Rima Kallingal at IFFK 2016
19 January 1984|
Kunnamkulam, Thrissur district, Kerala, India
|Occupation||Actress, model, television anchor, dancer, choreographer|
|Spouse(s)||Aashiq Abu (2013–present)|
Rima Kallingal is an Indian model and film actress, who predominantly appears in Malayalam cinema.
After being named First Runner-up in the Miss Kerala 2008 contest, she went on to pursue a career in acting. She made her acting debut in the 2009 film Ritu and later appeared in Neelathaamara (2009) and continues to work in Malayalam films. Her notable roles include performances in City of God (2011), Indian Rupee (2011), Nidra (2012), 22 Female Kottayam (2012), August Club (2013), and Rani Padmini (2015). She is one of the founding members of Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), the organization for the welfare of women workers of the Malayalam film industry.
Born in 1984 Thrissur, Rima Kallingal began practising dancing when she was three years old. A dancer by profession, she has been a part of a dance company called Nritarutya and has had performances on national and international stages. She studied in Stanes Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Coonoor up to Fifth grade. She completed her schooling from Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Thrissur, passing out in 2001. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Christ University, Bangalore. She is also skilled in Taekwondo (Korean martial art), Chao (Manipuri martial art) and Kalari.
She was a semi-finalist of the Asianet reality show Vodafone Thakadhimi. She moved to Bangalore to pursue a modelling career and later participated in the Miss Kerala beauty pageant, in which be she became the first runner-up, losing to Shree Thulasi in a tie-breaker.
She was spotted by director Lal Jose on a magazine cover, who cast her for a goat herder role in a Tamil film Mazhai Varappoguthu. The project didn't materialise, but she was offered the lead female character of Varsha by director Shyamaprasad for Ritu, which eventually marked her acting debut. She was 25 when she acted in the film.
In 2012, she acted in the film 22 Female Kottayam which became a big success, commercially as well as critically. She received praises and won many awards for her portrayal of Tessa. She also won the Kerala State Government award for Best Actress. After 22 Female Kottayam she told that she had made some mistakes in her career and stated "Yes, I have done a few films I never should have, but I am determined not to repeat those mistakes".
In 2014 she set up her own Dance institute Mamangam in Kochi, Kerala.
Rima married director Aashiq Abu on 1 November 2013, in a simple ceremony held in Kakkanad Registration office, Kochi. As part of the occasion, they donated Rs 1 million towards the welfare of poor cancer patients at the General Hospital, Ernakulam, and Rs 25,000 to meet a day's expense of the dietary kitchen at the hospital.
Rima has stated that she would continue to act in films after marriage. She also said on a social networking site prior to her wedding that she would not be wearing any gold for the function as a protest against the dowry system.
|2013||Midukki||Host||Mazhavil Manorama||reality show|
|2009||Vodafone Thakadhimi||contestant||Asianet||Dance reality show|
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