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Updated December 28th, 2023 at 19:27 IST

How Nayanthara became the Lady Superstar of Tamil Cinema

Popular actress Nayanthara completes her 20 years in film industry today. Born in 1984, Nayanthara began her career with the 2003 film Manassinakkare.

1/7: Nayanthara began her career in 2003, and it took a few years for her to establish her box office credentials. By 2010, Nayanthara was one of leading female stars when she decided to go on a hiatus. / Image: IMDb

2/7: However, it was in 2013 when the actress showed a clear inclination towards films that are equally reliant on their female stars as male stars. It was Atlee’s film Raja Rani that was a turning point f/ Image: IMDb

3/7: The next years saw Nayanthara headline movies like Anaamika, Aramm, Maya and Thani Oruvan that highlighted the actress’ strengths, underlining what set Nayanthara apart from other top actresses. / Image: IMDb

4/7: It wasn’t until 2018 film Kolamaavu Kokila, where she played a young woman mired in a drug scandal, that industry took note of Nayanthara’s rising stardom which was now comparable to leading heroes. / Image: IMDb

5/7: Some of Nayanthara’s other notable films where her character drove the narrative are Imaikaa Nodigal, Aramm, Thirunaal and Love Action Drama./ Image: IMDb

6/7: The years of 2020 and 2021 saw Nayanthara appear alongside big stars like Chiranjeevi and Rajinikanth, which reaffirmed her superstar status. / Image: IMDb

7/7: Even though her recent Tamil release Iraivan wasn’t a big release, it marked a major milestone for Nayanthara, as she became the first Tamil actress to charge 10 crore fee for a film. / Image: IMDb

Published December 28th, 2023 at 19:27 IST