Tamanna Bhatia (born 21 December 1989), better known as Tamannaah, is a Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi film actress. She has appeared in over 80 films and has received a SIIMA Award and eight Filmfare nominations. For her contributions to Indian cinema, she was awarded the Kalaimamani in 2010 and an honorary doctorate in 2022.
Tamannaah's acting career began with the Hindi film Chand Sa Roshan Chehra (2005). She then debuted in Telugu cinema with Sri and Tamil cinema with Kedi (2006). She appeared in two college-life drama films in 2007, Happy Days in Telugu and Kalloori in Tamil.
Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009), 100% Love (2011), Oosaravelli (2011), Racha (2012), Tadakha (2013), Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), Bengal Tiger (2015), Oopiri (2016), F2: Fun and Frustration (2019), and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019). Ayan (2009), Paiyaa (2010), Siruthai (2011), Veeram (2014), Dharma Durai (2016), Devi (2016), and Sketch are some of her Tamil films (2018). Tamannaah has appeared in several Hindi films, including Himmatwala (2013), Entertainment (2014), and Babli Bouncer (2015). (2022).
At the 42nd Saturn Awards, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a warrior in Baahubali: The Beginning. She has received the SIIMA Award and has been nominated for eight Filmfare Awards South.
Tamanna Bhatia was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra on December 21, 1989 to Santosh and Rajani Bhatia. Anand Bhatia is her elder brother. Her father is a diamond dealer. Her ancestors are Sindhi Hindus. She attended Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School in Mumbai. She later changed her screen name to Tamannaah due to numerological reasons. She began her career at the age of 13, when she was spotted at her school's annual day function and offered a lead role, which she accepted, and then spent a year with Mumbai's Prithvi Theatre. She contributed to Abhijeet Sawant's album song "Lafzo Mein" from his 2005 album Aapka Abhijeet.
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Debut and breakthrough in 2005-2008
Tamannaah was 15 years old when she played the female lead in Chand Sa Roshan Chehra, which was a box office flop. In the same year, she made her Telugu film debut with Sri and her Tamil film debut with Kedi. Tamannaah was called the "real scene-stealer" in IndiaGlitz's review, and she "walks away with all honours," adding that her characters are similar to those played by Vijayashanti in Mannan (1992) and Ramya Krishnan in Padayappa (1999).
Shakti Chidambaram's Viyabari was her first release in 2007, in which she played a journalist who wants to write an article about a successful entrepreneur played by S. J. Suryah. The film received negative reviews and flopped at the box office, but Tamannaah's performance was praised. Tamannaah made her debut in Sekhar Kammula's Happy Days and Balaji Sakthivel's Kalloori, both of which starred her as a college student. She received critical acclaim for her roles in both films. Happy Days and Kalloori's commercial success launched her career as an actress in both Telugu and Tamil films. Her performance in the latter earned her a nomination for Best Tamil Actress at the 56th Filmfare Awards South.
Her first appearance was in the Telugu film Kalidasu, directed by G. Ravicharan Reddy in 2008. Sushanth, the grandson of actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, was cast in his first role alongside her. The film received mixed reviews upon its initial release, with critics stating that she looked good and was very romantic, but had less scope to perform. The film grossed an average amount at the box office. She later appeared in the Telugu film Ready, followed by another cameo in the Telugu - Tamil bilingual Ninna Nedu Repu, which was titled Netru Indru Naalai in Tamil.
2009-2010: Critical praise
Tamannaah's first 2009 release was the Tamil film Padikkadavan, directed by Suraj and co-starring Dhanush and named after Rajinikanth's 1985 film of the same name. Critics gave the film mixed reviews, but Tamannaah's performance in a small role was praised. Padikkadavan, on the other hand, became a commercial success. The Telugu film Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam, directed by Kishore Kumar Pardasany and co-starring Siddharth, was her next release. The film received positive reviews from critics, and she received critical acclaim for her performance, earning a nomination for Best Telugu Actress at the 57th Filmfare Awards South. However, the film performed poorly at the box office. Her next release, K. V. Anand's Ayan, in which she co-starred with Suriya, became the year's only major commercially successful Tamil film. She later appeared in Gandhi Krishna's Ananda Thandavam, which was based on Sujatha's novel Pirivom Santhippom. In the film, she was paired with Siddharth Venugopal, who was making his debut. The film received negative reviews upon its release and was her only commercial failure in 2009. Tamannaah's performance, on the other hand, received critical acclaim. Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff.com stated that Tamannaah's "would-be innocence when she's playing up to Sidharth, and slight cunning when she chooses Radhakrishnan is perfect" adding that she brought her character Madhumitha "to life, an alluring mix of child and woman; irritating, sly, yet arousing your sympathy in the climax".
Tamannaah later co-starred with Bharath in R. Kannan's Kanden Kadhalai, the official remake of Jab We Met (2007). Chinmayi, a playback singer, dubbed her voice. Kanden Kadhalai received favourable reviews from critics, who praised Tamannaah's performance. According to a Sify reviewer: "Tamannaah is the heart and soul of this love story, funny and full of life. She has delivered an electrifying performance, and her performance is central to the film's success ", adding that no actress in Tamil cinema could have played the role better than her, despite the fact that she did not look like a Thevar girl from Theni. Her performance in the film earned her a nomination for Best Tamil Actress at the 57th Filmfare Awards South, making her the only actress to receive two nominations in two different languages at that event. She also received the South Scope award for this. During this period, she established herself as the undisputed top actress in Tamil cinema.
Tamannaah's first release in 2010 was N. Linguswamy's Paiyaa, a Tamil road movie co-starring Karthi. The film received positive critical reviews and was a commercial success. She was nominated for Best Tamil Actress at both the 58th Filmfare Awards South and the 5th Vijay Awards. Her other two 2010 releases were S. P. Rajkumar's Sura, in which she co-starred with Vijay, and M. Raja's Thillalangadi, in which she co-starred with Jayam Ravi, the former being Vijay's 50th film as an actor and the latter the official remake of Surender Reddy's Kick (2009). Both films were box office flops.
Telugu cinema makes a breakthrough in 2011-2012.
Tamannaah's first 2011 release was Siva's Siruthai, which co-starred Karthi and was an official remake of S. S. Rajamouli's Vikramarkudu (2006). Her character was received poorly by critics, with Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff.com citing that she offered "little more than arm-candy". However, the film was a commercial success. She then made a brief appearance in the song "Aga Naga" from K. V. Anand's Ko.
She returned to Telugu cinema after a two-year hiatus in the same year with Sukumar's 100% Love, co-starring Naga Chaitanya, as a village girl visiting her cousin's house in Hyderabad to pursue higher education. She received positive feedback from critics for her performance. A reviewer from IndiaGlitz stated that Tamannaah "stole the show in the film" and "doesn't over act or underplay her role anywhere". The reviewer added that she "is drop dead gorgeous and steals your heart with her beauty" and "wins on two counts-one is her endearing action and two is her insanely adorable looks". The film went on to become one of the most commercially successful Telugu films of 2011. She was nominated for Best Telugu Actress at both the 59th Filmfare Awards South and the 1st South Indian International Movie Awards. She also won Best Actress Female at the CineMAA Awards in 2012 and The Hyderabad Times Film Awards in 2011. Her next release in 2011 was V. V. Vinayak's Badrinath, in which she co-starred with Allu Arjun. Her appearance in the film became debatable, given her previous films' girl-next-door looks. Critics gave the film mixed to negative reviews. Tamannaah was "energetic, but there was unnecessary skin show even in scenes that didn't seem to require it," according to Suresh Kavirayani of The Times of India (newspaper). However, the film was a big hit at the box office. She was nominated for best actress female at the CineMAA Awards in 2012.
In Hari's Venghai, she played a village girl alongside Dhanush, whom she described as a "subtle and underplayed" character. Both the film and her performance opened to mixed reviews from critics, with Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff.com stating that Tamannaah "appears neatly attired in classy dresses but suddenly takes to wearing skimpy clothes that display her midriff" and looks "so dazzlingly white that you want to reach for your sun-glasses". Her next film, Oosaravelli, directed by Surender Reddy and co-starring N. T. Rama Rao Jr., received mixed reviews from critics and was a commercial failure.
Tamannaah appeared in four Telugu films in 2012. The first was Sampath Nandi's Racha, co-starring Ram Charan, in which she played a rich girl living in a protected world, the layers of her character being revealed as the film progressed. Upon release, Tamannaah received praise from the critics with Sify's reviewer calling her the film's "major asset", and Karthik Pasupulate of The Times of India stating that she "does the needful" and "does add more than glamour value to the film". The film was declared a major commercial success by the end of its 50-day run. She was nominated for best actress female at both the 60th Filmfare Awards South and the CineMAA Awards 2013.
Her next film, Endukante... Premanta!, co-starring Ram, received negative reviews and was a commercial flop. However, critics praised hers and Ram's performance in the film, with Y. Sunita Chowdary of The Hindu stating that they have "done their best to bring some semblance of reality to this fantasy", and Radhika Rajamani of Rediff.com calling them the film's "heart and soul". Her third film, Raghava Lawrence's Rebel, in which she played a hip hop dance teacher and co-starred with Prabhas, received mixed reviews and was a commercial failure, with budget escalation cited as one of the primary reasons. Puri Jagannadh's Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu, co-starring Pawan Kalyan, was her last release in 2012, in which she played a tomboyish media cameraman. The movie was one of the most financially successful Telugu films of 2012.
2013-2014: Re-entry into the Hindi and Tamil film industries
Tamannaah's first 2013 release was Sajid Khan's Himmatwala, which co-starred Ajay Devgn and was a remake of the 1983 Hindi film of the same name, in which she reprised her role as Sridevi from the original. Khan cast her because of her popularity in South Indian cinema, and the film marked her return to Hindi cinema. The film opened to negative reviews from critics, who felt that she matched Sridevi in terms of glamour, but failed in terms of acting skills which they termed as "below average". At the box office, Himmatwala was a huge flop.
Tamannaah attended the trailer launch of the film Himmatwala with Ajay Devgn in January 2013, marking her return to Hindi films.
Kishore Kumar Pardasany's Tadakha, co-starring Naga Chaitanya, Sunil, and Andrea Jeremiah, was her other 2013 release. It was the official Telugu remake of N. Lingusamy's Vettai. where she plays Amala Paul's role from the original. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a commercial success. She was nominated for Best Actor Female at the 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards.
After a three-year hiatus, she returned to Tamil cinema in 2014 with Siva's Veeram, co-starring Ajith Kumar. In an interview, she stated that she was in talks for several Tamil films and would be signing a few soon. Veeram received positive critical reviews and went on to become one of the highest-grossing Tamil films of 2014. She worked with Sajid Khan once more on the film Humshakals, this time as one of the female leads. Saif Ali Khan, Ram Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Bipasha Basu, and Esha Gupta also appeared in the film. The film received negative critical reviews and flopped at the box office. Tamannaah was nominated for the worst actress award at the 7th Golden Kela Awards.
She did her first item number in V. V. Vinayak's Alludu Seenu, starring Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Samantha Ruth Prabhu, which she agreed to do at Vinayak's request after initially walking out of the film due to script changes. The song, "Labbar Bomma," was well received by the audience.
She played a television actress in her next film, Entertainment, directed by Sajid-Farhad and co-starring Akshay Kumar. While the film was a semi-hit at the box office, her most recent release in 2014 was Srinu Vaitla's Aagadu, in which she co-starred with Mahesh Babu and played the role of a village belle who owns a chain of sweet shops. The film received mixed reviews upon its initial release and was a commercial failure at the box office.
2015-2017: Commercial film roles
Tamannaah at Lakme Fashion Week 2015.
Tamannaah appeared in Jagadish's Nannbenda as herself, alongside Udhayanidhi Stalin and Nayantara. She also recorded her own voice for the same purpose. The first installment of S. S. Rajamouli's two-part multilingual fictional epic film Baahubali, starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, and Anushka Shetty, was released in July 2015. She portrayed Avanthika, a Warrior Princess from an unknown era. She had to lose five to six kilogrammes (11 to 13 pounds) for her role, and special care was taken with her character's appearance, costumes, and jewellery. The film was well received by critics, and Tamannaah was praised for her performance. The film grossed approximately 650 crore (US$81 million) and went on to become the highest grossing Telugu film and the third highest grossing Indian film.
Her next film was M. Rajesh's Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga, in which she co-starred with Arya, N. Santhanam, and Bhanu and showcased her own jewellery designs from Wite and Gold. The film received mixed reviews from critics. She later appeared in the bilingual film Size Zero, starring Arya, Anushka Shetty, and Sonal Chauhan.
Her final 2015 release was Sampath Nandi's Bengal Tiger, in which she co-starred with Ravi Teja for the first time. She was praised for her appearance in the film. It received mixed reviews upon its release, but it was a commercial success at the box office, grossing 40.5 crore (US$5.1 million) globally and becoming the eighth highest grossing Telugu film of the year. Tamannaah expressed her happiness over the success of the film and said "Without Ravi Teja sir I can't imagine this film as only he could justify the character".
In February 2016, she performed her second item number in Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao's Speedunnodu, starring Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Sonarika Bhadoria. She charged half of her remuneration to appear in the song "Bachelor Babu," which was made on a 2.25 crore (US$280,000) budget. Her next release was Vamsi's Oopiri, a remake of The Intouchables (2011) co-starring Nagarjuna and Karthi and shot in Telugu and Tamil at the same time. The film received positive reviews upon its initial release.
Her next release was the Tamil film Dharma Durai, in which she played a doctor and also appeared without makeup. The film received positive reviews upon its initial release. The film was also a box office success. Her next film, Ranveer Ching Returns, starring Ranveer Singh and directed by Rohit Shetty, received positive reviews from critics. Tamannah debuted her third item number in the Telugu-Kannada bilingual film Jaguar in October 2016. Devi, a trilingual (Tamil—Telugu—Hindi) film, was her next release. She played a double role in a full-length film for the first time, and it was also her first horror film in three languages, and it received positive reviews. She was also praised for her performance in the film, which grossed 100 crore (US$13 million) at the box office in three languages. Her most recent film in 2016 was Kaththi Sandai, in which she co-starred with Vishal. It received mixed reviews from critics and was a commercial flop.
Her first film, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, was released in 2017. Tamannaah plays Avanthika, a member of a rebel group against the evil Bhallaladeva and eventual queen of Mahismati, in this film. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and earned 114 crore (US$14 million) on its first day in India, making it the first Indian film to earn more than 100 crore (US$13 million) on its first day. In just three days, it became the first Indian film to gross more than 500 crore (US$63 million) worldwide in all languages. In five days, it became the highest grossing film of all time in India in all languages, grossing 565 crore (US$71 million). With a worldwide gross of 800 crore (US$100 million) in all languages in just six days, it became the highest grossing Indian film ever, surpassing PK's worldwide gross of 742 crore (US$93 million). In just seven days, Baahubali 2 became the highest grossing Indian film ever, with a worldwide gross of approximately 900 crore (US$110 million) in all languages, surpassing PK's worldwide gross of 792 crore. Baahubali 2 became the first Indian film ever to earn 1,000 crore (US$130 million) on the ninth day. Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan, also known as AAA, was her next Tamil release and her first collaboration with Silambarasan. The film received mixed reviews and failed commercially. Her next single was "Swing Zara," the fourth item song in Jai Lava Kusa's, which she co-wrote with Jr. NTR and was directed by K. S. Ravindra.
2018-present: Back-to-back Telugu and Tamil releases
Bhatia at a 2018 event
Vikram's Sketch, directed by Vijay Chander and released on Pongal alongside Thaanaa Serndha Koottam and Gulaebaghavali, was her first release in 2018. The premiere of Sketch received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Tamannaah received praise for her performance in the film as Amuthavali, a south Indian Brahmin girl. Her next film, Aa Bb Kk, was released in Marathi. It debuted to favourable reviews and quickly became a commercial success. Her next film was the Telugu film Naa Nuvve, in which she appeared for the first time alongside Nandamuri Kalyan Ram. It received mixed reviews and was a commercial flop. Her next film was the Telugu film Next Enti?, which she co-starred in with Sundeep Kishan and was directed by Bollywood filmmaker Kunal Kohli. The film received mixed reviews from critics and failed commercially. However, both critics and audiences praised Tamannaah's performance in both films. Her most recent release in 2018 was the Kannada film KGF: Chapter 1 with Yash, in which she appeared in an item number for the Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu releases.
Tamannaah's first 2019 release was F2: Fun and Frustration, a Telugu language comedy film in which she co-starred with Venkatesh, Varun Tej, and Mehreen Pirzada. It became Telugu cinema's biggest blockbuster, grossing 127.2 crores at the box office. Kanne Kalaimaane, a Tamil-language drama film written and directed by Seenu Ramasamy and starring Udhayanidhi Stalin, was her next release. Devi 2, a Tamil horror comedy film co-written and directed by A. L. Vijay, was released at the end of May. It is the follow-up to the 2016 film Devi. Prabhu Deva and Tamannaah reprised their roles from the first film, as did Nandita Swetha and Dimple Hayati. Her next film was Khamoshi, a Hindi-language slasher directed by Chakri Toleti and produced by Pyx Films, which starred Prabhu Deva as the main antagonist. She portrayed a girl who was deaf and mute. It was a remake of the 2016 American film Hush, which was also made in Tamil as Kolaiyuthir Kaalam. This film received negative feedback from both audiences and critics. Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, a Telugu-language biographical epic action film directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan, was her next release. The film's plot is based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from Andhra Pradesh's Rayalaseema region, and it received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, with her performance receiving particular praise. During its ten-day run, it collected more than Rs. 200 crore. Petromax, a Tamil-language comedy horror film directed by Rohin Venkatesan and produced by Passion Studios, was her next release. It was a remake of the Telugu film Anando Brahma. It also received positive reviews and performed well at the box office. Her last release in 2019 was a Tamil film, Action, directed by Sundar C. in which she paired opposite Vishal for second time and it opened to mixed reviews but her role was highly praised by critics. She released seven films in three languages in 2019.
Her first release in 2020 was a Telugu film Sarileru Neekevvaru along with Mahesh Babu in which she made a special appearance in the party song, "Daang Daang". She has completed two web series: November Story for Disney+ Hotstar and 11th Hour for Aha, both of which were released on April 8, 2021, and May 20, 2021, respectively. Her upcoming films include the Hindi film Bole Chudiyan, in which she co-stars with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, directed by Shamas Nawab Siddiqui, and the long-awaited That Is Mahalakshmi, a female-centric Telugu-language comedy-drama film produced by Manu Kumaran, which is a remake of Vikas Bahl's 2014 Hindi film Queen. In October 2019, she agreed to appear in the sports drama Seetimaarr, directed by Sampath Nandi, opposite Gopichand. It was announced in September 2020 that she will star in the Telugu remake of the Hindi crime thriller Andhadhun alongside Nithiin and Nabha Natesh. Tamannaah has reunited with Venkatesh, Varun Tej, and Mehreen Pirzada in F3, the sequel to her 2019 film F2: Fun and Frustration, which will be released on May 27, 2022.
In November 2021, it was announced that she will star in Bhola Shankar, a Telugu remake of the Tamil action drama Vedalam, alongside Chiranjeevi and Keerthy Suresh. Tamannaah was named one of the top ten most popular Indian actors on the Over-the-top media service in December 2021. (OTT).
Tamannaah was confirmed to be joining Malayalam actor Dileep in Arun Gopy's Bandra in October 2022, making her Malayalam film debut. Preeti Simoes, her sister Neeti, produced a Hindi web series for Disney+ Hotstar.
Tamannaah's filmography Main article: Tamannaah's filmography
Nominations and awards
Tamannaah has received a number of awards and nominations.
Tamannaah has also worked as a model, appearing in several television commercials. She endorses well-known brands such as Fanta and Chandrika Ayurvedic soap.
She signed on as a brand ambassador for Zee Telugu in March 2015. Tamannaah opened Wite-n-Gold, a retail jewellery store, on March 31, 2015. The website was launched on April 20, 2015, to commemorate the Akshaya Tritiya festival. She was also the Creative Director for her jewellery company. In January 2016, she also became the brand ambassador for the Government of India's Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign, a FOGSI initiative. She reportedly charged Rs 50 lakhs for a 10-minute performance at the start of the IPL 2018 in which she danced to four songs in four different languages: Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Hindi.
Back To The Roots, her first book, will be released on August 30, 2021 by Penguin Random House India. Tamannaah was the host of MasterChef India - Telugu, which premiered on Gemini TV on August 27, 2021.
|Nickname(s)||Tammy, Milk Beauty|
|Profession(s)||Actress, Model, Dancer|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm|
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 55 kg|
in pounds- 121 lbs
|Figure Measurements (approx.)||33-28-35|
|Debut||Film Debut: Chand Sa Roshan Chehra (2005)|
|Awards, Honours||• Kalaimamani Award for excellence in the field of art and literature (2010)|
• B.Nagi Reddy Memorial Award for Contributions to Telugu cinema (2012)
• Dayawati Modi Global Award as Youth Icon of the Year for the Contributions in the field of Cinema (2017)
• Honorary Doctorate from CIAC, in association with KEISIE International University, South Korea for the contribution to Indian cinema (2017)
• Dada Saheb Phalke Excellence Award for her outstanding performance in Bahubali-the beginning (2018)
|Date of Birth||21 December 1989 (Thursday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||33 Years|
|Birthplace||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Hometown||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|School||Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School, Mumbai|
|College/University||National College, Mumbai|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Arts (Distance Education)|
|Hobbies||Dancing, Reading, Writing Poetry & Quotes|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Santhosh Bhatia (Diamond Merchant)|
Mother- Rajani Bhatia (Homemaker)
|Siblings||Brother- Anand Bhatia (Elder)|
|Favourite Actor(s)||Mahesh Babu, Hrithik Roshan|
|Favourite Actress||Madhuri Dixit|
|Favourite Film(s)||Bollywood Films: Mughal-E-Azam, Dil To Pagal Hai, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge|
Hollywood Films: Titanic, Life is Beautiful, Erin Brockovich
Tollywood Film: Anand (Telugu)
|Favourite Colour(s)||Red, Blue|
|Favourite Destination(s)||Paris, Dubai, Kashmir|
|Salary (approx.)||1-1.75 Crore/film (INR)|
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