Nikki at the 1st IIFA Utsavam, 2016
|Education||Bishop Cotton Girls School|
Nikki Galrani is an Indian film actress, model and fashion designer who works predominantly in Tamil and Malayalam films. Her first major commercial successful films are in Malayalam language 1983 (2014), Vellimoonga (2014) and in the Tamil language horror film Darling in 2015. The media began referring to Galrani as the "Darling" of Tamil cinema. She has established a career in South Indian film industries as a leading actress, and she is a recipient of several awards. Kochi Times placed her fifth in their list of the "25 Most Desirable Women of 2015".
She starred in the commercially successful films 1983 (2014), Vellimoonga (2014), Darling (2015), and Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran (2016). Consecutive success of films, making her one of the most sought-after actresses in South Indian film industry. IBTimes called Galrani the most successful actress in Malayalam cinema.
Early years and personal life
Nikki Galrani is the younger daughter of Manohar and Reshma Galrani born in Bangalore (present day Bengaluru) and is of Sindhi extraction. She has an elder sister Sanjjanaa, who is also an actress. Nikki Galrani was educated at Bishop Cotton Girls School, Bangalore. Thereafter she did her PUC from Bishop Cotton Women's Christian College, Bangalore and later took up a course in fashion designing. She said that she did science in PUC because her parents and sister wanted her to become a doctor but that they later let her pursue designing. She then did modelling and appeared in many advertisements.
Nikki Galrani started her film career with the 2014 Malayalam language flick 1983, written and directed by fashion photographer Abrid Shine. It is a sports drama film starring Nivin Pauly in the male lead role. Nikki Galrani appeared as the second heroine in this film. She gave life to the character 'Manjula Sasidharan', a village girl and teenage lover of Rameshan (Nivin Pauly), who loves cricket more than anything. The character Manjula leaves Rameshan for another guy. She won awards from Filmfare, SIIMA and Vanitha for best debut actress. 1983 was produced by Shamsudheen under the banner of Shams Films. It was critical and commercial success at the box office.
Debut and breakthrough in Mollywood (2014)
Galrani made her acting debut in August 2013. She signed her first film to play the lead role in Ajith, the Kannada remake of the Tamil film Paiyaa, after an audition. Within three days, she had signed her next project, her first Tamil film, Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka  and few weeks later, her first Malayalam film as well: 1983. In spite of being the last film she signed in 2013, 1983 released first in early 2014 and became her debut film and was her first major box office hit. She portrayed the role of Manjula Sasidharan, a rural village school girl  and said that the character was exactly the opposite of what she was in real life and that she had to sunbathe to get dark for the role. The film received critical acclaim and became a box office success, while Galrani went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South for her performance.
A week later, Galrani had her second release, Nivin Pauly and Nazriya's Ohm Shanthi Oshaana, in which she had performed a cameo role. She had a third Malayalam release in 2014, Vellimoonga, in which she played a Christian nurse. The film, made on a budget of under ₹ 5 crores, went on to collect over ₹ 20 crores at the box office. At the end of the year, IBTimes called Galrani the most successful actress of 2014 in Malayalam cinema. Even before the release of her first Kannada film, she had been signed for three more Kannada projects as well: Jamboo Savari, a remake of the Telugu film Swamy Ra Ra, Obiraya  and Paravashanadenu, although the latter two were shelved midway. Ajith and Jamboo Savari released in quick succession in the second quarter of 2014. She had signed up Sharath A Haridaasan's Enthoru Bhagyam  and V. K. Prakash's next project, but had to opt out of both due to conflicting schedules.
Box office success and fame in Tamil (2015)
The delay of Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka meant that the horror comedy Darling that she began shooting for much later became her debut Tamil release, which was a commercial success, collecting over ₹32 crore (US$4.5 million) against a budget of ₹10 crore. It was successfully completed over 365-day at the Kollywood Industry, and went on to become successful at the Indian box-office. Galrani portrayed a spirit possessed girl "that you will be rooting for", and her performance was well received by critics, who stated that she gave a "good performance"  and had "played her part really well". Sify.com stated that "Nikki Galrani is cute and adorable, she is quite good at emotional sequences as well". Darling was followed by the releases of her two Malayalam films Ivan Maryadaraman and Oru Second Class Yathra. and the Kannada film Siddhartha that featured her in a pivotal role which she shot for in August 2014. In June 2015, Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka was eventually released. Her character in the film, she said, was a "carbon copy of what I am in my real life". Sify.com stated that "Galrani’s infectious smile and energy is a major plus in the first half".
Debut in Tollywood and recognition (2016)
Galrani starred opposite Suresh Gopi in the Malayalam film Rudra Simhasanam. Her next Tamil film, Ko 2 was commercially successful at the Tamil box-office. And both of her Telugu language debut films performed fairly at the Tollywood box office. Galrani starred in Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran (2016) a Tamil language film where she played a police officer opposite Vishnu Vishal. The film was financially successful. IndiaGlitz.com stated "Nikki added much more glamour to the film in songs and live entire the film by her stunt sequences". Galrani also made a cameo appearance in Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum. Her next Tamil film was opposite G. V. Prakash Kumar again, with Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru. Blasting News stated that "Nikki Galrani was spectacular, and the trio literally captured the soft part of audience's hearts".
Success continued (2017-18)
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Ohm Shanthi Oshaana||Thennal K Warrier||Malayalam||Cameo appearance|
|Oru Second Class Yathra||Lakshmi||Malayalam|
|Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka||Kayal||Tamil|
|Rudra Simhasanam||Thamburatti Haimavathy||Malayalam|
|Rajamma @ Yahoo||Sherin||Malayalam|
|Ko 2||Priya Dharshini||Tamil|
|Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran||Archana||Tamil|
|Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum||Thresiama Punnoose||Malayalam||Cameo appearance|
|Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru||Priya||Tamil|
|2017||Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva||Jaanu||Tamil|
|Maragadha Naanayam||Chanakaya||Tamil||Dubbed in Telugu Marakathamani|
|Hara Hara Mahadevaki||Ramya||Tamil|
|2019||Charlie Chaplin 2||Sara||Tamil|
|Rajavamsam||Tamil||Movie in post production|
Awards and nominations
|2015||17th Asianet Film Awards||Best New Face of the Year – Female||1983||Won|||
|Vanitha Film Awards||Best Newcomer Actress||Won|||
|62nd Filmfare Awards South||Best Female Debut – Malayalam||Won|||
|4th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Debut Actress – Malayalam||Won|||
|Kerala Film Critics Association Awards||Upcoming Actress||Won|
|2016||Edison Awards||Best Debut Actress||Darling||Won|||
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