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Monisha Ravishankar or simply Monisha is an Indian actress who has featured in Tamil serials. In 2006, Monisha debuted with Kana Kaanum Kaalangal, a school drama. Apart from Hemalatha and Lingeswaran, STAR Vijay held auditions for the cast which included a couple of teenagers. The producers of the show did not want the cast to have any prior experience in acting. Instead, they wished to portray school students as natural as possible. With the show revolving around adolescents and their lives, Kana Kaanum Kaalangal attracted a lot of teenage viewers.

Monisha essayed the character of Sanghavi. Kana Kaanum Kaalangal has set the trend in Tamil dramas, and STAR Vijay Super has re-aired the show since January 2017. In 2007, Monisha and her co-star Irfan participated in the second season of Jodi No 1, a dance reality show on Star Vijay. They were among the eight couples who competed for the title. The duo impressed the judges and audience with their scintillating performance on the stage. The duo was among the finalists. However, they finished as 2nd runner-up.

In 2011, Monisha joined the theater where she acted in several plays. Monisha became a member of Stray Factory, a drama troupe working in Chennai. Her team presented “Man from Earth.” Director Naveen George Thomas lauded Monisha and others for their enthusiasm. This 70-minute play got a positive reception from the audience and thespians alike. Monisha was a part of the group “The Hot Shoe Dance Company” which brought a musical “Hairspray.”. Monisha insisted that the play intended to make people aware that everyone is unique and we should accept the differences.

With the backdrop in the 1960s, Hairspray had its first screening on 15 October 2011. It also collaborated with Canadian organization working for the welfare of HIV and cancer patients. As the play had a lot of dancing sequences, Monisha had to attend dancing classes under the guidance of choreographers. As the team got praises from the critics, the troupe decided to stage its musical in various cities across the country. The musical also involved the use of live singing too. On 20 July 2012, Monisha got hitched to Arjun Thomas at The Green Meadows in Chennai. Monisha wore a white gown for the Christian wedding ceremony. The couple invited their relatives and kept the function as a low-profile one. For those who do not know about Arjun, he is an RJ working for Chennai Live 104.8 FM.

Monal Gajjar Tamil Actress

Monal Gajjar

Monal Gujjar never dreamt of becoming an actress. She hails from Ahmadabad. She was neither a make-up doll nor a glam doll to make an entry to glamor industry. She was just an employee in a bank who cleared the audition of fashion show by luck and chance and climbed the ladder to stardom with her positive attitude. Besides being crowned as Miss Gujarat, she even made her way to the finals of Femina Miss India contest. Her first break in the film industry was with Telugu film, ‘Sudigadu’. Later, she was signed for two Tamil films. In two Tamil films, she had two different characters that she narrated with conviction and ease. It has been an indeed easy walk for this Gujarati actress to get noticed with her two Tamil films that released on the same day in the theaters. She even had stated that working in an alien language hardly posed any problems for her. After her three films hit the silver screens, she was signed for her next Telugu film, ‘Brother of Bommali’, opposite Allari Naresh. Monal Gujjar also acted in a Malayalam movie ‘Dracula 2012’ opposite Sudheer. In 2012, she also appeared in a Telugu film ‘Vennela 1 ½’ opposite Chaitanya Krishna. Her first two Tamil films ‘Vanavarayan Vallavarayan’ and ‘Sigaram Thodu’ released in 2014 on the same day in the theaters. While ‘Sigaram Thodu’ released with positive reviews and excellent box office collection, another film ‘Vanavarayan Vallavarayan’ was well appreciated by critics and did just an average business at the box office. Ever since South Indian cinema needed an actress of North Indian origin, there has been an entry of many North Indians who could not speak a word in South Indian languages but kept South Indian audiences in thrall. It all started with the arrival of Khushboo, Namitha, Jyothika, Simran, etc. Currently, Monal Gujjar is one such actress who is willing to set the screens ablaze with high-voltage glamor sequences in South Indian cinema.

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Mumtaj

Mumtaj is a Kollywood actress who rose to fame with films like ‘Monisha En Monalisa’, 'Kushi', ‘Budget Padmanaman’ and became an established star in the south. She predominantly acts in Tamil cinema. Although she tried her luck even in a Hindi film which was a disaster. This actress was born in Mumbai on July 5, 1980, and her original name was Nagma Khan and she later changed her screen name as Mumtaj. Thus, she is known to all as Mumtaj in many films. In 1999, she made her debut in a film of T. Rajendar and got an instant recognition. Her first film "Monisha En Monalisa" paved her way to stardom and there was no looking back for this actress. She was active in the industry till 2006-07 when she even got more than three or four assignments per year. Later, her assignments became less and lesser and she took a break from industry in 2010-2012. Although this actress cited the reason for her break was due to her physical illness, she made again a quick comeback after two years but never met with a huge response. Currently, she is doing either guest appearances and even supporting roles in films. Mumtaj was a busy star in M-town with actors like Prashanth, Sathyaraj, Khushboo, Abbas, Vijay, Jyothika, Ramba, Ankitha and others. Mumtaj was a runner-up heroine for top slots with Jyothika, Khushboo, Rambha and Ankitha. Although she remained far behind these actresses but attained her own position and acted with top banners like Priyadarshan, Sundar, A. M. Rathnam etc. In 2013 and 2014, she was busy with Telugu and Malayalam movies. She was an actress who despite being from Mumbai tried to shine in an acting career in Bollywood but shifted down south and continued films in a language such as Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam too. But Now, Mumtaj is trying her luck by entering the second edition of Star Vijay’s reality show, Bigg Boss Tamil. Sadly, she was nominated to evict in the first week.

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