Priya Vasudev Mani (born 4 June 1984), known professionally as Priyamani, is an Indian 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.

Priyamani
Priyamani at Filmfare Awards South (cropped).jpg
Priyamani in 2015
Born
Priya Vasudev Mani

(1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 37)[1][2][3]
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)
Mustafa Raj
(m. 2017)
RelativesVidya Balan (cousin)
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Actress

Priyamani made her acting debut through the 2003, Telugu film Evare Atagaadu. She gained widespread recognition for her role as village girl Muththazhagu in the Tamil romantic drama Paruthiveeran in 2007, receiving a National Film Award for Best Actress and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Tamil for her performance. Her notable works include Raam (2009), Raavan (2010), Raavanan (2010), Pranchiyettan & the Saint (2010), Chaarulatha (2012) and Idolle Ramayana (2016). Apart from films she has judged several dance reality shows across South Indian languages.

Early lifeEdit

Priyamani was born and raised in Bangalore, Karnataka.[4] She is from a Tamil Palakkad Iyer family. Her father, Vasudeva Mani Iyer, owns a plantation business and her mother, former national level badminton player, Lathamani Iyer, was a bank manager at Union Bank of India. She modelled for Kancheepuram silks, Erode silks and Lakshmi silks during her school years.[citation needed] When she was in the 12th Standard, Tamil director Bharathiraja introduced her to the film industry.[citation needed] She has an elder brother, Vishakh, who is in the plantation business with her father.[citation needed] While at school, she actively participated in extracurricular activities and in sports.[5] She is the granddaughter of Carnatic vocalist, Kamala Kailas.[6] She is the cousin of film actress, Vidya Balan and the niece of playback singer, Malgudi Shubha.[7][8]

After completing her schooling, Priyamani modeled for print advertisements. Priyamani pursued a degree in Bachelor of Arts in psychology through correspondence.[9]

CareerEdit

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.[6] 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.[10] However, she won acclaim for her performance in the film.[11][12] In 2006, Priyamani starred in the Telugu film Pellaina Kothalo. The film was a super hit and got her three Telugu films.[6][13][14]

 
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.[15][16][17] She went on to win the National Film Award,[18] followed by South Filmfare Award,[19] Tamil Nadu State Film Award and an award at the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.[20]

She had another commercially successful film in Telugu, in the 2007 film Yamadonga[21][22][23] and in the Tamil film Malaikottai.[24][25][26] 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.[27] She won another Filmfare Award for her performance.[28] 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,[29][30] titled Ninaithale Inikkum.[31] The former was a commercial failure:[32][33] Her Kannada debut film Raam was also a commercial success.[34][35][36][37] All three of her Telugu releases that year, however, (Drona, Mitrudu, Pravarakhyudu) did not do well at the box office.[38][39][40] In 2010 she acted in the satirical film Pranchiyettan & the Saint which became the longest-running Malayalam film since 2005.[41] 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.[42] Soon after, she was hired 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.[43] Her Kannada film Vishnuvardhana became a blockbuster hit[44][45] and later she starred in Anna Bond.[46] Although the film was poorly received by critics and featured on Rediff's "Most Disappointing Kannada Films of 2012" list,[47] it went on to become a successful venture at the box office.[48] She appeared in an item number in the Bollywood film Chennai Express.[49] 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.[50] She was cast opposite Darshan in the Kannada film Ambareesha in (2014).[51][52]

In 2014, she posed for a PETA ad campaign, asking the public to boycott zoos that feature caged tigers.[53][54][55]

Besides The Family Man 2, Priyamani will also be seen in Zee 5's His Storyy, Narappa co-starring Venkatesh and Virataparvam alongside Rana Daggubati and SaiPallavi.[56]

Personal lifeEdit

Priyamani married Mustafa Raj, an event organiser, in a private ceremony on 23 August 2017.[57]

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

List of film performances
Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
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 Bhavani Hindi
Rakta Charitra 2 Telugu
Ragada Priya/
Ashtalakshmi
Telugu
2011 Raaj Mythili Telugu
Kshetram Naga Penchalamma/
Sohini Aggarwal
Telugu
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 and 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 Jagadhamba (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 [58]
2021 Naarappa Sundaramma Telugu Amazon Prime film [59]
2022 Virata Parvam   Comrade Bharatakka Telugu Filming [60]
Maidaan   TBA Hindi Filming [61]
Cyanide  TBA Kannada Filming; Bilingual film [62]
TBA Telugu
Dr.56   TBA Kannada Post production [63]
Quotation Gang  TBA Tamil Filming [64]
Khaimara   TBA Kannada Filming [65]
Untitled Atlee film  TBA Hindi Filming [66]

TelevisionEdit

Acting rolesEdit

List of television performances
Year Title Role Language Network Notes
2019–present The Family Man Suchitra Tiwari Hindi Amazon Prime Video
2021 His Story Sakshi Hindi Alt Balaji
Zee5
[67]

As a host or 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
2018–2019 Dance Kerala Dance Malayalam Zee Keralam
2019 Teas Best Partner Mazhavil Manorama
Kerala Dance League Amrita TV Celebrity judge
D5 junior Mazhavil manorama Grand finale jury
Famously Filmfare Malayalam
Kannada
MX Player Host
2019–2020 Comedy Stars Malayalam Asianet Recurring Judge
2019–2020 Comedy Stars Weekend Challenge Asianet
Dance Jodi Dance 3.0 Tamil Zee Tamizh
2020 Dhee Champions Telugu ETV Telugu
2021 Dhee 13

Short FilmsEdit

Year Title Role Language Channel Notes
2017 Hand of God Eleena Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama
2019 White Blind lady English YouTube

Awards and nominationsEdit

Priyamani awards and nominations
 
Priyamani in an interview
Totals[a]
Wins09
Nominations14
Note
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Language Work / film Result Ref.
2006 National Film Award for Best Actress Tamil Paruthiveeran Won [68]
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress Won
2007 Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil Won [69]
Vijay Award for Best Actress Won
2008 Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam Malayalam Thirakkatha Won [70]
2009 Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada Kannada Raam Nominated
2011 Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam Malayalam Pranchiyettan and the Saint Nominated
2012 Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada Kannada Chaarulatha Won [71]
Suvarna Film Award for Best Actress Won
SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Kannada Won
2016 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Telugu Mana Oori Ramayanam Nominated [72]
2020 Filmfare OTT Awards for Best Actor Series (Female) : Drama Hindi The Family Man Nominated [73]
Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actor, Drama Series (Female) – Critics Choice Won [74]
[75]

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