Nandini (born Kavitha on 30 December 1979), commonly known as Kausalya, is an Indian film actress and model, who has starred mainly in South Indian cinema. After starting her career as a lead heroine, she has since gone on to portray supporting roles.
30 December 1979
|Other names||Nandini, Kaushalya, Tamilselvi|
|Years active||1996 –2010|
2014 – present
Nandini was pursuing a modelling career, before she debuted in the 1996 Malayalam film April 19 by Balachandra Menon. The following year, she appeared in her first Tamil film Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga (1997) with Murali and went on to star in several successful films in Tamil like Nerukku Ner (1997), Priyamudan (1998), Sollamale (1998), Pooveli (1998) and Vaanathaippola (2000). In Malayalam, her best performance is regarded to be in Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu (1998) opposite Mohanlal and including Karumadikuttan (2001) with Kalabhavan Mani.
She had starred in over 30 films in Tamil and Malayalam in lead roles, while securing a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for her performance in Pooveli. She mostly acted in saree-clad and conservative roles. By the mid-2000s, she turned character artiste and went on to portray supporting roles in films such as Thirumalai (2003) and Santosh Subramaniam (2008) and ventured into television with the series Manaivi which aired 436 episodes on Sun TV.
In 2004, she attempted to make a comeback as a lead actress but unfortunately several of her projects became delayed. Films such as Thiagarajan's Police which starred her alongside Prashanth, Manadhil with Karthik, Vendumadi Nee Enakku and Rosappoo Chinna Rosappoo with Sathyaraj, were readied but then stalled in quick succession.
kosulya was born to Kannadiga father Shivashankar S, an Depot Manager at Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation of an Kannada Lingayat family. Brother Shanmukha is her secretary. She remains unmarried.
|1997||Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga||Kausalya||Tamil|
|1998||Pooveli||Maha||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil|
|1998||Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu||Priyadarshini||Malayalam|
|1999||Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham||Lakshmi||Tamil|
|2001||Engalukkum Kaalam Varum||Lakshmi||Tamil|
|2001||Thaali Kaatha Kaliamman||Karpagam||Tamil|
|2001||Kunguma Pottu Gounder||Saraswathi||Tamil|
|2002||Devan||Alex Devan's sister||Tamil|
|2002||Shivam||Dr. Gayathri Bhadran||Malayalam|
|2003||Ree Swalpa Barteera||Kausalya||Kannada|
|2007||Viyyalavari Kayyalu||Bhoopati Rayudu's wife||Telugu|
|2008||Santosh Subramaniam||Santosh's sister||Tamil|
|2009||I G Inspector General||Yamini||Malayalam|
|2009||Satrumun Kidaitha Thagaval||Tamil|
|2010||Rambabu Gadi Pellam||Telugu|
|2016||Anuraga Karikkin Vellam||Anuradha||Malayalam|
|2017||Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae||Sangili Aandavar's sister||Tamil|
|2017||Rarandoi Veduka Chudham||Kaushalya||Telugu|
|2019||Natpe Thunai||Prabhakaran's mother||Tamil|
|2021||Engada Iruthinga Ivvalavu Naala||Tamil|
|2021||Rang De||Arjun's mother||Telugu|
|2006||Thanichu||Devapriya Raman IAS/ Devutty||Asianet|
|Amme Namasthuthe||Devi Bhaktha||YouTube|
|2008||Kanden Seethaiyai||STAR Vijay||Tamil|
|2019||Chottanikkara Amme Narayana||Devi Bhaktha||YouTube
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