Remya Nambeesan

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Ramya Nambeesan (born 1 January 1986) is an Indian film actress and singer who appears in Malayalam and Tamil films. She has starred in over 60 films and has sung over dozen songs.[1]

Ramya Nambeesan
Ramya Subramaniam Unni

(1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 34)
Alma materSt. Teresa's College, Ernakulam
  • Film actress
  • Playback singer
  • Television presenter
  • Dancer
Years active2000–present
Parent(s)Subrahmaniam Unni
RelativesRahul Subrahmaniam (brother)

Ramya made her acting debut in the 2000 Malayalam film Sayahnam as a child artist.[2] Following performances as a child artist in several Malayalam films during the early 2000s, she went on to play minor supporting roles, before playing starring role in the 2006 film Aanachandam. In 2005, she made her Tamil debut with Oru Naal Oru Kanavu. She received critical acclaim for her performances in the films Traffic (2011) and Chaappa Kurish (2011). Her other notable roles include in the films Pizza (2012), Left Right Left (2013), Philips and the Monkey Pen (2013), Lukka Chuppi (2015), Jilebi (2015), Sethupathi (2016), Sathya (2017), and Mercury (2018).

Ramya made her debut as a playback singer with the song "Aande Londe" for the film Ivan Megharoopan (2012). Her song "Muthuchippi Poloru" for Thattathin Marayathu (2012) became one of the most popular songs of the year. Besides acting and singing, Ramya has occasionally worked as a television presenter as well.

Early life and familyEdit

Ramya Nambeesan was born to Subrahmaniam Unni and Jayasree.[3][4] Her father is a former theatre artiste, who was an active member of troupes such as "Jubilee" and "Harishree". She has a brother, Rahul,[3] who has worked as the music director in the Malayalam movie Philips and the Monkey Pen and as a playback singer in the film Thattathin Marayathu.[5] She attended the Mahatma Gandhi Public School, Ambadimala near Chottanikkara. Ramya graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communicative English from St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam.[6]


Ramya first appeared as a child artist in the critically acclaimed drama film Sayahnam in 2000, directed by R. Sarath.[3][2] She further played minor supporting roles in the following years in films including Sathyan Anthikad's satire film Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (2001), the art film Sthithi (2002), under R. Sarath's direction again,[7] and Gramaphone (2003) and Perumazhakkalam (2004), both directed by Kamal.[3] She collaborated a third time with Sarath for the short film Bhoomikkoru Charamageetham (2006), a cinematic version of a poem by O. N. V. Kurup.[8][9]

She played her first leading role, as a bold dance teacher, in the 2006 film Aanachandam; it was a highly unsuccessful venture, which went unnoticed soon after its release.[3] Regarding to her performance in the film, a critic from Rediff noted that she was "refreshing in bits",[10] while another reviewer cited that she was "refreshing enough for a village based film".[11] Her subsequent projects, Changathipoocha (2007) and Panthaya Kozhi (2007) released to mixed reviews and offered hardly any scope for her,[12][13] failing to propel her career.[3] The next release, Chocolate (2007), which featured Ramya as one of three leading females, gained her considerable attention,[3] after the film went on to become a high commercial success.[14][15] In 2008, she accepted her first non-Malayalam project, Andamaina Mansulo in Telugu, which was followed by her first Tamil film, the romantic drama Raman Thediya Seethai. Anthiponvettam was her only Malayalam film of 2008, which opened to largely negative reviews,[16][17] while Ramya received positive feedbacks on her performance, with a critic from IndiaGlitz describing her as "a saving grace in the entire movie".[18] In the following two years, she appeared in just three films. She played the female lead in Saarai Veerraju (2009; Telugu) and Aattanayagann (2010; Tamil) and played a minor supporting role in Nammal Thammil (2009; Malayalam) —all of which proved critically and commercially unsuccessful,[19][20] although her performance in the former was lauded. IndiaGlitz claimed that she was the "best performer" in the film, further adding that she had "raised to the occasion and carried the deglamorised role perfectly".[21]

In 2011, Ramya who till then had appeared in a series of repetitive roles as a village belle,[22] undergoing an image makeover, choosing more serious, substantial and versatile roles.[23][24] Her first release of that year was Traffic, starring an ensemble cast. Ramya portrayed Shwetha, a "stylish seductress", a character with negative shades.[23][25] Although her role in the film was short,[26] her performance was appreciated by critics. She next appeared in the thriller film Chaappa Kurish as Sonia, a secretary who has an affair with her colleague. She shot a long kissing scene with her co-star Fahad Fazil in the film – supposedly the first ever in Malayalam cinema — which upon release was termed as controversial, causing a great stir in the industry.[24][27] Ramya later stated: "An actress should always be ready to take risks if her character demands so. Even when I was aware that the two-minute intense scene could create waves, I was sure that it was inevitable as it suited the plot. A sense of necessity made me accept that scene. I think director Sameer Tahir brought out the best in me. In fact, I enjoyed doing the scene".[24] She went on to state that she did not regret "doing it"; she further credited the Tamil film industry for "propelling" her image makeover.[27] She was part of two Tamil productions, Ilaignan, scripted by former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi, and the romantic comedy Kullanari Koottam. She performed a comical role as Priya, a zoology student, in the latter, and received positive feedback. Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff noted that she was "pretty, expressive, and does well with what she's been given".[28] She next appeared in a low-budget Telugu film by Ravi Babu, Nuvvila, featuring a cast of almost all newcomers, in which she played a "girl with a fetish for cooking".[29]

In Bachelor Party she was seen in a "very stylish role",[30][31] and Ivan Megharoopan featured her in a cameo appearance.[27] She also signed up Saji Surendran's comedy film Husbands in Goa, in which she played a "docile wife",[30] and an offbeat film by Priyanandan, titled Oru Yathrayil.[32] She shot for a Tamil film, Kavithalayaa Productions' Muriyadi, a remake of the Malayalam sleeper hit Passenger (2009), which was not released. In the upcoming Jilebi, Ramya will play a mother of two kids.[33]

Other workEdit

Before her entry into the film industry, she was hosting a phone-in music show Hello, Good Evening on the Malayalam channel Kairali TV.[6] Having learned carnatic music from her childhood, she has sung several numbers for devotional albums on Chottanikarai Bhagavathi.[34] In 2011, composer and music directorSharath called Ramya to record a song for the Malayalam biographical film on P. Kunhiraman Nair, Ivan Megharoopan,[3][35] after she had expressed her desire to sing to Sharreth at a reality show.[36] She has since sung playback for several films including her own films like Bachelor Party, Up & Down: Mukalil Oralundu and Arikil Oraal which she has acted in and for films she was not part of, like Thattathin Marayathu and Amen. Her singing has been praised and got her offers from other South Indian film industries too.[37] She has sung for the Telugu film Telugabbai, for the Tamil film Pandiya Naadu and will be singing for a Kannada film.[37] She got nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam for her song "Andilonde" from Ivan Megharoopan.[38] She won many other awards for the song "Muthuchippi Poloru" from Thattathin Marayathu, which was also one of the top Malayalam songs of 2012.[39] She has worked with leading, award-winning music directors like Shaan Rahman,[5] Prashant Pillai, M. Jayachandran,[40] Gopi Sunder and D. Imman.[41][42] In 2014 she sang an Ayyappa devotional song, "Muttath ninnu Chirikkum", which garnered 1.5 lakh hits in YouTube.In 2020, she conceived and directed a short video film titled "Unhide".


Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards
Jaihind TV Film Awards
  • Best Star Pair – Chaappa Kurish
  • Best Female Playback Singer (2013)[44]
  • Popular Actress (2014)
Asiavision Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Amrita Film AwardS
Vanitha Film Awards
  • Best Supporting Actress – Chaappa Kurish (2011)[48]
  • Best Female Playback Singer – Thattathin Marayathu[49]
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards

Kerala Film Critics Association Award for Best ActressEnglish, Nadan (2013)[50]

Other awards
  • Atlas Kerala Film Critics Awards for Best Actress – English, Nadan
  • Bharath Murali Award for Best Actress – Nadan
  • Guidance Chalachitra Award for Best Supporting Actress – Traffic and Chaappa Kurish (2011)[51]
  • Indian Movie Awards for Best Playback Singer(Female)[52]
  • Vayalar Rama Varma Chalachitra Award for Best Actress – Traffic and Chappa Kurish (2011)[53]
  • Surya TV Film Awards for Second Best Actress (2012)[54]
  • Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards 2008 – Best supporting actress : Raman Thediya Seethai
  • [SMIFA Film Awards 2019 – Best actress : Oru Nurungu Samsayam (The Little Riddle) (2020 film)


As ActressEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
1996 Iniyum Thumbikal Parannu Varum Malayalam Short film
2000 Sayahnam K.K. Madhavan's granddaughter Malayalam debut film as child artist
2001 Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka Sethulakshmi Malayalam
2002 Sthithi Ramya Malayalam
2003 Gramaphone Sachidanandan's sister Malayalam
Meerayude Dukhavum Muthuvinte Swapnavum Ashwathy's sister Malayalam
2004 Perumazhakkalam Neelima Malayalam
2005 Annorikkal Beena Malayalam
2006 Bhoomikkoru Charamageetham Malayalam Short film
Aanachandam Gowri Malayalam debut in lead role
Oru Naal Oru Kanavu Vanaja Tamil Tamil Debut
2007 Changathipoocha Indhu Sreedharan Nair Malayalam
Panthaya Kozhi Maya Malayalam
Soorya Kireedam Pooja Vishwanathan Nair Malayalam
Chocolate Susanna Malayalam
Atheetham Amritha Malayalam
Naalu Pennungal Podimol Malayalam
2008 Shalabam Meera Malayalam
Andamaina Mansulo Sandhya Telugu Telugu debut
Raman Thediya Seethai Vidhya Manikkavel Tamil
Anthiponvettam Vanitha Malayalam
2009 Saarai Veerraju Dhanalakshmi Telugu Simultaneously made in Tamil as Vettattam
Nammal Thammil Uma Malayalam
Black Dalia Dancer Malayalam Special appearance
2010 Aattanayagann Radhika Tamil
2011 Traffic Swetha Malayalam
Ilaignan Ramya Tamil
Kullanari Koottam Priya Tamil
Chaappa Kurish Sonia Malayalam Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Malayalam
Nuvvila Rani Telugu
2012 Bachelor Party Special appearance Malayalam Special appearance in the song "Vijana Surabhi"
Ivan Megharoopan Rajalekshmi Malayalam SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Malayalam
Husbands in Goa Veena Malayalam
Ayalum Njanum Thammil Dr. Supriya Malayalam
Pizza Anu Tamil
2013 Oru Yathrayil Soumini teacher Malayalam Segment – Marichavarude Kadal
Telugabbai Chandamaama Telugu
Ithu Pathiramanal Sara Malayalam
English: An Autumn in London Gauri Malayalam
Up & Down - Mukalil Oralundu Kalamandalam Prasanna Malayalam
Pigman Sneha Malayalam
Left Right Left Jennifer Malayalam
Arikil Oraal Veena Malayalam
Philips and the Monkey Pen Sameera Roy Malayalam
Nadan Jyothi Malayalam Kerala Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress[55]
2014 Damaal Dumeel Meera Tamil
2015 Lailaa O Lailaa Ramya Malayalam
Lukka Chuppi Renuka Malayalam
Jilebi Silpa Malayalam
Naalu Policeum Nalla Irundha Oorum Subha Tamil
Saigal Padukayanu Deepa Malayalam
2016 Sethupathi Malarvizhi Tamil
Style King Ramya Kannada Kannada debut
Saithan Jayalakshmi Tamil Cameo Appearance
2017 Sathya Swetha Tamil
Honey Bee 2.5 Herself Malayalam Cameo appearance
2018 Mercury Wife Tamil Silent film
Seethakaathi Herself Tamil
2019 Agni Devi Deepa Tamil
Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma Shruti Tamil
Virus Raji Malayalam
2020 Anjaam Pathiraa Fathima Anwar Malayalam
Oru Nurungu Samsayam (The Little Riddle) Srinda Malayalam Short Film
Producer too
Unhide Herself Tamil Music album as Director
Concept & Narration also
Thamilarasan  TBA Tamil Filming
Ranger  TBA Tamil Filming
Shiva TBA Tamil Filming
Ketta Paiyan Sir Ivan TBA Tamil Filming
Aalambana TBA Tamil
Plan Panni Pannanum TBA Tamil Paired up with Rio Raj - Post production

As SingerEdit

Year Song Film Language Notes
2012 "Aande Londe" Ivan Megharoopan Malayalam She sang this folk song in the streets of Kochi for promotion of the song and film
2012 "Vijana Surabhi" Bachelor Party Malayalam Also acted in the song
2012 "Muthuchippi Poloru" Thattathin Marayathu Malayalam
2012 "Pudamini Mose" Telugabbai Telugu
2013 "Pampara Pampara Pa Pa (Shaapp)" Amen Malayalam
2013 "Raavin Cheruvil" Up & Down: Mukalil Oralundu Malayalam Also acted in the song
2013 "Maayumee" English: An Autumn in London Malayalam
2013 "Kanavil Kanavil" Arikil Oraal Malayalam Also acted in the song
2013 "Fy Fy Fy Kalaachify" Pandianadu Tamil Nominated-SIIMA Award for Best Female Playback Singer
2013 "Balyathil Naam" (Promo Song) Philips and the Monkey Pen Malayalam Also acted in the song
2013 "Manjin Kulirin" Miss Lekha Tharoor Kaanunnathu Malayalam
2013 "Mele Vaanile" Bicycle Thieves Malayalam
2014 "Pogathe Pogathe" Damaal Dumeel Tamil also acted in that song
2014 "Ee Mazha Megham" Om Shanthi Oshaana Malayalam
2015 "Adiye Rathiye" Sagaptham Tamil
2015 "Raavin Nizhaloram" Nellikka Malayalam
2015 "Hit-u Song" Sakalakala Vallavan Tamil
2015 "Ullasagayike" Adi Kapyare Kootamani Malayalam
2016 "Maayum Sandhye" Aakashavani Malayalam
2017 "Akkam Pakkam" Munnodi Tamil
2017 "Vaanampaadikal" Achayans Malayalam
2018 "Annana Pathi Kavalailla" Mannar Vagaiyara Tamil
2018 "Carrom Board" Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma Tamil also acted in that song
2019 "Thiri Thiri" Dear Comrade Malayalam Malayalam dubbed version of Telugu Film Dear Comrade
2020 "Oru Venal Kattu" Oru Nurungu Samsayam (The Little Riddle) Malayalam also acted in that song


  • Hello, Good Evening (Kairali TV)
  • Super star Junior (Amrita TV)
  • Sun Singer (Sun TV)
  • Amrapalli


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