Rukmini Vijayakumar is an Indian dancer specialized in Bharatanatyam. She has also acted in some Tamil movies. She was born in Bengaluru. She also does modeling and advertising work. Rukmini or Rukku (as per her pet name) started dancing since she was an eight-year-old. She studied Bharatanatyam under veteran dancers like Guru Padmini Rao, who is known for his Tanjore tradition dance form and under Guru Narmada who is awarded Sangeeth Natak Academy Award. She also studied under Guru Sundari Santhanam. Further, she practiced the Karans, which are ancient systems of movement under Guru Sundari Santhanam for many years. After school, she was initially torn between taking science and arts as her stream. Finally taking a break and thinking it over she chose what she loved most: dance.

Rukmini secured a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in dance from the Boston Conservatory in Ballet and Modern Dance. She studied four years for the degree. She also studied in other dance forms as jazz, tap, African and choreography in her time there. She gained the knowledge of Laban movement analysis, Alexander technique, and Pilates. She is now a certified Pilate instructor at the Power Pilates Institute. She has studied Human Anatomy and Exercise Physiology too. Even though being from classical dance origin, her modern dance and classical dance forms never interfere with each other. After this; Rukhmini studied acting at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Whenever she returned home to India for the holidays, she was gaining lessons from director PrakashBelawadi. Rukhmini regards her mother as an inspiration. Her mother was the first female pilot from Karnataka, who also loved dancing but never pursued it professionally.

Rukhmini is presently pursuing a Fitness Training Certification course at the renowned UCLA. Also, she is undergoing a professional dancer's MFA program in Bharatanatyam under Padma Subrahmanyam at the Shastra University situated in Chennai. She practices Hatha Yoga. She formed her own dance company by the name RaadhaKalpa wherein she teaches and choreographs dances. She also experiments with Bharatnatyam and modern dance styles. She insists parents make children take dancing from a very young age. “Children start when they are 5, and I want them to do everything that I couldn’t do.”, Is what she believes in. Her knowledge about her art is limitless. She has kept herself aware and educated all the time. She has performed a lot at the US and Indian stages. Her acting skills have paid off in films too. Her debut film was Bommalattam, a suspense thriller, in 2008. Her character was of a small town dancer named Trishna.

She was cast alongside actors Nana Patekar, Kajal Aggarwal, and Arjun. The film was a commercial box office hit, and her performance was loved. In 2009, she was cast in a romantic film Ananda Tandavam. Her co-actors were Tamannah and Siddhartha Venugopal. Sadly, the film got negative reviews. Also, the film failed at the box office. Again she was cast alongside Venugopal in the movie Naan. But it faced trouble in production, and later Rukhmini turned down the role when it re-started its filming in 2010. A similar incident happened when she signed for another movie, Oru Naal Podhuma across actor Madhavan. She was in a Kannada movie by the name Bajirangi with co-actor Shivanna. She was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Kannada. She had the pleasure of acting alongside Rajnikanth in Kochadaiyaanin 2014. She played Yamuna Devi, who is Rajnikanth’s character Rana’s sister. In 2015, she did a cameo in Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush starrer film Shamithabh. In 2013, Rukhmini married to RohanMenon, an entrepreneur.

She has also endorsed for brands like World Space, Nalli, Himalaya Drug, AOL, Bangalore Central, Urban Yoga are, Pepsi's Mango Slice, Fair and Lovely etc. .

Bindu Madhavi Tamil Actress

Bindu Madhavi

This dusky Telugu beauty had made a huge name for her in Tollywood industry first and later on she affirmed her identity even in Tamil cinema. Her success was not full of roses, but surrounded by a few thorns too. She was either not born with a silver spoon, whose parents had belonged to cinema industry. She was just an ordinary girl brought up in a family of deputy commissioner (Tax department) and moved to various locations in her childhood with her family. There was no permission granted to her to take up films, but as lady luck smiled upon her, she first started her modeling career after dong her degree in 2005.    Her first assignment was for Saravana Stores and she was spotted by Venkat Ram, a celebrity photographer and with his support, Bindu had put her feet in tinsel town. While dong a television advertisement for Tanishq Gold, she caught the attention of Telugu director Sekhar Kammula and landed up in a supporting role in ‘’Avakai Biryani’’ and went to get her another supporting role for Cheran’s Tamil movie “Pokkisham” (2009). She was also cast in Puri Jagannadh’s movie “Bumper Offer” and was seen in the controversial role of a sex worker in ‘’Veppam’’ directed by Anjana Ali Khan and produced by Gautham Menon. It was after Vepppam, that she moved towards Tamil film industry and got recognition too. Her Tamil movie ‘’Kazhugu’’ was a mega hit and its success pushed herself into many Chartbuster movie lists such as ‘’Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga’’.    Her latest flick will be ‘’Savaale Samaali’’, where she will be seen playing a sub-inspector role. We also hear that she wants to get back to her studies again doing her master degree in bio-technology and might even bid bye from the industry. What will happen, time alone can tell us. But her professional attitude in the film industry and her willingness to accept many challenging roles has even surprised many actresses, whom she had left behind. Undoubtedly, she is the new golden girl in Tollywood.


Karthika Nair

Karthika Nair is the daughter of yesteryear heroine Radha, who made her career debut in Tamil film industry through K V Anand's Ko, which created a record in box-office. Subsequently, she was seen in Bharathi Raja's Annakodi in a total de-glam avatar. Her forthcoming films will be Vaa Deal with Arun Vijay and Porampokku Engira Podhu Udamai with Vijay Sethupathi, 'Arya' and 'Shaam'.    She made her screen debut in 2009 alongside Naga Chaitanya in Josh. She rose to fame with Ko in 2011 and won Jaya TV Award for the sensational debut heroine. After she made her debut at the age of 17, she received a Malayalam film, Makaramanju, which was directed by Lenin Rajendran. In this movie, she acted with the cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan, and won critics award. She also has taken a degree in Business from a college affiliated to London School of Economics.    After she completed her 10th standard, she got her first film offer Josh in Telugu, without having undergone any training in acting. Her mother, who had done around 150 films, is the best guide for her. She is the one, who selects her roles and of course with her consent. She finds her mother’s role in Mudal Mariyaadai, where she has done a de-glam role as her mother’s best role. While Radha chooses her script, aunt Ambika too had been supportive in selecting her costumes.    She hoped to do diverse roles in south Indian cinema, which will have the potential for performance. She did a teenage bubbly girl in Josh, a subtle Kathak dancer (Godess Oorvashi) in Makara Manju and a journalist in Ko. Studies are always a priority for her and she does not want to take a backseat. She wants to pursue MBA, but then, the actress thinks that, there, is so much learning in cinema too.   Another Version   Karthika Nair was born on June 27, 1992. She was born in Thiruvananthapuram, India. She is a South Indian Movie actress who is well famous for her roles in the South movie Industry. Being an actress, she is also a model. She debuted from the blockbuster movie Josh in the year 2009. She was offered this film at an age of 17. The movie was a Telugu hit, and her co- star was Mr. Naga Chaitanya. Although her debut film was a hit she got prominence and name from her second movie. It was “Ko” in the year 2011 which escalated her professional career. It was a Tamil movie in which she did the role opposite to Jiva. Her two movies showed great results at the box office. Radha, the great prolific actress in the Tollywood Industry, is the mother of this great actress. Her father is Mr. Rajasekaran. She has one more relative in the film industry, Ambika, who is her aunt. Karthika has one brother whose name is Vignesh Nair and one sister. Her sister’s name is Thulsi Nair, who is also an eminent actress in the South. She had completed her education at the Podar International School, Mumbai. She is pursuing her graduation degree in Business from a college under the London School of Economics.   She has been consistent in her work and has done many movies in all genres. She also did a role in a Malayalam movie. The movie was “Makaramanju” which was released in the year 2011. The movie was a hit, and it was directed by the wonderful director Mr. Lenin Rajeendran. She starred opposite to an ace cinematographer and a director, Santosh Sivan. Later on, she played the title role in the movie “Annakodi” which was directed by Bharathiraja.   Due to her great hard work, and her justification of the vouchsafe bestowed upon her by her well-wishers, she achieved many awards and honors brought many laurels to her career. She has won the prestigious award which is “Santhosham movie award” for the debut actress for the movie “Josh” in the year 2009. She also won the Jaya TV award and, Kerela film critics award for the debut movie ‘Makaramanju', SIIMA Award, Vanitha Movie Award and many more. She gained much recognition. Apart from her film career, she loves to play cricket, football. She loves watching movies, listening music and dancing to the tunes of her favourite songs. She conveyed the desire to come back to her native place to do Malayalam movies. She said this in her recent interview. In the six years of her film career, this beautiful lady has done only one Kannada movie, and the name of the movie is brindavanam. It was a great film and received many accolades. She is a great actress and uses every opportunity to the best of her possibilities. Another version Of this Bio:   Karthika Nair is an Indian actress currently working in the South Indian movie industry. She has made a mark with her talent and hard-work in Tollywood movies. Her young career has already achieved her considerable success in South. Her most notable role was in the 2011 Tamil Blockbuster 'Ko' opposite Jiiva. Born in 1992, the young and beautiful actress spent her childhood mostly in Mumbai where she studied in the Podar International School. Her dad, Rajasekaran Nair, owned a range of hotels in Mumbai.   Karthika wanted to continue her father's business after completion of her studies. She almost took the Hotel Management course in Switzerland, but she received an offer to act in a Telugu film. Her debut was in the 2009 Telugu film named Josh, opposite South actor Naga Chaitanya. Since grabbing the opportunity to act in movies, she has not looked back and has impressed the masses with her talent. She is the daughter of actress Udaya Chandrika, better known as Radha in the film industry. Karthika's mother acted in over 200 films during her heydays. Her aunt is also a yesteryear actress, Ambika. Both Thulasi Nair and Vignesh Nair are her siblings.   She completed her graduation from London School of Economics in a distance education course. Although her first film did not achieve the amount of success as was expected, her performance was commendable in the movie. She received the Santosh Film Award for best debut heroine for Josh. The talented actress has worked in movies of various languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movies. Although her native language is Malayali, she has learnt and perfected her diction of other languages to portray the characters on screen acutely.   Her young yet ever increasing filmography includes films like "Makarananju", "Ko", "Dammu", "Puromokku", "Brindovana", "Gold", "Annakodi", etc. Her 2011 Tamil film "Ko" directed by K.V. Anand received overwhelming adulation from fans. The Tamil political thriller ran in theatres for over 175 days and earned over 70 crore rupees. The popularity of the film was such that it was later on remade in many other languages. She made her Sandalwood debut in 2013 in the movie "Brindavana" directed by K. Madhav. The Kannada action film was a huge hit among viewers. Karthika Nair played the lead role in the film opposite Kannada superstar Darshan. She is currently working on a Tamil movie, Vaa Deal, which is slated to release in 2016.

Karthika Nair Tamil Actress