Nayanthara (1984-0) is a Kannada Actress known for the movies Super(2010)

TitlesLady Superstar
Other NamesDiana Mariam Kurian
Date Of Birth18 November 1984
Age39 years 7 months 3 days
Place Of BirthBangalore, Karnataka
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FatherKurian Kodiyattu(Indian Air Force official)
MotherOmana Kurian
Education (High School)Balikamadom Girls Higher Secondary School
Education(College)Marthoma College, bachelor's degree in English Literature
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BrotherLenu Kurian
Hair colorBrown
Mother TongueMalayalam
Favorite ColorBlack
Languages KnownHindi,English,Tamil,Telugu,Malayalam
HobbyWatching movies, Music, Travelling, Driving
Favorite SongNorth Indian & spicy food
Height1.65 m or 5 feet 5 inches
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Favorite ActorVenkatesh (Telugu),Rajinikanth (Tamil)
Favorite DressSimple dress,casual,jeans,designer (Valentino and Karen Mille)
Weight55 kg
Shoe Size8 US
Eye colorLight Brown


Nayanthara (born as Diana Mariam Kurian), is a South Indian film actress who appears in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada & Malayalam movies.

Childhood, Family, Personal Life

nayanthara childhood photo
Nayanthara childhood photo

Nayanthara was born on Sunday, 18 November 1984 as Diana Mariam Kurian in Bangalore, Karnataka to Malayali speaking Nasrani (Syrian Orthodox Christian) parents Kurian Kodiyattu(Father) and Omana Kurian(Mother) hailing from Tiruvalla of Kerala. She speaks Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu apart from Malayalam.

Nayanthara with family- Mother Omana Kurian and Father Kurian Kodiyattu
Nayanthara with family- Mother Omana Kurian and Father Kurian Kodiyattu

She has a brother named Leno Kurian (born 1975), who is working & settled in Dubai, United Arab Emirates  along with his wife & children.

Nayanthara's father was an employee in Indian Air Force, as part of work he was moved all over India, Nayanthara moved along with her parents to various parts of the country. Her education has been all over India. Her family moved to Kerala permanently only after her father's retirement.

Nayanthara currently resides in Chennai, the home of Tamil film industry.


  • School: She did her schooling from Jamnagar, Gujarat.
  • School: She did her schooling in Delhi as well.
  • High School: She studied at Balikamadom Girls Higher Secondary School, Tiruvalla, Kerala for her secondary schooling.
  • Graduation: She has a bachelor's degree in "English Literature" from Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla, Kerala.

Affair with Prabhudeva: Nayanthara was first seen involed in relationship with actor Prabhudeva in 2008, in 2010 Prabhu's wife Latha protested again theire relationship & went to court seeking restrictions on him, Women's organizations supported Latha on this issue and there were protests against Nayanthara. There were rumours about the couple's marriage after Prabhudeva had divorced his wife. But In 2012 Nayanthara & Prabhudeva ended their relationship.

nayanthara with prabhudeva
Nayanthara with Prabhudeva

She was romantically linked with Tamil Actor/Director simbu during the shooting of the movie Vallavan in 2006, she rejected these speculations as outright non-sense and madeup by media.

Relationship with director Vignesh Shivan: Nayanthara is seen celebratin Onam with the director Vignesh Shivan of Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. The pics of duo are seen circulating in social media,She was seen with Vignesh Shivan at the Jallikattu protest. Nayanthara was seen sporting an earring with the initial "V" which could stand for Vignesh. There has not been any official announcement so far, just speculations.

nayanthara with vignesh shivan
Nayanthara with Vignesh Shivan

Movie Career

Nayanthara was part-time modelling for Local textiles, Jewellery brands & women’s magazines while still studying in college, when she was asked to act in Manassinakkare (2003) she rejected at first, but then agreed thinking it would be a one off affair.

Nayanthara made her movie debut through Malayalam film Manassinakkare (2003), a family drama directed by Sathyan Anthikkad with Sheela, Jayaram, Innocent & Siddique in the cast.

She made her Tamil Debut through Tamil drama film Ayya(2005) written and directed by Hari, starring Sarath Kumar, Napoleon, Prakash Raj & others.

2006 movie Lakshmi marked her beginning in the Telugu film insudtry, it was directed by V V Vinayak & included Venkatesh, Charmme Kaur in the cast.

With Super (2010) she entered Kannada films, the movie was directed by super star of Kannada film industry Upendra.

Chandramukhi was one of the block busters which popularised Nayanthara to a larger audience.

Detailed movies List

  • 2003: Manassinakkare(Malayalam): This marked the beginning of Nayanthara's film career. It was a family Drama directed by Sathyan Anthikkad with Sheela, Jayaram, Innocent & Siddique in the cast.
  • 2004: Vismayathumbathu(Malayalam): A psychological thriller directed by Fazil starring Mohanlal, Mukesh and Nayanthara.
  • 2004: Natturajavu(Malayalam): A super hit directed by Shaji Kailas, with Mohanlal, Meena in the lead.
  • 2005: Ayya (Tamil): Marks the Tamil debut of Nayan. A family drama directed by Hari with Sarath Kumar, Nayanthara, Napoleon, Prakash Raj & Lakshmi. The movie explores the pains of drought hit family.
  • 2005: Chandramukhi(Tamil): A psychological horror comedy starring super star of South India Rajinikanth, Prabhu, Jyothika, Vadivelu, Nayantara. Remake of the Kannaa movie AptaMitra by the same director (P. Vasu)
  • 2005: Thaskara Veeran(Malayalam): A film directed by Pramod Pappan with Mammootty, Sheela, Innocent, siddhique in the cast.
  • 2005: Rappakal(Malayalam): Story of a valet & his love towards the elderly women, movie was directed by Kamal, Mammootty, Sharada appeared in lead roles along with Nayanthara.
  • 2005: Ghajini(Tamil): A romantic psychological thriller directed by A. R. Murugadoss starring Suriya,  Asin, Nayantara, Pradeep Rawat.
  • 2005: Sivakasi(Tamil): Nayanthara appeared in an item song (first in her career) "Kodamakkam Area"
  • 2006: Kalvanin Kadhali(Tamil): A film directed by Thamilvaanan, starring S. J. Suryaah, Nayanthara, Vivek, Shradha Arya. Sathya, the hero of the story is simultaneously in Love with 2 women Haritha(Nayanthara) & Tina (Shradha Arya).
  • 2006: Lakshmi(Telugu): A family drama directed by V.V. Vinayak. Starring Venkatesh, Nayantara, Charmme Kaur.
  • 2006: Boss(Telugu): A romantic crime movie directed by V. N. Aditya, starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Nayantara, Poonam Bajwa, Shriya Saran. The movie deals with real estate gangsters.
  • 2006:Vallavan(Tamil): A romantic thriller writtn & directed by Silambarasan, starring Silambarasan, Nayantara, Reema Sen.
  • 2006: Thalaimagan(Tamil): The movie marks the debut of actor Sarath Kumar's direction career. Sarath Kumar, Nayanthara, Seema Biswas, Vadivelu were seen in the lead.
  • 2006: E (Tamil): A medical fiction thriller by S. P. Jananathan starring Jiiva, Nayantara, Pasupathy, Ashish Vidyarthi
  • 2007: Yogi(Telugu): An action Drama directed by V.V. Vinayak, starring Prabhas, Nayantara, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Pradeep Rawat.
  • 2007: Dubai Seenu (Telugu): A Romantic comedy story of a man dreaming of going to Dubai, directed by Srinu Vaitla, stars Ravi Teja, Nayantara.
  • 2007: Sivaji- The Boss (Tamil): Nayanthara appears in the song  "Balleilakka"
  • 2007: Tulasi (Telugu): An action super hit directed by Boyapati Srinu, starring Venkatesh, Nayantara, Ashish Vidyarthi.
  • 2007: Billa (Tamil): A gangster thriller remake of the 1980s movie directed by Vishnuvardhan, starring Ajith Kumar, Prabhu, Nayantara, Namitha.
  • 2008: Yaaradi Nee Mohini (Tamil): A family drama directed by Mithran Jawahar starring Dhanush, Nayantara, Karthik Kumar, Raghuvaran. The movie was a remake of Telugu movie "Aadavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule", movie revolves around 2 office colleagues falling in Love.
  • 2008: Kuselan (Tamil): A drama film by P. Vasu, starring Rajinikanth, Pasupathy, Meena. The story is about two village friends, where one becomes a famous man, other remains in the village; what happens when they meet next time.
  • 2008: Kathanayakudu (Telugu): A Drama directed by P. Vasu, starring Jagapati Babu, Meena, Rajinikanth. The story is about two childhood friends.
  • 2008: Satyam (Tamil): An action, Masala film by A. R. Rajasekar with Vishal, Faies, Nayantara, Brahmanandam.
  • 2008: Salute (Telugu)
  • 2008: Aegan (Tamil): An action film directed by Raju Sundaram, starring Nayantara, Ajith Kumar, Navdeep, Piaa Bajpai.
  • 2008: Twenty:20 (Malayalam): An action thriller by Joshi with Mohanlal, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi. Nayanthara makes special appearance in the song "He Dil Deewana".
  • 2009: Villu (Tamil): An action masala directed by Prabhu Deva, with Vijay, Nayanthara, Ranjitha, Prakash Raj.
  • 2009: Anjaneyulu (Telugu): An action comedy starring Ravi Teja, Nayantara, Prakash Raj, Sonu Sood. Directed by Parasuram.
  • 2009: Aadhavan (Tamil): An action-comedy directed by K. S. Ravikumar. Suriya, Nayantara, Vadivelu, Murali were seen in the movie. The story is of a professional assassin .
  • 2010: Adhurs (Telugu): An action drama film directed by V.V. Vinayak. with NTR Jr., Nayantara, Sheela. The story is of two twin brothers who are separated at birth.
  • 2010: Bodyguard (Malayalam): A romantic action comedy by Siddique, starring Dileep, Nayantara, Thiagarajan.
  • 2010: Goa (Tamil): An adult comedy film written & directed by Venkat Prabhu. Nayanthara makes guest appearance in the movie.
  • 2010: Simha (Telugu): An action film directed by Boyapati Srinu, starring Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nayantara, Sneha Ullal, Namitha.
  • 2010: Boss Engira Bhaskaran (Tamil): A romantic comedy film directed by M. Rajesh. starring Arya, Nayantara, Santhanam.
  • 2010: Elektra (Malayalam): A psychological drama directed by Shyamaprasad with Nayantara, Manisha Koirala, P. Sreekumar, Biju Menon. The film is based on the story of the Greek mythological character Electra.
  • 2010: Super (Kannada/Telugu): The movie marks the debut of Nayanthara into Kannada films. A son of an NRI living in London falls in love with a simple looking Indian girl. Movie was directed and written by Upendra.
  • 2011: Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu): An epic devotional film directed by Bapu based on the story of Ramayana. The movie starred Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nayanthara, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Srikanth.
  • 2012: Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (Telugu): Action drama film directed by Krish, starring Rana Daggubati, Nayantara, Kota Srinivasa Rao. The story is about illegal mining.
  • 2013: Ethir Neechal (Tamil): A sports drama comedy by R. S. Durai Senthilkumar. Starring Sivakarthikeyan, Priya Anand, Nandita
  • 2013: Greeku Veerudu (Telugu): A romantic comedy film by Dasarath. Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Nayantara. Story of a self made business man in New York.
  • 2013: Raja Rani (Tamil): A romantic drama film directed by debutant Atlee, starring Arya, Jai, Nayantara, Nazriya Nazim. Story revolves around a married couple who are not in Love.
  • 2013: Arrambam (Tamil): An action film by Vishnuvardhan, starring Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayantara, Taapsee Pannu. 
  • 2014: Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal (Tamil) : A family drama film written and directed by S. R. Prabhakaran. Starring Udhayanidhi, Stalin, Nayanthara, Chaya Singh.
  • 2014: Anaamika (Telugu): A thriller film, Remake of the Hindi film Kahaani, Nayanthara plays the role od anaamika, a woman in search of her husband.
  • 2014: Nee Enge En Anbe (Tamil) :Tamil version of Anaamika.
  • 2015: Nannbenda (Tamil): A romantic comedy film directed by Jagadish. with Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nayantara, N. Santhanam, Tamannaah, Sherin.
  • 2015: Bhaskar the Rascal (Malayalam): A comedy family film written and directed by Siddique, with Mammootty, Nayantara, J. D. Chakravarthy, Sanoop Santhosh. A business tycoon Bhaskaran, a single parent of a boy name Adi meets another single parent Hima, the mother of Shivani, a friend & classmate of Adi.
  • 2015: Masss (Tamil): A supernatural comedy film directed by Venkat Prabhu. Starring Suriya, Nayantara , Premgi Amaren, Pranitha Subhash.
  • 2015: Thani Oruvan (Tamil): An action thriller film directed by Mohan Raja.
  • 2015: Maya (Tamil): A horror film written and directed by Ashwin Saravanan.
  • 2015: Life of Josutty (Malayalam): A drama film directed by Jeethu Joseph.
  • 2015: Naanum Rowdydhaan (Tamil): A black comedy film written and directed by Vignesh Shivan.
  • 2016: Puthiya Niyamam (Malayalam): A thriller film written and directed by A. K. Sajan
  • 2016: Idhu Namma Aalu (Tamil): A romantic comedy film written and directed by Pandiraj.
  • 2016: Thirunaal (Tamil): An action film directed by P. S. Ramnath, starring Jiiva, Nayantara.
  • 2016: Babu Bangaram (Telugu): An action romantic comedy film by Maruthi. With Venkatesh, Nayanthara.
  • 2016: Iru Mugan (Tamil): An action filled, thriller directed by Anand Shankar.
  • 2016: Kaashmora (Tamil): A supernatural horror movie directed by Gokul.
  • 2017: Dora (Tamil): A horror film directed by Dass Ramasamy.
  • 2017: Imaikkaa Nodigal (Tamil): A romantic thriller written and directed by R. Ajay Gnanamuthu.
  • 2017: Aramm (Tamil): A social drama film directed by Minjur Gopi.
  • 2017: Kolaiyuthir Kaalam (Tamil): A murder drama film directed by Chakri Toleti.

Awards & Nominations

  • 2002: Best Model award (Kerala)
  • 2003Manassinakkare (Malayalam): Best New Face of the Year- Won (Asianet Film Awards)
  • 2007Billa (Tamil): Best Actress- Nomination (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2007Billa (Tamil): Best Actress- Won (Sunfeast Tamil Music Awards)
  • 2007Billa (Tamil): Favourite Heroine- Won (Vijay Awards)
  • 2007: Tulasi (Telugu): Best Actress- Nomination (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2008Yaaradi Nee Mohini (Tamil): Best Actress- Nomination (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2008Yaaradi Nee Mohini (Tamil): Favourite Heroine- Won (Vijay Awards)
  • 2009: Aadhavan (Tamil): Favourite Heroine- Nomination (Vijay Awards)
  • 2009Youth Icon (Female) Award  (South Scope Style Awards)
  • 2010Kalaimamani Award for Contribution of Tamil Cinema.
  • 2010: Boss Engira Bhaskaran (Tamil): Best Actress- Nomination (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2010: Simha (Telugu): Best Actress- Nomination (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2010: Super (Kannada/Telugu): Best Actress- Nomination (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2010: Bodyguard (Malayalam): Best Actress- Won (Asianet Film Awards)
  • 2010: Boss Engira Bhaskaran (Tamil): Favourite Heroine- Nomination (Vijay Awards)
  • 2011Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu): Best Actress-Won (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2011Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu): Best Actress-Won (Nandi Awards)
  • 2011Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu): Best Actress-Won (CineMAA Awards)
  • 2011Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu): Best Actress-Won (TSR-TV9 Film Awards)
  • 2011Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu): Best Actress-Won (Bharatamuni Film Awards)
  • 2011Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu): Best Actress-Won (Ugadi Puraskar Awards)
  • 2011Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu): Best Actress-Won (Santosham Film Awards)
  • 2011Sri Rama Rajyam (Telugu): Best Actress-Won (South Indian International Movie Awards)
  • 2012Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (Telugu): Best Actress- Nomination (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2012Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (Telugu): Best Actress- Nomination (TSR-TV9 Film Awards)
  • 2012Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (Telugu): Best Actress- Nomination (South Indian International Movie Awards)
  • 2013Raja Rani (Tamil): Best Actress- Won (Edison Awards)
  • 2013Raja Rani (Tamil): Best Actress- Won (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2013Raja Rani (Tamil): Best Actress- Nomination (South Indian International Movie Awards)
  • 2013Raja Rani (Tamil): Favourite Heroine- Won (Vijay Awards)
  • 2013: Raja Rani (Tamil): Best Acting Performance- Won (Behindwoods Gold Medal)
  • 2014Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal (Tamil): Best Actress - Won (Edison Awards)
  • 2014: Anaamika (Telugu): Best Actress - Nomination (South Indian International Movie Awards)
  • 2014: Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal (Tamil): Favourite Heroine - Nomination (Vijay Awards)
  • 2015: Maya (Tamil): Amitabh Bachchan Youth Icon Award-Won (CIFF Awards)
  • 2015: Maya (Tamil): K Balachander Award for Best Female Actor-Won (CIFF Awards)
  • 2015: Maya (Tamil): Best Actress Award-Won (IIFA Utsavam Awards)
  • 2015: Thani Oruvan (Tamil): Best Actress Award-Nomination(IIFA Utsavam Awards)
  • 2015Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (Tamil): Best Actress Award-Won (Vikatan Awards)
  • 2015Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (Tamil): Best Actress Award-Won (Edison Awards)
  • 2015: Thani Oruvan (Tamil): The Gorgeous Belle Award-Won (Edison Awards)
  • 2015: Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (Tamil): Best Actress Award-Won (Filmfare Awards South)
  • 2015: Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (Tamil): Best Actress Award-Won (South Indian International Movie Awards)
  • 2015Bhaskar the Rascal (Malayalam): Best Actress Award-Won (South Indian International Movie Awards)
  • 2015: Maya (Tamil): Best Actress (South) Award-Won (IBNLive Movie Awards
  • 2015: Kochi Times 15 Most Desirable Women in 2014
  • 2015: Chennai Times Most Desirable Woman 2015
  • 2016: Chennai Times Most Desirable Woman 2016


  • Affair with Prabhudeva: She was criticized by traditionalists for her affair with choreographer/ actor Prabhudeva.
  • Detained at airport: She was detained at Kuala Lumpur airport for an alleged drug related issue, she was cleared of charges later

Nayanthara: Photos, Pictures

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Nayanthara: Videos

Nayanthara Malayalam interview part 1
Nayanthara Malayalam interview part 1
Nayanthara Malayalam interview part 2
Nayanthara Malayalam interview part 2
Nayanthara Interview In Vijay TV
Nayanthara Interview In Vijay TV

Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. Healthy Diet & Workout are the secrets of her youthful look as per her own saying. She doesn't eat sweets, ice creams and oily food.
  2. During times of Crisis she donated 15 Lakhs each to Sri Lanka & Tamil Nadu Govt.
  3. If she wasn't an actress she wanted to become a Chartered Accountant. She also wanted to become a pilot.
  4. She is a spiritual person, she has been a part of Arya Samaj since 2011, she visited Hrishikesh, Haridwar in 2014 two of the holy places of pilgrimage in Hinduism
  5. Gajini was a huge success, Nayanthara feels she should not have taken the role as her character had less scope
  6. Bangalore is her favorite Indian city.
  7. Mahesh Babu starrer Pokiri is her favorite Telugu movie.
  8. Sivakasi was the first film in which she appeared in an item song. it is rumored that she was paid as high as 10 lakhs for the song alone.
  9. Among all her roles her role in RajaRani as Regina is her most satisfying character so far.
  10. Before acting Kannada film Super she confessed she did not know the language, though she was born in Bangalore (not brought up though) & had not watched Kannada movies.
  11. Her parents are supportive of her profession, she says she would have quit her profession if not for her parents' support.
  12. Padayappa is her all time favorite Tamil movie
  13. During her relationship with Prabhudeva she had a Tattoo printed on her wrist, she said in an interview that she intends to keep it.
  14. She supported JalliKattu movement, opposing Supreme Court's decision to ban the sport.
  15. Nayanthara's colleague Arya confessed a few years ago about his crush on her.
  16. She doesn't believe in attending movie promotions, she says it would be waste of time in the modern age where digital promotions reach so wide an audience
  17. Nayanthara has decided never to appear in Item songs again as it doesn't showcase her mettle as an actress.
  18. She was a quiet girl in her childhood, and still is.
  19. Rajinikanth is her favorite Tamil co-star.
  20. 2008 was one of the bad years with movies Kuselan, Sathyam and Aegan failing at the box office
  21. Suraj, a Kollywood director made derogatory remarks on Heroine's unwillingness to strip, Nayanthara and other actresses criticized him publicly.
  22. She prefers doing Films than appearing in Ads, she likes her fans to come & see her on screen rather than seeing her daily on TV
  23. When Nayanthara was first offered a role in films she turned it down citing that she was not interested in films, but at last decided to act in just "one" movie (Now we know how that went)
  24. She has not acted in Bollywood movies so far, she say she is quite happy here and is not looking for Bollywood offers.
  25. Name Nayanthara means one with the eyes like stars.
  26. She likes to face life as it comes without setting any goals, she tries to do the best in every situation she is put in
  27. She was very good at studies while in school

Nayanthara: Filmography (1)

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  1. Love is a beautiful roller-coaster of emotions. Happiness, sorrow, denial and pain are part of the process. Love is successful only when the lovers unite.
  2. On onscreen kissing "I work according to the director’s guidance. If the script demands a kissing scene, I think there is nothing wrong. I only object to the kiss being inserted for the purpose of titillation"
  3. I usually don't aim for any awards. When I'm doing a film, I do it with all heart.
  4. There is Life after Love-failure
  5. I wanted to do a Kannada film before I quit acting. Not many people know that I was born in Bangalore. It's my favourite city in India
  6. On success: "Sheer Dedication, honesty to whatever you do, never lose your confidence and loads of blessing. Success follows.