansika Motwani
Born (1991-08-09) 9 August 1991 (age 28)[1]
OccupationActress, Model
Years active2001–2005 and 2007–present

Hansika Motwani is an Indian actress who mainly appears in Tamil films. She also acts in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. She made her film debut in the Telugu film Desamuduru (2007), winning the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South. She then appeared in a couple of high-budget Telugu movies, including Kantri (2008) and Maska (2009) . She started her career in Tamil cinema with Mappillai (2011) and then appeared in several commercially successful Tamil films including Engeyum Kadhal (2011), Velayudham (2011), Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012), Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru (2013), Maan Karate (2014), Aranmanai (2014), Manithan (2016), Bogan (2017). She made her Malayalam debut with Villain (2017).

Early life[edit]

Hansika Motwani was born into a Sindhi speaking family in Mumbai.[2][3] Her father, Pradeep Motwani, is a businessman and her mother, Mona Motwani, is a dermatologist; she has a brother Prashant Motwani.[4] She is a Buddhist.[5]

Motwani attended the Podar International School, Mumbai,[6] and the International Curriculum School in Santacruz, Mumbai.


Early years[edit]

Hansika began her television career with a serial called Shaka Laka Boom Boom. She later acted in the Indian serial Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand, for which she received the Favorite Child Award at the Star Parivaar Awards, and appeared as one of the children in Koi Mil Gaya with Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan.

Hansika made her debut at the age of 16 in a lead role in Puri Jagannadh's Telugu film Desamuduru, opposite Allu Arjun, earning the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South for her performance.[7] Hansika made her debut as a leading actress in Bollywood with Himesh Reshammiya in Aap Kaa Surroor — a moderate hit. She next signed the Hindi film titled He: The Only One, where she was to essay the role of a killer, hell-bent on taking revenge for her family,[8] but the film was later shelved.

Hansika's first 2008 release was Bindaas, starring Puneeth Rajkumar, her first and only Kannada film to date. Later that year, she was paired with Jr. NTR in the film Kantri.


She made her Tamil film debut in the successful 2011 film Mappillai, opposite Dhanush. Her next Tamil film, Engeyum Kadhal, opposite Jayam Ravi, was also successful.[9] The 2011 film Velayudham, in which she starred alongside Vijay, became a box-office success; this was her first time playing the role of a village belle.

In 2012 Hansika had two releases, one in Tamil and Telugu each. Her first release was M. Rajesh's romantic comedy Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, which became her first runaway hit and earned her positive reviews from critics for her performance.[10] In Telugu, she was featured in Denikaina Ready, opposite Vishnu Manchu, which also earned a positive response from the public.[11] She received her first Best Actress nomination at the 60th Filmfare Awards South for her performance in the film. In 2013, she appeared in four Tamil films, Settai, opposite Arya,[12] Sundar C.'s Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, opposite Siddharth, Hari's Singam II starring Suriya[13] and Venkat Prabhu's Biriyani with Suriya's brother, Karthi. She had five releases in 2014, two of them being Telugu films, the comedy flick Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda[14] and the action-masala Power.[15] Her Tamil releases were the fantasy film Maan Karate,[16] Sundar C's horror comedy Aranmanai[17] and the action thriller Meaghamann, with the former two becoming two of the most profitable films of the year.[18]

Aambala, her third collaboration with Sundar C, was her first 2015 release. She will next be seen in Vaalu with Silambarasan,[19] with whom she was supposed to act in the gangster film Vettai Mannan as well, which was stalled.[20]

In 2015, her movie Romeo Juliet with Jayam Ravi, Poonam Bajwa, VTV Ganesh, Vamsi Krishna, Uma Padmanabhan and Arya (Cameo Role) directed by Lakshman released on 12 June 2015. It opened to mixed reviews[citation needed] and was a profitable venture at the box office.[citation needed] Hansika received praise from critics for her performance in the film.[citation needed] The magnum opus film Puli was not successful financially.[citation needed]


In 2016, Aranmanai 2 directed by Sundar C. released to mixed reviews.[citation needed] She had a list of flops later that year, including the romance Uyire Uyire and Pokkiri Raja. Her last release in 2016 was Manithan in which she played a teacher. She was paired opposite Udhayanidhi Stalin for the second time. She won praise for her depiction of Priya as she wore limited makeup and acted in a role different from her previous glam doll roles.

Bogan was her first release in 2017 and it opened to positive reviews. She was paired opposite Jayam Ravi for the third time. Many critics praised Motwani for her performance in the introduction scene and the pre-climax scene. She also acted in a Telugu film Luckunnodu. Motwani's Malayalam debut Villain alongside Mohanlal, Vishal and Raashi Khanna opened to mixed reviews[citation needed] in 2017 but her performance was praised. Goutham Nanda opened to mixed reviews with her short role was not well-received by critics.[citation needed]

Her first release of 2018 was Gulebakavali opposite Prabhu Deva in which she played a con artist named Viji. Although the movie opened to mixed reviews,[citation needed] it fared well in the box office and earned Motwani praise for her role. Her other release of 2018 is Thuppakki Munai starring Vikram Prabhu. In 2019 she appeared in 100 a Tamil film with Atharvaa directed by Sam Anton. Her next films are: a woman centric film Maha with Silambarasan directed by U. R Jameel, a Tamil project Partner and an Untitled heroine centric film.

Personal life[edit]

Hansika is involved in philanthropic activities. She provides monetary support for the education of 25 underprivileged children and also takes care of the medical needs of 10 women affected with breast cancer.[21] She is the brand Ambassador of 'Chennai turns Pink', an awareness program to promote breast cancer awareness among urban women.[22]

In 2014, she was featured in Forbes' list of 250 celebrities that make it to the 100 Most Influential Celebrities nominees list.[23]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Remarks
2003 Hawa Sanjana's daughter Hindi Child artist
Koi... Mil Gaya Priya Six Hindi Child artist
Aabra Ka Daabra Pinky Hindi Child artist
Jaago Shruti Hindi Child artist
2004 Hum Kaun Hai? Sara Williams Hindi Child artist
2007 Desamuduru Vaishali Telugu Lead debut; Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South
Aap Kaa Surroor Ria Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
2008 Bindaas Preethi Kannada Only Kannada film to date
Kantri Varalakshmi Telugu
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Ashima Kapoor Hindi
2009 Maska Meenu Telugu
Billa Priya Cameo appearance
Jayeebhava Anjali Narashima
2010 Seetharamula Kalyanam Nandhini
2011 Mappillai Gayathri Tamil Tamil debut
Engeyum Kadhal Kayalvizhi Rajasekhar
Kandireega Sruthi Telugu
Velayudham Vaidehi Tamil
Oh My Friend Rithu Telugu
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Meera Mahendrakumar Tamil
Denikaina Ready Sharmila Telugu
2013 Settai Madhumitha Tamil
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Sanjana Tamil
Something Something Sanjana Telugu
Singam II Sathya Tamil
Biriyani Priyanka Tamil
2014 Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda Honey Telugu
Maan Karate Yazhini Tamil
Power Nirupama Telugu
Aranmanai Selvi Tamil
Meaghamann Usha Tamil
2015 Aambala Maya Tamil
Romeo Juliet Aishwarya (Subbulakshmi) Tamil
Vaalu Priya Mahalakshmi Tamil
Puli Princess Manthagini Tamil
Inji Iduppazhagi Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
Size Zero Herself Telugu Cameo appearance
2016 Aranmanai 2 Maya Tamil
Pokkiri Raja Sunitha Tamil
Uyire Uyire Priya Tamil
Manithan Priya Tamil
2017 Luckunnodu Positive Padma Telugu
Bogan Mahalakshmi Tamil
Goutham Nanda Spoorthi Telugu
Villain Dr. Sreya Malayalam Malayalam debut
2018 Gulaebaghavali Viji Tamil
Thuppakki Munai Mythili Tamil
N.T.R: Kathanayakudu Jaya Prada Telugu Special appearance
100 Nisha Tamil
Maha Films that have not yet been released Maha Tamil Filming
Tenali Ramkrishna BA BL Films that have not yet been released Rukmini Telugu Filming[24]
PartnerFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filming
Untitled Kalyaan projectFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filming[25]


Year Title Role
2001–03 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Tina
2001 Shaka Laka Boom Boom Karuna / Shona
2002 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Baavri Virani
2002 Son Pari Sweety
2003 Karishma Kaa Karishma Teena
2004–05 Hum 2 Hain Na Kareena / Koel [26]
2005 Celebrity Fame Gurukul Herself (Contestant)[27]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AS HANSIKA TURNS 21".
  2. ^ Sreedhar, Pillai (8 August 2009). "I'm here to entertain: Hansika". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Hansika speaks impressive Tamil - Tamil Movie News". 4 February 2013. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Hansika's tryst with Kevin Pietersen". Deccan Chronicle. 10 April 2013. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  5. ^ Hansika chants for peace Mid-Day - 21 February 2010
  6. ^ My life begins now: Hansika
  7. ^ "Hansika charges 50 lakhs!". Sify. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Hansika – The latest find". Rediff. Retrieved 26 November 2006.
  9. ^ "The Tribune - Magazine section - Saturday Extra". Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Hansika hikes her fee to 75 lakhs". Times of India. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Denikaina Ready: Title of Vishnu Babu's next film". CNN-IBN. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  12. ^ "'Delhi Belly' to be remade in Tamil". Indianexpress. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Hari to retain original cast for 'Singam II'". CNN-IBN. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Hansika is happy being a busy bee!".
  15. ^ "Ravi Teja, Hansika's film to start soon - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  16. ^ "CHENNAI BOX OFFICE". Behindwoods. 25 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Why is Hansika nervous? - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  18. ^ "2014: When little gems outclassed big guns in southern cinema". 19 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Simbu and Hansika come together again in 'Vaalu'". Times of India. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  20. ^ "Hansika thrilled to play a 'rowdy'". DeccanChronicle. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  21. ^ "Hansika to adopt one more child - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  22. ^ "Pink Ambassadors - Chennai Turns Pink".
  23. ^ "Forbes India Magazine - Forbes India Celebrity 100 Nominees List".
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  26. ^ "Hansika Motwani 25 Aug 2004". TellychakkarTeam.
  27. ^ "Now, Celebrity Fame Gurukul".
  28. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2015 Tamil winners list - Times of India".

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