Zareena is the original name of the south Indian actress Nadhiya. She was born in the year 1966 in Mumbai to the Muslim father, Moidu and the Hindu mother, Lalitha. Nadhiya has a younger sister called Haseena. In 1984, she entered the film industry through the Malayalam movie ‘Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu’, along with Padmini and Mohanlal. The film was a super hit and it was remade in Tamil in the year 1985, as ‘Poove Poochudava’. Nadhiya acted in that movie too, with S.Ve. Shekar.
Notable films in her career were Koodum Thedi, Kandu Kandarinju, Pookalai Parikaatheergal, Uyire Unakkaga, Nilave Malare, Anbulla Appa, Rajathi Raja, Raja Kumaran, M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi, Thaamirabharani, Pattalam, Mirchi and Drushyam and more recently Bruce lee. Her hit movies include Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu movies.
She quit acting after 1989, as she got married to Shirish. She made her re-entry in Raja Kumaran, opposite Prabhu. After that she was not seen much in films. Director Raja brought Nadhiya back to the industry by his film M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi, as the mother of Jayam Ravi.
Nadhiya is very choosy when it comes to her characters in the films. When she was at the peak, everything she wore became the fashion. Many young girls in the 1990s wore Nadhiya bangles, Nadhiya skirts, Nadhiya earrings. Nadhiya impressed everyone by her acting as well as style. This simple and stylish actress has two kids, Sanam and Jana.
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Zareena Moidu or popularly known as Nadhiya was born on 24 October 1966, to Malayali parents in Pali Hill, Mumbai. She did her primary schooling at Jehangir Bur Jorji Vachha Parsi Girls High School and attended initial years of college at Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art. Nadhiya also has a younger sibling named Haseena, who is residing in Doha at present. Nadhiya got pretty much busy with the movie shootings in the first year of college and hence she was not able to study further and left her studies in the middle. Nadhiya has acted in many Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films. Her first movie came out in 1984 titled “Nokketha Dorrathu Kannum Nattu.”
The same film was remade in Tamil in 1985, and Nadhiya was offered the lead role in that also, and this marked her Tamil debut. Nadhiya has shared the silver screen with many famous actors and actresses of Tamil and Malayalam cinema industry. She has also acted with the superstar of the generation, Rajinikanth, in the movie “Rajathi Raja” and this was her last appearance.
She moved to the United States with her two daughters and her husband Shirish Godbole in 1988. In the US, she continued her studies and did an associated degree in Media Management and B.A. in Communication Arts. Being away from the stardom for years, she made a comeback in 2004 with the Tamil blockbuster “M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi”. The movie was a blockbuster and earned Nadhiya a lot of acclamation for her role. In the year 2008, she was appointed to represent the brands ‘Arokya Milk’ and ‘Thangamayil Jewellery’ and in 2013, she hosted a game show called ‘
Jackpot’ broadcasted on Jaya TV channel.
She is currently living in Mumbai and is shooting for her new Telugu film “A...Aa” starring Nithin and Samantha under the direction of Trivikram which will be released in 2016.