Priya Mani (Malayalam: പ്രിയാമണി,Tamil: பிரியமணி, born on June 4, 1984 at Palakkad, Kerala, India She won the prestigious National Film Award for Best Actress for her successful role as "Muthazaghu" in the Tamil film Paruthiveeran.
She started her career with the film Kangalal Kaithu Sei, which was a flop at the box-office. Afterwards, she was paired with Dhanush in Balu Mahendra's Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam, which flopped at the box-office as well. She is one of the few actresses who star in both critically acclaimed and commercial movies.
After several Chennai film industry hits such as Yamadonga, Malaikottai, Paruthi Veeran and Thirakkatha, she has successfully established herself as a promising young actress of the South Indian film industry.
Priya Mani was born on June 4 in Palakkad, Kerala in 1984. She was brought up in Bangalore. She started her film career with her debut film in Kollywood called Kangalal Kaithu Sei alongside actor Vaseegaran. The film was a flop at the box-office and she moved on to Malayalam and Telugu films owing to a lack of offers in Tamil films. She made her Telugu debut in Pellaina Kothalo with Jagapati Babu. Priyamani rose to fame with this film.
Priyamani has made her Tamil comeback with the internationally acclaimed Tamil film Paruthiveeran helmed by Ameer Sultan, starring debutant Karthik Sivakumar. She has also signed on for another Tamil film in which she plays the lead role with actor Jeevan.
Priyamani was born in Palakkad to Vasudeva Mani Iyer and Latha Mani Iyer. She was the most famous one in her school days and she has done modeling for Kancheepuram silks, Erode silks and Lakshmi silks. After her 12 th standard it was the famous Tamil Director, Bharathiraja who introduced her into film industry.
Priyamani has a great craze for acting and her favorite actors include Mammooty, Anant Nag and Mohanlal. Being a very smart talkative girl, she loves chatting with people and her hobbies include music and dance. She is Bollywood actress Vidya Balan's second cousin. She won the National award for her performance in Paruthiveeran.
She is one of the 4 contenders for Manorama News' News Maker of 2008.
Priyamani is satisfying everyone with her acting talent in Tollywood and is hoping to please younger generation as well as older generation in parallel. It is a fact that she is being paired opposite to Nandhamuri Balakrishna in two films. One film is being directed by Mahadev, who is making his debut as a director and another film is being directed by N. Shanker which is a film produced by Actress Priyamani. The films are both scripted as action oriented films with some interesting scenes over the present political scenario.
Meanwhile, Priyamani will also be seen as a lover to young hero Nithin in his next film DRONA. This film is said to be a romantic action thriller with Priyamani in a stylish tomboy role. Priyamani has a perfect charm to please the younger and the older audience.
She is currently filming for Mani Ratnam's Ashokavanam set for a 2009 release.