Biography|July 21, 2012 12:16 pm

Tamanna Bhatia Biography

Tamannaah Bhatia (born 21 December 1989) is an Indian film actress and model, who performs under the mononym Tamannaah and predominantly appears in Telugu and Tamil cinema. In 2005, she made her acting debut in the Hindi 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 the Tamil film industry and became informally referred to as the “Queen of Kollywood”. She staged a successful comeback in Telugu cinema 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. With Rachcha (2012), she eventually established herself as one of Telugu cinema’s leading contemporary actresses.

Tamannaah was born 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. 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. 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.

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.

In 2009, she received box office success with Padikathavan, with Dhanush. Her next Tamil film Ayan became a huge blockbuster and made her a leading star in the Tamil film industry. 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. Her next film was Ananda Tandavam, which sank without a trace although her performance was praised by critics. 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. 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 withJayam Ravi, which became an above average grosser and her performance was praised.

Tamannaah also has experience as a model appearing in various television commercials. She is endorsing popular brands like Celkon Mobiles and Chandrika Ayurvedic Soap. Before entering the film industry, she also acted in Tamil advertisements like Shakthi Masala.

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