Nabha Natesh

Nabha Natesh is an Indian model and actress who predominantly appears in Telugu and Kannada films.[2][3] She made her film debut with Kannada film Vajrakaya in 2015 and Telugu film debut with Nannu Dochukunduvate in 2018.[4] She had her breakthrough with iSmart Shankar in 2019 due to which she is popularly referred as "Ismart Beauty" in the media.[5][6]

Nabha Natesh
Nabha Natesh at Maestro prerelease event in 2021.jpg
Nabha in 2021
Born (1989-12-11) 11 December 1989 (age 33)[1]
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2015–present

Personal lifeEdit

Nabha has a brother, Nahush Chakravarthy, who is an upcoming actor in Kannada industry.[7]

Early life and educationEdit

Nabha went to school in her home town Sringeri and she then studied engineering in Information Technology from N.M.A.M. Institute of Technology, Udupi, Karnataka. She started modelling along with acting in plays under National Award-winning director Prakash Belawadi. She has trained in Bharatanatyam for brief period and choreographed and danced in multiple competitions during her school and college days. She was part of Top 11 list of Femina Miss India Bangalore 2013 and received the Miss Intellectual award. She underwent acting training at Abhinaya Taranga and her theatre career was started under Belawadi.[8]


Debut and breakthrough (2015–17)Edit

Nabha made her acting debut at the age of 19,[9] opposite Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar, in the 2015 film Vajrakaya, which went on to complete over 100-days in multiple theatres in Karnataka.[10][11][12][13][14] She has received critical appraisal from both critics and audience, critics heaped praise on her performance. Deccan Chronicle's writer noted that "Nabha Natesh as Pataka who "fires up" the screen space for a little longer than the others."[15] Times of India's writer states that "Nabha Natesh is impressive as the tapori taking on Shivaraj Kumar"[16] Sify's writer claimed that "Nabha Natesh has done justice to her role"[17] Indiaglitz's writer states that "Nabha Natesh conquers the heart from her dashing role. She is like wind."[18] and she was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut –Kannada.

In 2017, she acted in Lee film opposite Sumanth Shailendra. In the same year she features in a special song in the film, Saheba.[19]

Tollywood debut and widespread recognition (2018–19)Edit

Nabha made her Telugu film debut opposite Sudheer Babu in Nannu Dochukunduvate in 2018. Deccan Chronicle's writer stated, "The film is a perfect launch vehicle for Nabha, who is a livewire and completely steals the show."[20] 123telugu's writer said that "Nabha Natesh as she makes a striking debut. She is the life and soul of the film as Nabha breathes life into the role of Meghana."[21] Times Of India's writer states that "Nabha Natesh unleashes the livewire in her effectively amidst these characters."[22] Indiagltz's writer writes that "Overall, the performance is a treat, complete with a heroine who gets to speak so much, Nabha is chirpy."[23] Telugu360's writer noted that "New heroine Nabha is a good find, she suited Meghana role. Her bubbly characterization, new backdrop as a short film actress bring additional appeal to her role."[24]

In 2019, she starred opposite Ram Pothineni in iSmart Shankar, which opened to decent reviews upon the release and went on to become a commercial hit at the box office and completed 100 days.[25] Perception about her started to change with the success of the film ismart. New Indian Express reported, "She is reckoned as a new-gen actor, who can breathe life into any character she portrays."[26] The speech that Nabha Natesh made during the pre-release of Ismart Shankar received a viral response, reaching 1 million views in less than 24 hours.[27] Neeshita Nyayapati of Times Of India stated "Nabha however delivers an earnest performance with what she's offered."[28] Editor of claimed "Nabha Natesh is impressive as Chandni and provides superb eye candy for the masses."[29] Editor of wrote "Nabha Natesh did a mass character. She oozes glamour and did well."[30] Editor of andhraboxoffice states "Nabha is pretty good and proves to be an able female protagonist."[31]

Continued career (2020–present)Edit

In 2020, Nabha starred opposite Ravi Teja in Disco Raja, opened to mixed reviews and turned out be a box office failure.[32] Later she acted in Solo Brathuke So Better, which opened to decent reviews from the audience and critics upon the release and went on to become a commercial hit at the box office.[33] Nabha has received an applause for her character in the film as Amrutha.[34] Times of India wrote "Nabha's character Amrutha is being liked by viewers. Her acting is receiving special attention of the fans. The talented actor's career has been soaring ever since she starred in the 2019 sci-fi action drama, iSmartShankar."[35] 123 Telugu writer states "Nabha too got a lot of appreciation for her role as Amrutha. Especially, Tej and Nabha looked fresh on the screen and the comedy track between them was well received. She delivered a sensible and entertaining performance and showed her class."[36]

In 2021, Nabha starred in Alludu Adhurs co-starring Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Sonu Sood. Her next film Maestro, was directly released on Hotstar. She starred alongside Nithiin and Tamannaah.[37]


List of films and roles
Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2015 Vajrakaya "Pathakha" Parvathi Kannada Kannada debut
2017 Lee Leela Kannada
Saheba Herself Kannada Special appearance in the song Yaare Ninu Roza Huve
2018 Nannu Dochukunduvate Siri/Meghana Telugu Telugu debut
Adhugo Raji Telugu
2019 iSmart Shankar Chandni Telugu
2020 Disco Raja Nabha Telugu
Solo Brathuke So Better Amrutha Telugu
2021 Alludu Adhurs Koumudi Telugu [38]
Maestro Sophie Telugu [39]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2016 63rd Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada Vajrakaya Nominated [40]
2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debut Actress – Telugu Nannu Dochukunduvate Nominated [41]
2021 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress – Telugu Solo Brathuke So Better Nominated [42]


  1. ^ "Nabha Natesh Turns 34: How Kannada Diva Made it Big in Tollywood". News18. 11 December 2021. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Payal Rajput set to romance Ravi Teja along with Nabha Natesh?". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  3. ^ "It's a Kannada girl for Ganesh!". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Who is Nabha Natesh? Here's What We Know About The Famous Actor". Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  5. ^ "In PICS: Quarantine life of "iSmart" beauty Nabha Natesh". The Times of India. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  6. ^ "అవి అందాలా? లేక న్యూక్లియర్‌ బాంబులా? 'ఇస్మార్ట్' బ్యూటీ నభా నటేష్‌ హాట్‌ షో!". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd (in Telugu). Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Nabha Natesh's brother, Nahush Chakravarthi, to make his acting debut". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  8. ^ "In PICS: Quarantine life of "iSmart" beauty Nabha Natesh". The Times of India. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  9. ^ "53-year-old Shivarajkumar to romance a teenager". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  10. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (14 June 2015). "Blend of action and emotion – The Hindu". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  11. ^ Kumar, S. Shiva (18 June 2015). "Creativity is still far behind in Kannada cinema – The Hindu". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Vajrakaya's Mega Audio Launch". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Shivarajkumar with 3 women!". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  14. ^ Shyam Prasad SShyam Prasad S. (12 May 2015). "100 days of training for 30-day shoot". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  15. ^ "Movie Review 'Vajrakaya': A film more "natural" than "supernatural"". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  16. ^ "Vajrakaya Movie Review {4/5}: Critic Review of Vajrakaya by Times of India". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  17. ^ "Review : Vajrakaya". 14 June 2015. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  18. ^ "Vajrakaya review. Vajrakaya Kannada movie review, story, rating". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  19. ^ "Lee Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India Mobile". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  20. ^ "Nannu Dochukunduvate movie review: A hilarious girlfriend act". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  21. ^ "Nannu Dochukunduvate Telugu Movie Review". 22 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Nannu Dochukunduvate Movie Review {3.0/5}: Critic Review of Nannu Dochukunduvate by Times of India". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  23. ^ "Nannu Dochukunduvate review. Nannu Dochukunduvate Telugu movie review, story, rating -". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  24. ^ Krishna (20 September 2018). "Nannu Dochukunduvate Review, Rating , Nannu Dochukunduvate Public Talk , Sudheer Babu". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  25. ^ "iSmart Shankar box office collection till now: BLOCKBUSTER! Ram Pothineni, Puri Jagannadh movie earns Rs 63 crores in 9 days! ,India News, Business News | Zee Business". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  26. ^ "INTERVIEW | Nabha Natesh lives life on her terms". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  27. ^ "Nabha Natesh getting good offers". 10 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  28. ^ iSmart Shankar Review {2.5/5}: Loud, messy and pakka mass film that fails to take off, retrieved 24 October 2022
  29. ^ "iSmart Shankar Telugu Movie Review". 19 July 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  30. ^ "iSmart Shankar review by jeevi - Telugu cinema review - Ram, Nabha Natesh, Nidhhi Agerwal". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  31. ^ "ABO Review : 'iSmart Shankar '|". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  32. ^ "Disco Raja Movie Review {2.5/5}: A gangster drama in the garb of Sci-Fi". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 29 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  33. ^ "Lakshmi Manchu calls nepotism a 'time waste topic'; says her heart bleeds for Karan Johar". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  34. ^ "I feel proud to have worked with Sai Dharam Tej and the team of Solo Brathuke So Better: Nabha Natesh". The Times of India.
  35. ^ "Nabha Natesh to debut in Tollywood". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  36. ^ "Nabha Natesh impresses fans in Solo Brathuke So Better". 26 December 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  37. ^ Palisetty, Ramya (16 September 2021). "Nithiin and Tamannaah's Maestro to release on Disney+Hotstar on Sep 17 at 12am". India Today. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  38. ^ Arikatla, Venkat (27 December 2020). "Alludu Adhurs Arriving For Sankranthi". Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  39. ^ "Telugu remake of Andhadhun titled Maestro". Cinema Express. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  40. ^ "63rd Filmfare Awards (South) 2016 nominations: "Krishna Leela," 'RangiTaranga' dominate Kannada list". International Business Times. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  41. ^ "SIIMA 2019 nominations list out: Who among Kiara Advani, Srinidhi Shetty and Nidhhi Agerwal will claim best debut award?". DNA India. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  42. ^ Bureau, ABP News (20 August 2021). "SIIMA Awards 2021 Nominations: The Award Ceremony To Be Held In Hyderabad On September 11, 12". Retrieved 19 September 2021.

External linksEdit