Vega Tamotia at the Audio release of Chittagong
|Born||7 May 1985|
|Years active||2008 – present|
|Height||5 ft 3.5 in (161 cm)|
Vega Tamotia (born 7 May 1985 in Chhattisgarh, India) is an Indian film actress and model, who has appeared in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu films. She is probably best known for her performances as Saroja in the film of the same name, and Sobikannu in Pasanga. Vega, with the motive of acting in films, earlier had been acting for Broadway Drama Troupe and gained experience in theatre arts.
Vega Tamotia was born on 7 May 1985 in Chhattisgarh, but was brought up in Sydney, Australia. She completed her education in Economics from the University of New South Wales and then attended Indian Institute of Management Bangalore as part of an exchange programme.
Having an interest in theatre and acting, Vega participated in theatre plays throughout her childhood and school. After having completed her education, she pursued professional theatre in Mumbai, when Swanand Kirkire met her and cast her as the female lead in his Hindi musical Aao Saathi Sapna Dekhein, for which she along with the rest of the cast was awarded the META (Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award) for Best Ensemble in 2009.
Afterwards, she got the opportunity to meet Venkat Prabhu and T. Siva, director and producer of the 2008 Tamil film Saroja, who, impressed of her acting and attitude, immediately decided to cast her in the film in the title role, by which she stepped into the Indian film industry. The film was critically acclaimed and went on to become successful at the box office, with critics claiming Vega's performance was "apt" for the role. Subsequently, she was selected by prominent film maker Sasikumar to feature in his next production, Pasanga, after he had seen her portfolio. The film, based on children, upon release, became described as a "masterpiece" by critics, and went on to win two National Film Awards amongst notable regional awards. Vega's performance as a young village kindergarten teacher also received rave reviews, being dubbed as "excellent", despite claims by her that the role was diametrically opposite from her real life. She made her debut in Hindi films with the small budget coming-to age story of a girl with Aamras, though the film went unnoticed.
In 2009, she appeared in a Telugu language film, Happy Happy Gaa with Varun Sandesh and Saranya Mohan, which won good reviews by critics with a reviewer citing that Vega was the "surprise package" of the film. Vega's next release was the multi-starrer Vaanam also featuring Silambarasan, Bharath and Anushka, amongst other notable stars. Playing the role of a strong-headed rock musician with a military background, Vega has insisted that the role is very close to her real life persona. Her other film in the post-production stage is Chittagong, a period film based on the Chittagong armoury raid of 1930. The film features her in the historical character of Pritilata Waddedar, a freedom fighter and was premiered in film festivals before a commercial release on 12 October 2012. Vega's new film Amit Sahni Ki List has her opposite Vir Das.
|2009||Pasanga||Sobhikannu Chokkalingam||Tamil||Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Actress|
|2010||Happy Happy Gaa||Pooja D'Souza||Telugu|
|2014||Amit Sahni Ki List||Mala||Hindi|
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