Kalyani Priyadarshan

Kalyani Priyadarshan (born 5 April 1993)[1] is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films. She began her film career as an assistant production designer, and made her acting debut in the Telugu film Hello (2017). She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and the SIIMA Award for Best Telugu Female Debut for her performance.[2][3][4]

Kalyani Priyadarshan
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Kalyani in 2022
Born (1993-04-05) April 5, 1993 (age 29)
Alma mater
Years active2017–present

Priyadarshan has acted in several successful films including Chitralahari (2019), Varane Avashyamund (2020), Maanaadu (2021), Hridayam (2022), Bro Daddy (2022), and Thallumaala (2022).[5]

Early life and educationEdit

Kalyani was born in a Malayali family to Indian filmmaker Priyadarshan and actress Lissy. She is the elder of two children, with a brother Sidharth.[6] She did her early schooling in Lady Andal, Chennai and later studied in Singapore, where she also worked in theatre groups. After completing her schooling, she got her bachelor's degree in architecture designing from Parsons School of Design, New York City. During this time she also interned in theatre at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Returning to India, she attended an acting workshop in Adishakti Theatre, Pondicherry.[7]


Kalyani began her film career in 2013 as an assistant production designer under Sabu Cyril in the Hindi film Krrish 3 (2013). In 2016 she worked as an assistant art director in the Tamil film Iru Mugan (2016).[8] In the following year, she made her acting debut with the Telugu film Hello (2017), opposite Akhil Akkineni.[9] The film released worldwide on 22 December 2017, and she had received positive response for her performance from critics.[10] Her first release in Malayalam was Varane Avashyamund, directed by Anoop Sathyan.[11] In 2021, she appeared in Tamil-language science fiction action thriller film Maanaadu alongside actor Silambarasan.[12] Her next release in the same year was Malayalam film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham. The film received mixed to negative reviews and failed at the box office.[13] In 2022, she appeared in Hridayam, opposite Pranav Mohanlal.[14] She next appeared in Bro Daddy directed by and starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, which released directly on Disney+ Hotstar,[15] and also appeared in Thallumaala (2022) directed by Khalid Rahman, opposite Tovino Thomas.[16]

In the mediaEdit

Kalyani made her place in The Times of India's "Most Desirable Women List" and was ranked at No. 41 in 2020.[17]



  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language(s) Notes Ref.
2017 Hello Priya "Junnu" Telugu [18]
2019 Chitralahari Lahari [19]
Ranarangam Gita [20]
Hero Meera Tamil [21]
2020 Varane Avashyamund Nikhitha "Nikki" Malayalam [22]
Putham Pudhu Kaalai Young Lakshmi Krishnan Tamil Segment: Ilamai Idho Idho [23]
2021 Maanaadu Seetha Lakshmi [12]
Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea Aisha Malayalam [24]
2022 Hridayam Nithya Balagopal [14]
Bro Daddy Anna Kurian [15]
Thallumaala Fathima Beevi aka "Beepathu" [25]
TBA Sesham Mikeil Fathima   Fathima Filming [26]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2018 65th Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South Hello Won [27]
7th SIIMA SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut – Telugu Won [28]
Apsara Awards Debut Heroine of the Year Won [29]
2021 10th SIIMA SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut – Malayalam Varane Avashyamund Won [30]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday, Kalyani Priyadarshan: Interesting Facts About The Actress". The Times of India. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 4 September 2022.
  2. ^ Winners: 65th Jio Filmfare Awards (South) 2018. Times of India (17 June 2018). Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2018 – Telugu, Kannada nomination list out: Date, place of 7th edition revealed". International Business Times. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  4. ^ "SIIMA AWARDS 2018 winners". Archived from the original on 24 September 2018.
  5. ^ "I thought I belonged behind the camera: Kalyani Priyadarshan". Mathrubhumi. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  6. ^ Subramani, A. (16 September 2016). "Film director Priyadarshan – actor Lissy divorce formalities complete". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  7. ^ Kumar, Hemanth (7 January 2018). "Kalyani Priyadarshan on why Hello is the best film that has happened to her career". Firstpost. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  8. ^ James, Anu (18 July 2017). "It's official: Kalyani Priyadarshan to debut opposite Akhil Akkineni in Telugu". International Business Times. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Debut movie with Akhil". The News Minute.
  10. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan gets a perfect launch". 123 Telugu.com.
  11. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan looks regal in these pictures from 'Marakkar - Arabikkadalinte Simham'". The Times of India. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Kalyani Priyadarshan to be seen opposite Simbu in 'Maanaadu'". The News Minute. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  13. ^ Vyas (14 December 2021). "'Marakkar' to stream on Amazon Prime". The Hans India.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ a b Sidhardhan, Sanjith (14 February 2021). "Pranav Mohanlal and Kalyani Priyadarshan wrap up their portions of Hridayam in Chennai". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  15. ^ a b Palisetty, Ramya (18 June 2021). "Prithviraj Sukumaran announces his second directorial Bro Daddy with Mohanlal". India Today. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  16. ^ Service, Express News (14 October 2021). "Tovino, Kalyani to share screen in 'Thallumaala'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  17. ^ "The Times Most Desirable Woman of 2020: Rhea Chakraborty - Living through a trial by fire, gracefully - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan on why hello is the best film that has happened to her career". First Post. 7 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan and Nivetha Pethuraj to star in Sai Dharam Tej's 'Chitralahari'". The News Minute. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  20. ^ R., Manoj Kumar (14 August 2019). "Ranarangam actor Kalyani Priyadarshan: I love gangster movies". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Hero actress Kalyani Priyadarshan is all praise for Sivakarthikeyan". The Times of India.
  22. ^ Sanjith Sidhardhan (1 September 2019). "Anoop Sathyan ropes in Dulquer and Kalyani for a family-drama". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  23. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan talks about Putham Pudhu Kaalai". Only Kollywood. 15 October 2020.
  24. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith (25 September 2018). "Kalyani Priyadarshan and Keerthy Suresh join Mohanlal's Marakkar". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  25. ^ Service, Express News (14 October 2021). "Tovino, Kalyani to share screen in 'Thallumaala'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  26. ^ "Kalyani Priyadarshan's 'Sesham Mikeil Fathima' commences filming". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  27. ^ "Winners: 65th Jio Filmfare Awards (South) 2018". The Times of India. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  28. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2018 Telugu Kannada winners list live updates: Baahubali 2 and Rajakumara turn best movies [Photos]". International Business Times. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  29. ^ "Apsara Awards 2018 winners list: Zee Telugu telecasts celebration of womanhood". International Business Times. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  30. ^ "SIIMA awards: Check out Malayalam winners of 2020". Onmanorama. Retrieved 20 September 2021.

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