Name: Nayanthara
Original Name: Diana Kurien
Date of birth: 8th Nov, 1984
Father : Kurian Kodiyattu
Mother : Omana Kurian
Brother : Lenu
Birth Place : Thiruvalla, Kerala
Debut Film: Manassinakkare (Malayalam)
Hobbies: Listening music, traveling, Reading..
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 55 kg
Pet name: Mani
Star: Scorpio
FavouritesColor: Black
Food: North Indian Dish
Qualification: Did 3rd DC Eng, LiteratureWon the Best Model Award of Kerala (2002)

Nayathara entered the tinsel world debuting in the Malayalam film 'Manassinakkare', directed by Sathyan Anthikad opposite Jayaram (2003).The Kerala-born Christian girl from Tiruvalla, whose real name is Diana Kurien, had completed her B.A. literature and was doing her Chartered accountancy when films beckoned her. Her striking appearance and acting talent was appreciated by the Kerala audience. The huge commercial success of "Manassinakkare" helped her career in a big way.
Then came her second film, "Vismayathumbath"(2004) by Fazil, with super star Mohanlal. Though the film did not fare well at the box office, Nayanthara has become a noted actress in Kerala film industry. Her pretty looks captured the attention of Malayalam film buffs. She again did a film with Mohanlal, "Natturajavu".The pretty actress stepped into Tamil films with 'Ayya' (2005) where Sarat Kumar was her hero. Her second release in Tamil was the much awaited 'Chandramukhi' where she paired with superstar Rajnikanth. Barely out of her teens and hardly a year in the industry, nayantara seems to have done good career-wise. But strangely her pairings have all been with senior heroes. In between she came back to the Malayalam industry with two films 'Thaskaraveeran' and 'Raapakal' where Mammootty was her hero After crossing the border she has changed her 'seedha sadha' image and has started taking up glamorous roles. Nayanthara and Simbu's intimate life-sized posters in "Vallavan" created shock waves in Chennai. Similar excitement resulted when glamorous posters of "Kalvanin Kadhali" were posted all over Chennai. Her maiden Telugu film 'Lakshmi' has made a big splash in Tollywood. This glamour queen is one of the busiest actresses in the southern film industry today.

Born Diana Mariam Kurian
November 18, 1984 (1984-11-18) (age 25)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India[1]
Other name(s) Nayan, Diana
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003 - present

Diana Mariam Kurian (born on 18 November 1984),[2] best known by her stage name Nayantara (Malayalam: നയന്‍ താര), is an Indian film actress, who has appeared in Malayalam,Tamil,Telugu and Kannada films. After several commercial successes such as Chandramukhi, Ghajini, Billa and Yaaradi Nee Mohini, she has established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in Tamil cinema.[3][4]

Early life

She studied in various parts of India (Bengaluru, Gujarat, Delhi and Kerala)[citation needed], as her father was an Indian Air Force official. She is a Syrian Christian by birth. She did her schooling at the prestigious Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in north India and then attended Marthoma College in Tiruvalla for her Bachelor's degree in English Literature. She is a native of Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta district.[3].


Nayan was spotted when she was still in college by director Satyan Anthikkad, who cast her opposite Jayaram in the 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare. Later, she co-starred alongside Mohanlal in Natturajavu and in Fazil's Vismayathumbathu. She was also cast with Mammootty in Thaskaraveeran and Raapakal.

She subsequently started appearing in Tamil and Telugu films. 2005, she was cast opposite Sarath Kumar in Ayya, debuting in the Tamil film industry, and followed it up with Chandramukhi. The comedy horror film, in which she starred alongside Rajinikanth, became one of the most successful Tamil films in history, running for over 700 days in theatres, turning Nayantara eventually into one of the most-sought after actresses in Tamil. Later that year her third Tamil film, A. R. Murugadoss' Ghajini released, where she played a secondary female character, which again was a commercially highly successful venture. She then made her debut in Telugu, starring in the film Lakshmi, following which she performed in Boss, alongside Venkatesh and Nagarjuna, respectively. She regained her star billing in Kollywood acting opposite Ajith Kumar in the Vishnuvardhan-directed Billa. The gangster film, a remake of the same-titled 1980 Tamil film, went on to become a blockbuster success at the box office.

In 2008 she had five releases, four of which in Tamil. Her first release, the family entertainer Yaaradi Nee Mohini was one of the highest grossing Tamil films of the year, besides receiving seven nominations at the 56th Filmfare Awards South, including a Best Actress nomination for Nayantara for her portrayal of Keerthi. Her subsequent releases, however, Kuselan opposite Rajnikanth, Sathyam opposite Vishal, Aegan opposite Ajith Kumar and Villu opposite Vijay were all unsuccessful. Her only successful release in 2009 was Aadhavan with Surya which released in October 2009, and become one of the few hits of 2009 which ran for 100 days.

Her three 2010 releases, Bodyguard in Malayalam and Adurs in Telugu, all were super hit while her latest telugu release Simha was a blockbuster. Her forthcoming films include Boss Engira Bhaskaran with Tamil actor Arya and acclaimed director Shyamaprasad's Malayalam film entitled Electra. She is also making a glamorous debut into the Kannada film industry opposite super star Upendra.


Year Film Role Language Other notes
2003 Manassinakkare Gauri Malayalam Winner, Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year
2004 Vismayathumbathu Reetha Mathews Malayalam
Natturajavu Katrina Malayalam
2005 Ayya Selvi Tamil
Chandramukhi Durga Tamil
Thaskara Veeran Thankamani Malayalam
Rappakal Gauri Malayalam
Ghajini Chitra Tamil
Sivakasi Nayanthara Tamil Special appearance in song Kodambakkam Area
2006 Kalvanin Kadhali Haritha Tamil
Lakshmi Nandhini Telugu
Boss Anuradha Telugu
Vallavan Swapna Tamil
Thalaimagan Meghala Tamil
E Jyothi Tamil
2007 Yogi Nandini Telugu
Dubai Seenu Madhumathi Telugu
Sivaji: The Boss
Tamil Special appearance in song Balleilakka
Tulasi Vasundhara Ram Telugu
Billa Sasha Tamil Winner, Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine,
Nominated, Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award
2008 Yaaradi Nee Mohini Keerthi Tamil Winner, Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
Nominated, Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award
Kuselan Nayanthara Tamil Simultaneously made in Telugu as Kathanayakudu
Sathyam Deivalakshmi Tamil
Aegan Mallika Tamil
Twenty:20 Diana Malayalam Special appearance in song He Dil Deewana
2009 Villu Janavi Tamil
Anjaneyulu Anjali Telugu
Aadhavan Thara Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
2010 Adurs Chandrakala Telugu
Bodyguard Ammu Ashokan Malayalam
Tamil Guest appearance
Simha Gayatri Telugu
Boss Engira Bhaskaran Chandrika Tamil Post-production
Electra Electra Alexander Malayalam Filming
Kannada Filming
2011 Mathilukalkkappruam Narayani Malayalam Filming
Billa 2 - The Chase Continues Sasha Tamil Announced.[5]


  • 2003 - Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year - Manassinakkare
  • 2007 - Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine - Billa
  • 2008 - Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine - Yaaradi Nee Mohini

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