Priya Vasudev Mani Iyer, better known by her stage name Priyamani (born 4 June 1984), is an Indian film actress and model, who appears mainly in South Indian cinema. She earned a National Film Award for Best Actress for her role as Muththazhagu in the 2006 Tamil film Paruthi Veeran and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her role as Malavika in the 2008 Malayalam film Thirakkatha. She has also appeared in Kannada films like Raam, Ko Ko, Anna Bond and Only Vishnuvardhana,.
Priyamani was born in Palakkad, Kerala to Vasudeva Mani and Latha Mani. She is the granddaughter of the late Carnatic vocalist Kamala Kailas.She grew up in Bangalore. After completing her schooling, Priyamani modeled for print advertisements. After being approached by several directors and being considered, she starred in director Bharathiraja's Kangalal Kaidhu Sei, which was released in 2004.
She is currently pursuing a degree in B.A. in psychology. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan is her cousin.
After her debut film Kangalal Kaidhu Sei, her Telugu debut was Evare Atagaadu,Priyamani then made her debut in the Malayalam film industry, where she starred in Satyam, but this film also performed poorly at the box office.She was signed by Tamil film director and cinematographer Balu Mahendra to star in the 2005 drama Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam. Before release, Balu Mahendra said "Priyamani has come up with an excellent performance in the movie. Her performance would be widely acclaimed." Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam was critically acclaimed but failed to keep the cash registers ringing.She won acclaim for her performance. In 2006, Priyamani starred opposite Jagapathi Babu in Pellaina Kothalo. The film was a super hit and got her 3 Telugu films.
Priyamani Personal Profile
Name:Priya Vasudeva Mani Iyer
Date of birth:June 4 1984
Birth place:Palakkad, Kerala
Father’s Name:Vasudeva ManiMother’s Name: Latha Mani, Brother
First Film:Pellaina Kothalo
First Hero:Jagapati Babu
Languages:English, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam
Hobbies:Listening to Music, Dancing and Watching Movies
Favorite Food:North Indian food
Favorite Actors:Dilip, Mohan Lal
|2004||Kangalal Kaidhu Sei||Vidya Sadagoppan||Tamil|
|2005||Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam||Thulasi||Tamil|
|2007||Paruthi Veeran||Muthazhagu||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Actress|
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Vijay Award for Best Actress
|2008||Thirakkatha||Malavika||Malayalam||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam|
|2009||Raam||Pooja||Kannada||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|2010||Shambo Shiva Shambo||Munimma||Telugu|
|2010||Raavan||Jamuni||Hindi||Nominated—Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|2010||Pranchiyettan and the Saint||Padmashree||Malayalam||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam|
|2010||Rakta Charitra II||Bhawani||Hindi|
|2013||Chennai Express||Hindi||Special Appearance|