News|August 12, 2012 11:45 am

Ileana Dcruz Biography

Ileana D’Cruz is an Indian film actress, who predominantly appears in Telugu cinema. Starting her career as a model, she made her feature film debut in Y. V. S. Chowdhary’s 2006 Telugu film Devadasu. She went on to appear in commercially successful ventures Pokiri (2006), Jalsa (2008) and Kick (2009), establishing herself as one of Telugu cinema’s leading actresses. D’Cruz made her Kollywood debut earlier in 2006 with Kedi and made a comeback in Shankar’s Nanban (2012).In 2012, she is set to make her debut in Bollywood with Barfi!.

Ileana was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra as the second child to her parents Ronaldo and Samira. She has three siblings—older sister Farrah, younger brother Rhys and youngest sister Eileen. Her first name comes from Greek mythology. While growing up, she lived in Goa for about seven years.

During that time, the manager of the hotel her mother was working in, suggested that she should start modelling and fixed a meeting with Marc Robinson. Though initially reluctant, she was persuaded and her first portfolio was created in January 2003, which she described as a “disaster”. She began gaining notice through photo shoots and ramp shows and her second portfolio was set up the following year, which landed her three advertisements from Electrolux, Emami Talc and Fair and Lovely. The latter, in particular, which was directed by Rakesh Roshan, gave her exposure and brought in several offers for acting in feature films.

D’Cruz’s career took a turn for the better with the release of her well-received 2007 film Aata, opposite Siddharth. She received favorable reviews for her performance as Satya, a college student who is on the run from the home minister’s crooked son by whom she is targeted, when leading a protest and demanding punishment for his crimes. Idlebrain described her as “gorgeous” and a “treat to watch to the eyes”.

In 2008, she performed a lead role opposite Pawan Kalyan in Jalsa, directed by Trivikram Srinivas. In spite of opening to mixed reviews, the film turned out to become a high financial success. Ileana received largely positive remarks, with critics citing that she looked “pretty”, “damn cool”, and “every bit chic and stunning throughout the film”, while being later awarded the Santosham Award, one of five awards for Jalsa, and the South Scope Style Award, besides garnering a nomination for the Best Actress prize at the 56th Filmfare Awards South.

Her first 2009 release, titled Kick, was likewise declared a box office success,becoming one of the highest-grossing films that year. Later that year she starred in the films Rechipo and Y. V. S. Choudary’s Saleem alongside Vishnu Manchu, both of which performed poorly at the box office.Huduga Hudugi, her first Kannada film, became her only 2010 release; it featured her in an item number named after her.

Ileana then essayed the female lead role in Shakti, opposite Jr. NTR, with whom she worked earlier in Rakhi. The high-budget socio-fantasy film was panned by critics and became a commercial failure. She later admitted that the film was a “big disaster” and did not promote the film, citing that the film’s script had been changed during the shooting and that she could not “connect to the story”.

Her next release was Nenu Naa Rakshasi, which marked her second collaboration with Puri Jagannadh, following the success of Pokiri. Her performance was received positively by critics; an Indiaglitz reviewer described her as a “pleasant surprise in the film” as she “cried, smirked, looked hot, grabbed sympathy and made faces that were apt to the scenes”, while cinegoer’s reviewer cited that the film had “one bright spot, Ileana, she looks stunning and also like an accomplished senior to the hero.”

In 2012 she starred in her second Tamil venture, S. Shankar’s Nanban opposite Vijay. A remake of the hugely successful and acclaimed 2009 Hindi film 3 Idiots, Ileana essayed the character originally played by Kareena Kapoor. The film likewise opened to critical acclaim and became a financial success. She would make her Hindi debut with the Anurag Basu directorial Barfi!, as the role of a narrator starring alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. She has also completed filming for Puri Jagannadh’s Devudu Chesina Manushulu that will see her playing a taxi driver.