Trisha Krishnan (born 4 May 1983)is an Indian film actress and model, who primarily appears in Tamil and Telugu language films, but has also appeared in Hindi language films. She was noticed after winning several beauty pageants like the Miss Madras contest (1999), which marked her entry into filmdom. During her career, she has received three South Filmfare Awards,establishing her as one of the leading actresses of the South Indian film industry.
After her first appearance in the 1999 Tamil film Jodi, in a supporting role, she won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her first lead role in the 2002 film Mounam Pesiyadhe. She later rose to fame starring in the successful films, Saamy (2003) and Ghilli (2004) in Tamil cinema and Varsham (2004) in Telugu cinema,for which she secured her first South Filmfare Best Actress Award before getting the same award 4 times. She made her Bollywood debut in the 2010 film Khatta Meetha opposite Akshay Kumar.She was seen in her career best performance in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010) for which she won Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine and was nominated for Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award and many other awards.
Trisha was born and raised in Chennai (then known as Madras) into a Tamil Iyer family, whose ancestors hailed from the Palakkad region of Kerala.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 modeling and appeared in several print and television commercials.In 1999, she won the "Miss Salem" beauty pageant, and later the same year, the Miss Madras contest. She had also won the Miss India 2001 pageant's "Beautiful Smile" award.
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 Ud Ud Jaye as Ayesha Takia's friend. She was later approached for an acting role in Tamil movie Lesa Lesa by Indian film director Priyadarshan, which marked the beginning of her professional career as an actress.During her college course, she had occupied herself with a tight shooting schedule, which made it difficult to continue with her education.However, she compensated by attending summer classes.Film career.
Soon after her pageant success, Trisha began her acting career in an uncredited 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 despite positive reviews for the film and the actress.
Her subsequent release was the Hari-directed police film, Saamy with Vikram. She played a soft-spoken college-going brahmin girl and received positive feedbacks for her performance, with Sify's reviewer citing that she was "appealingly sensual" and looked "glamorous",and another critic writing that she looked "very pretty" and suited the role.The masala flick became the biggest blockbuster of the year,grossing 16 crores, and landed Trisha new offers, including several high-budget productions.Lesa , which was supposed to be her debut, released next.The romantic musical, based on the 1998 Malayalam film Summer in Bethlehem,fetched generally positive reviews.Following Lesa, she appeared in Alai which proved unsuccessful at the box office.Then released her Enakku 20 Unakku 18 which was unsuccessful commercially but was a well noticed movie because of its music and visuals and helped her .
In 2004, she debuted in the Telugu cinema industry 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 fullhyderabad.com 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-grossers 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 essayed 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.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 favorable reviews, performed poorly at the box office, while she was again outshone by the three lead male actors.
In the following two years, Trisha had twelve releases overall, which all but one featured her as the female lead. She was part of two male-oriented action-masala flicks Thirupaachi and Aaru, directed by Perarasu and Hari, which both offered only limited roles for her,with the former becoming a major commercial success.In her second Telugu project, the sentimental drama Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, she starred alongside Siddharth. The film, being Prabhu Deva's directorial debut, opened to rave reviews, with Trisha receiving unanimous praise for her portrayal as the village girl Siri, which earned her three Best Actress prizes, including her second consecutive Filmfare Award and her first Nandi Award.Idlebrain noted that she was "just great. Her tender looks, innocent face and Telugu traditional costumes make her a treat to watch", further labelling her expressions and "naughty antics" as excellent, while Sify wrote of Trisha that she was "amazing as Siri . It is her career best performance and she has excelled throughout."The film eventually secured eight Southern Filmfare Awards, the most ever by any Telugu film,while also emerging highly successful at the box office.Trisha later went on to reprise the role in its Tamil remake as well. Her subsequent releases, N. Lingusamy's Ji and Aathi, which saw her pairing with Ajith Kumar and Vijay, respectively, were both critical and economical failures, while Aaru was a moderate success and was received well by critics.The successes of Varsham and Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana led to Trisha being casted in the third consecutive M. S. Raju film, with the producer stating that she was "one of the most talented and beautiful actress I have ever worked with", going on to draw comparisons to the works of Savitri, Nargis and Sophia Lauren. The film, Pournami, directed by Prabhu Deva again, featured her in the titular role alongside a star cast and bombed at the box office. Her sole Tamil release of 2006, Unakkum Enakkum, the remake of Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, where she acted opposite Jayam Ravi, did well at the box office. She starred in the Telugu film Stalin with Chiranjeevi, following which her Telugu film Sainikudu with Mahesh Babu was released.