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Namitha

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Namitha
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Namitha in a photoshoot
Born Surat, Gujarat, India
Occupation actress, model
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s)
Veerendra Chowdary (m. 2017)

Namitha is an Indian film actress who has predominantly been active in the South Indian film industry. She competed in the Miss India 2001 pageant, before making her film debut through the Telugu romantic film Sontham (2002). In the mid-2000s, she achieved popularity through her glamorous roles in Tamil films and often starred opposite older actors. By the end of the decade, Namitha was amongst the most popular actresses in Tamil cinema and enjoyed a cult-like fan following from audiences across Tamil Nadu. Since 2010, box office success has evaded Namitha, prompting her to appear in less film roles and experience a decline in her fan following.

Career[edit]

2001—2008[edit]

Starting her career as a beauty pageant contestant, Namitha was crowned Miss Surat during the year of 1998 at the age of 17. She went on to participate in the 2001 Miss India pageant and ended up as the fourth runner-up, while Celina Jaitley was crowned Miss India.[1] The publicity she garnered during the competition prompted her to move to Mumbai and subsequently she did a number of TV commercials such as Himani cream and hand soap, Arun Ice Creams, Manikchand Gutka, and Nile Herbal Shampoo early in her career. Unable to make a breakthrough into the Hindi film industry, she enrolled in an English Literature course and then considered returning to Surat but chose to later accept an invitation to audition for a Telugu film. After being selected, she consequently made her acting debut in Sreenu Vaitla‘s coming-of-age romantic film, Sontham (2002), where she played the love interest of two characters in a love triangle. Her next film, Saran‘s big budget action film Gemeni (2002) opposite Venkatesh, garnered her further attention and her portrayal of a Marwardi girl won critical acclaim. She had also briefly given herself the stagename of “Bhairavi” for the film, but later reverted to her original name.[2][3]

In the mid 2000s, she quickly became popular in Tamil language films with her mature look and tall frame prompting film makers to cast her opposite ageing actors such as Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj, Arjun, Parthiban, Sundar C and Sarathkumar.[4] She appeared in a series of commercial action films opposite such actors, including roles in Aai (2005), Chanakya (2005) and Aanai (2005). Likewise, she was regularly cast in comedy films with senior actors too, making appearances in Siddique‘s Engal Anna (2004) and six of Sakthi Chidambaram‘s comedy dramas. During the period, she appeared in her first Hindi film Love Ke Chakkar Mein, worked on a Kannda film titled Namitha I Love You and shot for an English film, Maya, which was later released in 2008 as Kamasutra Nights.[5] In 2007, she had the opportunity to work with two leading younger actors from Tamil cinema, respectively appearing with Vijay in the A. R. Rahman-musical Azhagiya Tamil Magan (2007) and Ajith Kumar in Vishnuvardhan‘s gangster film Billa (2007). By the end of the period, Namitha had developed a “cult following” in Tamil Nadu as a result of her glamorous appearances in films, with the media regularly looking to feature her in reports and Behindwoods.com labelled her “omnipotent and omnipresent”.[6][7][8]

2009—present[edit]

However, by the turn of the decade, Namitha’s popularity began to decline after several of her films failed to perform well and the South Indian film industry moved away from casting women in outright glamorous roles, a character that Namitha had become famed for performing. Film makers were also reluctant to cast Namitha opposite young male actors, as the older generation began to stop appearing in leading roles.[9][10] She was relegated to increasingly smaller roles and guest appearances, while the big-budget horror film, Jaganmohini (2009), where she played the title role performed poorly at the box office.[11] Likewise, she became engaged in disputes with her film makers, with the director of Azhagana Ponnuthan (2010), criticising the actress’s lack of cooperation for the film’s failure.[12][13] She briefly prioritised her work in Kannada films in the early 2010s, while several of her films endured production delays including Ilamai Oonjal (2016). After several years without any film releases, she announced plans of making a comeback in 2016 and has since notably appeared in Puli Murugan (2016).[14]

In 2017, Namitha appeared on the Tamil reality television show, Bigg Boss hosted by Kamal Haasan. After being introduced as the hyped surprise contestant, she was evicted on day 28 by audiences. During her stint in the show, she was widely criticised for her harsh treatment of actress Oviya.[15] She only garnered negative image after coming to Biggboss.Her upcoming projects include Pottu, where she portrays an aghori, and T. Rajender‘s Indraya Kadhal Da, where she plays the antagonist.[16][17]

In the media[edit]

At the height of her success in 2008, Namitha’s fans built her a temple near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. She became the second actress after Kushboo in the state to be immortalised in such a fashion by her fan following.[18][19] In October 2010, there was an attempt to kidnap her by a fan at Trichy in Tamil Nadu.[20] In 2012, the actress was chosen by Tokyo TV, a Japanese media station, as the “most beautiful person” in India.[21] Namitha has been an advocate of safe driving and in June 2012, she and Tamil actor Bharat promoted awareness of safe driving.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Namitha married her long time friend Veerendra Chowdry in Tirupathi in November 2017.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2002 Sontham Nandini Telugu
Gemini Manisha Natwarlal Telugu
2003 Oka Raju Oka Rani Preethi Telugu
Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnula Pelli Sasirekha Telugu
2004 Engal Anna Gowri Tamil
Aithe Enti Anjali Sharma Telugu
2005 Aai Anjali Tamil
Englishkaran Maheshwari Tamil
Nayakudu Telugu
Chanakya Deivanayaki Tamil
Bambara Kannaley Tamil
Aanai Ramya Tamil
2006 Kovai Brothers Sania Tamil
Love Ke Chakkar Mein Neha Batra Hindi
Pachchak Kuthira Poovu Tamil
Thagapansamy Swapna Tamil
Nee Venunda Chellam Anjali Tamil
Neelakanta Ganga Kannada
2007 Vyapari Namitha Tamil
Naan Avanillai Monica Prasad Tamil
Azhagiya Tamil Magan Dhanalakshmi Tamil
Billa CJ Tamil
2008 Sandai Tamil
Kamasutra Nights Aunt Maya English
Pandi Salangai Tamil
Indra Kannada
2009 Perumal Saroja Tamil
Thee Ruchidevi Tamil
1977 Chandini Tamil
Billa Lisa Telugu Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Indira Vizha Kamini Tamil
Jaganmohini Jaganmohini Tamil
2010 Black Stallion Laura Fernandez Malayalam
Azhagaana Ponnuthan Jennifer Tamil
Guru Sishyan Anitha Tamil
Simha Mahima Telugu
Hoo Kannada
2011 Ilaignan Sena Tamil
Namitha I Love You Sunanda Kannada
2013 Benki Birugali Mona Kannada
2016 Ilamai Oonjal Durga Tamil
Puli Murugan Julie Malayalam
2018 Pottu Tamil Filming
Miya Tamil Filming
Indraya Kadhal Da Tamil Filming
Television
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