Nayanthara was born and brought up as a Syrian Christian.On 7 August 2011, she converted to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai. She has gone through Shuddhi Karma, a procedure involving a Vedic purification and a Homam where Nayanthara chanted the hymns from Veda and Gayatri Mantra under the guidance of the priest. After the purification ceremony, a Certificate of Conversion to Hinduism was issued to her and her stage name, Nayanthara, became her official name.She also visited a number of holy places, including Haridwar and Rishikesh in May 2014.
Nayanthara at the 61st Filmfare Awards South, 2014
|Born||Diana Mariam Kurian
18 November 1984
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Partner(s)||Prabhu Deva (2009–2012)
Vignesh Shivan (2015–present)
- Nayanthara (born Diana Mariam Kuriyan; 18 November 1984), is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in South Indian films, primarily in Tamil Cinema.
- Nayanthara made her acting debut in the 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare with Jayaram.
- She made her debut in Tamil cinema with Ayya (2005) and Telugu with Lakshmi (2006).Both were successful.
- After this she had numerous commercially successful Tamil and Telugu films like Chandramukhi (2005), Dubai Seenu (2007), Tulasi (2007).
- In 2010, she also made her Kannada film debut through the Kannada-Telugu bilingual film Super, her only appearance in a Kannada film to date.
- Her portrayal of Sita in Sri Rama Rajyam (2011) earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress and the Nandi Award for Best Actress. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for her performance in Raja Rani (2013) and Naanum Rowdy dhan (2015). Kochi Times named her in its “List of 15 Most Desirable Women in 2014”.In 2017, she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for her performance in Puthiya Niyamam (2016), marking her first Filmfare award in Malayalam