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
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
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
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.