Kausalya or better known as Nandini is a popular model and film and television actress, who predominantly appears in Tamil and Malayalam movies. She was born as Kavitha Shivashankar on December 30, 1979 in Bangalore, Karnataka in India to Shivasankaran and Poornima.

She was working as a model and doing ad films when she was cast in Balachandra Menon’s Malayalam film, April 19 in the year 1996. She was starred along with Jagathy Sreekumar, Shanthi Krishna and the director himself; however, the film was a flop. She returned to doing ad films and went to Chennai for some modeling stints. The assistant of ace director, R. Balu, saw her photos, got interested in her and cast her in Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga in 1997. This film marks her debut in the Tamil film industry. In the same year, Kausalya acted with Suresh Gopi in the Malayalam drama action film, Lelam. Later, she made a notable performance in the Tamil film, Pooveli in 1998, where she won her first Filmfare for Best Actress Award. She played as a young widow who needs to act as the wife of Karthik’s character in the film.

In 1999, she was debuted in the Telugu film industry through the film, Panchadara Chilaka, with Srikanth playing as a college student opposite her character in the film. She continues to appear in Telugu and Tamil films including Alludu Garu Vacharu, Eazhaiyin Sirippil, Raja Kaliamman, James Pandu, Ilaiyavan, Kutty and a lot more. In 2001, Kausalya acted in the Malayalam film entitled Naranathu Thampuran along with Jeyaram in the lead role. Since then, she started to appear in many Malayam films including Karumadikuttan, Sundara Purushan, Shivam, Udayam, Maanikyan, Vajram, Sooryan and more. She also bagged three Kannada films in the year 2003. Kausalya took a hiatus for unknown reason in the year 2010 and made a comeback to Tamil films and played a crucial role in the masala film, Poojai, with Vishal and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles. She was last seen in the Malayalam film, Elanjikkavu PO.

Besides acting in the big screen, Kausalya made her television debut on Sun TV’s Manaivi, helmed by C. J. Bhaskar. This was followed by Star Vijay’s Kanden Seethaiyai and Mega TV’s Dharmayudham. In 2010, she was also seen in Jaya TV’s Alaipayuthey and was starred in the Tamil soap, Akka in 2014. This year, Kausalya acted in Surya TV’s Spandhanam.

Kajal Aggarwal Tamil Actress

Kajal Aggarwal

Kajal Aggarwal is a modern Indian model and film actress, known for working predominantly in Telugu, Tamil and few Bollywood films. She was born on June 19, 1985, in Mumbai, Maharashtra in India to Vinay and Suman Aggarwal. Her younger sister, Nisha Aggarwal, also works in the same field and appeared in Tamil and Telugu films.  She had an internship with the famous cosmetics and beauty company, L’Oreal and that’s when she started her career in modeling. She initially planned on taking an MBA in Brand Management before she decided to start her acting career. Kajal was debuted in the Bollywood romance film, ‘Kyun! Ho Gaya Na..’, Where she played a small role as Aishwarya Rai’s sister.  This was followed by a Tamil film entitled Bommalattam, which stars Arjun Sarja and Nana Patekar. However, the film got delayed and was released in the year 2008. Kajal was debuted in the Telugu film industry through Teja’s action drama film, Lakshmi Kalyanam in 2007. This is the first time that she did the lead role alongside Nandamuri Kalyan Ram. Subsequently, she appeared in another Telugu film, Chandamama, opposite Navdeep. This film garnered positive reviews and became successful at the box-office.  Kajal made her Tamil debut in the year 2008, from which she co-starred with Bharath in the action entertainer film, Pazhani. After this, she acted in two Tamil films entitled Saroja and Bommalattam. But even if the former became a commercial and critical success, her roles in both films were too irrelevant to improve her career. She also acted in the Telugu films, Pourudu, opposite Sumanth and Aatadista, alongside Nitin in the lead role.  In the year 2009, Kajal did four films. She was first seen in the Saran’s Tamil film, Modhi Vilayadu, opposite Vinay Rai in the lead role. After this, she did a double role in the high-budget Telugu historical fiction film, Magadheera, which was directed by S. S. Rajamouli. She received praises for donning the role of a princess and earned nominations at the Filmfare and South Scope Awards for Best Telugu Actress.  Magadheera was very successful and became the highest-grossing film of all time, which turned her to become one of the most sought-after actresses in the Telugu film industry. In 2009, she acted in Saravanan’s 'Ganesh Just Ganesh' and the action comedy romance film, Arya 2, where she earned positive feedback for her brilliant performances in both films. In 2010, Kajal was first seen in the romantic comedy film, Darling, alongside Prabhas. The film turned out to be a commercial success at the box office while she received her second nomination at the Filmfare for Best Actress award.  Later, she did the Tamil drama thriller film, Naan Mahaan Alla, along with Karthi. This film is based on the real-life incident, and it became a major success at the box-office. Her final release in 2010 was the Telugu romantic comedy film, Brindavanam, which also stars N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and Samantha in the lead roles. This film was acclaimed critically and economically and earned her the Best Actress award at the CineMAA Award.  In the year 2011, Kajal teamed up again with Prabhas in the romantic comedy film, Mr. Perfect, which turned out to be a critical and commercial success. She was praised for her performance as a conservative doctor and her collaboration with Prabhas earned appraise by the critics. She then received her third nomination at the Filmfare for Best Telugu Actress. Kajal was later seen in the action comedy film, Veera, opposite Ravi Teja.  This film failed at the box-office and gained negative reviews by the critics, and it failed to make it to the box-office. She acted in the lead role in Rohit Shetty’s Singham, opposite Ajay Devgn. Kajal received nominations at the Filmfare and Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. She ended the year with the Telugu action film, Dhada, opposite Naga Chaitanya in the lead role.  However, the film failed to make it to the box office. By the year 2012, she acted in the Telugu film, Businessman, which stars Mahesh Babu and was helmed by Puri Jagannadh. This movie became a blockbuster, and the critics praised her performance in the film. Later, she made a comeback in the Tamil film industry with two action films, Maattrraan, which stars Suriya and Thuppakki, alongside Vijay in the lead role. She played as a boxer in the latter, and the film became a major commercial success. Her last release in 2012 was the Telugu film, Sarocharu, from which she acted with Ravi Teja for the second time. But even though she was praised for her performance in the film, it received mediocre reviews and failed at the box office. In 2013, Kajal was starred in the Telugu action comedy film, Naayak, together with Ram Charan and Amala Paul in the lead roles.  After this, she was starred in the Hindi thriller heist film, Special 26 with Akshay Kumar. Both films turned out to be a significant critical and commercial success. She acted in Sreenu Vaitla’s action-comedy-thriller film, Baadshah and her last release in the year 2013 was the Tamil romantic comedy film, All in All, Azhagu Raja, which features Karthi, Prabhu and Santhanam in the lead roles.  In early 2014, Kajal was seen as a police officer in the Tamil action comedy drama film, Jilla, alongside Vijay and Mohanlal. Later, she made a cameo role in the Telugu action thriller film, Yevadu and the very successful family drama film, Govindudu Andarivadele. This film earned a total of $6.3-Million and turned out to be one of the highest grossing Telugu films of the year. Earlier this year, she was starred in Puri Jagannadh’s blockbuster film, Temper opposite N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in the lead roles.  She was recently seen in the Tamil gangster film, Maari, which stars Dhanush and in Vishal-starrer Tamil action film, Paayum Puli. She is now working in the upcoming drama film, Brahmotsavam, which is expected to release in 2016. Besides working in movies, she is also an endorser of several popular brands such as RS Brothers, Salem’s AVR and Puducherry’s Sri Lakshmi Jewellery, Bru Coffee, Samsung Mobile, Green Trends and The Chennai Shopping Mall in Secunderabad. Before her acting career, she has done various commercials and became the brand ambassador of the Celebrity Cricket League, Panasonic, Dabur and Lux.

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Meena Durairaj

Meena Durairaj, popularly known as ‘Meena’ is an Indian actress, who acts in South Indian films. She was born on 16th September, 1976 in Chennai. She is also a dancer, singer and also hosts television shows. Her parents are ‘Durairaj’ who is Tamil and ‘Raj Mallika’ who is Malayali. She has been acting since 1982 when she started as a child artist. She has acted in a lot of different South Indian movies and in different languages like Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam and even in Hindi movies. She studied in Vidyodhya schools in Chennai but only till class 8, because of her busy acting schedule. She went on to get a masters degree in ‘History’ from “University Of Madras” through an ‘Open University system’. She is a trained dancer and speaks in six different languages i.e. Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada and English. She has won the “Lalitha Kalanjali Award” for her role in ‘Chanti’ in 1992. She even bagged the best actress award for ‘Muthu’ in 1995 and three times ‘Filmfare, best actress award’. She also won the famous “Kalaimamani Awards” in 1998. Her recent award ‘Tsr Tv9- 2010 awards’ and ‘Ugadi Puraskaar Award -2011’ under special jury and “The Best actress”. Meena’s debut movie was “Nejangal” a tamil movie in 1982 as a child artist. Her film career as an actress started with “Seetharamaiah gari Manavaralu parallel” in Tamil too, with ‘Oru Puthiya Kathai’. She was highly recognized with her Telugu film Chanti . She was one of the biggest heroine of the South Indian film industry in the 1990s. Meena was married to a Software Engineer ‘Vidyasagar’ on 12th june 2009 who lives in ‘Banglore’. The couple now has a daughter called Nainika, who was born on 1st January 2011 in Chennai.

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Meena Durairaj Tamil Actress