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Nadhiya Moidu Godbole.
Born Zareena Moidu
(1966-10-24) 24 October 1966 (age 50)[1]
Bandra, Mumbai, India
Other names Nadhiya
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–1989; 1994;
Spouse(s) Shirish Godbole (m.1988–present)
Children Sanam (b.1996)
Jana (b.2001)
Parent(s) N. K. Moidu
Awards Best Actress Filmfare Award (Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu)
Best Actress Critics Award

Zareena Moidu (born 24 October 1966), known by her stage name Nadhiya, is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Tamil and Malayalam films. She has also acted in a few Telugu films. She made her debut in a Malayalam movie named Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu, alongside Mohanlal and Padmini in 1984. This movie was re-made in Tamil as Poove Poochudava in 1985 with Padmini and marked her debut in Tamil.[3] She has acted alongside most of the leading artists in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. After her marriage in 1988, she settled in United States with her husband Shirish Godbole and daughters.

She made her comeback in Tamil with the 2004 blockbuster hit M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi, which also won her critical acclaim for her performance as Jayam Ravi's mother.[4] In 2008, she signed on as the brand ambassador for Arokya Milk and Thangamayil Jewellery. Nadhiya hosts a popular television show called Jackpot, replacing actress Khushboo on Jaya TV. In 2013, she received critical acclaim for both the roles she played, one as actor Prabhas's mother in Tollywood 'Mirchi' and Strong Character in Attarintiki Daredi.She received Nandi Award for Attarintiki Daredi.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Nadhiya was born to Malayali parents at Pali Hill, Mumbai.[6] Her father N. K. Moidu, is a Muslim and her mother Lalitha is a Hindu. Her father is from Thalassery and mother is from Tiruvalla. She has a younger sister, Haseena who is settled in Doha. She had her primary education from The J. B. Vachha High School for Parsi Girls, Mumbai and her pre university degree from Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art. She couldn't continue her college studies after that as she became busy with movies by then.[7] Later she did associated degree in Media Management and B.A. in Communication Arts - Radio & Television, when she was in United States.

She got married to Shirish Godbole, an investment banker from Maharashtra in 1988. The couple has two daughters, Sanam (b.1996) and Jana (b.2001). After her marriage, she settled in United States with her husband and daughters. Later they shifted to London, United Kingdom.[8] Currently she stays in Mumbai with her family.[9]

Notable filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Role Notes
1984 Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu[10] Malayalam Girly
1985 Koodum Thedi Malayalam Judy
1985 Vannu Kandu Keezhadakki Malayalam Manju
1985 Onningu Vannengil Malayalam Meera
1985 Kandu Kandarinju Malayalam Aswathy
1985 Poove Poochudava Tamil Sundari
1986 Panchagni Malayalam Savithri
1986 Atham Chithira Chothy Malayalam Radha
1986 Shyama Malayalam Shyama
1986 Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal Malayalam Neetha
1986 Pookalai Pareekatheergal Tamil Radha
1986 Mandhira Punnagai Tamil
1986 Uyire Unakkaga Tamil Uma
1986 Unakkaagave Vaazhgiren Tamil Chithra
1986 Nilave Malare Tamil
1987 Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi Tamil Kavitha
1987 Pavazha Malligai Tamil
1987 Paadu Nilave Tamil Sangeetha
1987 Mangai Oru Gangai Tamil Nancy
1987 Iniya Uravu Poothathu Tamil
1987 Rekha Tamil
1987 Anbulla Appa Tamil Radha
1987 Poove Ilam Poove Tamil
1987 Poo Mazai Pozhiyuthu Tamil
1988 Irandil Ondru Tamil
1988 Bazaar Rowdy Telugu Sireesha
1989 Vinta Dongalu Telugu
1989 En Veedu En Kanavar Tamil Radha
1989 Rajathi Raja Tamil Lakshmi
1994 Vadhu Doctoranu Malayalam Ammukutty
1994 Chinna Madam Tamil Tamilarasi
1994 Rajakumaran Tamil Vaidehi
2004 M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi Tamil Mahalakshmi
2006 Thaamirabharani Tamil Sakunthala Devi
2008 Sandai Tamil Thangalakshmi
2009 Pattalam Tamil Daisy
2011 Doubles Malayalam Gauri
2011 Sevenes Malayalam Amala
2013 Mirchi Telugu Latha
2013 Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Malayalam Rose Moothedan
2013 English Malayalam Sarasu
2013 Attarintiki Daredi Telugu Sunanda
2014 Drushyam Telugu Geetha Prabhakar
2015 Bruce Lee - The Fighter Telugu Vasundhara
2016 A...Aa Telugu Mahalakshmi
2016 Girls
Thiraikku Varadha Kathai
Deepika IPS
2017 Spyder Tamil/Telugu Filming


  1. ^ "Nadhiya Height & DOB". Nadhiya Height, Weight, Age, Husband, Children, Wiki & Facts. StarsFact. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
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  3. ^ "Nadhiya gets a dream role". 24 May 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Nadhiya is back again". Behind 8 April 2006. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nandi Awards 2012 and 2013: Rajamouli, Ilayaraja, Samantha and Prabhas emerge winners". 1 March 2017. 
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  7. ^ "Kadha Ithu Vare -Nadhiya". mazhavilmanorama. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "JB Junction with Nadiya Moidu". Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
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  10. ^ "5 Reasons Why We Love to have Nadia Moidu Back!". Balcony Beats. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

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