Priya Vasudev Mani
4 June 1984
|Relatives||Vidya Balan (cousin)|
|Awards||National Film Award for Best Actress|
Priya Vasudev Mani (born 4 June 1984), known professionally as Priyamani, is an Indian actress and former model, who works predominantly in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, and Malayalam-language films. She is a recipient of National Film Award for Best Actress and three Filmfare Awards.
Priyamani made her acting debut through the 2003, Telugu film Evare Atagaadu. She gained widespread recognition for her role as village girl Muththazhagu in the Tamil romantic drama Paruthiveeran in 2007, receiving a National Film Award for Best Actress and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Tamil for her performance. Her notable works include Raam (2009), Raavan (2010), Raavanan (2010), Pranchiyettan & the Saint (2010), Chaarulatha (2012) and Idolle Ramayana (2016). Apart from films she has judged several dance reality shows across South Indian languages.
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Priyamani was born and raised in Bangalore, Karnataka. She is from a Tamil Palakkad Iyer family. Her father, Vasudeva Mani Iyer, owns a plantation business and her mother, former national level badminton player, Lathamani Iyer, was a bank manager at Union Bank of India. She modelled for Kancheepuram silks, Erode silks and Lakshmi silks during her school years. When she was in the 12th Standard, Tamil director Bharathiraja introduced her to the film industry. She has an elder brother, Vishakh, who is in the plantation business with her father. While at school, she actively participated in extracurricular activities and in sports. She is the granddaughter of Carnatic vocalist, Kamala Kailas. She is the cousin of film actress, Vidya Balan and the niece of playback singer, Malgudi Shubha.
After completing her schooling, Priyamani modeled for print advertisements. Priyamani pursued a degree in Bachelor of Arts in psychology through correspondence.
Priyamani made her debut with Telugu film, Evare Atagaadu. She then made her debut in the Malayalam Film Industry with Sathyam, but this film performed poorly at the box office. She was signed by Tamil film director and cinematographer Balu Mahendra to act in the 2005 drama Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam. Before release, Babith said "Priyamani has come up with an excellent performance in the movie. Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam was critically acclaimed but failed at the box office. However, she won acclaim for her performance in the film. In 2006, Priyamani starred in the Telugu film Pellaina Kothalo. The film was a super hit and got her three Telugu films.
Priyamani managed to prove her acting credentials and commercial appeal with 2007's Paruthiveeran, directed by Ameer Sultan, in which she was co-starred with debutant Karthi Sivakumar. A rural subject which told the story of a notorious young villager in Madurai, the film won critical acclaim and became a surprise box-office blockbuster. She went on to win the National Film Award, followed by South Filmfare Award, Tamil Nadu State Film Award and an award at the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.
She had another commercially successful film in Telugu, in the 2007 film Yamadonga and in the Tamil film Malaikottai. She again received critical acclaim in 2008 for her role in the Malayalam film Thirakkatha, in which she played a role based on the turbulent real-life story of late film actress Srividya. She won another Filmfare Award for her performance. In Tamil, she had a single release in 2008: Thotta.
In 2009 she had two Tamil releases, the masala film Arumugam and the remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Classmates, titled Ninaithale Inikkum. The former was a commercial failure: Her Kannada debut film Raam was also a commercial success. All three of her Telugu releases that year, however, (Drona, Mitrudu, Pravarakhyudu) did not do well at the box office. In 2010 she acted in the satirical film Pranchiyettan & the Saint which became the longest-running Malayalam film since 2005. She won a Filmfare nomination for her role as a Mumbai-based interior decorator in the film.
She was subsequently signed by director Mani Ratnam for his bilingual film, titled Raavanan and Raavan in Tamil and Hindi respectively. Soon after, she was hired by Bollywood director-producer Ram Gopal Varma for his trilingual film Rakht Charitra. Varma decided to cast her after seeing her National Award-winning performance in Paruthiveeran. Her Kannada film Vishnuvardhana became a blockbuster hit and later she starred in Anna Bond. Although the film was poorly received by critics and featured on Rediff's "Most Disappointing Kannada Films of 2012" list, it went on to become a successful venture at the box office. She appeared in an item number in the Bollywood film Chennai Express. She has completed shooting for a Malayalam film, The True Story and the Telugu film, Chandee, in which she plays Ganga the granddaughter of a freedom fighter, who seeks revenge for the problems her family had to face. She was cast opposite Darshan in the Kannada film Ambareesha in (2014).
Besides The Family Man 2, Priyamani will also be seen in Zee 5's His Storyy, Narappa co-starring Venkatesh and Virataparvam alongside Rana Daggubati and SaiPallavi.
Priyamani married Mustafa Raj, an event organiser, in a private ceremony on 23 August 2017.
|2004||Kangalal Kaidhu Sei||Vidya Sadagoppan||Tamil|
|2005||Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam||Thulasi||Tamil|
|2007||Paruthiveeran||Muthazhagu||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Actress (2006)|
|King||Herself||Telugu||Special appearance in song "Nuvvu Ready Nenu Ready"|
|2010||Shambo Shiva Shambo||Munimma||Telugu|
|Pranchiyettan and the Saint||Padmashree||Malayalam|
|Rakta Charitra II||Bhavani||Hindi|
|Rakta Charitra 2||Telugu|
|Ullam||Kavitha||Tamil||First film; Direct-to-television|
|Chaarulatha||Chaaru and Latha||Tamil|
|Chennai Express||Dancer||Hindi||Special appearance in the song "1 2 3 4 Get on the Dance Floor"|
|2014||Alice: A True Story||Alice/Uma||Malayalam|
|Njangalude Veettile Athidhikal||Bhavana||Malayalam|
|2015||Ranna||Herself||Kannada||Special Appearance in the song "What to do"|
|2016||Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna||Geethanjali||Kannada|
|Dana Kayonu||Jagadhamba (Jhummi)||Kannada|
|Mana Oori Ramayanam||Telugu|
|2017||Chowka||Mariea D Souza||Kannada|
|Ashiq Vanna Divasam||Shyni||Malayalam|
|2019||Pathinettam Padi||Gowri Vasudev||Malayalam||Cameo appearance|
|Nanna Prakara||Dr. Amrutha||Kannada|
|2021||Naarappa||Sundaramma||Telugu||Amazon Prime film|||
|2022||Virata Parvam||Comrade Bharatakka||Telugu||Filming|||
|Cyanide||TBA||Kannada||Filming; Bilingual film|||
|Untitled Atlee film||TBA||Hindi||Filming|||
|2019–present||The Family Man||Suchitra Tiwari||Hindi||Amazon Prime Video|
|2021||His Story||Sakshi||Hindi||Alt Balaji
As a host or judge
|2014||D 4 Dance||Malayalam||Mazhavil Manorama|
|2015||D2 – D 4 Dance|
|Dancing Star 2||Kannada||ETV Kannada|
|2016||Dancing Star Juniors|
|Kings of Dance||Tamil||Star Vijay|
|D3 – D 4 Dance||Malayalam||Mazhavil Manorama||Asiavision Television Award for Best Celebrity Judge|
|Dancing Star 3||Kannada||Colors Kannada|
|2017||D4 junior v/s seniors||Malayalam||Mazhavil Manorama|
|Dance Jodi Dance 2||Tamil||Zee Tamil|
|Dhee 10||Telugu||ETV Telugu|
|2018–2019||Dhee 11||ETV Telugu|
|2018–2019||Dance Kerala Dance||Malayalam||Zee Keralam|
|2019||Teas Best Partner||Mazhavil Manorama|
|Kerala Dance League||Amrita TV||Celebrity judge|
|D5 junior||Mazhavil manorama||Grand finale jury|
|2019–2020||Comedy Stars||Malayalam||Asianet||Recurring Judge|
|2019–2020||Comedy Stars Weekend Challenge||Asianet|
|Dance Jodi Dance 3.0||Tamil||Zee Tamizh|
|2020||Dhee Champions||Telugu||ETV Telugu|
|2021||Dhee 14 Dancing Icon|
|2017||Hand of God||Eleena||Malayalam||Mazhavil Manorama|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award Category||Language||Work / film||Result||Ref.|
|2006||National Film Award for Best Actress||Tamil||Paruthiveeran||Won|||
|Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress||Won|
|2007||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil||Won|||
|Vijay Award for Best Actress||Won|
|2008||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam||Malayalam||Thirakkatha||Won|||
|2009||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada||Kannada||Raam||Nominated|
|2011||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam||Malayalam||Pranchiyettan and the Saint||Nominated|
|2012||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada||Kannada||Chaarulatha||Won|||
|Suvarna Film Award for Best Actress||Won|
|SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Kannada||Won|
|2016||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu||Telugu||Mana Oori Ramayanam||Nominated|||
|2020||Filmfare OTT Awards for Best Actor Series (Female) : Drama||Hindi||The Family Man||Nominated|||
|Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actor, Drama Series (Female) – Critics Choice||Won|||
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Priyamani ... is celebrating her 31st birthday on Thursday, 4 June.
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