Ananya (actress)

Ayilya Gopalakrishnan Nair (born 29 March 1987), better known by her stage name Ananya, is an Indian film actress, who appears in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films

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Ayilya Gopalakrishnan Nair

(1987-03-29) 29 March 1987 (age 34)
Kochi, Kerala, India
  • Actress
  • Singer
  • Shooter
Years active2008 – present
(m. 2012)

Ananya made her acting debut in Malayalam with Positive (2008) and debuted the following year in Tamil with Naadodigal, which emerged a critical and commercial success.[1] She received the Kerala State Television Award for Best Actress in 2012 for the telefilm Doore and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil for Engaeyum Eppothum in 2011.

Early lifeEdit

Ananya was born as Ayilya to Malayali parents Gopalakrishnan Nair, a noted film producer, and Praseetha in Kothamangalam, Kerala.[2] She has one younger brother Arjun. Her name was taken from her birth star Aslesha, called Ayilyam in Malayalam and Tamil. She appeared as a child artist in one of her father's productions (executive producer), Pai Brothers (1995).[3] Ananya pursued a B.A. degree in Communicative English at St. Xavier's College, Aluva.[2][3] During her childhood, she was an archer and won the State Championship.[4] While representing her college in a television reality show "Star Wars",[2] she was spotted by various directors and received acting offers. After declining five projects, she decided to give it a try, accepting to act in Positive.[3]

Film careerEdit

Her screenname changed to Ananya, when she was working in her debut Tamil film Naadodigal.[4] The film was a high commercial success,[5] and Ananya rose to fame, with her performance in the film being appreciated.[6] She went on to reprise the same role in its Malayalam remake Ithu Nammude Katha. The film Shikkar alongside Mohanlal, gave her a big break in Malayalam. She did some thrilling scenes in the climax of the movie Shikkar that impressed Mohanlal, which made him call her the "Vijayashanti" of Malayalam.[7] She also played a supporting role in Kandahar, which saw her sharing screen space with Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan.[8] In 2011, Ananya played one of the female lead roles in Engeyum Eppodhum, which received rave reviews and became a sleeper hit.[9][10]

In 2014, she appeared in Pulivaal, her first Tamil release after three years.[11] As of 2018 she has Sigappu Rojakkal 2'in Tamil, Intintaa Annamayya in Telugu, Ameya in Malayalam delayed for release.She is currently gearing up for the release of her malayalam movie Bhramam.


Kerala State Television Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Award
Vijay Awards


Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Pai Brothers Malayalam Debut as Child artist
Vrudhanmare Sookshikkuka Malayalam Child artist
2008 Positive Jyothi Malayalam Debut film, Credited as Ayilya
2009 Naadodigal Nallammaal Tamil Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
Rahasya Police Bhama Malayalam
2010 Shikkar Ganga Malayalam
Fiddle Gayatri Malayalam
Oru Small Family Ammu Vishwanathan Malayalam
Kandahar Student (A passenger on the plane) Malayalam Special appearance
2011 Ithu Nammude Katha Kalyani Malayalam
Seedan Mahalakshmi Tamil
Seniors Jeni Malayalam Asianet Film Award For Best Supporting Actress
Amayakudu Divya Telugu Debut in Telugu
Doctor Love Gowri Malayalam Asianet Film Award For Best Supporting Actress
Engaeyum Eppothum Amudha Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Sandwich Kanmani Malayalam
2012 Kunjaliyan Maya Malayalam
Masters Ashley Jacob Malayalam
Mullamottum Munthiricharum Ranimol Malayalam
Gokula Krishna Aishwarya Kannada
2013 D Company Indumathi Malayalam Segment – "Oru Bolivian Diary 1995"
Nadodimannan Meera Malayalam
2014 Pulivaal Selvi Tamil
Thomson Villa Sheelu Malayalam
Raktharakshassu 3D Vampire Malayalam [12]
Athithi Vasuki Tamil [13]
100 Degree Celsius Ganga Malayalam
2015 Kalyanism Kalyani Malayalam
The Reporter Tara Viswanath Malayalam
Iravum Pagalum Varum Sona Tamil
Urumbukal Urangarilla Sheela Malayalam [14]
2016 A.. Aa - Anasuya Ramalingam Vs Anand Vihari Bhanumathi Telugu
2017 Tiyaan Amba Malayalam
2018 Oru Kuttanadan Blog Gopan's wife Malayalam
2019 Maharshi Pallavi Telugu
2020 God Father Mithra Tamil
2021 Bhramam Malayalam Filming
TBA Intintaa Annamayya Telugu


Song Film Music Director Notes
Pacha Manja 100 Degree Celsius Gopi Sundar
Pacha Pacha Gowtham Renil Album
Omalkurunnukal Seethakalyanam Asianet TV series


Year Title Role Channel Notes
2021 Star Magic Mentor Flowers TV
2018 Thamasha Bazaar Host Zee Keralam Replaced by Jewel Mary
2018 Oru Vattam Koodi Host Kerala Vision Replaced by Kavitha Nair
2018 Seetha Kalyanam (TV series) N/A Asianet Title song playback singer
2015 Star Challenge Contestant Flowers TV reality show
2015 Smart Show Participant Flowers TV game show
2012 Doore - Mazhavil Manorama Telefilm
2010 Munch Star Singer Herself Asianet
2009 Vishu Darshanam Host
2007 Star Wars Contestant Reality show


  1. ^ "ml:സിനിമയല്ലാതെ മറ്റൊന്നും മോഹിപ്പിക്കുന്നില്ല". Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "MediaMatiqx". MediaMatiqx. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Shilpa Nair Anand (16 September 2011). "Life & Style / Metroplus : Arching towards success". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b Keerthy Ramachandran DC Kochi (3 September 2011). "Name to fame". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Nadodigal actress Ananya not the leading lady". Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Ananya". Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Ananya Films". Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Ananya Profile". Archived from the original on 5 February 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  9. ^ Nandita Ravi (6 November 2011). "Engaeyum Eppothum is aiming for a century". The Times of India. TNN. Archived from the original on 26 July 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  10. ^ "'Didn't think people would love Amudha so much'". 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  11. ^ Zachariah, Ammu. "'Chappa Kurishu' turns 'Pulival' in Kollywood". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 October 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Raktharakshas 3D Malayalam Movie Preview". Theater Balcony. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  13. ^ V Lakshmi (30 November 2013). "Trouble in Nandhaa, Ananya's paradise!". The Times of India. TNN.
  14. ^ Deepa Soman (6 May 2015). "Ananya to act in Urumbukal Urangarilla". The Times of India. TNN.

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