Original Name: Diana Kurien
Nick Name: Mani, Nayan
Born: 8th Nov, 1984
Zodiac Star: Scorpio
Father : Kurian Kodiyattu
Mother : Omana Kurian
Brother : Lenu
Birth Place : Thiruvalla, Kerala
Debut Film: Manassinakkare (Malayalam)
Hobbies: Listening music, traveling, Reading..
Weight: 55 kg
Food: North Indian Dish
Qualification: Did 3rd DC Eng, Literature
Award: Won the Best Model Award of Kerala (2002)
ENTRY TO THE TELUGU FILM INDUSTRY:
Nayanatara entereted 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.
* Nayanatara means "star eyes".
* Completed her B.A. in Literature. Was not able to continue with her C.A. studies though due to her film commitments.
* Her favorite film is "Manassinakkare" (2003).
* Won the Best Model Award of Kerala in 2002.
* Hails from Thiruvalla, a small town in Kerala where her parents, Kurian and Omana Kodiyattu, settled after her father retired from the defense service. She has one brother, Lenu, who lives in Dubai.
NAYANATARA PERSONAL QUOTES:
"I've begun my career working with older heroes. The people I had been fan of, I now work with them. It's a great opportunity for me."
* Sivaji (2007) .... Special Apearance for song 'Ballelaka'
* Dubai Seenu (2007) .... Madhumati
* Yogi (2007) .... Nandini
* E (2006) .... Jothi
* Vallavan (2006) (as Nayanthara)
* Boss (2006) .... Anuradha
* Lakshmi (2006) .... Nandini
* Sivakasi (2005) (as Nayanthara) .... Special Appearance (Song)
* Ghajini (2005) (as Nayanthara) .... Chitra
* Rappakal (2005) .... Gauri
* Thaskara Veeran (2005) .... Thankamani
* Chandramukhi (2005) (as Nayanthara) .... Thurga
* Ayya (2005) .... Selvi
* Kalvanin Kadhali (2005) (as Nayanthara)
* Natturajavu (2004) .... Kathrina
* Vismayathumbathu (2004) .... Reetha Mathews
* Manassinakkare (2003) .... Gauri