Trisha Biography – An Indian actress and Former Miss Chennai

Trisha Krishnan, known mononymously as Trisha, is an Indian actress and model, who primarily works in Tamil and Telugu films. She was noticed after winning Miss Chennai contest, which marked her entry into the film industry.

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Real Name: Trisha Krishnan
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Boyfriend: Varun Manian
Age: 39

Trisha Krishnan (born 4 May 1983), known mononymously as Trisha, is an Indian actress and model, who primarily works in Tamil and Telugu films. She was noticed after winning Miss Chennai contest (1999), which marked her entry into the film industry. Trisha is often referred as Queen Of South India for her performance across all South Indian languages. She has been ranked among the best actresses of South India by The Times of India.

After appearing in a supporting role in the 1999 Tamil film Jodi, she had her first lead role in the 2002 film Mounam Pesiyadhe. She later rose to fame starring in the successful films, Saamy (2003), Ghilli (2004) and Aaru (2005) in Tamil cinema and Varsham (2004), Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005) and Athadu (2005) in Telugu cinema. she secured her first Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress in a Lead role for Varsham in 2004. She went on to win the award two more times for Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005) and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule (2007). In 2010, she made her Bollywood début in Khatta Meetha. She was seen in her career best performances in Abhiyum Naanum (2008), Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), Kodi (2016) and ’96 (2018).

Trisha Biography
Trisha Biography
Trisha Biography
Trisha Krishnan

4 May 1983 (age 39)

Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma mater Ethiraj College for Women
  • Actress
  • Model
Years active 1999–present
Works Full list
Awards Full List
  • Kalaimaamani (2010)

Early life (Trisha Biography)

Trisha was born to Krishnan Iyer and Uma in Chennai (then known as Madras) into a Palakkad Iyer family. She completed schooling at the Sacred Heart Matriculation School in Church Park, Chennai, and later pursued a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) course at the Ethiraj College for Women (Chennai). She ventured into modelling and appeared in several print and television commercials. In 1999, she won the “Miss Salem” beauty pageant, and later the same year, the Miss Chennai contest. She had also won the Miss India 2001 pageant’s “Beautiful Smile” award. She follows a vegetarian diet.

Trisha had aspired to become a criminal psychologist initially, and resisted the thought of pursuing acting, as she wanted to complete her studies first. She also appeared in Falguni Pathak’s music video Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye as Ayesha Takia’s friend, which was directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. She was later approached for an acting role in the Tamil movie Lesa Lesa by Indian film director Priyadarshan, which marked the beginning of her professional career as an actress. She followed a tight shooting schedule while in college, making it difficult for her to continue her education. However, she compensated by attending summer classes.

Film career (Trisha Biography)

1999–2003: Early career and success

Soon after her pageant success, Trisha began her acting career in a minor supporting role as Simran’s friend in Jodi. The first project she accepted was the Priyadarshan-directed Lesa Lesa, with the promotional posters for the film, also creating an offer to star in the A R Rahman musical hit, Enakku 20 Unakku 18 (2003). However both the projects’ releases were severely delayed, and her first release was Ameer’s Mounam Pesiyadhe opposite Surya Sivakumar. The film became a moderate success at the box office and managed to gain credentials for Trisha, with critics claiming that she was “undoubtedly a refreshing new find, with sparkling eyes and appealing demeanour”, also going onto praise the dubbing artiste, Savitha Reddy, who has since regularly dubbed for Trisha. Manasellam, her second project, saw her play a cancer patient; but the film went unnoticed.

2004–2008: Stardom in Telugu and Tamil cinema

In 2004, she débuted in Telugu cinema with M S Raju’s romance-action film Varsham, which turned her into an overnight sensation. Critics lauded her performance as Sailaja, a middle-class girl who becomes a film star on her father’s insistence; Jeevi from Idlebrain claimed that she was “beautiful” and a “big plus to the film”, labelling her performance as “natural”, while Sify noted that she had “transformed herself into a fine actress with immense screen presence”. A critic from praised her, citing that she had shown why Tamil Nadu was “busy building her a temple”, further adding that she looked “so fresh and fine, you feel like gifting her to the roses”. While the film was highly commercially successful, running for over 175 days theatres, being declared a “sensational hit” and becoming one of the highest-grosser of the year, Trisha was given the Telugu Filmfare, as well as the Santosham Award for Best Actress. She was also offered the same role in its Tamil remake Mazhai, which she however declined. Later that year, she enacted the female lead opposite Vijay in the action comedy film Ghilli. She played the character of Dhanalakshmi, a helpless girl, whom a Kabaddi player tries to save from the clutches of an influential thug, who wants to marry her, with most critics agreeing that her performance was overshadowed by Vijay and Prakash Raj‘s in particular. The film eventually emerged the highest-grossing Tamil film of the year, celebrating a 175-days-run, too, and remains Trisha’s biggest commercial success so far. She next appeared in a small role in Mani Ratnam’s political drama Aayutha Ezhuthu, starring as part of an ensemble cast that included Siddharth, Madhavan and Surya. The film, despite favourable reviews, performed poorly at the box office, while she was again outshone by the three lead male actors.

Her next release was Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule where she was cast opposite Venkatesh. The film, Selvaraghavan’s first Telugu venture, was a family entertainer and received good response especially from the family audience. Trisha received her third Filmfare win for the film. In Kireedam with Ajith Kumar, Trisha was stated as playing “her usual role and [not] bringing anything special to the table”. Her 2008 Tamil films, Bheema and Kuruvi failed to succeed at the box-office. In Telugu Krishna with Ravi Teja became a blockbuster. Her other release Bujjigadu starring Prabhas, directed by Puri Jagannadh, had a decent run. Trisha was praised for her performance in Radhamohan’s Abhiyum NaanumKing starring Nagarjuna directed by Sreenu Vaitla became a blockbuster.

2009–2017: Further success (Trisha Biography)

Her 2009 films Sarvam with Arya and Sankham opposite Gopichand did not do well and became just average grossers. Trisha had a major role, starring as a Syrian Christian Malayali girl Jessie, in Gautham Vasudev Menon’s 2010 Tamil romantic drama film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, which was a big commercial success at the box office. The film centres around the complicated relationship between a Syrian Christian Malayali girl and a Tamil Hindu assistant director, who falls in love with her, only to be met by her indifference and reluctance as they belong to different religions and her strict conservative family will never consent to their marriage. Her performance was well received by critics, earning her the 2010 Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine. Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff commented, “Trisha is a revelation. Shorn of her filmi make-up, she dazzles in Nalini Sriram’s simple costumes.” Sify remarked, “Trisha looks good and delivers her career best performance in a knock-out role.”

She had two Telugu releases in 2012-Bodyguard, a remake of the same-titled Malayalam film, which saw her being paired with Daggubati Venkatesh for the third time, and Dammu opposite Jr NTR-and two Tamil releases in 2013-Samar starring Vishal, and the comedy drama Endrendrum Punnagai starring Jiiva. She signed on two “women-centric” bilingual projects featuring female lead casts, titled Rambha Urvasi Menaka and Kannaale Kannan. Although both films were commenced, they were stalled in 2013.

Her releases in 2015 included Yennai Arindhaal opposite Ajith Kumar, Thoongavanam with Kamal Haasan, and Bhooloham with Jayam Ravi in Tamil. She also acted in the horror film Aranmanai 2 (2017).

2018–present: Critical acclaim and continued career

In 2018, she acted in a Malayalam film Hey Jude with Nivin Pauly making her Malayalam debut. She played a leading role in a Tamil romantic drama ’96 opposite Vijay Sethupathi and received unanimous praise from critics. Janani K of India Today praised her performance as her career best. She won several accolades for her performance as Jaanu in ’96, including Best Actress at Filmfare Awards South, SIIMA Awards, Edison Awards, Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards, and Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards. She acted as Rajinikanth’s wife in Petta (2019).

She next seen in Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan: I as a Chola princess, Kundavai.

Other work and endorsements

An ardent animal lover, Trisha has been the Goodwill Ambassador of PETA. In 2010, Trisha collaborated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in issuing a public appeal to domesticate stray dogs rather than craving for pedigreed foreign breeds. She was also the Goodwill Ambassador for the “Angel for Animals” campaign organised by PETA in 2010, encouraging people to adopt homeless dogs. PETA praised Trisha for her work, and sent her an appreciation letter highlighting her animal rescue work and efforts to encourage people to adopt Indian community dogs.

Trisha replaced Rani Mukherjee as the brand ambassador of Fanta India. She is the brand ambassador of Scooty Pep+, for which she has replaced Preity Zinta. She is also the brand ambassador for Vivel Di Wills, a product by ITC Limited. In 2011, she replaced Asin in Fairever fairness cream commercial.

Personal life (Trisha Biography)

Trisha resides in Chennai with her mother and grandmother. Trisha’s father died in October 2012. She converses fluently in Tamil, English, Hindi, and French. She follows a vegetarian diet.

Her mother Uma Krishnan, had been offered various roles by several Tamil film makers and actors including Kamal Hasaan, but turned them down, as she wanted to concentrate on Trisha’s career. She accompanies Trisha on film shoots, events, and functions, and they have appeared together only in a commercial advertisement. About her relationship with her mother, Trisha remarks, “She has been the pillar of my strength and has stood by me like a rock through thick and thin. Everyone in the industry and my friends know how close I’m to my mom.”

On 23 January 2015 Trisha became engaged to Varun Manian, a Chennai-based businessman. In May 2015, she confirmed that the couple had ended their engagement.

Trisha Krishnan with her Fiancé
Trisha Krishnan with her Fiancé

Awards and recognition (Trisha Biography)

Filmfare Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2010 Khatta Meetha Best Female Debut Nominated

Stardust Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2010 Khatta Meetha Superstar of Tomorrow Nominated

Zee Cine Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2011 Khatta Meetha Best Female Debut Nominated

Asianet Film Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2015 For Many Movies Most Popular Tamil Actress Won
2018 96 Won

Asiavision Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2019 96 & Hey Jude Best actress of the decade Won

CineMAA Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2004 Varsham CineMAA Award for Best Actress Won
2007 Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule Won

Edison Awards (Tamil)|Edison Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Best Actress Won
2016 Kodi Won
2018 96 Nominated
Favourite heroine Won

Filmfare Awards South

Year Movie/Work Category Language Outcome
2004 Varsham Best Actress Telugu Won
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Won
Athadu Nominated
2007 Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule Won
2008 Krishna Nominated
Abhiyum Naanum Tamil Nominated
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Nominated
2013 Endrendrum Punnagai Nominated
2016 Kodi Nominated
Best Actress (Critics) Won
2018 96 Best Actress Won

International Tamil Film Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2003 Lesa Lesa Best New Actress Won

Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2018 96 Best Actress Won

Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2018 96 Best Actress Won

Nandi Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Best Actress Won


Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2010 Trisha Krishnan Southern Star of the Year Won
2011 Trisha Krishnan NDTV Hindu lifestyle icon Won

Santosham Film Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2004 Varsham Best Actress Won
2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Won
2012 Trisha Krishnan Best Actress of the Decade Won

South Indian International Movie Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2012 Trisha Krishnan Youth Icon of South Indian Cinema Won
2013 Trisha Krishnan 10 years of excellence in Tamil cinema Won
2014 Endrendrum Punnagai Best Actress Won
2014 Trisha Krishnan Most Popular Actress in South India on Social Media Won
2017 Kodi Best Actor in Negative Role Won
2019 96 Best Actress in Tamil Won
2019 Hey Jude Critics’ choice for Best Actress in Malayalam Won
2019 Trisha Krishnan Most popular star on the social media Nominated
2019 Hey Jude Best Actress in Malayalam Nominated
Trisha Biography
Trisha Biography

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2009 Abhiyum Naanum Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize – Jury Won

Vijay Awards

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2006 Unnakum Ennakum Favourite Heroine Won
2007 Kireedam Nominated
2008 Abhiyum Naanum Nominated
2009 Sarvam Nominated
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Won
Best Actress Nominated
2011 Mankatha Favourite Heroine Nominated
2013 Endrendrum Punnagai Nominated

Behindwoods Gold Medal

Year Artist/Work Category Outcome
2019 Trisha The Golden Princess of South Indian Cinema Won

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