Regina Cassandra

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Regina Cassandra
Regina Cassandra grace the launch of Aankhen 2 (17) (cropped).jpg
Cassandra in 2017
Born (1990-12-13) 13 December 1990 (age 31)[1]
Alma materWomen's Christian College, Chennai
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present

Regina Cassandra (born 13 December 1990) is an Indian actress who primarily appears in Tamil and Telugu films. She made her acting debut with the Tamil film Kanda Naal Mudhal in 2005 and made her Telugu film debut with Siva Manasulo Sruthi (2012), for which she won the SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut – Telugu. She made her Kannada film debut with Suryakaanti (2010) and Bollywood debut with Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019).

Cassandra played the lead in various films including Siva Manasulo Sruthi, Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, Kotha Janta, Power, Rajathandhiram, Subramanyam for Sale, Jyo Achyutananda, Awe, Silukkuvarupatti Singam, 7, Evaru and Mughizh.

Cassandra made her television debut with the series Rocket Boys portraying classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai.

Early life[edit]

Regina Cassandra was born on 13 December 1990 in Madras (now Chennai), India.[1][2] Her mother tongue is Tamil.[3]

Career[edit]

Debut and Early career (2005-2010)[edit]

Cassandra started anchoring when she was nine for Splash, a kids' channel, and then moved on to work in commercials.[4][5]

Her first feature film appearance was the Tamil film Kanda Naal Mudhal (2005). She later played the lead in the Kannada film Suryakaanti (2010) by director K. M. Chaitanya of Aa Dinagalu fame. The film featured her alongside actor Chetan, and as she could not speak Kannada, she was told to act out scenes in English and add Kannada to it.[6] The film won good reviews and performed moderately at the box office. However, the film's low-key release meant that the film failed to gain attention, so she took time out from films and then went on to graduate in psychology from Women's Christian College, Chennai and took another year off before taking a final call on joining movies.[5][7]

During her break, Cassandra also acted in several short films, including Balaji Mohan's Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi alongside Adith Arun, which was later made into a feature film in 2012 under the same name.[8] In 2010, it was announced that she would feature in the Tamil film Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey alongside Adith Arun, but the film was eventually delayed and then restarted with a fresh cast.[9]

Debut in Telugu cinema, various roles and success (2012-2018)[edit]

In 2012, Cassandra appeared in Shiva Manasulo Shruti by Tatineni Sathya, which was a remake of the 2009 Tamil film Siva Manasula Sakthi. She was next seen in the Telugu romantic-comedy, Routine Love Story, alongside Sundeep Kishan,[10] which she signed even before her first release in Telugu.

In 2013 she had two Tamil releases, Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga by Pandiraj, in which she was one of the two lead actresses, and Nirnayam in which she played a vital role. Although the former proved successful at the box office,[11] she did not sign more films in Tamil and instead shifted her focus to Telugu films. Kotha Janta directed by Maruthi was Cassandra's first 2014 release.[12] She received positive response for her performance in the film.[13] Deccan Chronicle wrote, "The star of the film is undoubtedly Regina Cassandra. She looks cute and bubbly and delivers a delightful performance. She has done her character with ease and with the right expressions".[14] Her next releases were Ra Ra... Krishnayya,[15] which saw her reuniting with Sundeep Kishan,[16] and Power in which she played a Bengali girl, the film was a commercial success.[3] She played the lead role opposite Sai Dharam Tej in Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam directed by AS Ravi Kumar Chowdary.[17]

Seen after two years in Tamil cinema in Rajathandhiram (2015), her acting was praised.[18] Cassandra's next was the successful Subramanyam for Sale and Soukhyam. In 2016, she appeared in the action thriller Shankara (2016), which is remake of the Tamil hit Mouna Guru and also the source for the Hindi film Akira, starring Sonakshi Sinha.[19] She also appeared in the commercially successful film Jyo Achyutananda, receiving critical acclaim for her role.

In 2017, her Tamil films were Maanagaram, Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen and Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum. Cassandra In 2018, she appeared in the critical acclaimed Awe and is also part of films like Mr. Chandramouli and Silukkuvarupatti Singam in 2018. The latter was a critical and commercial success.[20]

Further success, Bollywood debut and recent work (2019-Present)[edit]

Cassandra's Bollywood debut Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) had her playing an unconventional role. She states that cinema in general is evolving, and Tamil industry picked up faster in doing unconventional films.[21] In 2019, she received critical acclaim for her role in Evaru. She played a negative character for the first time in 7.[citation needed]

In 2021, she again played a negative role in Chakra and went onto star in Nenjam Marappathillai, Kasada Thapara and the critical success Mughizh all in leading roles. She did a cameo in Thalaivii playing B. Saroja Devi.[citation needed]

Her first release in 2022 is the long-delayed 1945. Cassandra made her web debut with the Sony LIV's series Rocket Boys where she portrays Mrinalini Sarabhai.[22] Her upcoming movies include Telugu Tamil bilingual Soorpanagai, Saakini Daakini,[23][24] Borrder, Party, Kallapart, Karungaapiyam[25] and an item number in Acharya.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Regina at filmfare awards

Films[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Latha Tamil Debut Tamil film
2006 Azhagiya Asura Mahalakshmi Tamil
2010 Suryakaanti Kanthi Kannada Debut Kannada film
2012 Siva Manasulo Sruthi Shruti Telugu SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut – Telugu
Debut Telugu film
[27]
Routine Love Story Tanvi Telugu
2013 Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga Paappaa Tamil
Nirnayam Jeni Tamil
2014 Kotha Janta Suvarna Telugu
Ra Ra... Krishnayya Nandeshwari "Nandu" Telugu
Power Vaishnavi Telugu
Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham Shailaja "Shailu" / Sirisha "Siri" Telugu
2015 Rajathandhiram Michelle D'Mello Tamil
Subramanyam for Sale Seetha Telugu
Soukhyam Shailaja "Shailu" Telugu
2016 Shourya Netra Telugu
Jyo Achyutananda Jyotsna "Jyo" Kumari Telugu Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actress (Telugu)
Shankara Ananya / Pappu Telugu
2017 Maanagaram Youngster Tamil
Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen Thenmozhi Tamil
Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum Lavanya Tamil
Nakshatram Jamuna Telugu
Balakrishnudu Aadhya Telugu
2018 Awe Mira Telugu
Mr. Chandramouli Madhu Tamil
Silukkuvarupatti Singam Rajeshwari "Raji" Tamil
Party Madhu Tamil Unreleased
2019 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Kuhu Hindi Debut Hindi film
7 Saraswathi Telugu Bilingual film
Tamil
Evaru Sameera Maha Telugu
2021 Chakra Leela Tamil
Nenjam Marappathillai Mariam Tamil
Kasada Thapara Trisha Tamil
Thalaivii B. Saroja Devi Tamil Cameo Appearance [28]
Mughizh Radhika Tamil [29]
2022 1945 Anandhi Telugu
Acharya dagger Mandakini Telugu Special appearance in a song "Saana Kastham" [26]
TBA KarungaapiyamFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Completed [25]
Soorpanagai Films that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filming; Bilingual film [30]
Nena Na Films that have not yet been released TBA Telugu
Saakini Daakini Films that have not yet been released TBA Telugu Filming [23][24]
Borrder Films that have not yet been released Aparna Tamil Post-production [31]
Kallapart Films that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Delayed

Web series[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Series Role(s) Platform Notes Ref.
2022 Rocket Boys Mrinalini Sarabhai Sony LIV Web Debut [22]
FarziFilms that have not yet been released TBA Amazon Prime Completed [32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Happy Birthday Regina Cassandra: 5 movies of the actress that you cannot miss. The Times of India (13 December 2019)
  2. ^ "Regina Cassandra on her special number in Acharya: I was floored by Chiru sir's compliment - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b 'Telugu films are my priority': Regina Cassandra Deccan Chronicle. (3 May 2014) Retrieved on 28 April 2015
  4. ^ "Regina Cassandra". Filmi Beat. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  5. ^ a b Y. Sunita Chowdhary (10 May 2011). "Navigation News : Model moves". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  6. ^ Sharadha Srinidhi (12 April 2009). "Chetan is a very handsome Kannada hero: Regina". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Cinema Plus / Columns : Working vacation". The Hindu. 17 April 2009. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  8. ^ "THESE CELEBRITIES WHO WERE ALL PART OF THIS ONE SHORT FILM ON YOUTUBE AGES AGO." Behind Woods. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2021. {{cite web}}: |first= missing |last= (help)
  9. ^ "Assistant Directors launch Production – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Cassandra's having a great time in Tollywood". The Times of India. 21 November 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga completes 100 days!". The Times of India. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Allu Sirish-Regina film is Kotta Janta". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  13. ^ Regina on a high after Kotha Janta – The Times of India. The Times of India. (5 May 2014). Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  14. ^ Movie review Kotha Janta: It’s Regina all the way!. Deccan Chronicle. (2 May 2014). Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  15. ^ Sundeep and Regina to pair up again – The Times of India. The Times of India. (12 August 2013). Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  16. ^ Sangeetha Devi Dundoo (3 July 2014). "Krishnayya arrives". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Regina to romance Sai Dharam Tej". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  18. ^ Srinivasan, Latha (4 June 2015). "Regina Cassandra: I was misquoted as saying Telugu cinema is my priority!". Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  19. ^ News Service, Statesman (22 August 2016). "Regina Cassandra Interview: Don't think I can leave southern filmdom". The Statesman. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  20. ^ "Regina Cassandra Interview".
  21. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (13 August 2019). "Regina Cassandra talks about her journey in cinema, ahead of her Telugu thriller 'Evaru' co-starring Adivi Sesh - The Hindu". The Hindu.
  22. ^ a b "regina-cassandra-is-mrinalini-sarabhai-in-rocket-boys". The Hindu.
  23. ^ a b "'Midnight Runners' Telugu remake titled as 'Shakini Dhakini'?". The Times of India. 3 May 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ a b "'Midnight Runners' Telugu remake titled as 'Shakini Dhakini'? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  25. ^ a b "kajal-regina-janani-and-raiza-team-up-for-karungaapiyam".
  26. ^ a b "Regina Cassandra roped in for a celebration number in Chiranjeevi's 'Acharya'". The News Minute. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  27. ^ "SIIMA AWARDS | 2012 | winners | |". SIIMA. 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ "Kajal, Regina, Raiza, and Janani team up for Karungaapiyam". Cinema Express. 16 July 2021. Retrieved 16 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ "The short and sweet teaser of Vijay Sethupathi's 'Mugizh' is here! - Tamil News". IndiaGlitz.com. 5 October 2021. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  30. ^ "Regina Cassandra's Soorpanagai shoot resumes today - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  31. ^ "Arun Vijay-Arivazhagan film titled Borrder, first look out". Cinema Express. 15 April 2021. Retrieved 29 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  32. ^ "Shahid Kapoor's OTT Debut Farzi: First look out, series to star Vijay Sethupathi, Kay Kay Menon, Regina Cassandra and Raashi Khanna". News 18. 28 April 2022.

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