Sunday, 7 September 2014

Meghana Raj

Meghana Raj is an Indian film actress, who works mainly in Malayalam films as well as in the other South Indian languages. She made her acting debut in the 2009 Telugu film Bendu ApparaoR.M.P. She is noted for her flexibility in portraying various kinds of roles in her short career so far.

Early life

Meghana Raj was born in Bangalore, Karnataka as the onlydaughter to film actors Sundar Raj and Pramila Joshai. Her father Sundar Raj has acted in more than 180 films, predominantly in Kannada language, while her mother Pramila Joshai is a noted Kannadafilm actress and film producer. . She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in psychology at Christ University,Bangalore.


Meghana Raj debuted as a theater artist, when she was a child, acting alongside her father Sunder Raj in the play Jokumara swamy. During theaudio launch function of the Tamil film Poi in February 2006, she was invited by its director K. Balachander to pursue an acting career, starring in one of his forthcoming films. Accepting his offer,she was given the lead female role in the Tamil film Krishnaleelai, a Balachander production, directed by Selvan. However, despite continuing shooting throughout 2008,which was completed in early 2009, the film got stuck in production hell, and its release got delayed for various reasons.

Even before the release of that film, she commenced shooting for a Telugu film Bendu Apparao R.M.P, which would eventually be herfirst feature film release. She played the character of a school teacher in the comedy entertainer, starring Allari Naresh and Kamna Jethmalani as well, which released in October 2009 and went on to become highly successful at the box office. She debuted in the Kannada films by enacting the female lead role in Punda, a remake of the 2007 Tamil film Polladhavan. Meghana's next release was her debut Tamil film, the Boopathy Pandian-directed Kaadhal Solla Vandhen, which was a commercial failure, while she also signed up her first Malayalam project, thehorror film Yakshiyum Njanum under Vinayan's direction, which was released in August 2010. The film was an average grosser,but its glamorously picturized songs on Meghana was a hit among the youth. During that time she also acted in two more Tamil projects,Nandha Nanditha, which is a remake of the 2008 Kannada film Nanda Loves Nanditha and Kalla Siripazhaga.

After a series of flops for most of 2011 where she was seen repeatedly cast merely as a glamour actress, Meghana reverted to winning ways with the Malayalam film Beautiful which was released in the first week of December. The film was a success both commercially and critically and critics widely regarded it as one of the best Malayalam movies of 2011. Meghana's portrayal of Anjali, a home nurse inthe film won her very good reviews. Since getting noticed with Beautiful, Meghana got a lot of Malayalam films offers.

Meghana then underwent a total physique revamp by going through astrict diet and exercise regime. She made this decision partly because she was getting constantly ignored in Kannada films (her mothertongue) and the reason told was she was fat.

Her 2012 Malayalam film Namukku Parkkan did a decent business atthe box office. Subsequent films Mullamottum Munthiricharum, Banking Hours 10 to 4, Maad Dad, 'Madirashi and 'Red Wine failed to perform. However, her next film Memories opposite Prithviraj Sukumaran opened to overwhelmingly positive reviews and was a box office success.

After a gap of almost 4 years and a complete physique revamp Meghana Raj was back in Kannada movies in late 2013. she made most of the opportunity and delivered back to back super hits with Raja Huliand Bahuparak. Her performance in both the movies were well appreciated and once again underlined her potential as a very versatile and flexible actress.

Galleries of Meghana Raj

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