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Priyamani at 62nd Filmfare Awards South (2015)
Priya Vasudev Mani Iyer
4 June 1984
|Spouse(s)||Mustafa Raj (m. 2017)|
|Relatives||See Priyamani family|
Priya Vasudev Mani Iyer (born 4 June 1984), professionally credited as Priyamani, is an Indian film actress and former model, who works in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi language films. She has established a career in regional Indian films, and is the recipient of a National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards in different-language films.
Priyamani, born and raised in Bangalore, 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), a box-office flop. 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 – Tamil for her performance. During the same year, she achieved commercial success in Telugu cinema with S. S. Rajamouli-directed fantasy-action comedy 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 Best Actress award at Filmfare. She received further success for her role in the Telugu thriller film Mana Oori Ramayanam (2016), which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at Filmfare.
Priyamani was born into a Tamil speaking family hailing from Palakkad, Kerala. 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, who hails from Palakkad 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.
Priyamani did her schooling at Sri Aurobindo Memorial School and attended Bishop Cotton Women's College in J C Road. 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. Her performance would be widely acclaimed." 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. Priyamani's performance was unanimously praised by the critics. 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. Priyamani later said that despite marrying a Muslim, she still practices Hinduism and is a moderately religious person.
- National Film Award for Best Actress (2006) - Paruthiveeran
- Tamil Nadu State Film 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) - D2 - D 4 Dance
- Asiavision Television Award for Best Celebrity Judge (2015) - D3 - D 4 Dance
- Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu (2016) - Mana Oori Ramayanam
|2004||Kangalal Kaidhu Sei||Vidya Sadagoppan||Tamil|
|2005||Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam||Thulasi|
|King||Unknown||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|
|Chennai Express||Unknown||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|
|2016||Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna||Geethanjali|
|Mana Oori Ramayanam||Telugu|
|2017||Chowka||Mariea D Souza||Kannada|
|Ashiq Vanna Divasam||Shyni||Malayalam|
|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||Dhee 11||ETV Telugu|
|2018-Present||Dhee jodi||ETV Telugu|
|Dance Kerala Dance||Malayalam||Zee Keralam|
- Other shows
|2013||Prematho Mee Lakshmi||Telugu||ETV Telugu|
|2014||Big Screen||Herself||Kairali TV||Guest|
|2015||Bigg Boss 3||Kannada||Colors Kannada|
|2016||I personally||Herself||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||Herself||Kannada||Zee Kannada||Guest appearance|
|Hand of God||Eleena||Malayalam||Mazhavil Manorama||Short film|
|2018||Master Dancer||Herself||Kannada||Colors Super||celebrity judge|
|Majaa Talkies||Guest appearance|
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