Abhinaya (actress)

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Born Abhinaya Anand
Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Abhinaya is an Indian film actress and model.[1] She is both hearing and speech impaired.[2][3] She made her acting debut in Naadodigal (2009) and went on to reprise the role in its Telugu and Kannada remakes.


Abhinaya was spotted by director Samuthirakani from an ad agency's portfolio while he was on the lookout for a fresh face for his movie Naadodigal.[4] The success of Naadodigal and critical acclaim for Abhinaya's performance led him to cast her in the Telugu remake Shambo Shiva Shambo, while she was signed to play the same role in its Kannada remake Hudugaru as well. She won two Filmfare Awards for her performances in Naadodigal and Shambo Shiva Shambo the following year. She was cast in an important role in Easan (2010) directed by Sasikumar. In 2011, A. R. Murugadoss signed her to play a supporting role alongside Suriya in the film 7aam Arivu.[5]

In 2012, she had three Telugu releases. In Dammu and Dhamarukam she played the sister of Jr. NTR's and Nagarjuna's characters, respectively,[6] while in Genius she played a Muslim character.[7] That year she also got her first lead role in the Telugu film Chandrudu opposite Krishnudu[8] but the film's release has been delayed. She was seen in minor supporting roles as part of an ensemble cast in the Telugu family drama Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2013)[7] and the Tamil action masala films Veeram (2014) [9] and Hari's Poojai.[10] The Reporter, the first Malayalam film, Abhinaya had signed,[11] released after long delays in 2015. That year also saw her making her Bollywood debut in R. Balki's Shamitabh in a short role.[12]

Among her upcoming films are Vizhithiru, in which she is playing a radio jockey,[13] and Mela Thalam.[7]


Year Title Role Language Notes
2008 Neninthe Sayaji Shinde's daughter Telugu
2008 King Heroine's Friend Telugu
2009 Naadodigal Pavithra Natraj Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut - South
Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
2010 Aayirathil Oruvan Cholan's daughter Tamil
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Pavithra Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu
2010 Easan Poorani Tamil
2011 Hudugaru Pavithra Kannada Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
2011 7aum Arivu Bodhidharma's wife Tamil
2012 Dammu NTR Jr's sister Telugu
2012 Dhamarukam Shailu Telugu
2012 Genius Telugu
2013 Isaac Newton S/O Philipose Annie Malayalam
2013 Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu Chinni Telugu
2013 Mahankali Telugu Guest appearance
2014 Veeram Poongothai Tamil
2014 1 by Two Razia Malayalam
2014 Poojai Durga Tamil
2015 The Reporter Sara Malayalam
2015 Shamitabh Herself Hindi
2015 Thani Oruvan Manimekalai Tamil
2015 Thakka Thakka Indhu Tamil
2016 Adida Melam Devaki Tamil
2016 Dhruva Akshara Telugu
2017 Kuttram 23 Sri Abhinaya Tamil
2017 Nisabdham Aadhira Tamil
2017 Senjittale En Kadhala Sona Tamil
2017 Raju Gari Gadhi 2 Kiran Telugu
2017 Vizhithiru Tamil


  1. ^ "Nadodigal Abhinaya gets more offers". Southdreamz. 16 July 2009. Archived from the original on 21 August 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "'Nadodigal' Abhinaya does the talking through lap-top". Chennaionline. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Borah, Prabalika M. (28 January 2010). "Fighting odds". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Rajamani, Radhika (30 June 2009). "Nadodigal's special heroine". Rediff. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunitha (4 April 2011). "Set for a bigger role". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  6. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (19 November 2011). "Itsy bitsy". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  7. ^ a b c Nambidi, Parvathy. "Riding high". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Abhinaya cast opposite Krishunudu". Sify.com. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Abhinaya Expresses About Ajith – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz.com. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Abhinaya bags her next with Vishal – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Team 'Nadodigal' reunites for Mollywood". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.bollywoodlife.com/south-gossip/abhinaya-enters-bollywood-with-dhanushs-shamitabh/
  13. ^ "Abhinaya's game for M-Town – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 

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