Iniya in 2013
January 22, 1988 (age 30)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
Iniya was born to Salahuddin. S and Savithri at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She has an elder sister, Swathi, who is also a Malayalam television actress and a younger brother, Sravan. Iniya had her primary education from Amritha Vidyalaya and Manakkad Karthika Thirunnal High School. She did her B.B.A course by correspondence.
Iniya acted in several Malayalam television series, short films and telefilms as a child artist. While studying in class four, she acted in the telefilm Koottilekku, which was followed by appearances in tele-serials Orma and Sree Guruvayoorappan by Vayalar Madhavan Kutty. Iniya won the Miss Trivandrum title in 2005, following which she did modeling and appeared in several television advertisements as well as a number of Malayalam award-winning art films, including Saira (2006), directed Dr. Biju, Dalamarmarangal (2009) and Umma (2011), both directed by Vijayakrishnan. She also played a pivotal role in Rajesh Touchriver's short feature The Sacred Face, which focusses on child abuse.
In 2010, she starred in a Tamil film Padagasalai and signed up four more Tamil films, all of which were cancelled or remain unreleased. She next played a supporting role as the sister to Cheran's character in Mysskin's mystery thriller Yuddham Sei. Director A. Sarkunam signed her for the female lead character in his period piece Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011), for which she changed her screen name to Iniya. Her portrayal of a tea stall owner was lauded by critics. Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff wrote that she was a "welcome find", describing her as "natural, appealing, and very expressive". She played as a medical student and love interest of the hero in the film Mouna Guru co-starring Arulnidhi. Bharathiraja signed her for his film Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum, being impressed with her performance in Vaagai Sooda Vaa, but after the script was changed, her role was removed from the film.
She was part of a number of offbeat films in Malayalam like Ayaal, Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam and Radio. In 2014, she was first seen as herself in Vikraman's Ninaithathu Yaaro and later in Pulivaal, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam film Chaappa Kurishu. In her only Malayalam release of 2014, Madhu Kaithapram's Vellivelichathil (In the Limelight), she played the role of a dancer.
|2004||Rain Rain Come Again||College student||Malayalam||uncredited role|
|2006||Sacred Face||English||Short film|
|Vaagai Sooda Vaa||Madhi||Tamil||Edison Award for Best Debut Actress|
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
|2012||Bhoopadathil Illatha Oridam||Bhaama||Malayalam|
|Kan Pesum Vaarthaigal||Janani||Tamil|
|Chennaiyil Oru Naal||Swetha||Tamil|
|Nugam||Kathir's girl friend||Tamil|
|Yes I Am||Vaiga||Malayalam||Unreleased|
|2014||Ninaithathu Yaaro||Herself||Tamil||Special appearance|
|Naan Sigappu Manithan||Kavitha||Tamil|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||Herself||Tamil||Special appearance|
|Oru Oorla Rendu Raja||Street dancer||Tamil||Special appearance|
|Amar Akbar Anthony||Bar dancer||Malayalam||Special appearance|
|Thiraikku Varaadha Kadhai||Tamil|
|2017||Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga||Dancer||Tamil||Cameo Appearance in a song|
|Sathura Adi 3500||Sophie||Tamil|
|Oru Mahasambhavam||Vasu's wife||Malayalam||Filming|
|Aalathoorile Ethiri Vettam||Malayalam||Delayed|
|2007||Sree guruvayurappan||Surya TV||Malayalam|
|2016||Let's dance season 1||judge||Amrita TV||Malayalam||Reality show|
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