Priyamani at CCL match, 2011
Priya Vasudev Mani Iyer
4 June 1984
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Priya Vasudev Mani Iyer (born 4 June 1984), known professionally as Priyamani, is an Indian film 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.
Born and raised in Bangalore, Priyamani worked as a model before pursuing a career in films. In 2002, she made her acting debut with a leading role in the Telugu film Evare Atagaadu (2003). She gained widespread recognition for her role as village girl Muththazhagi in the Tamil romantic drama Paruthiveeran in 2007, receiving a National Film Award for Best Actress and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for her performance. During the same year, she achieved commercial success in Telugu cinema with S. S. Rajamouli-directed socio-fantasy film Yamadonga. In 2008, Priyamani received further critical acclaim for her role as Malavika in the Malayalam romance Thirakkatha–and won a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam. Her first role in the Kannada film came the following year, with the romantic comedy Raam, which proved to be a major critical and commercial success. Priyamani made her Hindi film debut through Mani Ratnam's bilingual in Tamil and Hindi epic adventure films, titled Raavan and Raavanan respectively. In 2012, her portrayal of conjoined twins in the multilingual film Chaarulatha, based on the Thai film Alone, gained critical praise and a third Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada. She received further success for her role in the Kannada–Telugu thriller film Idolle Ramayana (2016) earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at Filmfare.
In addition to acting in films, she is active in the South Indian Television shows, having judged several dance reality shows.
Life and career
Priyamani was born in Bangalore, Karnataka. 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. Her father, Vasudev Mani, who hails from Palakkad , Kerala from a Tamil family, owns a plantation business and her mother, former national level badminton player, Lathamani, who hails from Thiruvananthapuram, was a bank manager at Union Bank of India. 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 roped in 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).
Priyamani married Mustafa Raj, an events organizer, in a private ceremony on 23 August 2017. 
Awards & Nominations
- National Film Award for Best Actress (2006) - Paruthiveeran
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress (2006) - Paruthiveeran
- Vikatan award for best actress (2006) - Paruthiveeran
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil (2007) - Paruthiveeran
- Vijay Award for Best Actress (2007) - Paruthiveeran
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam (2008) - Thirakkatha
- Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress (2009) - Raam
- Sandalwood Star Award for Best Supporting Actress (2011) - Vishnuvardhana
- Nominated—Bangalore Times Film Awards for Best Actress in a Negative Role (2011) - Vishnuvardhana
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada (2012) - Chaarulatha
- SIIMA Award for Best Actress (2012) - Chaarulatha
- Suvarna Film Award for Best Actress (2012) - Chaarulatha
- Asiavision Television Award for Best Celebrity Judge (2015) - D3 - D 4 Dance
- Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu (2016) - Mana Oori Ramayanam
- TSR TV9 National Film Award for Best Actress - Kannada (2018) - Dwaja
|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||Bhawani||Hindi|
|Rakta Charitra II||Bhavani||Telugu|
|Ullam||Kavitha||Tamil||First film; Direct-to-television|
|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|
|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|
|2020||Ateet||Janvi||Hindi||Zee5 Original Film|
|2021||Virata Parvam 1992||Comrade Bharatakka||Telugu||Filming|
As reality show 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||Master Dancer||Kannada||Colors Kannada||Celebrity judge|
|2018-2019||Dance Kerala Dance||Malayalam||Zee Keralam|
|2019||Teas Best Partner||Mazhavil Manorama|
|Kerala Dance League||Amrita TV||Celebrity judge|
|Comedy Stars||Asianet||Celebrity judge|
|D5 junior||Mazhavil manorama||Grand finale jury|
|2019-2020||Comedy Stars Weekend Challenge||Asianet|
|Dance Jodi Dance 3.0||Tamil||Zee Tamizh|
|2013||Prematho Mee Lakshmi||Telugu||ETV Telugu|
|2014||Big Screen||Kairali TV||Guest|
|2015||Bigg Boss 3||Kannada||Colors Kannada|
|2016||I personally||Malayalam||Kappa TV||Guest appearance|
|Majaa Talkies||Kannada||Colors Kannada|
|JB Junction||Kairali TV|
|Get Set Chat||Kaumudy TV|
|Laughing Villa||Surya TV|
|Comedy Super Night 2||Flowers TV|
|Onnum Onnum Moonu||Mazhavil Manorama|
|Alitho Saradaga||Telugu||ETV Telugu|
|2017||Weekend With Ramesh||Kannada||Zee Kannada||Guest appearance|
|Hand of God||Eleena||Malayalam||Mazhavil Manorama||Short film|
|2018||Majaa Talkies||Guest appearance||Kannada||Colors Super|
|2019||Famously Filmfare||Anchor||Malayalam||MX Player|
|White||Blind lady||English||Short film|
|2019||The Family Man||Suchitra||Hindi||Prime Video|
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