Meena South Indian Actress
Meena Durairaj popularily known as Meena was born on 16 September 1976 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Meena started her career as a child artist through the Tamil film 'Nenjangal' in 1982. Later she has appeared in lot of Tamil movies as a child artist.
Meena has starred in countless films produced by different regional film producers. Meena Durairaj, besides doing acting, is also a model, singer, TV presenter and a special dubbing artist. Meena Tamil actress started her career in acting in 1982. As a child artist, the young Meena Durairaj age acted first in the film called Nenjangal.
Legendary Dr Sivaji Ganesan had identified Meena at a birthday party. Ganesan first gave Meena Durairaj a chance to act in his film Nenjangal when she was just 5 years old. Meena Durairaj age thereafter appeared in over 45 south Indian films as a child actor. Meena Tamil actress, as a child artiste gave many successful films to the industry.
Name: Meena Durai Raj
Star Name: Meena
Mother Tongue: Tamil
Date of Marriage: 2009-06-12
Date of Birth: 1978-09-16
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Meena started her career in 1982 as a child artist in the film Nenjangal, featuring Dr Sivaji Ganesan in the lead role, after Ganesan saw her at a birthday party.. She says of Ganesan that "I feel extremely proud to have been discovered by the legend.". Since, she has appeared in over 45 films as a child artiste.
She made her debut in Tamil in Oru Pudiya Kadhai, and also stars in Telugu and Kannada films. Her first role in Malayalam that gained attention was in Santhwanam. Meena has expressed a wish to do more films in Malayalam. She says of her transition from being a child star to being a heroine that "Memories as a child are really fabulous and I still cherish them. And it is still more special as that phase is over. Now, I am enjoying my stint as a heroine."
She has played the role of leading heroines in Tamil and Telagu films since the early 90s, often playing characters without negativity or grey shades. She has generally avoided glamorous roles though she has acted in a few like Maaman Magal in Tamil opposite Sathyarajand some movies with Ravichandran in Kannada. In the Kannada remake of Autograph, she reprised Sneha's role of Divya.
She has acted with Vishnuvardan, Rajinikanth, Balakrishna, Ravichandran, Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Vijayakanth, Ajith Kumar, Prabhu Deva, Sarathkumar, Mammootty, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Prashanth, Sudeep, Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh, Nagarjuna, Raviteja, eventually herself becoming a star. She had hits with films like Muthu, Ejaman, Veera , Avvai Shanmughi and Mutamestri. She also acted opposite Vijay in Shajahan and played a role along with Surya in Periyanna. She acted opposite Vikram in Kadhaleesham. Meena has acted both as a child and as an adult opposite Rajnikanth. She has acted with almost all the superstars in South India.
Following the release of Muthu in Japan and its commercial success, Meena's popularity rose in Japan. A role in Kadha Parayumbol and in its Tamil and Telugu remakes, Kuselan and Kathanayakudu respectively, were well received by audiences. Meena has expressed regret about Kuselan, after her part was overshadowed. She has gained two substantial roles in Malayalam opposite Mammootty and Mohanlal. Her acting in Mariyadhai alongside Vijayakanth has been well received.
Meena has said that her own favorite roles were in Bharathi Kannamma and Shock in Tamil, Seetha Ramayya Gaari Manavaralu in Telugu, Santhwanam in Malayalam and Swathi Muthu in Kannada, "though every film of mine is close to my heart
After marriage she is going to pair with Ramesh Aravind. They both are the lead hero & heroine in this film. The film is a remake of Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana which was acted by Nassar, Radhika, Goundamani, Senthil, Vadivelu and Kovai Sarala which was 12 years ago and a super hit film directed by V Sekar. It is also told that She is taking an elder sister role of Narain in the movie named Thambikottai , in this movie Poonam Bajwa is the pair for Narain. Others acting in this movie is Prabhu and Vadivelu and this movie is directed by Ammu Ramesh. Meena is also doing as the lead heroine in the film Vidathey Pidi in which she pairs with Prabhu
There is a news told that Meena and Prasanna had dubbed for Cheran movie Pokkisham. Prasanna has dubbed for Aryan Rajesh, who has played Cheran's son in the film, while Meena has rendered voice for Padmapriya.
* Kalaimamani from the Govt. of Tamil Nadu, 1997-1998
* Nandi Awards from Govt. of Andhra Pradesh for 1992 for Seetha Ramayyagarri Manavaralu and 1993 for Rajeshwari Kalyanam
* Cinema Express Best Actress Awards for Seetha Ramayya Gaari Manavaralu in Telugu, Naattamai, Muthu, Avvai Shanmugi, Bharathi
Kannamma in Tamil and Puthnanja in Kannada.
* Kala Sagar Best Actress Award 1992 for Chanti
* Best Actress State Award from Govt. of Tamilnadu in 1993 for Yejaman and Sethupathi IPS, 1997 for Bharathi Kannamma, and 1998 for Porkaalam
* Thumbs Up Best Actress Award in 1995 for Muthu and 1997 for Bharathi Kannamma
* Film Fans Associations 45th Annual Best Actress Award 1995 for Putnanja
* Screen Videocon Best Actress South Awards 1997 for Bharathi Kannamma
* Kalai Selvam Award (South Indian Artiste Association)
* Dinakaran Tamil News Paper's Best Actress Award 1996 for Avvai Shanmugi
* Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress 1994 in Sethupathi IPS
* Lalitha Kalanjali Award 1992 for Chanti
* 51st Annual Manikchand Filmfare South Award for Best actress in Swathi Muthu(Kannada Movie)
1982:- Nenjangal, Enkeyo Ketta Kural
1983:- Thandikkapatta Niyayangal, Sumangali
1984:- Thiruppam, Anbulla Rajinikanth
1985:- Paneer Nadhigal, Uyire Unakkaga, Lakshmi Vanthachu, Kettimelam
1990:- Oru Pudhiya Kadhai
1991:- En Rasavin Manasile, Idhaya Oonjal, Idhaya Vaasal
1993:- Sethupathi IPS, Yejaman
1994:- Veera, Thai Maman, Rajakumaran, Nattamai
1995:- Maman Magal, Oru Oorla Oru Rajakumari, Marumagan, Nadodi Mannan, Muthu,
1996:- Senkottai, Avvai Shanmugi
1997:- Vallal, Porkkaalam, Pasamulla Pandiyare, Bharathi Kannamma
1998:- Ulavu Thurai, Coolie, Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar
1999:- Unnaruge Naan Irundhal, Periyanna, Iraniyan, Manam Virumbude Unnai, Harichandra, Anandha Poongatre
2000:- Vanathai Pola, Anbudan, Thenali, Palayathu Amman, Vetri Kodi Kattu, Doubles, Rhythm
2001:- Shahjahan, Citizen, Maayi, Rishi, Sivagami, Ayyan
2002:- Devan, Namma Veettu Kalyaanam, Ivan, Padai Veetu Amman, Villain, Angala Parameswari, Dhaya
2004:- Shock, Anbulla Latchumiye, Aalukkoru Aasai
2010:- Thambikottai, Vidathey Pidi
Debut:- Rendu Rella Aaru
1985:- Rendu Rella Aaru
1989:- Prajala Manishi, Paape Naa Pranam
1990:- Navodayam, Karthavyam, Seetharamayya Gari Manavaralu, Dharama, Indra Bhavanam
1991:- Jagannatakam, Chengalva Pudanda, Allari Mogudu
1992:- Allari Pilla, Sundarakanda, Chanti, President Gari Pellam, Pellam Chepte Vinali, Bangaru Maama, Moratodu Naa Mogudu
1993:- Muta Mestri, Rajeshwari Kalyanam, Abbaigaaru, Ashwamedham, Muta Mesthri, Allari Alludu, Konguchatu Krishnadu
1994:- Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam, Anga Rakshakudu, Bhale Pellam, Bobbili Simham
1995:- Alu Magalu, Chilakapacha Kapuram
1997:- Muddula Moghudu, Panjaram
1998:- Gilli Kajjalu, Surya Vamsham
1999:- Krishna Babu, Bobbili Vamsham, Sneham Kosam, Velugu Needalu
2000:- Maa Annayya
2001:- Sri Manjunatha, Ammayi Kosam, Dasu
2005:- Puttintiki Raa Chelli, Prayatnam
1998:- Kusruthi Kuruppu
1999:- Friends, Olympian Anthony Adam
2001:- Rakshasa Rajav
2003:- Mr. Brahmachari
2005:- Udayananu Tharam, Chandrolsavam
2007:- Kadha Parayumbol, Black Cat
2008:- Magic Lamp
2009:- Pattunool Unjal, Katha, Samvidhanam: Kunchacko
2003:- Swathi Muthu
2005:- My Autograph
2010:- Hendtheera Darbar