Nayanthara (age 36 years) is an Indian film actress and model born as Diana Mariam Kurien on 18 November 1984 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The beautiful actress mainly works in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam cinema.
She made her debut in Malayalam cinema with the film “Manassinakkare”( 2003) alongside Jayaram, in Tamil cinema with the film “Ayya” (2005) alongside R.Sarathkumar and in Telugu cinema with the film “Lakshmi” (2006) alongside Daggubati Venkatesh. The actress is often referred to as the lady superstar of South Indian Cinema. She has acted in more than 75 films.
In 2011, a Christian jacobian Diana converted to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj Mandir in Chennai, and her on-screen name is now official name. She was the only South-Indian female actor to appear in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 2018 list based on her income and popularity.
|Nick Name||Lady Superstar, Nayan, Mani|
|Name Meaning||Nayanthara means "beloved , membrane of the eye" in English.|
|Birth Date||18 November 1984|
|Age||36 Years (As of 2020)|
|Birthplace||Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Residence||Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Hobbies /Personal Interests||Reading, Listening Music|
|School||Balikamadom Girls High School, Thiruvalla|
|College/University||Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla|
|Highest Qualification||BA in English Literature|
|Height||165cm/ 1.65m/ 5ft 5 inches|
|Hair Color||Natural Black|
|Body Type||Hourglass Slim|
|Family & Relationships|
|Father||Kurian Kodiyattu (Profession: Retired Air Force Officer)|
|Mother||Omana Kurian (Profession: Homemaker)|
|Siblings||Lenu Kurian (Brother)|
|Affairs & Boyfriends|
|Debut||Movie: Manassinakkare (2003)|
|Profession||Film Actress (2003-present)|
|Ad Shoots (Brands Endorsed)|
|Net Worth||$15 Million (estimated as of 2020)|
|Cars Owned||Not Known|
|Social Media Profiles|
Nayanthara dating Prabhu Deva (2010)
In 2008, Nayanthara started dating Prabhu Deva. They both were in a four-year relationship while the actor was still married to his now ex-wife Ramlatha. Prabhudeva was all set to marry Nayanthara, but Latha came in their way and dragged the matter to court. She filed a petition to take action against the live-in relationship between them, also Prabhu Deva to resettle his family life. After her hunger strike warnings and other social pressures, Nayanthara ended her relationship with Prabhu Deva.
Nayanthara and Simbu’s leaked Photographs (2014)
After dating for a few months, Nayanthara and Simbu had parted ways and after some time some intimate photographs of the couple had surfaced on the internet and caused some trouble for them.
A scene from “Thirunaal” (2016)
The movie “Thirunaal” has a scene in which a little school kid kisses Nayanthara on her lips. The mother of that child had posted that screenshot on Facebook and captioned it “My son’s lip-lock with Nayanthara”. The social media took this a little seriously and responded to it with a truckload of trolls.
The Drugs Case (2016)
In 2016, Nayanthara was detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for an alleged drug offense. This was when she was coming back to India after wrapping up the shoot of Iru Mugan with actor Vikram.
Misogynistic remarks made by Radha Ravi (2019)
Radha Ravi made a comment on Nayanthara’s Sita role and said “In old days, filmmakers offered the role of the goddess to the veteran actress KR Vijaya. But today, anybody can play the role. We can cast those who are respected“. This comment made many people from the film industry very angry.
Nayanthara’s Lesser Known Facts
- Nayanthara was born in an orthodox Syrian Christian family. But later in 2011, she converted herself to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
- As her father was in the Indian Air Force, she grew up in different parts of India like Chennai, Gujarat, and Delhi.
- She was the runner-up in the 2003 Best Model in Kerala.
- Director Sathyan Anthikkad saw her during her college days in 2003 and cast her in a Malayalam movie.
- Her movie, Chnadramukhi released in 2005 was the blockbuster of that year and the longest-running south Indian film till 800 days in Shanthi theatre.
- She tattooed Prabhu Deva’s name on her wrist during a relationship with her.
- She wanted to become a CA before a career in films.
No, she is not married yet but she is dating director Vignesh Shivan.
Nayanthara and Prabhu Deva were in a relationship for around four years before the breakup in 2011.
She made her film debut with the film “Manassinakkare” alongside Jayaram.
Nayanthara’s birth name is Diana Mariam Kurian.