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Tamannaah Bhatia

Tamannaah at the opening of a beauty parlour in Chennai
BornTamanna Bhatia
(1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 22)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActress, model
Years active2005–present
Height5' 6"[1]
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Tamannaah Bhatia

Tamannaah at the opening of a beauty parlour in Chennai
BornTamanna Bhatia
(1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 22)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActress, model
Years active2005–present
Height5' 6"[1]

Tamannaah Bhatia (born 21 December 1989[2]) is an Indian film actress and model,[3] who performs under the mononym Tamannaah and predominantly appears in Telugu and Tamil cinema. In 2005, she made her acting debut in the Bollywood film, Chand Sa Roshan Chehra, before working in the major South Indian film industries. Also in 2005, Tamannaah made her Telugu debut in Sri, and in the following year she appeared in her first Tamil film, Kedi. In 2007, she starred in two college-life-based drama films, Happy Days in Telugu and Kalloori in Tamil, which both earned her critical acclaim.

After being part of the several commercially successful films, including Padikathavan (2009), Ayan (2009), Paiyaa (2010) and Siruthai (2011), she emerged a leading contemporary actresses in Kollywood and became informally referred to as the "Queen of Kollywood".[3][4] She staged a successful comeback in Tollywood in 2011 with the romance film 100% Love (2011), which won her several accolades. She subsequently became signed up for several high-profile projects thereafter like Oosaravelli (2011). With Rachcha (2012), she eventually established herself as one of Tollywood's leading contemporary actresses.[5]


Early life

Tamannaah was born on 21 December 1989 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, to Santosh and Rajani Bhatia and she has an elder brother, Anand. Her father is a financial consultant. She is of Sindhi descent.[3] She did her schooling in Maneckji Cooper Educational Trust School, Juhu, Mumbai whilst she is currently pursuing a BA degree at National College, Mumbai through distance education. She later changed her screen name for numerological reasons, varying it slightly to Tamannaah.[6][7] She has been working since the age of 13 since she was spotted at her school’s annual day function and offered the lead role which she took up. She also appeared in the music video of "Lafzon Mein Keh Na Saku" by Abhijeet Sawant, the winner of the first Indian Idol.


Early career (2005-2008)

Tamannaah started her acting career in 2005, essaying the female lead role in Chand Sa Roshan Chehra, her only Hindi film to date. The same year, she debuted in Telugu cinema in Sri, playing the leading female role opposite Manoj Kumar. In 2006, she made her debut in the Tamil film industry in Kedi, produced by A. M. Rathnam, along with Ravi Krishna and another newcomer, Ileana D'Cruz. In 2007, she had three releases. After her role in the unsuccessful Vyapari, Tamannaah rose to popularity with the Sekhar Kammula-directed Telugu film Happy Days which received positive reviews and became her first major box office success. Her next release was the Tamil drama film Kalloori, directed by Balaji Sakthivel, that won her accolades and critical acclaim in Tamil as well. In 2008, Tamannaah again had three releases, appearing only in cameo roles in two of them.

Stardom in Kollywood(2009-2010)

In 2009, she received box office success with Padikathavan, with Dhanush. Her next release was a Telugu movie Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam opposite Siddharth. It became a success and she was praised for her refreshing performance.[8][9] Her next film was Ananda Tandavam, which sank without a trace although her performance was praised by critics. Her next Tamil film Ayan alongside Suriya became a huge blockbuster and made her a leading star in the Tamil film industry. Her successive release Kandein Kadhalai, which was a remake of the 2007 Hindi blockbuster Jab We Met, was considered a moderate success. She did the role originally played by Kareena Kapoor and was praised by critics for her performance.

Her first 2010 release was Lingusamy's romantic-action flick Paiyaa co-starring Karthi, which went on to become a blockbuster. Tamannaah's chemistry with Karthi in the film was widely praised[10]. Her next release was Sura opposite Vijay. The film opened to negative reviews and became a disaster. Her performance was panned by critics. Her next release was Thillalangadi with Jayam Ravi, which became an above average grosser, but her performance was praised.[11] Her success in Tamil films during 2009 and 2010 established her as the numero uno actress in Kollywood at the time.[3]

Stardom in Tollywood(2011-present)

Tamannaah appeared in six films in 2011, five of which featured her in a starring role. Her first release was the Tamil action film, Siruthai, which was the remake of the Tollywood blockbuster Vikramarkudu and was her second film alongside Karthi. The film becoming a blockbuster, although her character was received poorly by critics, with a reviewer citing that she offered "little more than arm-candy".[12] Her next release was her first Telugu release after two years, the highly successful romantic comedy 100% Love (2011) with Naga Chaitanya, which fetched positive reviews from both critics and viewers. Tamannaah won the CineMAA Award for Best Actress, besides receiving nominations at various award ceremonies. She was next seen in the Telugu historical masala film Badhrinaadh (2011) opposite Allu Arjun that became a critical and commercial failure, which was followed by a Tamil action-masala film again, Hari's Venghai (2011), where she acted alongside Dhanush for the second time in her career. The film was not well received, however critics lauded her performance.[13][14][15] Her final release of 2011 was Oosaravelli, starring Jr. NTR, which failed at the box office.[16] Her first film in 2012 was the Ram Charan Teja starrer Rachaa, which became a huge blockbuster. Rachaa's success established her as one of the leading and in-demand actresses in Tollywood[5]. Her latest release Endhukante Premanta featuring her opposite Ram, opened to average reviews.

Her upcoming films portray her in lead role opposite Prabhas in Rebel,[17] and Pawan Kalyan in Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu.[18] She is also set to star in her second Hindi film, Himmatwala opposite Ajay Devgn.[19] She recently signed Bhale Thammudu, remake of 2012 Tamil hit Vettai, opposite Naga Chaitanya which is scheduled for 2013.[20]

Brand Endorsement

Tamannaah also has experience as a model appearing in various television commercials.[5] She is endorsing popular brands like Celkon Mobiles, Fanta and Chandrika Ayurvedic Soap.[21][22] She is also the brand ambassador of the Salem based jewellery shop AVR and Khazana Jewellery. Before entering the film industry, she also acted in Tamil advertisements like Shakthi Masala, Power Soap and Sun Direct.


2005Chand Sa Roshan ChehraJiya OberoiHindi
2007Happy DaysMadhuTelugu
2007KallooriShobanaTamilNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
2008Ninna Nedu RepuTeluguGuest appearance
2008Netru Indru NaalaiTamilGuest appearance
2008ReadySwapnaTeluguGuest appearance
2009PadikathavanGayathri ReddyTamil
2009Konchem Ishtam Konchem KashtamGeeta SubramanyamTeluguNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu
2009Ananda ThaandavamMadhumithaTamil
2009AyanYamunaTamilNominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
2009Kanden KadhalaiAnjaliTamilNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actress
2010PaiyaaCharulathaTamilNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
2011KoHerselfTamilSpecial appearance
2011100% LoveMahalakshmiTeluguCineMAA Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu
2012RachchaChaitra (Ammu)Telugu
2012Endhukante... Premanta!Srinidhi/SravanthiTelugu
2012Cameraman Ganga Tho RambabuGangaTeluguFilming
2013Bhale ThammuduTeluguFilming


CineMAA Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Vijay Awards
Other awards


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  3. ^ a b c d Sify (21 December 2009). "Happy B'day to the Queen of K’wood!". Sify. http://sify.com/movies/tamil/fullstory.php?id=14924273&cid=2363. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
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  12. ^ Siruthai is Karthi's show all the way – Rediff.com Movies. Rediff.com (2011-01-14). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
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  16. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/south-review-oosarvelli-is-a-routine-revenge-drama/20111007.htm
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  18. ^ [1]. Indiaglitz.com (2012-03-26). Retrieved on 2012-05-10.
  19. ^ "Exclusive Interview : Extremely fond of Hyderabadi Biryani : Tamanna". 123telugu.com. http://www.123telugu.com/interviews/exclusive-interview-extremely-fond-of-hyderabadi-biryani-tamanna.html. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  20. ^ http://timesofap.com/cinema/milk-beautytamanna-replaces-hansika-bhale-thammudu/
  21. ^ "Tamanna to endorse Wipro's Chandrika soap!!". currentweek. http://cinema.currentweek.net/2011/05/tamanna-to-endorse-wipros-chandrika.html. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  22. ^ http://www.southdreamz.com/2012/04/tamanna-to-endorse-fanta.html
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