Nikki Galrani

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Nikki Galrani
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Galrani at the 1st IIFA Utsavam Awards event in 2016
Born
Nikita Galrani

(1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 31)
Alma materBishop Cotton Christian College
Occupations
  • Actress
  • Model
Years active2014 – present
SpouseAadhi
RelativesSanjjanaa Galrani (sister)

Nikita Galrani (born 3 January 1992)[1] is an Indian actress known for her works in Malayalam and Tamil films.[2][3] Her commercially successful films include 1983 (2014), Vellimoonga (2014) and Darling (2015).[4][5]


She starred in the commercially successful films like 1983 (2014), Vellimoonga (2014), Darling (2015), Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran (2016) and Kalakalappu 2 (2018).[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Nikki Galrani is the younger daughter of Manohar and Reshma Galrani born in Bangalore and is of Sindhi ancestry.[6][7] She has an elder sister Sanjjanaa, who is also an actress.[8]

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 they later let her pursue designing.[9] She then did modelling and appeared in many advertisements. She resides in Chennai.[10][6]

Career[edit]

Debut and breakthrough in Malayalam cinema (2014)[edit]

Galrani started her film career with the Malayalam-language sports drama film 1983 (2014), written and directed by Abrid Shine, starring Nivin Pauly. Galrani played the character Manjula Sasidharan, a village girl and teenage lover of Rameshan (Pauly), who loves cricket more than anything. The film was critical and commercial success. She won awards from Filmfare, SIIMA and Vanitha as the best debut actress that year.[11] She signed her first film to play the lead role in Ajith, the Kannada remake of the Tamil film Paiyaa, after an audition.[12] Within three days, she had signed her next project,[13] her first Tamil film, Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka [14] and few weeks later, her first Malayalam film as well: 1983.[15] 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.[16] She portrayed the role of Manjula Sasidharan, a rural village school girl [17] 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.[18] The film received critical acclaim and became a box office success,[19] while Galrani went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South for her performance.[20]

A week later, Galrani had her second release, Nivin Pauly and Nazriya's Ohm Shanthi Oshaana, in which she had performed a cameo role.[19] She had a third Malayalam release in 2014, Vellimoonga, in which she played a Christian nurse.[21] The film, made on a budget of under 5 crores, went on to collect over 20 crores at the box office.[22][23] At the end of the year, IBTimes called Galrani the most successful actress of 2014 in Malayalam cinema.[24] 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,[25][26] Obiraya [27] and Paravashanadenu,[28] 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 [29] and V. K. Prakash's next project,[30] but had to opt out of both due to conflicting schedules.[31]

Debut in Tamil and Telugu cinema (2015–2016)[edit]

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$4.0 million) against a budget of 10 crore.[32] It was successfully completed over 365-day at the Kollywood Industry, and went on to become successful at the Indian box-office.[33] 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" [34] and had "played her part really well".[35] Sify.com stated that "Nikki Galrani is cute and adorable, she is quite good at emotional sequences as well".[36] Darling was followed by the releases of her two Malayalam films Ivan Maryadaraman and Oru Second Class Yathra.[37] and the Kannada film Siddhartha that featured her in a pivotal role which she shot for in August 2014.[38] 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".[39] Sify.com stated that "Galrani’s infectious smile and energy is a major plus in the first half".[40]

Galrani starred opposite Suresh Gopi in the Malayalam film Rudra Simhasanam.[41] Her next Tamil film, Ko 2 was commercially successful at the Tamil box-office.[42][43][44] And both of her Telugu language debut films performed fairly at the Tollywood box office.[45][46] 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.[47] IndiaGlitz.com stated "Nikki added much more glamour to the film in songs and live entire the film by her stunt sequences".[48] Galrani also made a cameo appearance in Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum.[49][50] Her next Tamil film was opposite G. V. Prakash Kumar again, with Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru.[51] Blasting News stated that "Nikki Galrani was spectacular, and the trio literally captured the soft part of audience's hearts".[52]

2017–present[edit]

In 2017, Galrani acted in Tamil film Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva opposite Raghava Lawrence followed by Maragadha Naanayam.[53][54] She also acted in a Malayalam film Team 5 (2017) and successively four Tamil films Neruppu Da (2017), Hara Hara Mahadevaki (2017), Kalakalappu 2 (2018) and Pakka (2018). She also worked in Kannada entitled O Premave (2018).[55] In 2019, she appeared in Tamil action films with Charlie Chaplin 2, Dev and Kee. In 2020, She made her comeback in Malayalam with the comedy Dhamaka.[56]

Personal life[edit]

On 24 March 2022, Galrani got engaged to her long-time boyfriend and actor Aadhi Pinisetty.[57][58] The couple got married on 18 May 2022.[59][60]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of the films acted by Nikki Galrani
Year Title[a] Role(s) Language Notes Ref(s).
2014 1983 Manjula Sasidharan Malayalam Debut; Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South [61]
Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Thennal K. Warrier Malayalam Guest appearance [3]
Ajith Charulatha (Charu) Kannada [12]
Jamboo Savari Purvi Kannada [25]
Vellimoonga Lisa Wareed Malayalam [21]
2015 Darling Nisha Tamil [34]
Siddhartha Anju Kannada Special appearance
Ivan Maryadaraman Krishnendu (Krishna) Malayalam [62]
Oru Second Class Yathra Lakshmi Malayalam
Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka Kayal Tamil
Rudra Simhasanam Haimavathi / Mrinalini Malayalam
Rajamma @ Yahoo Sherin Malayalam
2016 Malupu Kayal Telugu
Krishnashtami Pallavi Telugu
Ko 2 Priyadarshini Tamil
Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran Archana Tamil
Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum Thresiamma Punnose Malayalam Cameo appearance
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru Priya Tamil
2017 Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva Jaanu Tamil
Maragadha Naanayam Chanakya Tamil
Team 5 Nancy Malayalam
Neruppu Da Vasumathi Tamil
Hara Hara Mahadevaki Ramya Tamil
2018 Kalakalappu 2 Aishwarya Tamil
Pakka Rajini Radha Tamil
O Premave Anjali Kannada
2019 Charlie Chaplin 2 Sara Tamil
Dev Krithika Tamil Cameo appearance
Kee Diya Tamil
2020 Dhamaka Annie / Ann Mary Malayalam
2021 Raajavamsam Gayathri Tamil
2022 Idiot Smitha Tamil
2023 VirunnuFilms that have not yet been released TBA Malayalam Filming
Aranmanai 4Films that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes Channel Ref.
2022 Comedy Stars-S3 Judge Malayalam Reality show Asianet TV
2022 Vellum Thiramai Tamil Colors Tamil [63]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nikki Galrani awards and nominations
Totals[b]
Wins6
Nominations0
Note
  1. ^ Films are listed in order of release date.
  2. ^ 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[a] Award Category Film Result Ref.
2015 17th Asianet Film Awards Best New Face of the Year – Female 1983 Won [64]
Vanitha Film Awards Best Newcomer Actress Won [65]
62nd Filmfare Awards South Best Female Debut – Malayalam Won [66]
4th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debut Actress – Malayalam Won [67]
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards Upcoming Actress Won [citation needed]
2016 Edison Awards Best Debut Actress Darling Won [68]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.

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