Rima Kallingal

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Rima Kallingal
Rima Kallingal In 2013.jpg
Kallingal in 2013
Alma materChrist University
Years active2009 – present
Spouse(s)Aashiq Abu (2013–present)

Rima Kallingal is an Indian actress and film producer who mainly appears in Malayalam films. She has also appeared in some Tamil and Hindi films. Kallingal made her Malayalam film debut with Ritu (2009).


Born in Thrissur, Kerala, Rima Kallingal began practising dancing when she was three years old.[1] 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.[2] She completed her schooling from Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Thrissur, graduating in 2001. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Christ University, Bengaluru.[3][4] She is also skilled in Taekwondo (Korean martial art), Chao (Manipuri martial art) and Kalari.[1]

She was a semi-finalist of the Asianet reality show Vodafone Thakadhimi. She moved to Bengaluru 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[5] She was 25 when she acted in the film.[3]

In 2012, she acted in the film 22 Female Kottayam which became a big success,[3] commercially as well as critically.[7][8] She received praises[9] and won many awards for her portrayal of Tessa.[10] 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".[7]

In 2013, Rima turned television anchor with the Mazhavil Manorama show "Midukki".[11][12] Following which the Kerala Film Chamber imposed a ban on her which was revoked later.[citation needed]

In 2014 she set up her own Dance institute Mamangam in Kochi, Kerala.

Personal life[edit]

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.[13][14][15]


As actor[edit]

  • All projects are in Malayalam language unless noted
Year Film Role Notes
2009 Ritu Varsha John Debut film
Kerala Cafe Grand daughter Segment : Mrityunjayam
Neelathaamara Shaarath Ammini
2010 Happy Husbands Diana
Best of Luck Diya
2011 City of God Surya Prabha
Ko Herself Tamil film
Special appearance
Shankaranum Mohananum Jyotsna Mathew
Yuvan Yuvathi Nisha Tamil film
Sevenes Aravindan's sister
Doubles Cameo appearance
Indian Rupee Beena
2012 Orkut Oru Ormakoot Crystal Falth Ritz
Unnam Jennifer
Nidra Ashwathy
22 Female Kottayam Tessa Kurissuparambil Abraham
Husbands in Goa Tina
Ayalum Njanum Thammil Diya
Bavuttiyude Namathil Noorjahan
2013 Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath Mahalakshmi
Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla Annie
August Club Savithri
Zachariayude Garbhinikal Fathima
Escape from Uganda Shikha Samuel
Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal Sini Alex
2015 Chirakodinja Kinavukal Sumathi
Rani Padmini Rani
2017 Kaadu Pookkunna Neram Maoist
Clint Chinnamma
2018 Aabhaasam Passenger
2019 Virus Nurse Akhila also producer
2020 Sunny Side Upar Dr.Kavya Menon Hindi film
2021 Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam Maria also dialogue writer
Chithirai Sevvaanam Asha Nair Tamil film

As producer[edit]


Year Film Director Notes
2014 Gangster Aashiq Abu Associate producer
2016 Maheshinte Prathikaaram Dileesh Pothan Associate producer
2017 Mayanadi Aashiq Abu Associate producer
2018 Ee.Ma.Yau Lijo Jose Pellissery Associate producer
2019 Virus Aashiq Abu Co-produced with Aashiq Abu
2021 Bheemante Vazhi Ashraf Hamza Co-produced with Chemban Vinod Jose and Aashiq Abu
2022 Naaradan Aashiq Abu Co-produced with Santhosh T. Kuruvilla and Aashiq Abu
TBA Neelavelicham Aashiq Abu Co-produced with Santhosh T. Kuruvilla and Aashiq Abu


  • Arabian Jewellers
  • Parthas
  • A Geeripai Jewellery
  • UNICEF India
  • Geepas Customer Care


Year Program Role Channel Notes
2013 Midukki Host Mazhavil Manorama reality show
2009 Vodafone Thakadhimi contestant Asianet Dance reality show


Year Ceremony Film Result
2013 Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress 22 Female Kottayam and Nidra Won
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam Won


  1. ^ a b Keerthy Ramachandran DC (20 October 2011). "Rima Kallingal: A bold and new face | Deccan Chronicle". Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  2. ^ "You've got to react girl! - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Playing by their own rules | Society". Times Crest. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Manorama Online | Rima Kallingal". Manoramanews.com. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Rima Kallingal strikes a pose". sify.com/. Archived from the original on 29 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Lal Jose's Tamil debut". Rediff.com. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b P.K. Ajith Kumar (7 May 2012). "22 Female Kottayam's success has Rima on cloud nine". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  8. ^ Shiba Kurian, TNN 17 August 2012, 02.10PM IST (17 August 2012). "A proud moment for '22 Female Kottayam' crew". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "I feel totally excited about 22 Female Kottayam". Rediff.com. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Kochi Times Film Awards '13- The Times of India Photogallery". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  11. ^ Sajini Sahadevan (8 November 2012). "Quest for the smartest woman". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  12. ^ "And now, Rima is banned – Malayalam Movie News". Indiaglitz.com. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  13. ^ "News18.com: CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Rima Kallingal marries director Aashiq Abu". Deccan Herald. 1 November 2013.
  15. ^ "Rima Kallingal and Aashiq Abu tie the knot – The Times of India". The Times of India.
  16. ^ "റീമ കല്ലിങ്കൽ". M3DB.COM.

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