Meena Durairaj (Tamil: மீனா) is one of the most successful actresses in South Indian cinema. Meena was born on September 16, 1977, in Chennai, She became heroine at a very young age of 13 while doing her 8th grade . She established hereself in some matured roles and that making her a very successful heroine.
Meena started her career as a child artist in the film Nenjangal in 1982 when she was 5 years old featuring Dr Sivaji Ganesan in the lead role. She later became a heroine in 1990 at the age of 13 in the film Oru Pudhiya Kathai. Before that, she did a short role in the film Karthavyam which was dubbed as Vijayshanthi IPS in the same year .
Meena was still very young at that time she was doing child roles. Her mother Rajamallika brought her to A.M.Ratnam's office for an offer. Even though she looked chubby, they felt she fitted the bill.
She has acted with Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Chiranjeevi and later became a the star in her own right. She had hits with films like Muthu, Ejaman, Veera , Avvai Shanmughi and Mutamestri.
Following the release of her movies with Rajinikanth in Japan and their commercial success, Meena's popularity rose in Japan. She has acted in almost all the south Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada etc., opposite almost all the leading actors .
She was in the film industry as the top heroine in Telugu and Tamil for almost one and a half decades successfully from the early 1990s. She often portrayed characters with unidimensional personality with no negativity or grey shades. She was known to restrict glamourous roles though she has acted in a few like Maaman magal in Tamil opposite Sathyaraj and Muta Mestri in Telugu opposite Chiranjeevi. In the Kannada remake of Autograph, she essayed Sneha's role of Divya. Meena was a judge for a dancing competition 'Mastana Mastana Season 1' in Sun TV.She is currently starring as the lead actress in the Sun TV serial Lakshmi.
Rajinikanth’s Kuselan (Kathanayukudu in Telugu) got a lukewarm response from Rajini’s diehard fans and critics. Meena, who acted in the film in a significant role opposite Pasupathy, has said that she was not happy with the way the kuselan team treated her
She is an only child to her parents. She did her schooling till 8th std in Vidyodhya schools in Chennai. Busy with her acting schedules she had to discontinue schooling in 8th grade, later taking up private coaching and completed her 10th grade. She went on to get her MA in History from the University of Madras through open university system 2006.
Meena acted as a married woman in a 1990 DD TV Serial (Anbulla Amma) with famous tamil actresses.
When the make up artist failed to turn up at a remote village in Kakinada during the movie shoot of "Bobbili Simham" in 1994, it is known that Roja Selvamani did Meena's hairstyles for those two days for a song involving Meena and was much appreciated by Meena herself.Roja Selvamani and Meena are best friends. Her another close friend is actresses Maheswari.Roja and Meena, in their younger age, resembled each other so much. Infact Meena has acted as Roja's younger sister atleast in 5 or 6 movies in Telugu.