Priya Vasudev Mani Iyer (born 4 June 1984), known professionally as Priyamani, is an Indian film actress and former model, who works predominantly in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, and Malayalam language films. She is a recipient of National Film Award for Best Actress and three Filmfare Awards.

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Priyamani at CCL match, 2011
Priya Vasudev Mani Iyer

(1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 36)[1][2][3]
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2003–present
Mustafa Raj
(m. 2017)
RelativesSee Priyamani family

Born and raised in Bangalore, Priyamani worked as a model before pursuing a career in films. In 2002, she made her acting debut with a leading role in the Telugu film Evare Atagaadu (2003). She gained widespread recognition for her role as village girl Muththazhagi in the Tamil romantic drama Paruthiveeran in 2007, receiving a National Film Award for Best Actress and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for her performance. During the same year, she achieved commercial success in Telugu cinema with S. S. Rajamouli-directed socio-fantasy film Yamadonga.[4] In 2008, Priyamani received further critical acclaim for her role as Malavika in the Malayalam romance Thirakkatha–and won a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam.[5] Her first role in the Kannada film came the following year, with the romantic comedy Raam, which proved to be a major critical and commercial success. Priyamani made her Hindi film debut through Mani Ratnam's bilingual in Tamil and Hindi epic adventure films, titled Raavan and Raavanan respectively. In 2012, her portrayal of conjoined twins in the multilingual film Chaarulatha, based on the Thai film Alone, gained critical praise and a third Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada. She received further success for her role in the Kannada–Telugu thriller film Idolle Ramayana (2016) earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at Filmfare.

In addition to acting in films, she is active in the South Indian Television shows, having judged several dance reality shows.

Life and careerEdit

Priyamani was born in Bangalore, Karnataka.[6] She modelled for Kancheepuram silks, Erode silks and Lakshmi silks during her school years. When she was in the 12th Standard, Tamil Director, Bharathiraja, introduced her to the film industry. Her father, Vasudev Mani, who hails from Palakkad , Kerala from a Tamil family, owns a plantation business and her mother, former national level badminton player, Lathamani, who hails from Thiruvananthapuram, was a bank manager at Union Bank of India. She has an elder brother, Vishakh, who is in the plantation business with her father. While at school, she actively participated in extracurricular activities and in sports.[7] She is the granddaughter of Carnatic vocalist, Kamala Kailas.[8] She is the cousin of film actress, Vidya Balan and the niece of playback singer, Malgudi Shubha.[9][10]

After completing her schooling, Priyamani modeled for print advertisements. Priyamani pursued a degree in Bachelor of Arts in psychology through correspondence.[11]

Priyamani made her debut with Telugu film, Evare Atagaadu. She then made her debut in the Malayalam Film Industry with Sathyam, but this film performed poorly at the box office.[8] She was signed by Tamil film director and cinematographer Balu Mahendra to act in the 2005 drama Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam. Before release, Babith said "Priyamani has come up with an excellent performance in the movie. Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam was critically acclaimed but failed at the box office.[12] However, she won acclaim for her performance in the film.[13][14] In 2006, Priyamani starred in the Telugu film Pellaina Kothalo. The film was a super hit and got her three Telugu films.[8][15][16]

Priyamani along with Suriya & Vivek Oberoi during the press meet of Rakta Charitra 2

Priyamani managed to prove her acting credentials and commercial appeal with 2007's Paruthiveeran, directed by Ameer Sultan, in which she was co-starred with debutant Karthi Sivakumar. A rural subject which told the story of a notorious young villager in Madurai, the film won critical acclaim and became a surprise box-office blockbuster.[17][18][19] She went on to win the National Film Award,[20] followed by South Filmfare Award,[21] Tamil Nadu State Film Award and an award at the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.[22]

She had another commercially successful film in Telugu, in the 2007 film Yamadonga[23][24][25] and in the Tamil film Malaikottai.[26][27][28] She again received critical acclaim in 2008 for her role in the Malayalam film Thirakkatha, in which she played a role based on the turbulent real-life story of late film actress Srividya.[29] She won another Filmfare Award for her performance.[30] In Tamil, she had a single release in 2008: Thotta.

In 2009 she had two Tamil releases, the masala film Arumugam and the remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Classmates,[31][32] titled Ninaithale Inikkum.[33] The former was a commercial failure:[34][35] Her Kannada debut film Raam was also a commercial success.[36][37][38][39] All three of her Telugu releases that year, however, (Drona, Mitrudu, Pravarakhyudu) did not do well at the box office.[40][41][42] In 2010 she acted in the satirical film Pranchiyettan & the Saint which became the longest-running Malayalam film since 2005.[43] She won a Filmfare nomination for her role as a Mumbai-based interior decorator in the film.

She was subsequently signed by director Mani Ratnam for his bilingual film, titled Raavanan and Raavan in Tamil and Hindi respectively.[44] Soon after, she was roped in by Bollywood director-producer Ram Gopal Varma for his trilingual film Rakht Charitra. Varma decided to cast her after seeing her National Award-winning performance in Paruthiveeran.[45] Her Kannada film Vishnuvardhana became a blockbuster hit[46][47] and later she starred in Anna Bond.[48] Although the film was poorly received by critics and featured on Rediff's "Most Disappointing Kannada Films of 2012" list,[49] it went on to become a successful venture at the box office.[50] She appeared in an item number in the Bollywood film Chennai Express.[51] She has completed shooting for a Malayalam film, The True Story and the Telugu film, Chandee, in which she plays Ganga the granddaughter of a freedom fighter, who seeks revenge for the problems her family had to face.[52] She was cast opposite Darshan in the Kannada film Ambareesha in (2014).[53][54]

In 2014, she posed for a PETA ad campaign, asking the public to boycott zoos that feature caged tigers.[55][56][57]

Personal lifeEdit

Priyamani married Mustafa Raj, an events organizer, in a private ceremony on 23 August 2017. [58]

Awards & NominationsEdit


Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Evare Atagaadu Priyamani Telugu
2004 Kangalal Kaidhu Sei Vidya Sadagoppan Tamil
Satyam Sona Malayalam
2005 Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam Thulasi Tamil
Otta Nanayam Reshma Malayalam
2006 Pellaina Kothalo Lakshmi Telugu
Madhu Mercy Tamil
2007 Paruthiveeran Muthazhagu Tamil National Film Award for Best Actress (2006)
Toss Naina Telugu
Yamadonga Maheswari Telugu
Nava Vasantham Anjali Telugu
Malaikottai Malar Tamil
2008 Thotta Nalina Tamil
Thirakkatha Malavika Malayalam
Hare Ram Anjali Telugu
King Herself Telugu Special appearance in song "Nuvvu Ready Nenu Ready"
2009 Drona Indhu Telugu
Mitrudu Indu Telugu
Puthiya Mukham Anjana Malayalam
Arumugam Yamini Tamil
Ninaithale Inikkum Meera Tamil
Pravarakhyudu Sailaja Telugu
Raam Pooja Kannada
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Munimma Telugu
Sadhyam Suhani Telugu
Golimaar Pavithra Telugu
Raavanan Vennila Tamil
Raavan Jamuni Hindi
Pranchiyettan and the Saint Padmashree Malayalam
Eno Onthara Madhumathi Kannada
Rakta Charitra II Bhawani Hindi
Rakta Charitra II Bhavani Telugu
Ragada Priya/
2011 Raaj Mythili Telugu
Kshetram Naga Penchalamma/
Sohini Aggarwal
Vishnuvardhana Meera Kannada
2012 Ko Ko Cauvery Kannada
Ullam Kavitha Tamil First film; Direct-to-television
Anna Bond Meera Kannada
Grandmaster Deepthi Malayalam
Chaarulatha Chaaru/Latha Tamil
Kannada Bilingual
2013 Lakshmi Priya Kannada
Chennai Express Dancer Hindi Special appearance in the song "1 2 3 4 Get on the Dance Floor"
Chandee Ganga/Chandee Telugu
2014 Alice: A True Story Alice/Uma Malayalam
Njangalude Veettile Athidhikal Bhavana Malayalam
Ambareesha Smitha Kannada
2015 Ranna Herself Kannada Special Appearance in the song "What to do"
2016 Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna Geethanjali Kannada
Kalpana 2 Kalpana Kannada
Dana Kayonu Jhummi Kannada
Idolle Ramayana Susheela Kannada
Mana Oori Ramayanam Telugu
2017 Chowka Mariea D Souza Kannada
2018 Dhwaja Ramya Kannada
Ashiq Vanna Divasam Shyni Malayalam
2019 Pathinettam Padi Gowri Vasudev Malayalam Cameo appearance
Nanna Prakara Dr. Amrutha Kannada
2020 Ateet Janvi Hindi Zee5 Original Film[59]
2021 Virata Parvam 1992   Comrade Bharatakka Telugu Filming[60]
Naarappa  Sundaramma Telugu Filming[61]
Sirivenella   TBA Telugu Post production[62]
Maidaan   TBA Hindi Filming[63]
Cyanide  TBA Telugu Filming[64][65]
Cyanide  TBA Kannada Filming[66][67]
Dr.56   TBA Kannada Post production[68][69]
Quotation Gang  TBA Tamil Filming[70][71]
Khaimara   TBA Kannada Filming [72][73]


As reality show judgeEdit

Year Program Language Channel Notes
2014 D 4 Dance Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama
2015 D2 - D 4 Dance
Dancing Star 2 Kannada ETV Kannada
2016 Dancing Star Juniors
Kings of Dance Tamil Star Vijay
D3 - D 4 Dance Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama Asiavision Television Award for Best Celebrity Judge
Dancing Star 3 Kannada Colors Kannada
2017 D4 junior v/s seniors Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama
Dance Jodi Dance 2 Tamil Zee Tamil
Dhee 10 Telugu ETV Telugu
2018-2019 Dhee 11 ETV Telugu
2018 Master Dancer Kannada Colors Kannada Celebrity judge
2018-2019 Dance Kerala Dance Malayalam Zee Keralam
2019 Teas Best Partner Mazhavil Manorama
Kerala Dance League Amrita TV Celebrity judge
Comedy Stars Asianet Celebrity judge
D5 junior Mazhavil manorama Grand finale jury
2019-2020 Comedy Stars Weekend Challenge Asianet
Dance Jodi Dance 3.0 Tamil Zee Tamizh

Other showsEdit

Year Program Role Language Channel Notes
2009 Onasallapam Herself Malayalam ACV Guest
2013 Prematho Mee Lakshmi Telugu ETV Telugu
EN Malayalam Asianet News
2014 Big Screen Kairali TV Guest
2015 Bigg Boss 3 Kannada Colors Kannada
Dancing Talkies
2016 I personally Malayalam Kappa TV Guest appearance
Majaa Talkies Kannada Colors Kannada
Badai Bungalow Malayalam Asianet
JB Junction Kairali TV
Get Set Chat Kaumudy TV
Laughing Villa Surya TV
Comedy Super Night 2 Flowers TV
Onnum Onnum Moonu Mazhavil Manorama
Alitho Saradaga Telugu ETV Telugu
2017 Weekend With Ramesh Kannada Zee Kannada Guest appearance
Hand of God Eleena Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama Short film
2018 Majaa Talkies Guest appearance Kannada Colors Super
Sadhanimmondigge Udaya TV
2019 Famously Filmfare Anchor Malayalam MX Player
White Blind lady English Short film

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Language Channel Notes
2019 The Family Man Suchitra Hindi Prime Video


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