Kalyani Priyadarshan

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Kalyani Priyadarshan
Kalyani Priyadarshan.jpg
Kalyani in 2017
Born (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 28)[1][2]
Alma materParsons School of Design
Years active2013 – present

Kalyani Priyadarshan (born 5 April 1993) is an Indian actress who appears in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films.

After taking B.F.A. in architecture designing from Parsons School of Design, New York City, she worked as an assistant in the production design of Krrish 3 (2013) and Iru Mugan (2016). She made her acting debut in the 2017 Telugu film Hello for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South at 65th Filmfare Awards South and SIIMA Award for Best Telugu Female Debut at 7th South Indian International Movie Awards.[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Kalyani was born in a Malayali family to Indian filmmaker Priyadarshan and actress Lissy. She is the elder of two children, with a brother Sidharth.[6] She did her early schooling in Lady Andal, Chennai and later studied in Singapore, where she also worked in theatre groups. After completing her schooling, she got her bachelor's degree in architecture designing from Parsons School of Design, New York City. During this time she also interned in theatre at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Returning to India, she has attended an acting workshop in Adishakti Theatre, Pondicherry.[7][8]


Kalyani began her film career in 2013 as an assistant production designer under Sabu Cyril in the Hindi film Krrish 3 (2013), and in 2016 she worked as an assistant art director in the Tamil film Iru Mugan (2016).[9] In the following year, she made her acting debut with the Telugu film Hello (2017), opposite Akhil Akkineni. It was directed by Vikram Kumar, a former assistant to Priyadarshan, and produced by actor Akkineni Nagarjuna.[10] The film released worldwide on 22 December 2017, and she had received positive response for her performance from critics.[11] Her debut work in Malayalam was with the period war film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham (2020) directed by Priyadarshan, although her first release in the language was the family drama Varane Avashyamund (2020).[12]


Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2017 Hello Priya / Junnu Telugu Telugu debut [13]
2019 Chitralahari Lahari Telugu [14]
Ranarangam Geetha Telugu [15]
Hero Meera Tamil Tamil debut [16]
2020 Varane Avashyamund Nikhita Malayalam Malayalam debut [17]
Putham Pudhu Kaalai Younger Lakshmi Krishnan Tamil Anthology film; Segment Ilamai Idho Idho [18]
2021 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham dagger Aisha Malayalam Completed [19]
Hridayam dagger TBA Malayalam Completed [20]
Maanaadu dagger Seetha Lakshmi Tamil Filming [21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Kalyani Priyadarshan awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2018 65th Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South Hello Won [22]
7th SIIMA SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut (Telugu) Won [23]
Apsara Awards Debut Heroine of the Year Won [24]


  1. ^ Hymavathi, Ravali (5 April 2020). "Happy Birthday Kalyani Priyadarshan: A Few Amazing Styles Of This Talented Actress". The Hans India. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  2. ^ "I thought I belonged behind the camera: Kalyani Priyadarshan". Mathrubhumi. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  3. ^ Winners: 65th Jio Filmfare Awards (South) 2018. Times of India (17 June 2018). Retrieved on 14 August 2018.
  4. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2018 - Telugu, Kannada nomination list out: Date, place of 7th edition revealed". International Business Times. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  5. ^ "SIIMA AWARDS | 2018 | winners | |".
  6. ^ Subramani, A. (16 September 2016). "Film director Priyadarshan – actor Lissy divorce formalities complete". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  7. ^ Kumar, Hemanth (7 January 2018). "Kalyani Priyadarshan on why Hello is the best film that has happened to her career". Firstpost. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Kalyani: Biography of actress". My Star Bio.
  9. ^ James, Anu (18 July 2017). "It's official: Kalyani Priyadarshan to debut opposite Akhil Akkineni in Telugu". International Business Times. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Debut movie with Akhil". The News Minute.
  11. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan gets a perfect launch". 123 Telugu.com.
  12. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan looks regal in these pictures from 'Marakkar - Arabikkadalinte Simham'". The Times of India. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  13. ^ Kalyani Priyadarshan on why hello is the best film that has happened to her career
  14. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan and Nivetha Pethuraj to star in Sai Dharam Tej's 'Chitralahari'". www.thenewsminute.com. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  15. ^ R., Manoj Kumar (14 August 2019). "Ranarangam actor Kalyani Priyadarshan: I love gangster movies". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  16. ^ Hero actress Kalyani Priyadarshan is all praise for Divakarthikeyan
  17. ^ Sanjith Sidhardhan (1 September 2019). "Anoop Sathyan ropes in Dulquer and Kalyani for a family-drama". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  18. ^ Kalyani Priyadarshan talks abhout Putham Pudhu Kaalai
  19. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith (25 September 2018). "Kalyani Priyadarshan and Keerthy Suresh join Mohanlal's Marakkar". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  20. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith (14 February 2021). "Pranav Mohanlal and Kalyani Priyadarshan wrap up their portions of Hridayam in Chennai". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  21. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan to be seen opposite Simbu in 'Maanaadu'". The News Minute. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Winners: 65th Jio Filmfare Awards (South) 2018". Times of India. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  23. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2018 Telugu Kannada winners list live updates: Baahubali 2 and Rajakumara turn best movies [Photos]". International Business Times. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  24. ^ "Apsara Awards 2018 winners list: Zee Telugu telecasts celebration of womanhood". International Business Times. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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