Kalyani Natarajan

Kalyani Natarajan is an Indian actress who has appeared in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi-language films. She played prominent roles in Saivam (2014), Pisaasu (2014) and Mahanubhavudu (2017).[2]

Kalyani Natarajan
Years active2013–present


Kalyani had an interest in theatre and acted in plays in Mumbai.[3][4] While in Mumbai, she was part of several major drama troupes. Later, she began acting in commercials including a jewellery commercial with Trisha.[1]

Her stage plays in Mumbai enabled her to get a role in Settai (2013), which was shot in Mumbai. In the same year, she played Imran Khan's sister-in-law in Dharma Productions' Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013). She was also cast as Sathyaraj's wife in A. L. Vijay's Thalaivaa (2013). However, she left the latter film.

She collaborated again with director A. L. Vijay for Saivam (2014), which was her first major break.[3] Kalyani had shot for 38 days in Karaikudi for the film.[5][1] While she was in Chennai during the release of Saivam, she met director Mysskin and auditioned for a role in Pisaasu (2014), a role which she bagged.[3] Atlee Kumar signed her to play a doctor in Theri (2016) after seeing her performance in Pisaasu.[3]

Kalyani made her Telugu film debut with Dictator (2016) and has acted in Mahanubhavudu (2017), Vijetha (2018), Dear Comrade (2019) amongst others.[5][6][7][8] She is one of the most prominent and sought-after actors to play maternal roles in several films.[5][9][10]

Her short film debut was with Daro Mat (2017) in which she played a toxic mother-in-law.[11] She is one of the founding members of a Mumbai-based theatre production house Clean Slate Creations.[5]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released

Tamil filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2013 Settai House owner
2014 Saivam Meenakshi
Pisaasu Janaki Soundarrajan
2015 Oru Naal Iravil Shekhar's wife
2016 Maalai Naerathu Mayakkam Manoja's mother
Theri Forensic examiner
Remo Kavya's mother
2017 Kuttram 23 Dr. Tulsi
Mupparimanam Kathir's mother
Daro Mat Mother-in-Law Short Film
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru Priya's mother
2018 Sarkar Sundar's mother
Thuppakki Munai Bose's mother
2019 Embiran Priyan's mother
Lisaa Lisaa's mother
2021 Master Professor

Telugu filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2016 Dictator Mrs. Lakshmi Narayana
2017 Mahanubhavudu Anand's mother
2018 Vijetha Lakshmi
Geetha Govindam Neelu's mother
Shailaja Reddy Alludu Chaitu's mother
Kavacham Vijay's mother
Padi Padi Leche Manasu Vaishali's mother
2019 Dear Comrade Bobby's mother
ABCD: American Born Confused Desi Aravind's mother
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Nandini's mother
Bheeshma Kalyani
Solo Brathuke So Better Virat's mother
2021 FCUK: Father Chitti Umaa Kaarthik Umaa's mother
Varudu Kaavalenu Karthik's relative
2022 Aadavallu Meeku Johaarlu Gouramma

Hindi filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2013 Gori Tere Pyaar Mein Sriram's Sister-in-Law


  1. ^ a b c ""வீட்ல தமிழ் பேசலைன்னா என் மாமியார் டென்ஷன் ஆகிடுவாங்க!" நெகிழும் நடிகை கல்யாணி" [If I don't speak in Tamil my mother-in-law will get tensed – Actress Kalyani Natarajan]. Vikatan. Archived from the original on 11 April 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  2. ^ "A Mother's Day tribute of moms in Tamil cinema". Behindwoods. 8 May 2016. Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Actress Kalyani Natarajan talks about her projects". Behindwoods. 26 September 2015. Archived from the original on 14 September 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  4. ^ Santhanam, Kausalya (2 June 2011). "Heavy on nostalgia". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (2 December 2017). "Kalyani Natarajan: 'My base is home'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 April 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  6. ^ Adivi, Sridhar (28 September 2017). "Unveiled: The curious characters of Maruti's Mahanubhavudu". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Mahanubhavudu review: A clean entertainer". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 19 October 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  8. ^ kavirayani, suresh (16 July 2018). "Vijetha movie review: Murali is winner in outdated story". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Kavacham Movie Review & Rating". The Hans India. 7 December 2018. Archived from the original on 12 March 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Mupparimanam Review {2/5}: Shanthnu whose character undergoes physical and mental agony has put up a decent job". The Times of India.
  11. ^ Daro Mat (Dont Be Afraid) - New Tamil Short Film 2019 || Tamil Short Cuts || Silly Monks, retrieved 17 December 2021

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